Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"The Lord will perfect that which concerns me"- Ps.138:8

After a lovely night of Z'tejas, a cool walk to Hanse Ice Cream shop, a sensitive chat, and fighting back emotion from said chat during the movie August Rush, and a good nights sleep, I woke up to hear the Lord's voice. It's so nice that at the end of the day God knows me. He understands my thoughts afar off. He is acquainted with all my ways; that nothing can separate me from Him.
O Lord, You have searched me and know me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
and laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high, I cannot attain it...
Psalm 139

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Way the Lord had it...

Today was the day I spent the day in my car. Thank God for music and air conditioning! Early in the morning I drove to Cost Plus looking for a scarf. Yes, it was the day of and we still didn't have a Scarf. (musicians make the best procrastinators) I walked in directly toward the accessory section, taking pictures of all the scarves I could find and sending them to max for him to pick one. After max picked one out, I hopped in my car and drove out to Chino for my beautiful Adriana's bridal shower. I then hopped back in my Car to sit in traffic for an hour and and a half, drove back home to change and get all of my camera equipment, got back in my car and drove down to Corona Del Mar to a Flower stand I LOVE (just outside Chronic Tacos) to purchase white roses, got back in my car again, drove down to Laguna and parked.
I left all of my equipment in the car and walked down to subway, the liquor store, and then to a hotel, looking for someone to exchange two dollar bills into quarters. Victory was mine at the Hotel. (I should have went there first) When I got back to my car I grabbed my box full of glass jars and candles, the tripod, the Nikon and Cannon I would be shooting with and walked away forgetting to put the two dollars worth of quarters (I wasted so much time on) in the parking meter.
Off I went down the hill toward the beach, and the sweetest guy asked if he could help me carry my things down for me. Side Note: I LOVE gentlemen!.. I could see that the light was turning so the pedestrians could walk across the street so at that point I was pretty much almost there. I said," thank you for offering, but I'm almost there," and kept walking. Once I got down to the bench where I would be taking the pictures of the proposal, I put my things down and sat there already exhausted from the day. Shortly after arriving, Max's mom and dad showed up to help set everything up. We sat there for an hour or so praying the huge crowd of people on the beach would go away, and as the tide rose, we added that to our prayers as well. The tide was now too high. Max would now be in knee deep water should he propose in this place. We quickly had to change the plan. Once everything was in place, and received the text from max that they were on their way, I text max and told him the plan had changed; the water was too high. After hearing from him, I nervously set up my camera equipment in an ally way and shooed onlookers away as they lingered, drawing attention to the site. Once I saw max leading his future wife down the stairs with ring in pocket, it was on...

the ORIGINAL plan

A year ago I received a phone call; one that I was overjoyed to answer. " I'm going to propose!", he told me. After a couple exciting moments of me freaking out, my dear friend, Max, asked me if I would be apart of the BIG day. Naturally, I was flattered and was overly willing to participate in said event.
We schemed for weeks trying to come up with the perfect proposal; trying to find the right location. Beach after beach we went, till finally we found it: Cress Street in Laguna Beach. It was perfect!
Those weeks of planning somehow turned into months of waiting and those months of waiting turned out to be an actual year. Things weren't going according to plan. At least not according to OUR plan.
A full year later I received another phone call one that I was equally if not more excited to answer. We had been praying over this event for a year, and now it seemed as though everything was set in place.
On a Wednesday I met up for breakfast with my dear friend and his sweet mother, Pauline. Max and I mostly sat in a giddy anxious silence, glancing at each other occasionally saying, "I'm SO excited."
Our next stop was back down to Cress Street where the deed would be done. Sitting on a bench overlooking the ocean, we put our heads together. It was a new year and with a new year comes new ideas.
We had already planned on lighting the way down the spiral staircase with candles, but there was something missing. A scarf!!! "You could have a scarf down on the sand to kneel on when you propose and when your done she can have it as an extra memento of the day!... Aaaand... White Roses for after she says Yes! ( she loves white roses) Finally Max's day was all planned out. We could now relax with haircuts for everyone, and relaxing it was. After Max's haircut, he and I made our way to Anthropology, Urban Outfitters, and American Rag on a Scarf hunt. Sadly, we were not able to find exactly what we were envisioning, but purchased a black and white scarf from Urban just in case.

crafting companions

Paris to the Moon has since become one of my favorite stores to shop at. you can find me there two to three times a week. I just can't help myself.
A week ago I had the privilege of attending a flea market right outside their front door and it was fantastic. Oh the camaraderie that was shared as we poured over table after table of goodies. Man! the loot that I came back with! somebody hide my money from me... just kidding. Don't do that.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

adri and Norman sitting in a tree...

love aprons from anthro
If you haven't figured it out already, this was a bridal shower for the Lovely adriana.


August 21st is the Long Beach Red Bull Flutag, and I will not be there to enjoy it as I will be on vacation with my family, camping on the beach in Carpenteria. So for all of you who will be in town, this is for you. Go check it out! gates open at 11am and I believe the first flight takes place around 1 or 1:30. Take lots of photos and share them with me.. :)