January 27, 2016

my surprise and a blog post

I realized I didn't speak about my "surprise" that I mentioned in a couple blog posts below. I hatched a plan to fly to Spokane, WA last Wednesday to surprise my friend for her birthday, it all went off without a hitch and she was SO surprised and it was SO great! It was one of those moments in life where the long hours of travel, cost, etc. was SO worth it to see her face and to share in her special day, I love things like that -that's the good stuff of life right there.

I finally got around to updating my blog, its always so hard for me to get going once January rolls around! To check out a cute fam head over HERE. Happy Wednesday, y'all! xo

January 25, 2016

processing season

Its been an interesting season (for lack of a better word) in the Winn household lately, lots of processing going on here. Its a new year, and due to certain circumstances its led Adam and I to have many talks about the future, what its going to look like, where we are, where we want to be, what God has for us, what faith really looks like, etc. Some days are easier than others but all in all its been good, just a lot. I invite a lot of people into the crevices of my life to do life with me, people that I know well and trust and who I know love me and the Lord and who genuinely want to see God's will in my life. Its so reassuring to have people speak into your life when you know they are safe and who want good things for you, want Jesus-things for you, and I'm so thankful to have an abundance of these precious people in my life who love me so well. I'm a blessed gal, indeed. I was doing my Bible study homework this morning and one line really struck me today, it said "Remember, God looks on the heart of our desire more than the desire of our heart." [Beth Moore, Believing God] This was really encouraging for me today. I know sometimes I can get really caught up in trying to "make the right call" and I'm reminded, its not always about making the "right" call as much as the process in making the call at all. I spoke to a dear friend of mine today in Waco, I met her through a Bible study she was leading at her church and we've remained good friends ever since. She reminded me too today that God cares about our process and our heart in the process often more than the outcome. Isn't that such good news? I believe with everything in me that God is faithful "even still" (as I often say) and its such a neat reminder that he is looking at our heart in the decision making and not necessarily so focused on our outcome. Sometimes obedience isn't always an easy thing to distinguish, its a good reminder that God gives us brains to make decisions and that he will be faithful to the end. Not sure if someone else out there needed this reminder today, but it was really good for me.

This weekend was really good! Friday we had some dear friends over for dinner and chatted the night away while the kiddies played, love those times. Saturday Adam picked up our new couch and with the help of a precious friend BARELY got it into the guest house in its new home. :) Saturday night we ordered Indian take out and had a chill night at home -lovely. Sunday we met some friends for lunch and I spent the afternoon on the porch enjoying the beautiful day and now here we are at Monday morning (which always seems to come too soon, no?!). This week I MUST do my business taxes (can't put that off forever), my in-laws are coming for a quick visit, and my dear friend Sara is turning 40 and is having a Prom to celebrate! (I bought quite the dress for said occasion! [insert big-eyed face]). Hard to believe February is almost here, that came fast! I hope everyone has a lovely Monday and a great week ahead! xo

January 19, 2016

annnnd still rough....

Man, so far 2016 is NOT my favorite year! We've had some tough stuff going on in this house, I won't over-share here, but its been a hard year so far. Our most current situation seems to be a bathroom issue. Sigh. There seems to be a weird smell from the shower, after doing some research online our best guess is that some plywood has gotten wet, so we'll need to get a plumber out here (AGAIN) and I imagine we'll watch more money fly out the windows. Ah, the joys of home ownership! Today is Adam's first day back to work since mid December (the professor life is a good life :), and B's first day back after a long weekend, its kinda nice to have the house to myself. :) This weekend was good! Aunt Robin and Uncle Lawrence were in town visiting for several days, Aunt Robin and I did some shopping (I ended up scoring a great deal of the comfy-ist couch EVER!) and we ate yummy food and had some great talks. Saturday we all went out to Moreno Valley and I helped to host an engagement party for our cousin and his new fiancée -so fun! Sunday we had a lazy day, we all hung out in our pjs, watched some football, ate grilled cheese sandwiches and just relaxed. This week is kinda busy for me, it involves a secret so I can't say much at this point but the ol' blog will be quiet for a few days. :) I hope everyone's 2016 is off to a better start than ours! Cheers to brighter days ahead! xo

January 11, 2016

Rough Start

Whew, so far 2016 has been kinda rough! Right when we got back from Christmas vacation we picked up our car from the shop, had to pay the deductible, etc. Boo. Then several days later it poured down rain here in CA (which we desperately need) and then we had no hot water. This has happened to us before, when it rains really hard sometimes water gets into our water heater encasement and the pilot light goes out, not a big deal, typically we wait an hour or so and we re-light it. Well, that was not the case this time...we waited a while, tried to light it, nothing happened, this went on for a couple days before we realized we needed to call a plumber. To make a long story short, $1400 later, a new water heater is installed along w/ a gutter on the roof above where the water heater is to re-direct the rain. The $1400 along with the car deductible has made January kinda ICK. And going 4 days with no hot water was no picnic either (imagine heating water on the stove in a kettle and taking it into the shower..no good).

This weekend was busy, Adam and I each hung out with friends on Thursday, Friday we went to our friend Laura's house for dinner and visited with her and her mom (they were our neighbors from our month rental when we first moved here), Saturday I felt like cooking so I spent the day in my kitchen trying new recipes. I made a roasted corn and tomato soup, chocolate peanut butter bars, braised beef and cheddar grits -all of it was pretty darn good if I do say so myself! Our sweet friends came over for dinner and we had a lovely evening chatting the night away while the kids played. Sunday I went to the flea market with my long-time friend and flea market companion, Lauren and then later than day Adam, B and I went to the grove b/c B wanted to spend her AG gift certificate (which she wasn't able to do b/c the item she wanted was out of stock -sad!). Then Adam and I watched The Golden Globes last night to end the weekend, good times and way to go, Leonardo! (Adam and I saw The Revenant Friday morning, it was good, but only1 viewing is needed, but needles to say -Leo deserves all the awards he gets for this one).

This week is going to be a busy one! Birthday lunch, coffee meeting, Aunt Robin coming into town for a few days, my friend Daniel is in town, photo editing, Bible study, helping to host my cousin's engagement party this weekend, etc. The ol' blog will be quiet this week but I hope everyone out there has a lovely week! Thanks for reading and I hope your 2016 has been off to a better start! xo

January 4, 2016

2015 Highlights/Happy New Year

Happy New Year, everyone! I can't believe this will be my 9th year of blogging here on this little corner of the web, wow! I hope everyone had a nice holiday break, we sure did! It was so nice to be in the NW visiting family and relaxing, and then to have some time back at home hanging out with friends and resuming normal life before school started today (which came too early and I wanted to throw the alarm across the room!). I do love the fresh start of a new year, I like the idea of a clean slate and starting a new season with hope for what's to come.

If you've been reading my blog then its probably not a secret that 2015 was not my most favorite year...by a mile, but it was also a year of good things too. I think that's how life often is, some good with some bad, and you just hope and pray there is more good than bad. I want to focus on the good things that 2015 brought so I'm going to do that, I often do a list of highlights of the good and the bad but this year, I'm choosing to just focus on the good here:

*numerous dinner parties with dear friends

*lots of company that came to visit us and stayed at the Winn Cali Cottage

*spending a glorious week in Cabo with some of our favorite people

*a weekend at the beach with sweet friends

*going to see Britney Spears with cousin Mike in Vegas

*going on a fabulous cruise with 2 of our besties to Mexico

*one of my life-long best friends coming to visit and getting 3 whole days with her all to myself

*the numerous visits to Texas to visit friends

*the several nights at the Cal Phil with our good friends

*going to see my all-time favorite band Toad the Wet Sprocket with Adam

*going to Denver, CO to see Taylor Swift with a Waco friend who had also recently moved

*our annual trip with Doug, Kemi and cousin Mike to root the Ducks onto victory in Boulder, CO

*B turning 9 and having her party at the American Girl doll store in LA

*spending my birthday weekend in Palm Springs with my sister, bro-in-law and Adam

*buying last minute Justin Bieber tickets and rocking out at the Staples Center with my little family

*the many coffee dates, lunch dates, Bible study mornings, etc. with sweet friends who enrich my life and continually remind me what life is really about

2015, I'm not at all sad to see you go but thank you for all that you brought, the good, the bad, and the ugly, I know some years are just harder than others and this was one of mine, but cheers to 2016! Happy New Year, all! xo