I want to start by saying that I used the above picture of the Disneyland map because once William asked me if that was me in the Disneyland map. and it made me so happy, so now I like to pretend like I am on the Disneyland map.
Today I’m going to Disneyland with Jess! and in honor of that, here are some reasons why I love Disneyland. Because I REALLY love Disneyland.
The DUCKS! ESPECIALLY when there are baby ones! It’s like there I am at this magical theme park and I see something “ordinary” like baby ducks and I freaking lose my brain.
The castle. Seeing that thing just takes my breath away because suddenly I just want to live there forever. It’s just magic. Walking through it is magic and looking at it is magic.
The partner statue. I mean really.
The attention to detail! I feel like every time I am at Disneyland I notice something I’d never seen before, like these squirrels all along the castle!
and finally, one of my all-time favorite things! The Starbucks there secretly has COCONUT SYRUP! Caramel/Coconut is my FAVORITE flavor combo and I can get it at DISNEYLAND!
On Sunday I felt pretty beat up and exhausted and I realized that I hadn’t seen the ocean in a really long time. I’ve stood by and floated down rivers, but I haven’t seen the OCEAN. I almost got in my car immediately but realized if I gave myself a sleep I could wake up and spend a whole day with the ocean.
A whole day near the ocean is exactly what I did on Monday. I pulled over to admire the beauty of the world when I felt the conviction to do so. When I got to Seaside I realized that while it had been sunny and tank top/shorts weather back in Portland, it was chilly at the beach and I’d overlooked packing a sweatshirt. So I immediately took to the shops. I thought it might be a bit masochistic to walk through stores knowing that all I could spend was the $5 my mom had given me, but I think I enjoyed everything in a new way. I admired clever signs, funny shirts and mugs, lots of seashells, and warm sweatshirts without seeing them as a tool to make me happy. They just were things and I simply looked at them.
I braved the cold in my shorts and t-shirt (I threw on a John Mayer t-shirt over my tank top, and it started quite a few conversations… who even knew!) and went to the ocean. Walking on the water’s edge was fine for awhile but then I started walking in, a few inches at a time. Before I knew it, I was in so deep that my shorts were soaked. I collected broken sand dollars, sang a few hymns, watched birds fly and eat crabs, and felt both painfully insignificant and overwhelmingly known at the same time.
After painfully walking back to my car with frozen toes and fingers, I began my slow journey home. A half an hour into the drive, I pulled over at Starbucks to finish reading Mere Christianity. Which is such a FANTASTIC book. I’m still recovering from it.
Before I dump a whole bunch of pictures on you, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the book.
“In the long run GOD is no one but Himself and what He does is like nothing else.”
En route to my new home, I have stopped to stay with the Birks for a few days. I made it successfully! Last night I arrived at about 9:40 pm, and I realized it feels like I was just there yesterday. Last night, I woke up to this weird sensation of something pressing against my head and when I finally decided to open my eyes, I realized it was Emily’s elbow. Half of me wanted to punch her in the face, but the other half of me was just glad to be close enough to her for her to shove her elbow on my head. This morning I had a similar experience when I woke up to Lauren jumping on me. Did I want to be awake? Absolutely not. Did I want to see Lauren? Absolutely.
Let’s recap the past few days, using pictures. It’s been so full of love and subsequently so hard to leave Vancouver, but I know and trust that God has good and big things in store for me.
So there you have it. That’s what I’ve been doing instead of doing my 30-day challenge. A whole lot of living. That said, I feel it’s excusable that my blogs haven’t been as frequent as they were. I will pick up where I left off sometime this week. But for now, I am going to go adventure.
This is being written using the “QuickPress” feature. I have not forgotten about my 30 day challenge, I am just really busy. Like.. I need to finish packing/cleaning and spending my last day with some people I love.
Yesterday was crazy. I was struggling a lot and God sent crazy affirmation my way. In fact, the language I used in my e-mail to Krystin was like… stepped down from Heaven and slapped me in the face. Awesome. I stayed up really late just amazed by all the Lord has done for me and will do for me.
Gotta go back to packing/cleaning. You will be amazed with the “after” pictures. maybe.