Monthly Archives: August 2010

I’ve Got Mail!

I visited my PO Box today and I had THREE letters.  How wonderful!  Thanks Aubrey, Mom & Kelly for sending me love through the united states postal service.

Last week went well, but I am feeling tired and homesick this week.  I’m looking forward to my day at CSU Fullerton tomorrow.  We have our first Destino meeting and I have an appointment with a student later in the afternoon.  Pray that many students–both those who are walking with God and those who are searching–would come to our meeting at noon.

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Stroll-N-Savor

Second Street is kind of a Campus Corner/Dixon Street area, but times 57.  Lots of local restaurants and fun shops.  On Thursday night, they had an event called Stroll-N-Savor.  You buy a book of 12 tickets for $10 and then stroll down second street savoring the food.  Most restaurants participate and sell their goods for a certain number of tickets.  I had Indian food, BBQ, gelato and a cinnamon roll.  It was DELICIOUS!  Sadly, this was they last Stroll-N-Savor of the year… they only happen during the summer.

I’m settling in to Long Beach.  I feel blessed to have the support of my friends and family in AR/OK/TX area.  Your calls and texts and emails have made me feel like you’re here with me.  Thanks.  Tomorrow is my first day on campus.  Pray that I have the energy for all the initiating that I’ll be doing!  I love you.

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The Grand Canyon State

We made it to Arizona. I did a project on this state in 4th grade!

The Painted Desert, so glad we made this detour

Beebop at the Painted Desert: He's been with me through thick and thin.

Nope, we didn't make a stop in Colorado. This is Northern Arizona, one of the most surprisingly beautiful places I've been.

Drew, at the Grand Canyon.

Me, at the Grand Canyon.

Astounding. Note the tiny people along the cliff.

So hard to capture the vastness in a picture

Shot of the day, can't believe it came out!

I’m glad I took this opportunity to drive more than halfway across the country.  I feel like it was a once-in-a-lifetime event, and who better to share it with than my brother?  We are blessed to live in such beauty.  It was really restful to drive– unable to do anything “productive,” I just enjoyed my brother, my thoughts and the extravagant Glory of God.

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New Mexico is Butte-iful, Day Two

As Drew and I cruised through western Oklahoma, we thought we’d consult the Garmin for a place to eat lunch.  We opted for The Picket Fence Cafe: Sandwich & Spud Shop in the bustling metropolis of Sayre.  When we saw the outside, we just weren’t sure.

Where are all the cars?

Only one car was parked behind the converted house, and if the locals don’t eat there, it can’t be good.  But we went inside anyway.  It was charming.  The Thursday special was beef enchiladas with mississippi mud cake.  I ordered that.  Drew got a sandwich and an RC Cola.

My beef enchiladas didn’t resemble anything close to authentic Mexican, or even authentic TexMex, but they were delicious!  We were so happy with our lunch.  Mmm!

Happy & Full After Our Sayre Lunch

If you ever pass through Sayre, I wholeheartedly recommend The Picket Fence Cafe.

We couldn’t pull over at the Texas sign because of road construction, but we saw it! We stopped at a rest area and avoided the rattlesnakes. However, there was no escaping the mammoth grasshoppers.  Eww.

After Texas comes New Mexico, and I have to say, I believe it is the “Land of Enchantment”.  Our drive was so beautiful (yes, I did crack myself up with the “butte-iful” line. Drew laughed too).  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:

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Westward Ho, Day One

Today, I began the drive to California.  After several tearful goodbyes in the morning, Drew and I set out for Norman, OK.  The timing worked out for me to stop there and see Alpha Gam Preview Night.  I am SO glad I took advantage of the opportunity to go.  It’s wonderful to remember the blessings in my life and to be with people who have meant so much.  Already, my brain is full of thoughts on home and family and goodbyes, but I need to process more before I publish.  Here are a few snapshots of what happened today:

Beffer, Kenzie & CaityB

you'll never know, dear, how much i love you

Drewby, Tracy, CaityB & Grace

The Open Road

"Now, bring me that horizon."

Photo by Drew

Where the wind comes sweeping down the plain!

He's got to climb everything!

My last Braum's ice cream for a while. Funded by Aunt Diane, thanks!

Alums: Caitlyn, Jennifer & Gigi. "We were strangers starting out on a journey..."

And that’s all for now.  Goodnight!

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