Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Just Being....

I (this is Steph) must confess something that I recently read from Theresa of Avila that resounded within me. She talks of people plagued with a restless soul, unable to keep their thoughts from wandering. They are sidetracked and distracted, yearning for inner peace but lacking it.
I used to see my task-orientedness as good and maybe even desired but I’ve come to realize that really I am plagued by busyness. Not that I’m physically always on the go but my mind is. This is compounded by living where I work. I love where we live, on the campus of BBS, but for me, it is hard to stop and be still. I love being a mom but it is equally as hard to take quiet moments when Elena is napping, set aside household chores, and be with my Father.
Last Sunday Ryan and I decided to go and be. We visited a State Park just 40 miles east of San Diego. It’s a well known spot that we have embarrassingly never taken advantage of. As people who grew up enjoying hiking and camping in the NW, being away from the city is refreshing to both of us. It’s a place to regroup and commune with the One we serve. To set aside tasks, ideas, thoughts, and plans, and to take a moment to clear our heads and get lost in wonder of His creation.

Elena seems to be equally enthralled with the outdoors
This was the expression on her face the whole time we were near the waterfalls

Monday, 5 April 2010

First Family Easter

We were blessed to spend the afternoon with friends who we've worked with in Tijuana over the last few years. It was a beautiful, sunny day and true to So. California, we experienced a good sized earthquake. (It was a 7.2 about 130 miles from us--we didn't have any damage but Mexicali did).
Elena--almost 10 mos old.

Addie was checking the stats on the earthquake that had happened minutes earlier. Ryan is chatting with Dan and Kelly. Kelly's been the secretary at Baja Bible the last two years; she and Dan are engaged to be married next month.
Britta--one of the lovely hosts of the Easter meal.