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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

a speed date.....

...but not in the way you'd think. Today, I'm excited to link up with my friend Nicole from This Little Momma for the Speed Date link-up!

 The purpose of this "speed date" is to share with you sweet readers a little bit more about me - things that haven't come up in my posts, parts of my story you haven't heard. And also to share some lil random things you may now know about me!

Soooo... let the speed date begin -


I was born in the same Southern California town where I later attended college. Didn't go far at all!

At 7 years old, I gave my life to Jesus Christ and have known ever since that my eternity is secure in Heaven with Him.

I grew up as a Pastor's Kid. Although I wasn't your stereotypical "rebellious" one. I kinda loved it.

Singing and music has been the theme of my life. I began leading worship in big church at the age of 13 and didn't stop til my early twenties.

When my parents saw I was ready to be baptized as a pre-teen, I firmly said, "No. I want to be baptized for the first time in the Jordan River in Israel...where Jesus was baptized." Of course, that seemed like a total impossibility, but my parents encouraged me to dream big and pray about it. 3 years later, the Lord miraculously provided a way for my family to visit Israel and sure enough, I was baptized in the Jordan River. It was a very special dream come true!

I purposefully didn't date at all in Jr. High or High School....I didn't start dating until college. Yep, I was part of the "Kissed Dating Goodbye" generation. And I don't regret that for a moment - I was able to focus on God, school, music and worship ministry, and growing up.

I've never broken a bone or had a cavity.

As a little girl, we lived in a tiny house with a tiny yard in a dangerous part of town. I dreamed of living on land, being able to play outside, and being a country girl. So even though it seemed totally impossible, my mom encouraged me to make a list of all the things I wanted in a home and pray about it. I did and went crazy with dreams - it included: a place with a pool, horses, a place to run and play, a treehouse...and other things that sounded fun and exciting to a 10 year old. A year later, my dad was asked to lead a ministry school on a 350-acre horse ranch. The Lord answered ALL the requests on my list...times 5. We were able to run and play on the beautiful Ranch complete with horses, goats, chickens, peacocks, a huge barn, an old-fashioned swimming hole, and a tree-house to boot. The Lord answered every prayer and then some. The experience was a huge faith-builder for me as a little girl who loved Jesus.

I applied to only one college that had the major I dreamed of and planned for - Home Economics. Yep, you read that right. (A very difficult, scientific form of the "Home Ec" from the grade school apron-sewing that you're thinkin' of though haha!) I learned everything from childhood nutrition to how to sew garments to how to run a home business to how to practice hospitality to the science behind food and food chemistry. Mostly, I loved that almost half our class time was spent studying the Bible in how it relates to women. And though I must admit, this major was not the most "marketable" in the job world at times, I don't regret it for a minute - because I believe the Lord prepared me much for my dreams of ministering to women and being a wife and momma (someday!) through this major. Even though it was different and really hard at times, I'm so glad I did it.

I have never dyed my hair.

One of my absolute favorite things in life is going sailing. My dad has his sailing license and our family just loves the sea breeze and sailing off the coast of California. It's very expensive, so being a ministry-fam we didn't do it much, but it's one of my ultimate favorite things I hope to do more in the future.

I met Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps when I was 15. Long story there!

I love going shopping alone. One of my favorite things is getting a Starbucks latte and just walking around the mall or Target by myself, even if I don't buy anything. It's like my therapy!


I have about 40 full journals. I began journaling daily from age 11 or 12 until now. I love reading my life story in these journals, reading prayers that have been answered in ways I didn't expect, and seeing God's hand guiding me through it all.

I'm a homebody. I love just being at home, playing games with the family, reading, baking, drinking hot chocolate or tea.

One of my favorite family traditions is my grandma's birthday in July. We go out and then we always stop by the house used in the movie "Father of the Bride" just to take a picture and say hi. Love that house. And love that movie.



Well, my dears - that's just a handful of things about me that you may not have known!

Outfit Stats:
Earrings: Forever 21
Dress: Angl (Boutique in LA)
Shoes: Target


Praying you all have a lovely rest of your week! I'll be back soon with some thoughts on my heart about my 50 Shades post.


xo

Erin


34 comments:

  1. Can I please be like you when I grow up!! You are such an amazing woman. My mom was a home ec major. That is so awesome. And all those journals!!? I wish I could remember to journal daily but I always forget. I've been trying to be better about it and I have, but not nearly as much as I'd like.

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  2. Love your major! I am attending a prIvate college right now to become a Lutheran day school teacher. I love how everything I study is directly connected with Jesus and his word. So empowering :) Loved learning more about you dear friend! And I hope this Skype date works out soon!!

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  3. aweomse that you are a home ec major! ideally, i would love be able to be a stay at home mom whenever i get to that stage of life. i'm like you in that i love walking around target and just seeing what they have. i love your openness, and would love to get to know you more.

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  4. So fun to read! I'm most definitely a homebody myself ;)

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  5. Erin. This is such a cool post! I feel like I've really gotten to know you. =P I never would have guessed that you haven't died your hair! It is such a pretty shade. I usually assume people with blonde or blondish hair have died it that way. =) Also, that's so cool that you are a pk! I feel like I am, but I'm really not. My dad was ordained when I was 13, but he never ended up starting a church or getting hired on at one...not yet anyways! For my whole life he has been super involved in worship ministry, teaching the bible, being an elder (later on), and just serving wherever he can. Now I'm married to a guy with the same passions and love for God! "I kissed Dating Goodbye" Generation? Yep! Me too! But God had other plans and I started dating my future husband 8days before my 17 birthday...I didn't understand what God was doing, but I'm SO glad I went along with it. =)
    Basically, most of this rambling was just to say that I feel like I can identify with you in so many ways. And I wanted to encourage you to keep holding out for Prince charming...No matter how long it takes, it is SO TOTALLY WORTH IT to wait for God's plan. He will bless you more than you can believe! Praying for you. Thanks for the cool post. =)
    Alesha <3

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  6. This is such a great idea for a link up...I enjoyed reading all of the fun facts about you :)

    The stories about getting baptized in the Jordan River & your dream house are incredible! How awesome God is!

    Hope you're having a wonderful week, friend!

    xo

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  7. How cool that you were able to be baptized in the Jordan River! What a special thing!

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  8. loved learning so more about you!

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  9. i just don't even know where to start on this one.

    BAPTIZED IN THE JORDAN RIVER???
    shut up.

    you see the father of the bride house???
    i'm so jealous.

    sailing.
    i'm in love.

    i love target trips solo too! but maybe one day we could crash each others ;)

    MICHAEL FREAKING PHELPS?????

    oh so you've got a perfect head of blonde hair.

    and you lead worship! my sister did too ;)

    this may be one of my favorite post you've written.

    love you doll!

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  10. You've been to Israel?! I spent two weeks there in February (studied abroad for a semester) and I thought the Jordan River was one of the most serene places I've ever been. The Sea of Galilee was also breahttaing. I hope you got to see it, too!

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  11. You are such a beautiful woman! Loved getting to know a few more things about you :)

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  12. Never had a cavity? That's amazing! Great post, loved learning more about you! :)

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  13. This was such a fun post and I love hearing about how God works in peoples' lives- baptised in Israel?! That is amazing! And the ranch sounds pretty cool too :) And thank you so much for praying for my sister, seriously, it means so much :)

    Say x

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  14. Oh my gosh! We have even more in common! I lead worship too! My mom has been a worship leader since before I was born and it has always been such a huge part of my life. Now I am able to follow in her footsteps in my own annointing. Love this post!

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  15. Can we stop being so similar? It's starting to freak me out ;)

    I have a vintage chest full of journals too!
    Love shopping alone!
    I always wanted to live on a horse ranch (still waiting for that haha)...
    Former worship leader ;)

    etc etc etc <3

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  16. You were baptized in the Jordan...I love that! I want to go there so bad. My mother in law is there right now. I told her to put me in her suitcase she laughed.
    Also you have never dyed you hair. It's beautiful.

    Loved getting to know you better.
    xxO

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  17. You are adorable. Simply put. So adorable.

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  18. you are too cute! and ... I love Nicole, of course. and (yes another one) ... I grew up a 'Pastor's Kid' as well. I wasn't rebellious at all. ok, that's a lie. I fit the stereotype. oops. ;)

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  19. Hey, I also have never broken a bone! And oh my gosh, that's amaaaazing that you were baptized in the Jordan River! I hope to make it to Israel one day... :)

    daydream frenzy

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  20. Can you write a post about meeting Michael Phelps sometime? That's cool.

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  21. Oh my goodness, I loved this! It was so fun reading more about you! It's so amazing to watch the Lord work in our lives and answers our prayers better than we could even imagine.

    - Katelyn

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  22. You met Michael Phelps? Details please! :)

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  23. SO cool that you were baptized in the Jordan River.

    I didn't have my first date until I was in college either. I don't regret saving it at all.

    Also, I want to hear this Michael Phelps story asap.

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  24. Loved reading all of this, Erin. So amazing! Isn't it wonderful how the Lord works??

    I totally wanna hear about the meeting with Michael Phelps! It outta be a post someday! :)

    xo
    purposelyathome.blogspot.com

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  25. This was great, it was fun getting to read more about you. That Israel trip must have been too awesome!

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  26. Starbucks and Target... we were just meant to be friends! :) I love this post! I found your wonderful blog through the speed dating and can't wait to follow you! I'd love for you to follow me back at http://www.two-in-diapers.blogspot.com!

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  27. love learning more about you! you are just SO SO cute! i've never broken a bone either- it makes me scared to! xo

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  28. Awesome I love your blog! Reading via google reader!

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  29. You are really inspirational. I am loving your blog! Thank you for your honesty and the way that you see the world! xoxo

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  32. كيف يمكن أن نتخلص من الفئران وأن نقضي عليها من منازلنا؟
    شركة مكافحة الفئران بالرياض
    هو سؤال يواجه الكثير منا صعوبة فى إيجاد إجابة صارمة له فهل رأيت مخلوق فروي صغير يهرول بسرعة أمام نظرك؟أولاحظت أي صوت إحتكاك أو ضجيج يخرج من الحائط بينما كنت نائما؟
    إن وجود الفئران في المنزل أو الشقة هو أمر يحدث بكثرة وهناك العديد من الطرق للتعامل مع مشكلة الفئران ويمكن حل هذه المشكلة بغض النظر عن الطريقة التي سوف يتم إستخدمها للتخلص من الفئران فعليك أن تتخلص من الفئران وفي أسرع وقت وإلا فسوف تتكاثر بشكل سريع، شركات مكافحة الفئران بالرياض وتتم مكافحة الفئران عن طريق تحديد مدى كبر وخطورة المشكلة التي تسببها الفئران والتي تعاني منها أولاً يجب ملاحظة التحركات التي تسببها الفئران فهيا مخلوقات ذكية وليس من السهل أن يتم رؤيتها ومتابعتها خلال ساعات النهار وقد تلاحظ العديد من التحركات البسيطة في أحد الزوايا ولكنك لن تدرك بأن ما لاحظته هو أحد الفئران، وفي المرة القادمة التي ترى أو تسمع فيها أي حركة إعتبرها إشارة إلى أنه يجب عليك التحري أكثر عن الفئران في المنزل، يجب أيضاً ملاحظة صوت الإحتكاك الصادر من الفئران ومن الأسهل سماع الفئران في الليل لأنها تنشط ليلاً وعندما يكون المنزل أو الشقة هادئة، فقد تسمع صوت إحتكاكات وضجيج صادر من الحائط فإذا سمعت صوت الفئران تهرول في الحائط فتلك هي إشارة إلى أنه قد يكون هناك العديد من الفئران التي تتجول فى منزلك وأنت لا تعلم.

    أما فى حال أنك سمعت صرير أو زقزقة فهناك إحتمالية وجود أعشاش للفئران وقد تكون ممتلئة بالفئران الصغار والحديثة الولادة، فعندها يجب البحث عن المخلفات التي تسببها الفئران وتكون فى الغالب مخلفات صغيرة نظراً لحجم الفئران الصغير وتكون داكنة اللون وتشبه شكل الحبوب المستخدمة فى الزراعة والمخلفات الجديدة والتي لم يمر عليها وقت طويل تكون سوداء ورطبة بينما القديمة تكون قد جفت وأصبح لونها مائل أكثر إلى اللون الرمادي، يجب أن تلاحظ في أي غرفة توجد المخلفات التي تسببها الفئران لمحاولة معرفة وتحديد مكان إقامتها فى المنزل ووجود المخلفات في أحد الغرف يعتبر إشارة صريحة إلى وجود عوامل تعمل علي جذب الفئران في هذه الغرفة،

    وأيضاً قد يكون هناك شق صغير أو فتحة صغيرة في حائط الغرفة، فعندها يجب البحث عن عش الفئران ومن المحتمل أن تجد أعشاش الفئران في نفس المكان الذي عثرت فيه على مخلفاتها والأعشاش الخاصة بالفئران عادةً ما تكون موجودة في زوايا الخزانات، إبحث في الأماكن التي نادراً ما تذهب إليها أو تتواجد فيها فى المنزل مثل العلية أو المكان الذي يستخدم فى تخزين الأغراض وأيضاً وجود رائحة الفئران يدل على وجود عش لهم وبعد العثور علي العش يبدء الجزء الثاني ألا وهو القبض على الفئران فحاول إستخدام المصائد المخصصة للفئران الحية فالفئران تنخدع وتدخل إلى تلك المصائد البلاستيكية والتي تحتوي على الطعم بداخلها، وفي العادة مايكون الطعم عبارة عن زبدة الفستق أو قطعة من الجبن. عند دخول أحد الفئران إلى الفخ ليأكل الطعم فيغلق الفخ عليه ويصطاده، وعندما تمسك بأحد الفئران في الفخ، فيمكنك الذهاب إلى الحديقة وإطلاق سراحه هناك وقم بنصب الفخوخ في الغرف التي تجد فيها أعشاش ومخلفات الفئران وإستخدم فخوخ الفئران اللاصقة وهذا النوع من الفخوخ للفئران يبدو مثل البيوت الكرتونية وأرضية البيت الكرتوني تكون مملوءة بالمادة الاصقة وتعمل علي جاذب الفئران لها ومن ثم يلتصق بها ولا يكون قادر علي الحركة.

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sweet friends, share your heart.

"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.

xo.

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