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I Stand In Awe Of You

March 31, 2012


I love this sisterhood. Lake, worship, love.


A Redeemer

March 24, 2012

As I read the news this morning, I was overwhelmed with a sense of God’s presence. I’m not sure this is the usual reaction to the hate crime against Trayvon Martin, civilian killings in Afghanistan and the prosecution of Staff Sgt. Bales, and continued political unrest in Egypt, but all I could think about was the complexity of God’s will for us here. “In the world but not of it” calls us to both live above the turmoil in our world resting in God’s peace and power AND to put ourselves in the middle of it, fighting for justice. How beautiful and just of Him to offer us favor and protection and authority over the evil in the world, and then to send us straight into it to shine His light and do His will and deliver His justice.

It’s comforting to know that I serve a God who transcends the chaos on this earth, but also challenging.

Just some thoughts this morning.


March 16, 2012

Whelp, I no longer have a single photo from 2012 except for the ones I took on my iPhone yesterday. So all those spring break posts I had been saving for when I was less busy aren’t going to happen. I guess this is a lesson in procrastination and data backup.

Grandma Santaniello’s Chicken Soup

March 14, 2012


It’s a two day process. You start with a whole chicken and a LOT of vegetables. You finish with the best chicken soup you’ll ever taste. My sweet Grandma from Naples, Italy may have been the most genius cook ever; this soup is proof.

Saturday, Sunday: Happy Weekend

March 12, 2012

Let’s rewind a little, because I want to remember everything I do this week.

Zack and I drove home from Abilene on Friday, and it was a reeeeeally long drive. It took us 8 hours instead of 6.5 (we did stop for lunch in College Station…), and it was raining the whole time, and we hit rodeo traffic. But my mom made a fabulous meal that night and we got home just in time, so we enjoyed dinner and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert and then had an early night in.

The next morning, we went to my brother’s apartment to see his new dog. She’s precious! Super energetic and always the center of attention; it’s impossible to make her sit still or be calm. So, a lot like Alex :). My Uncle Jimmy LOVES her. It’s adorable. After that, Zack and I went to Empire Cafe for lunch and coffee and cake and spent some time chatting before I had to take him to the airport. It was lovely; I love eating there with him.

After I dropped him off, I came home and hung out for a little while and then got Pinkberry with my mom. It was a nice evening.

Sunday I got to go to church! It was wonderful to say hi to everyone; I love that church so much. It was really foggy that morning, and it started pouring during church. The Baytown bridge looked really cool in the fog. It’s one of my favorite bridges.

Me and Rach at church. Love her. And I got to see so many other friends! I love being home.


After church, I went to lunch at Wael’s with my parents. YUM. I think we all know how much I love Greek food (because I never shut my mouth about that fact) and after spending a semester eating nasty street kebabs, it was delightful and refreshing and an absolute treat to eat real doner meat. But seriously, Wael’s is by far the most delicious Greek food I’ve ever had.

I spent the rest of the day working on a little branding project I’m doing that I’ll post once I’m farther along. I like the way it’s turning out, but I want to see it printed on the paper I’m planning to use before I make any decisions. The name of the company is amazing; it was basically begging for some fun identity work. I can’t wait to finish it.

So I had a pretty great weekend. Nice and relaxing, a tiny bit productive, and full of good food. That’s basically my goal for the whole break, so I got off to a great start. Yay, Houston.

A To-Do List

March 11, 2012

This spring break is sort of a blank slate. I came home because I hadn’t seen my family since Christmas and I really wanted a relaxing week. I’m still optimistic, but I just realized that this could be either the best or the worst spring break ever. It’s only my second day home and the boredom’s already starting to set in. For starters, I’m here alone. Zack’s in Haiti, Katie’s in New Mexico, and Holly & Kate are both on fabulous tropical vacations with their families. So things could get lonely if I don’t stay busy. Second of all, I’m running a little bit short on funding for this staycation, so I have to come up with some free or inexpensive things to do. Here’s my list so far:

  • Finish a branding project
  • Explore some art museums and galleries, including the Menil Collection, which I’ve never been to for some reason. Lived in Houston all my life. I’m fixing that this week.
  • Take my camera someplace fun and come home with a few good shots
  • Drive to Galveston and get some free Rita’s with my birthday coupon. I guess I’m turning into a couponer, because I have one for free Ben & Jerry’s, too. Hmm.
  • I have a date with my dad Wednesday to go look at a furniture and art gallery in The Heights.
  • Breakfast with my Uncle Jimmy
  • Lunch with Callie and Rachel and my mom maybe?
  • Finish reading Just My Type
  • Finish reading Crazy Love
  • Cook something delicious
  • Finish designing three fliers for my mom
  • Submit some logos to a potential client
  • Take my mom shopping

Okay, so now that I’ve written it out, I guess I could have a busy and productive week. And all that stuff sounds like a ton of fun. Except for the design work–I wanted this week to be a little break from that, but I have a feeling I’ll still end up creating little projects for myself because that’s what I do when I’m bored. Ha.

Oh, it’s been pouring here, which I completely love. We live on a bayou and it got really high today. My dad saw a water moccasin the other day, so I stay on our back patio and refrain from exploring, but it’s definitely pretty to look at when it’s full. I really miss living in nature and near water when I’m at school. The Abilene vegetation is boring and the air is dry and mosquitoes are kind of worth it for the view I get here. I think I may have mentioned this before, but I love Houston.

Here we go, spring break :).


March 9, 2012

If Zack were here, he’d tell me to get off my MacBook and pack. He’s not here :).

I’m going homeee today! The farther along I’ve gotten in college, the more excited I get every time I go home to Houston. I love spending time with my family, I love the feeling of being in my house, and I love the drive itself (mostly).

But lately, being home has felt like I’m on vacation in a fun place. Like, I have Houston restaurants that I have to eat at and Houston things that I have to do and it just feels so exciting to pack shorts and know that temperature will be 30 degrees higher where I’m going. I have such a deep, deep love for that city. And after the craziness that has been this semester so far, getting a haircut and playing games with my family and eating out seems like an absolute TREAT. The calm stuff, you know? Just living and relaxing for 8 whole days.

I get to see my brother, meet his dog, see my grandfather, go to my home church (YAY.), walk in the kitchen every morning and see my mom, and hear my dad playing harmonica in the car. It’s going to be so great.

Okay…now I have to pack.

(So few hours!!)