Old Friends & Renewed Love: End of April

I’m so glad to see April 2012 go. This month was full of craziness. For the end of the month everything happened at once; my best friend from SC was in town and so were my parents and last week was pretty much a full week of work for me (which is unusual).

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[1] This past weekend my best[est] friend from SC was in town with her mom and fiancé. We started off her visit my doing dinner at a Moroccan place called Fez on 2nd in Philly. It was delicious! That surprised me because I had had Moroccan food before and wasn’t a fan; but this was good! Our favorite part was definitely the belly dancer. I LOVE watching people do what they do. I think it’s cool to see how they do things, like dance and the way they move. It’s an artist thing lol She even invited us to get up and dance with her! Which, of course, we did :)

I wish I had better pictures! My bestie took some good ones. Perhaps she will let me post some when they make it to FB.

[2] The next day she wanted to go touring around parts of Philly with me. So naturally, I took everyone via subway to the Reading Terminal to walk though, smell all the wonderful food and eat crêpes. We spent a good potion of the day there. I was in no rush; I think they liked it.

This trip made me want to live in the city so I could do my shoppnig there. Maybe someday *sigh*.

Afterward, we walked down Market St. and did a [tiny] bit of shopping until about 5pm. I so wish we’d had more time together, but she’ll be back :D

[3] My baby Gizmo turned 3 years old last weekend! I love this cat. Here he is enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve been having.

[4] This is not a recent pic, however, I remember when I took it after the Flower Show last month. I thought of it again for this post because I have learned so much about LOVE this past week! Love in the form of protection, divine intervention and answered prayers.

There are seasons in my life where God just teaches me things, even if I’ve already learned them – because in my fallen-ness, I forget. I forget what He can do. I forget the authority He has. I forget what He’s given to me and who He’s brought into my life; so every so often, I’m glad He reminds me. What a great Father, Teacher and Friend!

I’m really filling the love this week, and every time I feel His love it’s always fresh and new.

Tiny Houses: 3rd week of April

[1] Spring has really gotten here fast! But I fear it’s going to leave just as soon as it came! I took this picture of our first peony blossom earlier this week and now, not only are there LOTS more blossoms but ALL of them are drooping and dying from the unusual heat we’re having! The blossoms on the crab apple tree are also falling as a result of the temperature change. I was hoping to enjoy the color a bit longer and show my Southern bff the cherry trees in bloom. Hopefully, they’re still flowering =/

3rd week in April

[2] Yesterday was a friend’s birthday! So instead of my normal routine, I joined her on a road trip to DC where a tiny house was being shown. A collection of these tiny houses will become a community there called Wangari Gardens. In the picture you can see just how small it is because I caught some random kid standing in the doorway lol The house was much like the one I’ve seen on YouTube; the house and whole tiny house movement made famous by Jay Shafer. We actually got to go inside and look around. The house was just 130 sq. ft. and had a living area, bath, kitchen and loft. I thought I’d be pretty cozy living in something like that were I single (and didn’t have so many cats!). However, Tristan and I are going to be looking for something in the 800-1200 sq. ft. range in the furture. I’ve already experienced more space, and decided I couldn’t handle that much house. I’m in full support of the tiny house movement, but of the houses Shafer has designed, the largest is 777 sq. ft. (perfect for the SINGLE crazy cat lady, but not me).

Still, I was amazed by the design of the inside of the house; EVERY inch of the house is designed to be utilized; the amount of storage for space was crazy! It was actually quite educational for me, having only recently gotten interested in minimalism.

[3] The tiny house showing took place in a park. The weather was beautiful so we sat under the shade of a big tree by the street just talking and hanging out after going through the house. I forgot how much I missed hanging out with friends. Moving as hard on me. It’s always been hard for me to make friends so I really cherish the time I have with the people that I care about.

It was about 4pm before we were on our way back to Philly. I’m still amazed at how at home I feel here; every time I visit elsewhere I find myself missing my new home.

[4] Jinx was lounging on the porch this afternoon while I sat with him (I’m scratching his chin in the pic). The cats really miss me when I’m gone for a day.

Family: 2nd week in April

I can’t believe it’s the 11th already! This month is beginning to fly by!

I’m really struggling finding a plan for this blog! Of course, I never had anything big in mind. However, I do still have a desire to make whatever goes up here interesting. Call it practice for my novel, grabbing and holding the attention of my readers or simply wanting to entertain my [few] followers; friends and family. Then I got a bit of inspiration from this post from Carmen’s blog. In it she expresses her difficulties in writing about her day-to-day life, yet hers is one of my favorite blogs to read! So here I go with my week in review. I think I may do more of these posts in the future, unless I’m getting specific.

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[1] There I stood at the corner of 15th and Market at 2am. It was last Saturday night; windy and chilly. I was warmed however, by my company: five amazing girls from my church; my sisters in Christ, and friends. We had just gotten off the 17 from 20th street after a great night of food and fellowship and were then in center city Philadelphia at two in the morning waiting for the NightOwl bus back to 46th street station [where my car was].

I’ve never been big on fellowship. As a little girl I was painfully shy and I was never really bought up to think that that needed to change. My childhood church home was fairly small in size and never big on family in the sense that the body of the church was suppose to act like one, except of course the people that were was related in some way or another, which was most of the members. My family wasn’t related to any of them. There were just the four of us, and we weren’t “natives”. I spent at least 10 years of life there and I never even learned everyone’s name. I had grown close[r] with a few people, but never like this; my night fellowshipping with my sisters in Philly, and nights before when I had gone to Bible study, and every Sunday when Tristan and I have been greeted with hugs and sincere smiles and hellos.

My church now is very diverse and we’re big on being a family. Looking at us, you can tell none of us are related. There are people of all ages, colors, and backgrounds there. And I love it.

Each of the women I have gotten to know in my “family” are incredible in it’s incredible what they’ve been through, and incredible that each of them has some rich, gripping, against-all-odds story to tell. That’s what makes us sisters: we all have come home to the same Father, who has delivered us all from seemingly impossible odds and places of the thickest, deepest darkness.

[2] Last August the journey to find a family dog began.

When Tristan and I and the kittens moved here, we were met by a sweet little Shih Tzu called Max whom we tragically lost last July. A month later we started seeing dogs come and go before last week when we decided to get in the car, as a family, and drive out to Christiana where we fell in love with this little guy. His name is Remington and he’s been with us 4 whole days! And he’s a total sweetheart.

[3] Our crab apple tree is now in full bloom! The flowers are such a beautiful shade of blush pink!

I snapped this pic on Easter Sunday, just before a wonderful family dinner of lamb and pork. Mmmmm.

[4] Gizmo was so tired on Saturday night (from being introduced to playful little Remmy). But he still watches me when I take his picture.

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve found the wonderful world of Instagram! They FINALLY got an Android app so of course I had to get it. Follow me: jc_rineer ;)