I don’t have anything to say, really… Just wanted to put an update out there. I’m finishing up my 3rd month down here in Ventura, I still can’t believe I’m down here some days…
Some days I feel like I’ll wake up, all of this will be a dream, and I’ll have to get up and go to work at Starbuck’s. But this is my life! 🙂 I get to live in an awesome town, near the beach (it’s almost November and yes, I’m still going to the beach.) I got plugged into a good church, meeting new people all the time, and trying to just soak it all in.
I miss my friends and family up north, but with technology it’s not so bad. I’m not going home for Thanksgiving, but I will see them all during Christmas!!
I just that’s it for now… Boring update, I know. They will get better, I hope. 🙂
I was invited on a Retreat with the director of Restore Ventura and his family and I just got back today. It was an incredible time of recharging and relaxing.
So, when I was invited they kept calling it a ‘retreat’ and when I hear the word retreat, I think of like church retreats in the woods, in like a small, rustic cabin. A place where you have to bring all your own toiletries and no cell service.
What I got was a RESORT with my OWN villa!!!
Jesus loves me!!!
I was totally okay with the cabin set-up, but God definitely gave me 10x better!! I got a queen-size bed, a fully stocked kitchen, a huge bathroom, and lounge worthy couch and chairs!!!
We were at the Welk Resort San Diego in Escondido, but super close to San Diego.
I could have done ‘things’ but for MY vacation I chose to do a whole lot of nothing and it was amazing. I got to sleep in, I read a lot, I watched some K-dramas, and I wrote some of my story. I had every intention of going to the pool or whatever but it just never happened.
I went out for a little bit each day, just so I wasn’t a total hermit, but my dream vacation is doing a whole lot of nothing, so that’s what I did.
It was good to relax, not be on any sort of schedule, not that my life is too scheduled… But it was nice to have NO schedule. But I’m back home now, ready to do some conquering.
I don’t have any kiddos of my own, but I do hang around a lot of them. In my little community of 5 families – there are 17 kiddos!! I’m around 8 of them on a daily basis. I help watch two of the kiddos most mornings so one family can do home-schooling of multiple children. Then I live in the same house with 3 of them. So I am surrounded by kiddos a lot of my time, which I LOVE!!!
But this last week – it’s been interesting…
One of the girls I watch in the morning decided she just wasn’t liking clothes and decided to run around naked! She made this decision while jumping in an enclosed trampoline. When I finally got her out she quickly ran to the top of their play structure and would NOT get down. I finally had to call her mother because nothing was working in my favor. I felt so bad, but she wouldn’t listen to anything else. But the second she heard her mom actually coming to get her, she understood real quickly that punishment was coming.
Then with the family I live with – the kiddos like to come into my room, their converted garage, to play because I have ‘fun stuff in there’. The eldest girl wasn’t obeying and no normal punishment was working, so her mother grounded her from my room for a week. We can still play and hang out just not in my rrom. It’s weird being something to take away as punishment. But also cool because she didn’t start listening and obeying until her mother took my cool room away.
So that has been my week – trying to stay strong when the kiddos are testing their boundaries with me. I don’t ever like this level – but it has to be done.
So I’ve been in Ventura for a little over 2 months now. I’ve been going to different churches trying to find the one that best fits me and where I can see myself getting involved. It was the last church on my list – it was one that I knew NO ONE, I found it on the internet when I searched churches in Ventura.
The place I’m calling my home church is Bible Fellowship Church!! YAY!! When I lived up North, I had gone to one church – found Jesus for the first time there, serviced there, made life-long friends, and that was it. I left that church for a couple different reasons, but I could never find another church to call home. When I moved down here, I was a little overwhelmed. Ventura is not the biggest city but do they have a LOT of churches!! But God is good and we worked through it.
I didn’t go to all of them, I could have kept going but I felt I needed to stop and really settle down. Bible Fellowship is a lot bigger than I was comfortable with at first, but after the first worship song and the message spoke – I knew this one was for me! 🙂 I doubted my decision the minute I made it, but the second Encounter I went to was even better than the first. It’s a bigger church than I’m used to, but people are down to earth and that is a lot for me.
So if you want curious and live in the Ventura area –