Thursday, December 31, 2009

My life-sculpting events of this past decade. I passed without any major harm.

Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to Leigh-Bee!

Finished Pine Mountain Middle School. Went to the 8th grade dance with Mr. Tray Alley.
Began high school and volleyball.
Had my first kiss.

Gained a wonderful sister-in-law!
Clayton, my first nephew, was born.
9/11 happened. Americans were humbled. I watched the second plan crash as I was taking a history test; irony at its best.
Gilmore Girls formed and has remained a steady friendship base throughout the years.
Experienced England with my BHBC Youth Choir family and the power voices raised can have together.

Received my driver’s license in Polk County.
Held my 1st job… Bruster’s Ice Cream (& gained weight for the 1st time as well).
Lived in Blairsville and met the Blairsville Girls all through my dear friend Ashley.
Fell in love for the first time.
Went to Mall of America with Lulu for her birthday!

Had my first & last broken heart.
Finished my high school curriculum with honors.
Realized the meaning, humbleness, beauty and inequity of a 3rd world country- Nicaragua.

Walked with my Kennesaw Mountain High School class at graduation.
Spent the summer with “Liz Fox” in Hawaii and learned to surf.
Met Maxine (Lim) Sudarma and George Ng.
Left for college at Auburn University.
Had an undefeated season! War Eagle!
Met the love of my life, Blake Chambers.
Experienced Christmas in China to realize the wonder of free religion and the reality of dying for Christ’s sake, only to return to the news of a Tsunami killing 200,000 people.

Discovered the things I love, on my own- cooking, traveling, reading, family, friends and loving on others.
Hurricane Katrina came and destroyed. I learned what should really matter; the rest can go at any time.
Met my future, wonderful in-laws and my favorite “Californian Asian parents” :).

Spent the summer at Orphanage Emmanuel in Guaimaca, Honduras with Lauralove. Child-like faith really is a marvelous thing.
I shared breakfast with Tiffany.
I moved in with and lived with my du-mates for life~ Ho-J, Gin-ger and Harm.
Luke, Blake's first nephew, was born.

Delilah Grace, my precious puppy, found me.
Both Ethan and TJ, my nephews were born.
Graduated with honors from Auburn.
Spent the summer of a lifetime backpacking in Europe with Lauralove and K.R.!!
Friends starting getting married!?!
Moved to Birmingham, on my own and off the Lester payroll…
Began grad school at UAB

Blake proposed and I said yes!
I said “I do” to the most wonderful, patient, creative and loving man I know.
Blake graduated from Auburn.

Blake, (Lilah), and I moved to LaGrange, GA to begin our life together and began new careers.
Owen, our most recent nephew, was born.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Hot Chocolate

Here comes my third (very late) post in honor of some of my closest, and dearest friends- Charlotte and Chayse Myers, Katie Walton and Leigh Foster.

Homemade Hot Cocoa:
(24 servings)
  • 6 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 (5 oz.) package non-instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup Nesquik
  • 1/2 cup powdered non-dairy creamer (I use French Vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  1. In a large bowl, combine all. Divide the mixture between two 1-quart jars. These can be stored in a dry area for up to three months.
  2. Dissolve 1/3 cup cocoa mix in 1 cup hot milk (or water).

Merry Christmas! I love you all (plus Collins, Charter, Kathleen, and Sarah & Wes) and am thankful we got to spend a little time together today :)

Sunday, July 5, 2009


Happy 25th birthday Blake!! As hard as I try, my poor husband never gets exactly what he asks for. Last year for his birthday we were living in separate cities and so I drove on a Tuesday night to surprise him with a birthday cake! A Italian Wedding Cake to be exact. That dang thing was quite complicated and took entirely too much time but I wanted him to have his favorite for his birthday…

He had no idea what type of cake it was. Turns out his favorite is Italian CREAM Cake, my bad.

This year I asked him last week what he would like and he asked for his Mom’s kahlua cheesecake… mmmmm… I lovingly obliged his request and made his special birthday cake ahead of time only to realize it didn’t look quite right. I couldn’t place the problem until we both realized that his Mom’s cake is chocolate, and my creation was not. Ahhhh…

I have no quality pictures of Blake’s milestone birthday seeing as how I have managed to misplace our camera. But I would like to celebrate his birthday and a few other special days that fall in this week as well by posting my favorite pictures of everyone:

Thursday, July 2, 2009


The daily devotional I follow reminded me of a forgotten truth last week. It read, “Someone has called Elijah's journey the place called there”. In 1 Kings, God always directed Elijah to go ‘there’ or for a widow to feed Elijah ‘there’ and later the house of Cornelius was ‘there’ to Peter. God is always letting us know where ‘there’ is in our lives so He can sustain and bless us.

‘There” might not always be the place we would naturally choose, however, the greatest blessing occurs when we are obedient and go. I have been exceptionally blessed in going to those places that are not in my plan and being reminded of those experiences is just humbling. Most unpredictable calling was China.

I am so blessed. I have married my perfect mate, been accepted into a God-fearing family, and now serving a great employer in our new home town. Blake and I love LaGrange and am confident that we are there and there is nothing sweeter than being in God’s good and perfect will.