Sunday, August 25, 2013

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Dear Diary...August Moments

Dear Diary,

There is something about sunrises that absolutely takes my breath away. It's stunning and I'm always blown away by the artistry of my amazing God. 
Work has been busy and things have been changing. Part of that change includes entering a place of, "Oh man God, I am totally unqualified for this..." But it's also been a place of excitement and so much growth!
All that being said, how can you be bored when you work with people who do this to one another? ha!
  And on a totally different topic - I eat a banana for breakfast almost every morning (almost). One morning, I noticed:
A little note from my mama. Felt so loved!
This month was my sweet friend Kelly's birthday. So blessed to walk with her. 
Love this lady!
 ...and love these friends! 
 Oh em gee ya'll. If you have never been to an asian grocery store- you are missing out! 
A couple of weeks ago, my friend Sarah introduced me to H Mart. It was like Central Market for Asians, but so much more affordable. We were surrounded by live crabs, dried anchovies and an entire section dedicated to giant jars of kimchee!
 The two of us then studied. Seriously ya'll, I feel like I'm back in school sometimes. 
That being said, I've always loved learning :)
While we worked through Medicare, Billing Audits, EDI Files and Claim Profiles, we enjoyed boba tea and a yummy treat this sweet older Korean man gave us for free! He was so stinking adorable!
 And then we ate dinner. 
So. Good.
 My best friend has gone back to Thailand!
Selfishly, I'm so sad she's not here. 
But I'm so glad she went back. God's doing some amazing God stuff through her the other world changers living there.
I love turning Belle into my puppy model. She gets annoyed, but let's be honest...it's so worth it!
She's my gorgeous girl :)
love, 

amy

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Dear Diary...Where'd July Go?

Dear Diary,

It kinda shocks me when I look at the calendar and realize another month has gone by. 
It amazes me even more when I realize how much goodness, craziness, love, frustration, hurt, growth and incredible blessing has occurred this month. 
What can I say except how good our Beautiful God is? 

I know I haven't shared too much about work since starting in March - except that it's been a ton of work and we have an awesome place outside where I get to enjoy my lunches :) 
The past few months since being a part of my new company have been a blessing.  I'm still working my butt off and am never not learning something new. I'm humbled everyday about how much I don't know and how far I have to go, yet Jesus encourages me all the time through my sweet co-workers. 
I have felt so spoiled by my amazing Father and am in complete awe of how He worked this job out for me. The waiting part was hard, faith stretching, pride squashing and humility growing. Yet, it was perfect and I wouldn't give up that wilderness season I walked (sometimes crawled) through because of the incredible intimacy I grew in with Jesus. 
It's so crazy because this job was the complete opposite of everything I had been looking/applying/praying for, yet it was exactly what I needed. And more than anything- a beyond perfect timing, God glorifying testimony to His perfect sovereignty.
Earlier in the month, we got to enjoy the company of my beautiful Laurbelle and Wes. The AC went kaputt (German for broken, wasted, exhausted) in the middle of a Texas Summer at its finest. Their comfortable, little old house was not so comfortable anymore and as a result, they moved in with us for the week! 
We all enjoyed the unexpected company :)
 Because Lauren and Wes were here, so was their sweet and bossy Brie. 
Sassy Belle LOVED having her sister as a playmate and together, they finally learned to swim!!! 
 I also got to go to Florida with two of my sweet friends, Calandria and Nellie. 
It was a blast and we had too much fun!
  Florida is a lovely state full of wonderful people, beautiful scenery and awesome adventures!
Our first day at the beach, we got to experience our first Florida hurricane inspired torrential downpour...on top of us (eek!). As soon as we stepped on to the beach, we noticed a mass exodus of people-many of whom were looking warily to the right of the beach. A huge and slightly intimidating bunch of thunderclouds were headed straight towards us...all of which was proceeded by crazy wind. Within four minutes (maybe less), the clouds had reached us and we were getting stung by a crazy downpour! When I say "crazy," I mean-we could barely see what was in front of us and we were trying to get back to the car as past as possible because the rain hurt!!
This was the ridiculous flood that occurred after 15 minutes of this downpour.
Florida doesn't have the best drainage system ;)
 When we weren't outside, we were inside playing Nertz, talking, watching movies, playing Doc McStuffins with sweet Maddie or making buttery beer bread and Strawberry Blueberry Jam. Yum!
 On our last day in Florida, I was surprised with a beautiful Birthday Bouquet! When I got home, I was treated to a delicious chocolate bundt cake (from my favorite cake place!) and was surprised at work with an awesome birthday card and delicious chocolate cheesecake dessert from a Korean bakery. 
So blessed by amazing friends and family!!!
July has also been a month of abnormal amounts of rain. It's been so out of the ordinary that I'm convinced someone specifically prayed for a crazy rain sign from Jesus!
Regardless, it was awesome and for the first time in my lifetime, our grass is green in the middle of the summer!
The best day was when we had a sun-rain. 
It was perfectly bright and sunny, yet it was pouring down rain. Amazing!
#dancingintherain
The past couple weeks, we got to spend sweet time with my brother Michael before he went down to Austin (where he has started a new chef job). We all loved having him around (a rare treat) and he spoiled us with his all-star culinary skills. Oh, yum.
So thankful for my heart people who make my sides split with laughter!
Kaitlin, Nellie and I got to have one last hang out together before Kaitlin leaves us to go up north to get doctor smart. I absolutely adore these two amazing women of God. Can't wait to see what the next year brings for the three of us!
#friendsforlife
My heart is just bursting with thankfulness for this month of "more" and overabundance of Jesus grace!

love, 

amy

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Dear Diary...ATX Round Tres

Dear Diary,

This week was Celebration week and it started out with family and waiting (what seemed to be hours) for that one special name to be called.  
That's right..the last Texas Banta has graduated High School!!!!
I'm just so proud of my little nougat :)
There were toasts, presents, swimming and eating. 
Such a fun day!
And then I went down to attend my third Austin wedding. This time, it was for my beautiful Denise!!
A group of us drove down late at night and hit the ground running with flower arrangements, decorations, and last minute wedding details. 
Because Denise is Congolese, we got to attend a Dowry Party for her which. was. AWESOME! 
It was such a sweet and beautiful way to honor the bride-to-be and her family. 
After the ceremony, we ate and danced. 
Africans know how to dance ;)
The next day was the big day. It was beautiful, sunny and the wedding was perfect! 
It was such a sweet honor to be a part of Denise and Nathan's wedding. 
I absolutely ADORE these amazing people of God!
And what's a wedding without tons of dancing? So fun!
Denise looked gorgeous and absolutely glowed!
The getaway car. 
Decorations and writing were courtesy of the Groomsmen...boys....haha
The Clean Up Crew! It was after midnight when we took this picture. I am so thankful to have been able to be a part of this wedding with this awesome group of people. So blessed by them!
love, 

amy

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