A thought

“I have prayed for thee.”

Luke 22:32

How encouraging is the thought of the Redeemer’s never- ceasing intercession for us. When we pray, he pleads for us; and when we are not praying, he is advocating our cause, and by his supplications shielding us from unseen dangers. Notice the word of comfort addressed to Peter—”Simon, Simon, Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat; but”—what? “But go and pray for yourself.” That would be good advice, but it is not so written. Neither does he say, “But I will keep you watchful, and so you shall be preserved.” That were a great blessing. No, it is, “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not.” We little know what we owe to our Saviour’s prayers. When we reach the hill-tops of heaven, and look back upon all the way whereby the Lord our God hath led us, how we shall praise him who, before the eternal throne, undid the mischief which Satan was doing upon earth. How shall we thank him because he never held his peace, but day and night pointed to the wounds upon his hands, and carried our names upon his breastplate! Even before Satan had begun to tempt, Jesus had forestalled him and entered a plea in heaven. Mercy outruns malice. Mark, he does not say, “Satan hath desired to have you.” He checks Satan even in his very desire, and nips it in the bud. He does not say, “But I have desired to pray for you.” No, but “I have prayed for you: I have done it already; I have gone to court and entered a counterplea even before an accusation is made.” O Jesus, what a comfort it is that thou hast pleaded our cause against our unseen enemies; countermined their mines, and unmasked their ambushes. Here is a matter for joy, gratitude, hope, and confidence.

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December in Review

-Working during the holiday craze at Boudin. I don’t know what it is about thanksgiving and Christmas (or maybe it’s because the weather turned cold) but the people want their bread! Busy, busy.

– Christmas cabin ! Our family’s favorite tradition of air bnb-ing a cabin over christmas. We do it in Tahoe , because SNOW!

(See the Three Cousins video of the Christmas cabin fun here )

 

– New Years resolution: to answer all these questions.

Goodbye 2017. You were a good one.

Working then Whining

I’ve been working midnight to 8:30am shifts lately at Boudin. Which have been killer ! I have FOMO, which means I don’t like sleeping during the day. I miss out on everything that’s happening !

Can’t wait until I am a little more part time and I get a little more sleep during the night .

But until then, these cute little visitors make it not so bad!

Nephews : Sam and Roland

A quick outfit change and it was onto Napa!

((One of us is pregnant. ))

A good day.

Foster Kittens

Tomorrow I drop these two off at the animal shelter so they can find their very own FAMILY ! I had these two for about 4 weeks and it was very fun (as you can see) and will miss them ! Although, kinda of excited to not step on kitty litter as I walk around my room.

Fostering kittens is a great way to help out your local animal shelter. It provides a loving comfortable home until your kittens are old enough to be adopted out.

Basically = you get to play with cute kittens for a few weeks. And you are helping out the kittens by socializing them & they don’t have to be stuck in a tiny cage. WIN !

Home

In 2012 when I was joining Emirates and moving halfway across the world , I received lots of advice.

“What are you thinking?! You can’t be serious. You don’t love your family?! And don’t want to be near them?”

“That’s a Muslim country. Aren’t you Christian? Won’t they throw you in jail?”

And I went for it.

At the end of 2016 when I said I was quitting Emirates and moving home, everyone had lots of advice:

“What are you thinking!! You can’t quit without having anything lined up. Are you crazy?!”

“You are going to be so depressed. You will regret this.”

And I went for it .

Both times , when I was joining Emirates and then quitting , people thought I was crazy.

Guess what.

I never regretted moving to Dubai. And I still have had not one bit of regret leaving.

I enjoyed my 4 years there.

It’s been 6 months since I moved back.

I am enjoying being home. I don’t have to fight jet lag or count down my days of when I have to leave.

And I get to spend my time with these three (and their moms!).

 

 

Dubai World Cup: 2017

..and the two years previous (included at the end).

The last week of March I was in Dubai again for a quick trip. It was nice to go back for a final visit to the place I lived for four years. I timed it so I could attend The World Cup they do every year -it’s so much fun.

Dressing up + champagne + fascinators.

How can you go wrong? (you can’t!)

This year the weather was acting up and being weird, which made it more interesting — but definitely just as much fun!

(FYI: The movie clip at the beginning is from My Fair Lady , when they go to the races. All of the outfits are amazing.  )

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie


Three ingredients . So easy and so delish. And the cherry on top?! You can satisfy that sweet tooth with it being good for you too.

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie

3 ripe Bananas

3c old fashion oats

1/2cup chocolate chips (sugar free or 80% dark chocolate)

Smash bananas. Add oats. Should be cookie dough consistency. Add chocolate . Scoop onto sheet and flatten. These cookies do not change shape so they can be close together on the trays.

Bake 350F 12-15 minutes

This recipe , you don’t even have to measure. Eyeballing it is easy (and quicker)! Just make sure there’s enough oats. If it’s too “wet” the texture is more banana-y and you will miss that chewiness the oats bring. But no matter what you do with this recipe , they are still yummy!