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Hume Lake Christian Camps

Hume Lake Christian Camps Winter Camp

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Hume Lake Without Water

This past weekend I had the opportunity of heading to winter camp with some amazing high schoolers from my church. I was so excited to get to join them on this journey and get to go to Hume Lake Christian Camps for my first time. My sister had gone there when I was a kid but I was too little to go. I didn’t know what to expect. The drive was long and the mountains were steep, so I was a little rattled by the time we got there. However, once I stepped out of my vehicle, I had this overwhelming peace and was so excited for what the weekend would hold. I had a wonderful cabin full of girls that were eager to learn more about God’s love and being able to witness their lives change was something I will never take for granted.

I could sit here and tell you it was all about them but that wouldn’t be true. Just as they didn’t know what to expect this past weekend, neither did I. I had gone into this weekend assuming I would be there to support them in their walk with Christ. I had no idea that I would be forever changed this weekend as well. Yes, my focus was on my girls but through that, I learned quite a bit about myself. I think it takes a weekend of rest and relaxation to put everything back into perspective. I saw kids come to Christ that had never heard His word before. I saw kids rededicate their lives to God and be truly moved by the things they heard. I got to see lives change right before my eyes and let me tell you, the tears were flowing.

I love my church and the people in it. Our leaders were incredible, calm, cool, collected and ready for anything that was thrown their way. One of my best friends, Melinda (in the first photo) was able to be a leader too, so getting to spend some one on one time with her in this beautiful place was priceless. I value her wisdom and outlook on life. It was so refreshing to be in a place where I didn’t feel like my faith was under attack. I got to let my guard down and just be me. A task that isn’t always that easy in your day to day life.

I am so blessed that I was able to be a part of an incredible event where over 1000 high students were able to be surrounded by love, talk about Jesus and have more fun than some have known their whole life. I am grateful for places like Hume Lake that allow students to come and be filled with positivity and hope. My heart is full.

Have a great Tuesday! God bless!

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Domaine Carneros Napa Valley

Mother's Day Golfing

Disneyland

Thanksgiving Day 2012

Baby Shane's Baby Shower in Los Angeles

Steph and I

Baby Shane is Coming

It’s no secret how close my mom and I are. Well it’s really no secret how close my whole family is with one another. I feel extremely lucky that we are that family that would rather spend time with each other, rather then spend time apart. So today is Mother’s Day and there is no other way I would like to celebrate it than recognizing the two most important Mother’s in my life right now, my mom and sister. I am still not used to seeing or calling my sister a mom but it will sink in eventually.

So let’s talk about my sister for a second. I’m not sure why I can’t grasp that my sister has a baby yet, because in reality, she has been a mom her whole life. She has been my second mom for 26 years now and I think I have finally grown to appreciate it. Thinking back, there really wasn’t a time where she didn’t have some sort of motherly influence on me. When we were little she would hold my hand and pull me behind her, where ever she went. We would play dress up, have tea parties and wrestle on the ground like boys. She was my first best friend and I am blessed that I still consider her a best friend today. Every day I see her with Shane it amazes me at how much she cares and loves that little boy. She is an amazing teacher, safety net, hand holder and is filling his head with so much knowledge. I am amazed by her patience, kindness and thoughtfulness, Mitch and Shane are lucky to have her. It has been one of the most incredible journeys to see her grow up and go from being a big sister to a mother. I am confident that she has become such a good mommy because her and I both have a wonderful mom.

Speaking of, let’s talk about mom. I am confident that when God made me, he gave me my mother’s heart. It is no secret that Stephanie closely mirrors my dad and I closely mirror my mom. Some days I sit there in awe of how much my mom and I think alike. Our hearts ache for the same things, we find comfort in the same ways and when we love, we love hard. She was raised by an incredible woman who unfortunately we lost too soon to a battle of cancer. Some days I look at my mom and see so much of my grandma and that makes missing my grandma a little easier. While most are quick to anger, my mom is quick to care. That is a quality I pray I picked up from her. She keeps my dad sane, keeps me in check and is always there to offer advice to my sister when needed. Talk about a tough job, managing the three of us is easier said than done but she seems to always handle us with grace.

Hope you all enjoyed some of my favorite photos of my mom, sister and I!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mama’s out there. God bless!

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Birthday Celebration with Bianca

// Jacket – MissMe (similar here) // Shorts – Abercrombie & Fitch (similar here) // Top – Anthropologie (similar here) // Shoes – Michael Kors (similar here) //

Let me just start off this post with saying how humbled I am from the response of my last post. Every single person that reached out to me and made sure I was really okay, honestly touched me. So thank you for that. After writing my last post I feel like I have had a totally different outlook on life. I am learning to live in the moment. Not let the what ifs bog me down and not let unanswered questions distract me. Granted that is easier said than done but i’m making a conscious effort to live by those words.

May is filled with tons of reasons to celebrate. Birthdays, Anniversaries, holidays and so much more. So in true Michelle fashion I decided to have a little celebration of my own. What a better way to celebrate turning 26 than inviting over your favorite people and laughing till late into the night? I’ll fill you in, there is nothing better. I was overwhelmed with how many people came over to help me celebrate on a Wednesday night. Two of my best friends drove in from the bay and two of my other best friends drove in from out of town as well. I felt so special that so many people made the trip to come and hang out for the evening. There is nothing like an apartment full of people, all singing Happy Birthday to you. It was amazing. My birthday falls on Mother’s Day this year so a Wednesday night celebration seemed appropriate. Haha. Sadly I only took two photos last night but on the upside they were with two of my very best friends.

I feel incredibly blessed for where God has lead me the last 7 months. I started a new job, made new friends, moved to a new city and am even learning how to balance it all and still write on my blog. Talk about reasons to have big celebrations. It has been an adventure and one that I would not trade for anything. It looks like living in the moment might work out well after all. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

Hope you all have a good night! God bless!

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