Dinner at Stanley's

If Zach and Melissa were to ever open a restaurant, they would name it after Zach's grandfather and future pug, Stanley. Tonight, I enjoyed a homemade meal by Chef Zach in the Lincks abode. Chef Zach made ramen!! Cho oishii! 

I am so thankful and blessed to have Zach and Melissa in my life. Not only do they feed me delicious food, but they open up their home and their lives to me so we can live life together. Praise God for their generosity, love and humor. :) 

1 Corinthians 3:7-9

So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God's service, you are God's field, God's building.

Humility

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” - Rick Warren

It's always humbling to be removed from a place and explore a place that's bigger and unknown. This Christmas season, I really didn't want to be in Vegas, but visiting The Valley of Fire State Park reminded me that no matter where I am, Christ's love never leaves or will leave me. We only got to explore a small portion of the park, but I was excited to feel a sense of adventure, wonder and joy again. I'm thankful to be celebrating this holiday season with parents who love me so much. So much it's overwhelming at times.....but nonetheless, I've come to realize it's His love through my parents, friends and family that's always pursuing me and I need to constantly remind myself to turn to Him in surrender and receive it. Continue to open up my heart Lord to your will and your way. Help me not think less of myself, but think of myself less.

On another note - The Valley of Fire State Park is an awesome park to visit when you're in Vegas and have a car. It's only an hour drive north of the strip and a $10/car fee. I've never seen so much red rock before. And 250 million years ago, this area was a sea! Crazy.... people compare this valley to Mars...I've never been to Mars, but sure, it looks different! Ha! I'd definitely come back again and spend at least a half day here. We spent too much time outlet shopping that we only caught the last 1.5 of the park being open before we had to leave. Nonetheless, a great place to get outdoors and explore and be reminded of His true beauty and wonder!

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Yasukochi’s Sweet Stop

My friend Christine brought me to Yasukochi's Sweet Shop to try the Coffee Crunch Cake. I learned it's been open for 40+ years by Moses and Hatsy (pictured to the right) Yasukochi. Read more about the sweet shop here. Or better yet, just head over to Yasukochi's yourself to try the cake and meet the owners yourself!

Yasukochi's Sweet Shop
1790 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115