Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Day and Way the Addiction Began

When it comes to memories, most people make it a point to remember things like previous birthday parties, prom nights, wedding days, etc. But for me, its a little different.

As I walked into my kitchen on this, chilled and lovely morning, I reached for the coffee pot and poured out what was left from my dad's morning fix. I proceeded to fill the glass pot with water, walked to the coffee maker, poured it in, and walked out of the room. 6 minutes later, I returned. The aroma of something wonderful was in the air. I pulled out my favorite coffee mug from the drainer and filled it with what is commonly known as, Joe, bean juice, or the Christian's alcohol. ;) I have not gotten to the point where drinking it black is actually appetizing to me, so, like I do every morning, I opened the fridge, pulled out my French Vanilla Coffee Mate creamer, opened the top and began to pour it into my drink. As the creamer hit the coffee's surface a memory rushed to mind, like it does every morning when I get to this point. A fond memory of the day I got addicted to coffee...

It was 5am on a Saturday morning, 2 years ago. There was a scheduled sunrise service for the HS SWAT kids at the church that morning. There were maybe 10 of us there, and of the 10, the ones I remember being there are Me, Kylie Campbell, Daniel Hooper, Tyler Bianco, Christina Craig, and Kendall DeWitt. Many of us were having trouble staying awake, considering the hour of day, so someone came up with the idea to make coffee, which is full of caffeine and would wake us right up. So, Kendall went over to the coffee maker and started the brew. She waited a few minutes and then began pouring out the drinks, and as she did, I made a comment of how tired I was. At that moment, she turned to me and said "You should try some coffee." (In a persuasive sort of way.) I was hesitant. Coffee was never something I thought was disgusting, in fact, I always sort of liked the taste of it. But I had never had it straight from the coffee maker. I walked over to her and she poured me a cup. Then the conversation went something like this:

"You want creamer" said Kendall, in a sort of matter-of-fact way.

"Umm Okay.." April replied.

"Here taste it and tell me if you like it. You may want to put more creamer in." Kendall said.

*April took a sip and sorta cringed at the lack of sweetness*

"More Creamer, please!" April said in an urgent voice.

"Here, this should be good. After a while, you'll be able to tell if you have enough creamer, just by the color of the coffee." Kendall said informatively.

At that moment, April took one sip and the taste, mixed with the glorious smell and jolt of caffeine, gave April a feeling she had never known before- the feeling of being addicted to coffee.

The rest of it is history. That was the day and way that my coffee addiction began, and, every morning as I pour my french vanilla creamer into my cup of Joe, I remember the statement Kendall made "You'll be able to tell if you have enough creamer just by the color of the coffee."

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

We Stand In It

“Justified believers enjoy a blessing far greater than a periodic approach to God or an occasional audience with the king. We are privileged to live in the temple and in the palace. Our relationship with God, into which justification has brought us, is not sporadic but continuous, not precarious but secure. We do not fall in and out of grace like courtiers who may find themselves in and out of favour with their sovereign, or politicians with the public. No, we stand in it, for that is the nature of grace. Nothing can separate us from God’s love.”
—John Stott

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sweet, Sweet Sound

I am an instrument of the living God
My life a melody to His name
More than the songs I sing
Worship is everything
I live to glorify my King

Hear the song of my life
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
I raise this anthem high
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound

Through all the mire and clay
You're washing me with grace
You carry me, oh Lord, through it all
So I will testify even in the fire
I live to praise my Savior

Hear the song of my life
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
I raise this anthem high
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound

Let everything that has breath
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord
And all creation will sing Hallelujah

Hear the song of my life
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
I raise this anthem high
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound

A sweet, sweet sound
A sweet, sweet sound

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Jesus, the most beautiful name that I know.

Monday, June 15, 2009

I am devastated

I heard devastating news today... I feel so betrayed... I don't even know what to say...

My heart is broken...

I found out today, that the love of my life, that man who delivered news to me so perfectly and was, not only a pleasure to watch, but my soon to be husband.. Anderson Cooper.... is a homosexual...


I had NO idea! hahaahah Okay.. its sad that he is a homosexual.. but I feel so dumb for not knowing!! hahaah


Monday, June 8, 2009

El Shaddai

I am being reminded that it is completely by the grace of God that I have salvation. It is through His blood that I have been set free. It is by His love that I have stepped out of darkness and into His marvelous light. He alone has done a great work in me. Who is this great God that I have the undeserved privilege of serving? What could He possibly find lovable in such an unlovable person like me? I am nothing, I am lower than dust compared to Him. He is the God of grace and Lord most high! He is sovereign and mighty. My God is God of ALL the earth and when He speaks, mountains crumble!! He is El Shaddai (God Almighty).

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Crazy, Random, Sis Story! :)

Apparently using Dove shampoo with Finesse conditioner is the hot thing right now... so hot that you can use this combination and 6 hours later, randomly bring it up in a conversation, only to find out that your Sis used the same exact combination that day because she too, was out of her Dove conditioner....

Okay, most of you won't understand why this is so crazy.. but trust me, this is NUTS!

My friend (Sis) Bethany and I were hanging out tonight after church and we were just wrapping up the conversation. But I randomly said something along the lines of "So, today, I used Finesse conditioner and my Dove shampoo because I was out of Dove conditioner... have you ever used Finesse before?" And this is all I got out before she said "Close the door... Are you kidding me?! Finesse conditioner?" It turns out that she was out of her Dove conditioner too and the only thing in her shower, which she had never even seen before, was Finesse conditioner!! We were sitting there like.. amazed that we both happened to be out of our Dove conditioner and the ONLY conditioner we both could find was Finesse.... How much more random, or specific, could you get?!!?? HAHA

THAT IS CRAZY! Sis, I feel like we are living the same life, but in different bodies! hahahaha! :) Oh man... good times, good times. :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Senior Portraits

So, I went and took Senior Portraits at the beginning of May and it took me an entire month to decide which ones to get. The photographer took like 70, and I had to pic a couple from that. I picked three... and here they are.. (I don't know for sure that I can have these on my computer.. but I DID buy them.. so I think it's okay... lol)

Pic #1

Pic #2

Pic #3

So here they are... I am glad to have finally ordered them. It was fun. I went to the Botanical Gardens are UCR to take the outside ones and then the photographer's studio for the last one. This lady is an AWESOME photographer! Her name is Christine Racz. Check out her site HERE!