My last weekend in San Diego ended with my mom and sister picking me up and spending four extra days in San Diego vacationing and having some girl time as mother and daughters.
It was so fun not only for me to simply spend time with my mom and Jacee, but also to share this beautiful place and spaces that the Lord has used to touch my heart in intricate ways the past four summers. San Diego has become my home away from home and in many ways my spiritual place that i escape to. To get to show them each little place, beach, coffee shop, cliff, sunset, and sighting was in many ways like me showing them the very essence of who God is to me and how i see Him in my relationship with Him. They may have not seen it as that but it very much so was.
My mom and i have always been pretty close. I don’t ever remember not going to her or talking about things with her. However, since going to college and being “on my own” i think my maturity has grown drastically, then allowing me to truly see how much i took her and all that she does for granted. Seeing her through a new set of eyes the Lord allowed me to have throughout college has really allowed our relationship to grow that much more closer and stronger. It’s amazing that when our eyes shift from ourselves onto others how our perspectives change so drastically, to the point where when we truly see others- we can’t go back to seeing ourselves. I believe that’s what the Lord did with my heart when He regenerated it to Himself. And allowing me to see my mom and all that she has been through, as well as all that she has done and keeps doing- was a huge blessing out of that heart regeneration. I love her SO much. I don’t even have the amount of words to express how much i respect and adore her. What i truly admire most about her is her relationship with Jesus and consistency in her walk with the Lord through trials and hardships. I falter in the midst of trials with God, my mom on the other hand trusts, is obedient, knows her identity in Christ, and walks forth in faith. I am amazed at this in her! Thank you Lord for giving me a momma that is such a godly and faithful example of you and your love for me. Thank you Jesus for teaching her how to walk with you daily so that she could teach me. Thank you Momma for who you are, all that you’ve done for me and continue to do!
My sister Jacee and i have always had a rocky relationship. I think going through different life stages and just never matching up on that level created hardships for us to understand each other. Again i feel that since going to college, the Lord has really matured me in how to love her and understand her better. I will confess that our relationship is not great or perfect my any means, and i do get very frustrated with her and how she expresses herself to me. However, when it comes down to it- i love her very much. I was thankful that she came to California to have a girls trip and to show her my life each summer out in San Diego! Jacee is going into her freshman year of college in August. My prayer for her is that the same way God captured me and regenerated my heart, that He would do the same for her. That he would beckon her to Himself, and mature her in ways that would allow her to see others before herself. She is an amazing young woman, full of so many talents and gifts that i wish i had! I see all the things that the Lord can and will use her to do. My ultimate prayer is that Jacee would give full control of her life over in surrenderance to Jesus, that the gospel in all it’s fullness would saturate her heart and life and that she would just truly get it, get what this life is about walking in fullness that never goes empty! Lord i pray these things earnestly for her, and i ask that you help me love and serve her selflessly and in a manor that shows you and glorifies you.
One cool thing about our trip was our amazingly kind tour guide. My friend Jon willingly volunteered to take us around some areas that i have never been, but also that i knew my mom and sister would love! He was also extremely generous to give us 50% tickets to Sea World as he works there. It was such a fun day and we got lots of local info about history and different areas from Jon. Such a kind new friend that i’m extremely thankful for. Jon, if you ever read this or even if you don’t know how thankful both my mom, sister, and i were for your kindness and generosity that day. It was encouraging for me to see a brother in Christ whole heartedly serve other with no expectations in return. That is not something to be seen every day. Thank you for loving your sisters well! I’m blessed by your friendship!
Here are some pictures from our trip!
Breakfast at my FAVORITE place called “The Mission” with their famous french toast! Mmmhhh!
Driving to the top of Point Loma and hiking to see an old light house, then a view of some cliffs where Jon often surfs!
We spend a half day at Sea World after exploring in Point Loma. We got to see many shows and were all amazed at the capability of these amazing animals to learn how to be trained for these shows!
The next day we went down town and at lunch, saw some old ships, then went across the bridge to Coronado Island and spent most of the day there! Coronado Island is my mom’s favorite spot in all of San Diego! Look this place up because it is gorgeous!
The last day we hung out and around mission beach and pacific beach, i showed my mom and jacee some fun places, shops, and eateries that i liked to go to. We finished the day off by driving to La Jolla, and walking/playing down on the La Jolla shores beach. I of course wanted to watch the sunset there and take some pictures! I love photography and the art that it is, so i tried to capture and edit some cool images! Hope you enjoy!
Overall it was a wonderful mother daughter trip! I always wish my trips to San Diego could be longer, but i am thankful for the time and opportunities in which the Lord has given me to be there! Including time with my sweet mom and sister! Definitely counting my blessings over here! Thank you Papa!