Hi there, I’m Rebecca.
I am so glad you chose to stop by. I hope you find what you are looking for: maybe a sound advice, a very needed hope, a note of encouragement, an empathetic ear, a useful tip, or even a good laugh. But, in the end, I hope you leave my blog feeling known, understood, and encouraged that your Maker is with you on this life journey (with all its surprises). In Jesus, I am learning that real life surprises can bring the clarity we all need in life, compassion for others, and that contentment is not far away. You can go to my welcome page to read more about the purpose of the blog.
My Real Life Surprises:
Now, a little about myself. I am a suburban girl at heart. After all, I grew up in the ultimate suburb in America–Irvine, CA! Everything that makes suburbia kind of “boring,” I am not a foodie or a shopper, so I prefer the same-old more than trying the new exotic thing or the next new fashion. Sounds “boring”? I told you I’m a suburban girl at heart. 🙂
But, over the years, following Jesus has taken me out of my comfort zone into a life of adventure. Whether it be in the hot, humid, noisy, and crowded places of India to the traffic jammed, the smoggy town of Los Angeles, to frigid cold winters in Kathmandu, Nepal, where the inside of a house can be as cold as the outside! Life is full of real life surprises, and following Jesus has brought amazing surprises along the way.
Our newest life surprise has been God’s invitation to us to become a foster family. We have been walking this journey filled with many surprises for almost three years. I had been praying the prayers, “God break my heart with the things that break your heart,” (perhaps not really knowing what I am asking for) and was I surprised when he answered it by inviting me (and my family) to foster!
I am married to a very humorous husband who makes me laugh. We met at a seminary where I worked and studied. He said I stalked him while we were graduate students and can I say, I’m so glad I did! I’m sure it is probably one of his best life surprises! He is my greatest cheerleader who calls out the potentials in me that I sometimes don’t even see. He is a very adventurous guy and I love that about him. But, most of all, he loves Jesus and his family. He’s the man for me and I am thankful.
I love motherhood most days and I am thankful for three strong headed, really fun-loving, and tender-hearted kids. I love keeping up with friends, listening to people’s stories, talking about deep things, going on walks, and traveling.
I don’t like anything that has to do with cooking, baking, and playing hostess, and my general motto is “I eat to live,” and not the other way around. I know I am a rare treasure here in Los Angeles where foodies abound.
Although I lack some basic skills in cooking, baking, and playing hostess, I have learned (and I am still learning) that purposeful, compassionate, and joyful living in Jesus often requires that we do that very thing we don’t like because it serves a greater purpose.
Every week, I treat myself to a nice bouquet of flowers because it makes me happy. Oh, I can’t forget this. I like to laugh! Yes, people have told me that they know where I am because they can hear my laughter all the way across the room….my dorm floor-mates even made a Richter scale of my laugh when I was in college! It is one thing (of many things) I love about being a mom. Laughter is available just around the corner.
Most of all, I love Jesus. I find myself falling in love over and over again with Him. The love story with Him gets better every year.
As I get older, I have come to realize that real life surprises. My hope is to share with you what I keep finding in Jesus in my real life surprises: Clarity, Compassion, and Contentment. They can be gifts if we can see them through His eyes.