Farewell to Twenty

This is it. It is the last day before the big day – the day I start my new series Thirty. After 10 years together with Twenty it is hard to say goodbye and write the ending of the last volume. 

Twenty was truly challenging. Most of the time I had no idea who I was, why I was, or what I was called to do. I challenged, I ceded, I gave up, I tried again, I hid, I revealed, I lied, I became honest, I ran away and I came home. I am a stubborn and rebellious woman and have made a lot of mistakes, but God is always faithful. He didn’t give up on me, and has always been there – even if I didn’t see it at the time.

The last few years of twenty have been a whirlwind as I have been getting right with God and learning to surrender to his will. 

2012 he called me to trust him. I ended up losing my car, had to change stores and had my perceived identity stripped away as I lost the finer use of my hands from carpal tunnel. 

2013 I made some quick job changes at his prompting and was able to finally earn a living wage, grew self respect and was able to finance a car. 

2014 Him and I had a heart to heart and tackled my obesity together. I lost 56 pounds and fell in love with swimming which is hilarious because I was deathly afraid of water. 

2015 was the year I got to explore the world around me in ways I didn’t think possible as I was now “normal sized.” I drove into Canada, visited Chicago, climbed the rock wall, went skiing, learned how to shoot a gun and so many other things. It was intoxicating and I wanted it to go on forever. But it was shallow because I had no one to share my adventures with. 

2016 was the year of deeper spirituality and comradry. I accepted my lot in life and got involved with scouting events, started reading the gospels and then started going to Bible study where I made new friends. I faced unemployment but God provided and I’m now working in a job that utilizes my skillset where I get to see my lovely sisters.

 I have been greatly blessed. 

No matter the fears I have of the unknown thirty, I am not going into it alone. God has been preparing me for the next series and he will be with me every step of the way. 

Cheers to thirty years!

-Anna San

Misty Cosplay

Since I started playing Pokemon Go! over the summer I’ve wanted to dress up as Misty for Halloween.ย :3

As stated previously with my Vanellope Cosplay I am not interested in sewing an outfit from scratch and much prefer to piece one together using real clothing items not costume items. Misty was super easy to do because I decided to go for the inspired look instead of being exact. I gotย red suspenders and a Togepi plush on eBay, a golden tee from Target and then used shorts and chucks that I already own and my own hair instead of a wig. It was easy, only cost me $20 and I still had children recognizing my character so wins all around! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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Thanks for reading!

-Anna Sanโ™ฅ

Welcome Emmett!

Today was the baby shower for my cousin’s soon-to-be-here son Emmett. Having purchased for numerous showers and causes in the past, I am a snob when it comes to baby clothing. I only like Carter’s brand because they have quality items and the softest fabric. Alas even with Carter’s I was finding that they had prints that were scratchy so I had to touch every piece of baby clothing in J. C. Penny’s before I fell in love with this little set…

TBH there is nothing quite like a good bear hug – and the fact that it is camping themed doesn’t hurt. ๐Ÿ™‚ย Hope you like it Emmett!

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-Anna Sanโ™ฅ

Happy First Day of Autumn! 2016

Hey everyone! ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you had a fun summer – I know I did!

I went camping with the scouts, spent time up north, went to the beach a few times, played volleyball, went to the movies, did mini-golf, bowling, volunteered at the festival, took pictures at Crosswinds Marsh… I didn’t want it to end! But now that it is Fall, it is time to enjoy the new season. ๐Ÿ™‚ To celebrate, here is a poem I wrote in high school. :p

Beautiful leaves

falling down,

on the ground

everywhere,

in people’s hair.

Beautiful falling leaves.ย 

What is your favorite part of Autumn?

Thanks for reading!

-Anna Sanโ™ฅ