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

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Happy First Day of Autumn! 2016

Hey everyone! 😀 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. 🙂 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. 

What is your favorite part of Autumn?

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Always be Prepared

Hello everyone!

Just got back this afternoon from chaperoning an overnight camping trip with our local Boy Scout troop. Didn’t have to go too far away, as a local church was kind enough to let us use their property and facilities for this event. 🙂

The success of a troop is found in the commitment and participation of it’s members. When we realized that we were down an adult leader for this event, I immediately stepped in. I’ve never camped in the cold, but enjoy camping in general and thought it would be a “golden opportunity” to expand my repertoire. 😉

When I arrived at camp last night, it was already dark and the frigid air blew through my four layers quite effectively… The blanket and the campfires were my bestfriends.

After cracker barrel, the scouts stayed up late playing games and telling stories.

The next morning I was the first to stir and got the fire going. Gotta keep the tootsies warm. 🙂
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While waiting for everyone to get up, I played with my new camera filters.

Several scouts needed to earn their cooking badge and had to prepare breakfast and lunch – which I oversaw. Partially because I was famished, and more importantly because they needed guidance. I find this quite hilarious as I am the one who doesn’t cook, yet I somehow knew more than they…

Before breaking camp, the scouts took trash bags and looked for garbage in the woods to leave the area in better condition than they found it. Some of their more interesting finds were gas cans, metal fence posts and a file drawer.

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Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

  1. 2/14/2015: Oh Canada!
  2. 2/20/2015: Just do it! A Morning on the Slopes
  3. 2/28/2015: Facing the Rockwall
  4. 3/10-12/2015: The Amazing Chi-Town!
  5. 3/18/2015: On Target… or Not.
  6. 4/11/2015: The Tridge
  7. 4/17/2015: Play Me a Song
  8. 5/2/2015: Make a Run for It!
  9. 5/31/2015: Handy Dandy Eye Candy
  10. 7/2/2015: Tri-Harder
  11. 8/15/2015: Paddleboats
  12. 8/22/2015: Skateland West
  13. 11/6-7/2015: Always Be Prepared

Happy First Day of Autumn!

Hey hey everyone! Hope your summer
was amazing. 🙂 Mine was pretty packed – running from this to that, trying to fit things in – many of which I will be sharing soon. 🙂

I dunno about you, but one of my favorite things about this summer was the epic Michigan skies. Some days I was captivated by the impressive cloud formations, and other days it was the colors. No two days were ever the same and had my camera pointed at the sky every chance I got!

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What was your favorite thing about this summer?

Thanks for reading!

-AnnaSan

Apple Charlies 2015

There has been a change in the weather and it feels like fall! ‘Tis the season for cider and donuts so back to Apple Charlies we go! 😀

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I wanted to pick apples but…. it was $20 a bag.
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We had a beautiful day, awesome cider and donuts and I got a ton of amazing pictures!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San