“Pray for great things, expect great things, work for great things, but most of all, pray.” I once read this quote and it’s stuck with me ever since. We can expect God to act but we also must work towards it and pray for it in our lives too! My aunt Mindy and I prayed about many things for this past weekend to come together, and with the generosity of others, it happened and I was blessed!
Backstory: after five years of living in an office space-turned-gym and lots of ups and downs and difficult trials, my parents moved back into a house to rent – on the street we grew up on! In the house right across from our old house where we lived for 15 years! On the street where neighbors still leave their doors open, people pop by at 7 am and 10 pm at night (both happened this weekend) and where community and love and support flow. This weekend lots of family came down to support my parents and to see the new place that my mom’s worked VERY hard to fix up with frugal thrift store finds, lots of painting by my dad and many hours of labor around the house. What they DIDN’T know was that I was coming and that my mom’s clients and our family were throwing my parents a surprise shower to show them their love and how happy they are that they are no longer in the little gym!
Are you ready to see one awesome weekend in pictures?! Here we go.
Buddy passes on West Jet via a friend! THANK YOU so much, Chantal, for making this happen for me! A quick weekend getaway for a meaningful surprise.
Nervous and excited on the plane!
THE moment – captured by our friend Renee with onlookers Mindy, Carly Blue (aunt and cousin) and Nancy (friend): a surprise visit to my mom! We met just outside Peet’s Coffee in San Francisco at the Ferry Building after some planning, scheming and lots of prayer!
Lunch with the group at Perry’s!
Beautiful women in my life!
Yes, Blue Bottle Coffee IS better than any we’d ever had before (even though we’re all locals, we always go to Peet’s Coffee and only one of us had tried BBC – and convinced us to go!). SO worth the line up! Smooth, rich and zero acidity but strong and bold; what a treat!
Chatting with (mainly) black coffees and raisin rye rolls from a local bakery and often frequented spot by my family.
…our favorite bridge covered in fog!
Cousins. 🙂 LOVE this girl!
After I surprised my dad by just sitting on the couch nonchalantly when he came into the living room! He had randomly bought champagne (which he never has!) for that night so it was perfect timing and apt to pop the bubbly!
Love you dad. 🙂
Renee’s gifts were a HUGE blessing to my parents!
A full house, for the first time in many years (complete with great art, of course, because that’s my mom’s #1 priority in a house)!
Family craft time in the late sunshine: making plate switches for all the light covers! Fun, easy and a taste of everyone around the house!
An evening stroll downtown Walnut Creek for – what else? – frozen yo from YogurtLand with the cousins! (Becky, Gerardo, Carly, Tim and me)
It was an amazing weekend that left me emotionally drained full of smiles, laughter, endless cups of coffee, lots of conversation and support and love. I am so thankful for this opportunity to fly down and be a part of a significant time for my parents, to see more family, grab a quick hug or two from my brother and be back on Dora Avenue with all the old neighbors again – a serious blast for the past.
I’ve got a morning 10 miler (I put off that thing called marathon training again for another weekend of family time – so worth it, again!) plus a day full of clients. Back to reality until my mom visits in 2 weeks for the Banff Marathon!
Have you ever surprised someone? I’d love to hear an experience where seeing others succeed or be blessed brought YOU joy – that’s how I felt this weekend. 😀
Live well & be well, friends! Let’s start this week off in gratitude and, as my friend Bobbi always says, CHOOSE JOY!