Another amazing Sunday, it's crazy I tell you how it's beginning to become my favorite day!
It started out being very emotional and exciting because I was getting baptized!! I was so emotional and overwhelmed during Church knowing that I was becoming a daughter in Christ and everyone was so kind and so sweet, I realized that my church (wow I can finally say "my" church!) is truly a community. I could feel the love around me and it left me in tears many times throughout the morning. Before I got baptized, I had to attend a meeting where my pastor asked us about our testimonies. My testimony is kind of different from most... Last fall I applied to APU and I was asked to write about my testimony in the application essay. Here is an excerpt:
"It wasn't until two summers ago that I started seeking a relationship with God. I came upon this young woman's blog not knowing that it would change my life. She is the one who taught me most about God- how we need Him because without Him, we are nothing, that we must remember that God has a plan for each and every one of us. She is the one who has brought God into my life from that moment on. I am so unbelievably grateful for her because a few events wouldn't have occurred if I hadn't discovered her blog. One is that I joined FCA (Fellow Christian Athletes) at my school, and I fell in love with hearing God's word all over again....[Church] was another event that wouldn't had happened for I had not found the blog. If I hadn't, I wouldn't have joined FCA, I wouldn't have been invited to Church, and lastly, I wouldn't be applying to Azusa Pacific.
I actually sent my application to the blogger after I wrote it just to tell her thank you. I truly believe that God used her as an instrument to bring me closer to Him because without her, I really don't think I would be where I am to day as a Christian.
Are you wondering who this girl is that showed me the light??
IT'S THE ONE AND ONLY RICHELLE!
If you follow Richelle, you would understand why it's so crazy. Richelle and her sisters are like celebrities to me (I know now that I shouldn't put people on a pedestal, they're just people like me). I saw them at Renegade Fair last summer and I instantly became speechless and my legs went numb. Obviously I regret not introducing myself then, but that just shows you how much I looked up to them. It's so crazy how things work out... How I randomly found her blog, how she led me to seek Christ, how I met her and befriended her at my church...etc. But the craziness does NOT stop there! After I told my pastor my testimony, he asked if I wanted to ask Richelle and Reinna (a member of my church and Richelle's sister) and of course I said YES!! I was so overwhelmed with happiness and gratefulness that I started to tear. Who else would have been better than the person that guided me to Christ to baptize me? NO ONE!
It was so amazing! I am oh so blessed!
After my baptism was Rein Rein's 23rd birfday bbq where I finally got to meet the oh so sweet Bratcher family (even though I briefly met them at Renegade)!
Meet Babycakies #4, GLOW! I can't believe I got to see her and hold her, after cleaning my hands of course ;) . She was sooo tiny and so adorable! Isn't Soul Valentina so sweet- giving baby seester a kiss?!
It's not a party without homemade maple bacon cupcakes (topped with DIY washi tape flags) made by yours truly!
Dear Reinna & Richelle,
Happy Birfdayz again! I love you guys! I was so blessed to have you in my life for the past 2 years (even if it wasn't tangibly), but I am even more blessed now that I can go on this crazy adventure, called life, with the both of you. The both of you are two of the most genuine and sweetest human beings out there and I am so glad that I can call you not only friends, but also family.