Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Lately I've been feeling overwhelmed with gratitude... it's a weird season of change and blessing. I've been listening to Hillsong's Oceans on repeat as I process it all. There have been good and bad storms of change, but we've made progress through it all . . .

Honestly, there's so much change and so much to plan for the future, at times I feel like I just want to sleep... for days. But each day I wake up and face the world with a smile, ready for whatever comes my way. I get excited for each day of new breath and life and love. I truly am so grateful for an amazing job I love, a work team that makes me so happy, a fiance who I love like crazy and a step-daughter who makes me smile and laugh non-stop.

Life is good, yet at times I feel overwhelmed because this is my last season of full independence. I've enjoyed living on my own and doing things alone... and now I have a partner, which is so great, but also so foreign to me. Eddy and I have faced challenge after challenge this year, and yet we've only grown closer through it. I love him more today than I did a year ago. With every trial we unite and grow stronger and that is ten thousand times better than me being on my own. I'm grateful for that. With Jesus at our center we truly can face anything, I cannot wait to do life with him and love him forever. #grateful #19days


You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Traders Point Loves Families

I love that our church creates safe and practical spaces for families in the local community to hang out in, for free. Just because.

Monday, February 17, 2014

A weekend in California

Such an amazing weekend in the SF Bay Area! I flew in Thursday morning to hang with my niece and nephew... they are the cutest!

And then I attended my bachelorette party in downtown San Carlos (my hometown)... which was awesome... Huge thank you to my bff and Alyssa for putting it together. Friends traveled from all over to be there and I was blessed.

And then Friday we hung out at the house and celebrated V-Day and my nephew's 7 month birthday :) Isn't he cute?

Friday night Crystal and I celebrated her birthday in San Jose and then Saturday we attended my bridal shower in Menlo Park. It was an amazing day! One I'll never forget! Huge thank you to my Auntie K, Grandma Sissie and all of my cousins and Alyssa for an amazing time! 

When it was time for me to catch my flight on Sunday afternoon I felt so blessed, loved and grateful for sweet time with family and my dearest friends. 
I could not wait to get home to Eddy and tell him all about it. 

We are so blessed. Thank you to all of our family and friends who are making our wedding so fantastic. It is because of you that we stay strong and are supported throughout the trials of life. You are our village and we love you! Jesus has brought you into our lives for such a time as this! xoxo -e

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Counting Down

What a busy and glorious season! Eddy and I are in full wedding planning mode. We get RSVPs daily that remind us of how much we are loved and celebrated. We cannot wait to greet all of our friends traveling in from the east and west coast!

It's taken a journey to get to this point, where I now get to spend forever with the love of my life.

There was a time not too long ago when I had given up on love, specifically after my last long relationship when I was jaded, wounded, and broken. It took years of asking Jesus to put me back together when one day I realized I was whole again. I was living with a whole heart, once again.

So I celebrated my singleness and learned how to conquer the world on my own. I was content as a single, independent, driven young lady and was on a great path of professional and educational success... and it was then that I met the man of my dreams.

Looking back I am beyond grateful for those formative 10 years after college. Those years and lessons that challenged and shaped the woman I am today, those years of independence and being free to make my mark on the world. I am grateful that I did not settle for the men I dated before meeting Eddy. I am so glad I trusted God to bring the right one, in His time. Through the years I have learned that I'm okay on my own. I can figure life out, I can move across the country all by myself and start a new life. I can go back to school and stretch my mind in new ways, and I am confident in my own skin and embrace who God made me to be.

It's a complete joy to love Eddy and center our love and our life around family, faith, and friends. I have honestly never been happier than I am today. He's my best friend, my partner in crime, and my sweet love. He was definitely worth the wait!

The stories of blessing from this season of our lives are endless, and now we get a special day to look forward to where we can share our love story with our closest family and friends, in our beautiful church right in the exact place where we first met.

I'm so looking forward to 4-4-14. We have such a fun wedding party and Gabby and Kylee get to be flower girls and Anthony will be our ring bearer. It is going to be amazing, and we are counting down the days. We are beyond blessed and we hope that our special day communicates that well. It will be a day of laughter and fun. #grateful #57days

A few songs of fun that you can look forward to hearing on our special day:

Happy Pharrell Williams

Home to me Sarah Darling 

Call me maybe Carly Rae Jepsen

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Wedded Bliss

Wow it's been forever since I've written. It's been such a full season, but such a sweet one. Eddy and I are getting married in April and could not be happier. We have been busy with wedding planning, home improvement projects to my house, and loving his daughter through all of this change. It's been awesome.

I've learned so much in the last few months, one is that weddings are a beautiful thing and are all about honoring your "village." Eddy and I talk all the time about how to bless the village of loved ones around us. This marriage isn't just about us, because if it were we would just go to the courthouse and get married without them. No, this is about those we love the most and them being there to support us and remind us of our higher purpose to love Jesus and serve him no matter what. Honestly, we couldn't be more excited to tie the knot and promise each other forever in front of all of those who matter the most to us, and in the exact place we met. How romantic!

Wedding planning is wild. The many details I always thought would be so important to me in my wedding truly aren't. I long to be married to the most amazing man on the planet and share him with all I know and love. I simply cannot wait for our awesome day and I just know it will be perfect to us. #62days

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Erica & Eddy Engagement Photos

A huge thank you to our friend Andrea of bnbbythree for taking such amazing photos for us. They are perfect!