balboa park

While D and I were in San Diego visiting his parents last month, we had the opportunity to have some girl and guy time.  On Father’s Day, Danny and Keith went to see “Man of Steel” while Susie and I went to Balboa Park.  Now, I have been to San Diego many times, probably more than the average Coloradoan.  However, I had never been to Balboa Park, and was super excited when Susie suggested that we spend the afternoon there together.  We began by walking through the international cottages and getting a taste of countries all over the world.  We moved on through the park, wandering through gardens and archways and beautiful buildings.  I loved taking in all of the different people, exotic smells, and incredible creation (both of the man-made and God-made kind).  It was truly a highlight of our trip for me, and I’m so thankful for the time that Susie and I got to spend together chatting and laughing and having fun.  Maybe someday we’ll get to go back and take Danny and Keith with us too…

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Read more about our trip to San Diego here, here, and here.

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beach lovin’

Y’all.  Let’s be real here.  The beach is awesome.  No doubt about it.

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While we were in San Diego, we got to go to the beach twice.

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We spent one afternoon walking the beaches of Coronado Island.

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We also enjoyed a beautiful morning at La Jolla, riding the waves and burying each other in the sand.

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We rested and talked and basked in the Californian sun that is not quite as brutal as what beats down on us here in Colorado, and watched wave after wave creep into the shore.

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The power and vastness of the ocean reminds me of my size: small.

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It reminds me of Isaiah 51:15 and 16 –

“For I am the LORD you God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar – the LORD Almighty is His name.

I have put my words in your mouth and have covered you with the shadow of my hand –

I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth…”

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It is good to be reminded of my size and meditate on the magnitude of the Lord.  He who controls the sea and created the heavens and the earth sees me and knows me…amazing.

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Reflecting on our moments by the ocean finds me grateful and humbled.  Which is very good, I think.

See more of our trip to San Diego here and here.

san diego zoo

One of the highlights of our trip to San Diego last month was visiting the San Diego Zoo.  Keith and Susie, Danny’s parents, have a membership to the zoo, and we felt especially blessed to get to go with them while we were in town.

DSC06646The San Diego Zoo is most famous, at least in my mind, for the pandas.  They’ve been my favorite animal for as long as I can remember, and I always felt that I was kind of unique for loving pandas.  However, based on the line we had to wait in to catch a glimpse of them, it seems like I am not alone.  Thanks to Danny, Keith, and Susie for waiting in the looooong line with me so that I could enjoy some time with the panders.

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^^ Xiao Liwu, the zoo’s newest cub, who was about 10 months old when we saw him, hanging upside down. ^^

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^^ Bai Yun, the mother of six panda cubs at the San Diego Zoo, and myself.  She’s the first panda I saw when my family went to San Diego in 2001 to help me fulfill my dreams of seeing a panda in person.  Little did I know that 10 years later I would go to China and see pandas in their homeland! ^^

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^^ Bai Yun, chomping away on a favorite food of pandas worldwide, bamboo. ^^

Despite my intense love for pandas, it turns out the zoo has a lot to offer beyond just pandas.  Most notably (or at least most photographed by us) are its statues, perfect for photographic opportunities.

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The San Diego Zoo is massive and very well taken care of.  We struggled to see everything in the time that we were there (roughly five hours) because there is just so much!  In order to get everything in before closing, we took the Skyfari (like a gondola) back to the entrance – a welcome break for our weary feet and an excellent view of the area.

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Phew!  What  day it was!  So thankful for the beautiful weather and the opportunity to enjoy God’s creation with Keith and Susie.

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