Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas Carol

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, is one of my favorite hymns. It only seemed proper to post it after attending a Christmas Concert all about Advent Season.

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

Advent Thoughts, Part 1

I am not alone at all, I thought.  I was never alone at all.  And that, of course, is the message of Christmas.  We are never alone.  Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent.  For this is still the time God chooses." - Taylor Caldwell (1900-85)

After attending SPU's Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert this year, I am reminded of God's birth even more, and am giddy with anticipation for what that birth means.  There were even themes in the last two Sunday services I listened to that neatly tied into Advent.

First - God knows us and sees us.  He knows where we've been, where we are and where we are going.  Even when we're at our lowest or worst, He still meets us and intervenes.  This ties into the "The Word Proclaimed" and "The Promise Made."  Hence the quote above.

Second - is a reason to rejoice!  In "The Message" translation in Romans 5: 6-11 we find many interesting points:
Christ arrives right on time to make this happen.  He didn't, and doesn't, wait for us to get ready.  He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready.  And even if we hadn't been so weak, we wouldn't have known what to do anyway.  We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice   But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.  Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way.  If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we're at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life!  Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose.  WE SING AND SHOUT OUR PRAISES TO GOD THROUGH JESUS, THE MESSIAH.
This promise made through his birth was fulfilled and therefore the world transformed.  Which means that we should rejoice!  It is a great thing that has happened.

I'm grateful for this season and am grateful for the reminders lately, that tell me that even in my darkest days and when I'm doubting my faith that I'm not alone.  That God has been with me and met me in every high and low situation.  And even in those low periods where I don't think I have what it takes...or when I'm berating myself for stupid decisions and sins, that God still meets me and invites me into His story.  I do rejoice and I am thankful this Advent Season.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

BSU Players

BSU Players by kiki5253
BSU Players, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

Taking in a BSU Game, I saw the players run in from on the field. How cool is that? Thanks Courtney for getting me a ticket and the opportunity to stand on the BSU Field during the opening kick-off. One of the many awesome experiences I had while in Boise this last week.



Swan by kiki5253
Swan, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

My brother and I also aggravated a swan while we were out for a walk on the Boise Greenbelt.

She swam up and started hissing, but never climbed out. Paul was hoping that she'd get out and start chasing us. He was telling me about some of the other more aggressive ones that would chase runners down the trail. Also, that if there were couples and the swan started chasing the girl, that the boys would generally ditch the other half and run for their lives.


View from Inferno Cone

View from Inferno Cone by kiki5253
View from Inferno Cone, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

I went to the Craters of the Moon National Monument this week. This is one of the best views I saw while I was there. My brother and I climbed to the top of Inferno cone.

Nature sure is pretty, isn't it?


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My apologies...

I'm working on re-designing my blog and updating my domain, but it seems that not as is going according to plan.  Sorry my site looks like it sucks right now.


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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Naval Undersea Museum

Naval Undersea Museum by kiki5253
Naval Undersea Museum, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

USS Henry M. Jackson

USS Henry M. Jackson by kiki5253
USS Henry M. Jackson, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

I learned about Trident Submarines today. The ones in the Pacific Ocean are all based in the area - Bangor Naval Base.

"The 14 Trident II SSBNs together carry approximately fifty percent of the total American active inventory of strategic thermonuclear warheads."

These are cool, and they're all named after states except for this one apparently.

The Naval Undersea Museum on the peninsula is an interesting place to go, it's small, but it's full of some interesting history. It also came to my attention while I was there, that it's the bicentennial of The War of 1812.

Enjoy the new pics!


Friday, August 24, 2012

Indianapolis 500

IMG_3095 by kiki5253
IMG_3095, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

Another Car Shot - one that I'm proud of. :)

Warty Pig - Woodland Park Zoo

I also made another trip to the zoo to see the newest arrivals. The Warty Pigs are so cute!! There are three and they're next to the Elephant exhibit. You definitely want to stop by!!


Car Museum in Tacoma

IMG_3083 by kiki5253
IMG_3083, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

I finally got around to uploading my pictures from my trip to the car museum there. I think it's the LeMay Car Museum. It's right of I-5 South next to the Tacoma Dome, so you really can't miss it.

It was pretty cool to see so many floors of cars dating back to the horseless carriage. I'm not a car fanatic, but I have to say...the progression of vehicles is impressive. To see the Ferrari's lined up in a row or to see all the Indianapolis 500 cars throughout history, is amazing. You'll learn a lot just by walking through the museum. My one wish, was that there would be more plaques containing the history about the individual cars. More explanations about why they're significant to history and what makes the car stand out to us either socially/culturally or technologically.

Anywho...enjoy the new pics!


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Space Needle on a Sunny Day

Space Needle 2 by kiki5253
Space Needle 2, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

I Love Seattle when it's sunny outside. This was taken from my Nokia Lumia 900 phone. I like how the shot turned out.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

View of Rainier

View of Rainier by kiki5253
View of Rainier, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

Too bad it's hazy, but I still like how things turned out as a black & white.

Cargo Ship in the Sound

Cargo Ship in the Sound by kiki5253
Cargo Ship in the Sound, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

Saw this boat while on an Argosy Cruise a few weekends ago. I thought the picture turned out well, so I'm sharing it on my blog.


Friday, May 4, 2012

Flickr Referrs

I often look through my Flickr stats to see where people are coming from when they hit my photostream. I have to say...there are some strange referrers...some funny ones too. Like this one:

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Sound (John M. Perkins' Blues)

Love is the final fight. John Perkins is doing so much. I first heard about him through Seattle Pacific University - the John Perkins Center.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Huge Starfish

Huge Starfish by kiki5253
Huge Starfish, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

I saw this starfish off the dock near my parent's house. It's cool, because the circumference of the starfish is the same as the post in the water.

There's also a "baby" starfish just above the big guy. So awesome!


Monday, April 16, 2012

Opening Night

aPRIL 006 by kiki5253
aPRIL 006, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

First home game of the season! Sam and I went together to see the Mariner's play the Athletics. It was a beautiful evening with lots of sun.


aPRIL 193 by kiki5253
aPRIL 193, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

Sam flipped some rocks and found a few crabs. Unfortunately for this's front claw fell off...

Saltwater State Park

aPRIL 249 by kiki5253
aPRIL 249, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

This is a cool park down south near Des Moines. In the distance you can see Vashon Island.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Feeling Accomplished

Today I feel accomplished. I filed my taxes and I picked up everything off my bedroom floor and found a 'home' for it in my room. It's quite a feat considering I've been doing this kind of thing for years. No idea how long my room will stay clean, but I'm happy with the fact that I got it done today. I moved at the end of November so it's been two months since I've had a clean floor....sad, but true.

Welp, I just woke up from a quick nap. It's time to get changed so I can meet up with my parents tonight around dinner time. They're going to come over to help me install a bed frame in my guest room and help me attach the headboard and footboard I have in my room to the frame. Even more things crossed off my list!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Icicle by kiki5253
Icicle, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

It snowed a lot in Lynnwood recently. I'm posing some pics from my walk today. You can see more by clicking on the image. It'll take you to my flickr account.


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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Just Saying Hi

  by kiki5253
, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

This is my friend Chang Keunah - he returned to Korea (his home) recently and before he left, he stopped by my office to say good-bye. I hope I see him again someday because he always makes me laugh when I see him or talk to him. I will miss having him here.

I got in trouble for not copying him - doing what he did with his hands. I was supposed to have both my hands up next to my face, but I failed. We took another picture, but that one didn't turn out as well...aka I look sillier and it looks like my eyes were closed. :(

Anywho...just saying hi.

View from the WSDOT Ferry

View from the WSDOT Ferry by kiki5253
View from the WSDOT Ferry, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

On my way to Bremerton a few weeks ago. I like this ferry ride. It's picturesque and calm. A little long for my taste, but still nice.