68 posts Posts by hope

June Gloom

June Gloom

Wowzers! The last two months have flown by! You know the phrase “Time flies when you’re having fun”? Well, time flies when you’re BUSY. And when you combine that with LA weather, which is so consistent that keeping up with the date is too much trouble, the days pass like a blink. While the beginning of the year was adjusting to a new work schedule, currently I am finishing up garden classes for the year, catching up …

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God Always Provides in Our Time of Need

God Always Provides in Our Time of Need

Praise God! After a year and a half working for EnrichLA, I am happy to announce that I am finally getting a pay raise! I am floored with thankfulness. Since October, I’ve been working as full time as I can with Mondays “off” to catch up on planning for the week: 4 schools w/ 4+ hour visits per school, per week weekly blogging on ELA website lesson planning/prepping running errands to pick up supplies keeping track …

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Los Angeles Wrinkles

Los Angeles Wrinkles

I’ve never really cared about my appearance. My dad drilled into me that vanity is wrong; and I heartily agreed. At one point in high school, I cared a little bit about my clothes so I could fit in with my girlfriends; and I thought it was strange that my parents didn’t let me wear makeup until I was fifteen. But rarely did I wear clothes or makeup to impress anyone. I figured if a …

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Moving Situation 4/19/16

Moving Situation 4/19/16

We still haven’t found a place to live yet but we’re still hoping that God has something for us. Gratefully, we know someone who may be able to help us with a place and so we are praying that this situation works out or that he knows someone else who has a place for us to live. Our predicament is that we can’t afford a place on our own, i.e. that’s more than $800 a month. …

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Staycation day 6

Staycation day 6

Day 6: Sunday We attempted to go to bed earlier last night so that we wouldn’t miss the first service at church this morning. But inevitably, we were exhausted from an emotional and spontaneous week, so we attended the second service instead. I in a light dress, and Cobalt in swim trunks and a t-shirt, we dressed for the beach in case we were in the mood to take a stroll afterwards in the beautiful …

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Spring Break Stay-cation: Day 5

Spring Break Stay-cation: Day 5

Day 5: Saturday This morning we walked to our nearby grocery store (1/2 mile away) to buy milk for cereal. After breakfast we enjoyed some LEGO building, accompanied by Gotye, Freelance Whales and Josh Garrels Pandora Radios. At one point I took a break to pack a little bit and cleaning our room (after LEGO mess ;)). In the evening, Cobalt played some video games with Joel and I just chilled in our room for …

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Spring Break Stay-cation: Day 4

Day 4: Friday We began the day researching apartments once more. But after a bit of an emotional stress-out and a talk-through-our-emotions conversation (never fun but always necessary), we decided to simply build things with LEGOs and watch movies for the rest of the afternoon. An excellent solution for sure! This was the most fun day ever. :) In the evening, we went to a yummy little Asian-American Grill called Pastor’s Chef. It was the first …

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Studio229 Update + Moving this Summer

Studio229 Update + Moving this Summer

March 2016 Since the new year, quite a bit has happened – at least, in regards to Cobalt’s company. I really should have the husband write a post about how Studio229 (S229) is doing … but I’ll do my best to nutshell some of the deets :) For the last six months, S299 has been seeking investment/funding so that it can move into a legit office space and hire a legit team of artists to expand talent, repertoire …

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Spring Break Stay-cation: Day 3

Day 3: Thursday After sleeping in once more, researching a few more homes on craigslist and eating another late breakfast of waffles topped with peanut butter and strawberry jam, Cobalt and I spent a couple of hours exploring downtown LA via Google maps to see what there is to do. We made a big list but then ultimately decided we needed to do our taxes. Lame but very necessary! One day we hope to explore …

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Spring Break Stay-cation: Day 2

Spring Break Stay-cation: Day 2

Day 2: Wednesday We started the day around noon — sleeping in feels so good when you have no obligations! — with a wonderful brunch – homemade waffles with peanut butter, homemade strawberry jam and real whipped cream! This meal hit the spot and prolonged our hunger all the way until late afternoon. Then we headed to Del Cerro Park (north section of Portuguese Bend Reserve)

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Spring Break Stay-cation: Day 1

Spring Break Stay-cation: Day 1

What a perfect week for Spring Break!!! Because my students don’t have school, I don’t have to work, so Cobalt kindly asked for four days off this week so he could hang out with me. :D Day 1: Tuesday After sleeping in, Hubs and I researched apartments online (spoiler alert! we’re moving to another area of LA! More on this soon…) and discussed options for our week-long vacation. Finally having the opportunity, we really wanted …

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Edible Gardening in Los Angeles

Edible Gardening in Los Angeles

Purple Cauliflower - cold season If you’re not familiar, Los Angeles hosts two distinct seasons – cool and warm. By cool I mean the ~40s at night in the winter and by warm I mean up to ~90s in the summer. Consequently, both seasons allow a pleasant variety of crops to grow year round. I’ve officially lived through two full seasons in Los Angeles and am nearly finished with another cold season. It’s weird that in February we’re going to …

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New Year 2016

New Year 2016

Gosh, it’s been so long since I’ve written! I’ve thought to update on our “LA Life” so many times but reconsidered — for a lot of the things that had been going on were in my heart and I didn’t wanted to publicly admit my sins of selfishness, fear, and lack of control. Who wants to read an online blog that lists complaints after complaints? (Well, maybe one that is eloquently dictated.) So instead of writing, I’ve been …

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Fall in Los Angeles

Fall in Los Angeles

“Autumn Days” – Chattanooga, TN  | Hope Cox Two years ago seems an awfully long time. That’s how long it’s been since this picture was taken. Two years since we’ve experienced a Tennessee Autumn. Recently I’ve found myself quietly choking up when I see photos or videos floating around social medias and magazines and documentaries of mossy, lush forests or colorful, autumn trees or beautiful, rushing rivers… Sigh… what has LA done to me?? Oh! I …

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Misconceptions of Western Culture

Misconceptions of Western Culture

Hollywood Wax Museum I find it very interesting that the majority of the world wants to move to the West… Western Culture is, somehow, intriguing. The promise of Freedom. Employment. Adventure. The so-called “American Dream.” It’s all very mysterious, really. I shan’t bore you with discussing the US of A’s pros and cons about “liberty and justice for all.” If you’re reading this, you’re probably a US citizen and are familiar with this concept. And are probably grateful, …

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