Camping Out

by fitforthesoul in , , , ,

Happy weekend guys!  Are you having a weekend filled with joy and blessings?  I sure hope you are! I definitely had a weekend full of surprises and encouragement through my church family as we camped out at the Lake Casitas Recreation Area.  Last time I mentioned that this would be my first time ever camping out in the wild outdoors.  However, I made a mistake and forgot that I actually did get to camp and sleep in a tent before...for a full 7 days!

I know, how can a girl forget that she's been camping before for that long, right?  Well, that's because my first experience happened in Mexico about 2 years ago, when Greg and I were on a mission trip building houses for the people living in the villages.  I guess I thought of it more as ministry [which it was] rather than camping.

Well, that's enough talking and I'll let the pictures do the rest because I am pooped!  :P

Remember that good ol' activity called "stone skipping" that most of our technology immersed generation isn't even aware of?  We did that and it was cool....Call me old fashioned, but this is where the fun is at!

I seriously wanted to jump off this dock and swim!  The water was so pristine and calming, yet it reminded me of the stories in the Bible when Peter was walking on water.

And of course, what would a great camping trip be without some amazing food?  I said it before and I'll say it again.  Filipino brathas and sistas truly know how to feast!  They are all so talented and hospitable that it's kind of unbelievable.  Oh and I think I grew 2 jean sizes.

One of my faves--runny eggs!

Things got crazy over at Lake Casitas last night.  :D  Everyone was still chilling around the bonfire singing and playing their guitars, while Greg and I crawled into our little tent to get some sleep so that we could wake up early.  I gave Greg a free tanning service with his ginormous, bright flashlight.  Hah!

All in all, our camping trip was a huge success not only because of the great food, awesome company, and ridiculously funny skits, (by the way, our group won the skit and our prize was to sit in the VIP table for breakfast this morning ;)) but because God showed up in an amazing way.  Every conversation was filled with love and edification for one another.  In the end, what more can I ask for?  Nothing.

When we left the camp site Greg and I were hungry for some lunch, so we stopped at The Panini Place in the city of Camarillo.

To start off and wake ourselves up, we ordered some iced coffee.  We were sleepy, stinky, dusty, and full of uneven tan lines.  It's a miracle they even served us food!

This cute little cafe is based off of European cuisine and atmosphere, so the whole place felt nice and cozy.  The food was delicious as well!  It wasn't too heavy like most paninis that we're used to.  The bread tasted fresh and crisp, while the ingredients inside the sandwiches were perfectly seasoned.

I ordered the Veggie Panini, which I special ordered and subbed the mozzarella for goat cheese instead.  On the side, I had the most delicious Italian Wedding Soup I have ever tasted!  It kind of reminded me of the flavors that I grew up with in Argentina.

Greg got the Old Town Panini, which includes tri-tip, provolone cheese, grilled onions, fresh tomatoes and mayonnaise all on French roll.  It was really good.  So good that I took two several bites. :D

We both recommend The Panini Place to anyone living near the Camarillo and Ventura area.  The price is not too pricey nor too cheap.  I would say that it's somewhere in the middle.  The food is satisfying yet light on the stomach, so it's great for digestion.  For me that's always a big plus.

Before we knew it, we drove back home and unpacked our bags.

You would think that for dinner I would have thrown together a salad bowl for the both of us, but I finally got my second wind from retreating to the wild outdoors that I made a mess in the kitchen just for this.

Recipe coming soon!

What's the highlight of your weekend?

Do you like to retreat to places when things get crazy in life?

-Sometimes I love to just drive down to the beach and walk around!


Ellie <33

You Gotta Dream Like New York

by fitforthesoul in

Hi beloved! :) I just wanted to encourage you to Dream Like New York, as high as the skyline....Aim for the stars above the city lights...

Dreams and hopes do come to pass when we hang in there and trust the Lord! :D  And this is what Greg and I have been learning lately despite the topsy turvy waves of life.  You see, one of the many reasons that my parents were strongly opposed to our relationship was because of finances.

We've been reassuring them that God takes care of His beloved, and so He has been! It's really a miracle.

Lately (quite suddenly) there have been several requests for Greg to come and speak at their churches.  Not only has he been giving his preparations 100% effort, but he has been speaking very freely and eloquently! I couldn't really tell that he was nervous at all.

This morning we went to a church about 45 minutes away.  I went with him to support him and to pray that he would be used in a mighty way.  It was amazing to encounter with all the members, and I have no doubt that they're going to be seeing a lot of miracles in their lives!  We couldn't just see the love within this congregation, but we could feel it as well.  Greg and I couldn't be more thankful to have been part of this experience.

Let me tell you, Aliso Viejo (where the church is located) is breath-taking in its scenery!

Check out those clouds! :D

After everything was over, Greg and I headed to this Indian restaurant right by the ocean.

As soon as we walked in, we realized it was completely empty!  0_o"

The interesting thing is, we went to India for missions this past summer.  After having eaten the delicious food there with the company of millions of flies, nothing really fazes us.  But for some reason, we didn't have a good vibe about this place so we opted for the Mexican restaurant right next door.  Hehe!

Greg ordered enchiladas and I ordered Chile Relleno, which was amazing!  But my stomach was growling from indigestion haha.

I had to go to my own service after wards and didn't have much time to spare, so we quickly headed to the ocean and took a few photo shoots!  There were pictures of Greg torturing me being super sweet to me but they magically disappeared.  It was the camera's fault.  Go figure.

We went from this...

To this...

Yep~this is what I have to live with everyday...HELP!!

A photo shoot coerced by Greg the photographer.  We can be quite silly sometimes! :P  I love how he makes me laugh so hard that my tummy aches at times.

All in all, we're learning to always "Dream Like New York, as high as the skyline" like Tyrone always says.

Whether that dream is large or minute in someone else's mind, don't let them tell you any different.  If you have caught a vision, then cast it!  Don't give up, and don't give in.  And in doing so, keep on having faith that you will be taken care of.

Let Tyrone remind you to "Dream Like New York".


P.S:  Stay posted for a lip-shmackin' raw vegan dessert!

Grace & Peace,

Ellie <33