Beauty from ashes

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a] 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. – Isaiah 61: 1-3

Month: October, 2014

Favorite architecture buildings

I wanted to make a list of my favorite architecture buildings so far, of course this is a list of the architecture I’ve seen up close. So there are far more in general, but, for obvious reasons, I love the buildings when I actually get to experience the space and see the architect’s intentions:


1. Maison de Verre – Pierre Chareau with Bernard Bijvoet in Paris, France 1931  (Visited June 2014)

Much influence from Le Corb and follows his 5 points of architecture, but honestly, in my opinion, does it better. All the details on the doors (my favorite is his detail for the doctor’s door to the assistant’s office). The detail in the door being pulled out, letting his wife know he is home. The window panes- one of a kind- cannot be remade today. The lights in front of the building so that people cannot look into it at night. Rotating screen. Different stairs for different occupants (doctor stairs had mesh, but for the wife, since she had heels, there were diff stairs for her). And so much more. Design was in collaboration with Pierre Chareau (furniture and interior designer), Bernard Bijvoet (dutch architect) and Louis Dalbet (craftsman metalworker).

2. Kentuck Knob – Frank Lloyd Wright – Dunbar, PA 1956 (Visited Nov 16, 2013)

All about the details

3. Kahn buildings- Margaret Esherick House (inside) and Fischer House (outside) – (Visited Oct 9 2014)

For each, I love certain aspects. Fischer house- love the exterior of the house, while the Escherick, I love the interior. It was in collaboration with Wharton Esherick, a craftsman and artist. One of the beams is a huge repurposed beam to hold up the mezzanine level, which has a certain level of quality/detail within the wood that gives the house more character. I love the T motif that Kahn uses with the windows and also in small details around the house.

4. Barcelona Pavilion – Mies Van der Rohe (Visited May 2014)

No brainer. It was absolutely wonderful to actually see how the space worked after seeing the pictures all too often.

5. All Gaudi buildings and Park Guell (Visited May 2014)

-enough said


Favorite areas from the summer

1. Olympic Park -Seattle,  Marion Weiss and Manfredi

Even in the park, loved the concrete details. Loved that you forced people to walk all the way around to get to the end. Art installations along the way. Next to the river.

2. Pike Place Market -Seattle

Loved the hustle and bustle of the market, and that you could get anything from there basically.


Noticed some consistencies- love detail. its all about them details, ahha. And I seem to like the projects that have some sort of artist collaboration involved, hmmm.

That’s it for now, but this list will build as I visit more places 😀


“If you believe in one, you have to believe in the other” “If you believe in the one, you have to reconcile the existence of the other” – in regards to God (heaven)/ Satan (hell) – “criminal minds”

It’s been on my heart (for awhile) to be praying for D. It was the night before D left for a business trip, and I just happened to be home. And I was driving back to school, and I thought that this would be a good time to bring it up. I remember talking about it before (long time before) when I was a kid. I remember asking if he believed in a God, and I think he thought there was a higher power, although I am not sure how accurate this is.

I asked him if he thought there was a God, and he said that it was a made up story so that people could deal with the things that happened in their lives. He said no one saw him, heard him so he doesn’t exist. I asked him next where he thought we went after we died. But he just said to keep driving and that its not good to talk while driving (which obviously was just an excuse to not talk about it anymore)

That is the first attempt. And even this one, I mustered up enough courage …almost most of my life. And I fear the next time, there might be anger involved. But I do want to keep trying. I want to keep trying. I hope that even though I didn’t say much, I hope that maybe he will think about it or maybe it opens his eyes to at least something or someone out there.

I will keep praying about it.

One joyous thing that happened– which I dont know how I didn’t think about before was video chatting with M. Since D is gone, she’s by herself. So it was nice to vchat face to face. She was so amazed at the technology. I showed her the different visual effects- the hats/crowns/beard/hearts, etc. She was laughing and just happy overall. She was happy to be talking to me and even said I seem to have lost weight (versus what she said when I went home, haha). It seemed like she just needed this, you know? Some things to be happy about. It doesn’t take much to make her laugh, but there aren’t many instances where she can laugh and be happy, so anything counts. Even something little/trivial as video chatting.

Even this Sunday, He was reminding me about “forgiveness”. Since I’m not around D, I think its really easy to think I have forgiven him somewhat, but I know in my heart that I haven’t. But God is constantly reminding me to forgive and love and care, even if that person hurts us. Pastor talked about how it is hard to forgive because of a sense of finality “You ruined my life, you destroyed my life” but they don’t have the final word, only God has that. He talked about how Jonathan Edwards in “Christian happiness” lists 3 important/crucial points:

Point 1: Our bad things will turn out for good.

Point 2: Our good things can never be taken away from us.

Point 3: The best things are yet to come

Out out ashes, comes beauty.

Out of destruction, God will turn it into good.


Amen to that.



Your bad things will turn out to be ultimate good things.
Your good things can never be taken away from you.
And the best things are yet to come.