Posted by: Teresa | March 1, 2009

I look like my daddy

Just a little humorous one.

My father is in the Foreign Missions Board of the UPCI.  He has about 4 meetings that he attends a year,  well use to attend.  He was put on the Board about 22years ago. 

I always picked up my parents from the airport we they came home from meetings, General conferences, etc.  One day when I pick them up, he was telling me that all the men were talking about their children.  One minister said he had a single son and my dad said that he had a single daughter (this was before I had even met Scott).  When my dad said that I was single, the other minister asked what I looked like.  My dad’s reply was “They say she looks just like me.”  When my dad said that, I almost started crying.  They’re reply to that was “How very unfortunate for the poor girl.”  Then I really wanted to cry. lol

Later I met most of the ministers at General Conference.  I will never forget when I met Bro. Vor Shoemake. He held my hand and looked deep into my eyes and said “Why you ARE a pretty thing, you don’t look nothing like your dad.”  I really wanted to hug and kiss him.  He was so sweet to say that, especially when I know I am the spitting image of him. (Only I pull it off better… lol)  We had a great laugh.

About 3-4  years later,  I was pumping gas at Sunmart, around 10 pm at night.  I am standing on one side of the aisle and a gentleman on the other. (minding my own business….) The gentleman asked me ” So how is your father doing?”  I was stunned.  I looked around me, on me anywhere there might be a name tag and saw nothing.  I asked him “How do you know who my father is?  Do know who I am?”  He looked kind of sheepish and said “I’m sorry, but you look just like your dad.  You are Rev. BJ Hurst daughter?” (just can’t get away from that guy….LOL!!!!)

I am proud to say I do look like my dad.  The other day someone told me that I look like mother, but I beg to differ.  (not that I wouldn’t want to) Here is some proof and it is passed down to my daughter. (Lord have mercy upon her soul… jk. She is the best of all three…)  You tell me if you seen the resemblance.

Dad in the late 1930's

Dad in the late 1930's

Me and KiKi in 1968   poor kitty

Me and KiKi in 1968 poor kitty

Victoria, summer of 2000 (cute knees...)

Victoria, summer of 2000 (cute knees...)

Posted by: Teresa | February 22, 2009

Thank God for Miracles

I love my mama

I love my mama

First of all, I would like to apologize for not posting last night.  I was physically and emotionally drained.

Saturday, February 21 started out to be a very bad day.

At 6:20 am, I received a telephone call from dad saying “Teresa, start praying.  Mom’s having a heart attack and the ambulance is on their way.”  Of course, I don’t remain calm and starting freaking.  When I made it over there with in 10min, the paramedics were already their. When I asked what can I do they told me to go to my dad and help calm him.  I don’t think I have ever seen my dad so scared. 

I drove my dad to the hospital and on the way, he was telling me that he could not make it with out her.  I felt like I had to be the strong one.  I couldn’t cry just then because I really had to talk pretty stern with him. 

At the hospital, Gary, Patricia and Nathan were there.  That really helped with dad.  After the initial shock we dealt with this tragedy with none else but humor.  There is really something wrong with this family. lol

Mom was transported in a helicopter to the Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose.  Took only 18min.  By time I had drove dad there, she was already in surgery.  Gary & Patricia were there with Randy and Nathan & Ronda showed up.  My poor husband was at home with Brandon and Victoria.

We found out, one of mom’s arteries (the bottom one, I think) was completely clog and I believe a blood clot also.  They put a stint in and everything turned out good.  We waited to see her in the waiting room and again, now with Randy, the humor started again.  Ronda said, when her mother was in the hospital, said ” They say laughter is the best medicine, we should be the healthiest people here.”  It feels good to be able to sit with your family in a time of crisis and still be able to laugh.

Now we even have a greater reason to laugh.  I went to see her last night and she was feeling fine, except for a slight headache.  Thank you Jesus!!!!!!

When we were leaving the ICU, Sis Bobbi & Bro. Jimmy Shoemake were there to greet us.  What a pleasant surprise.  I told my dad, not only did we have the family to help pray, but we have the Hollister church family and then the Kennewick church family to pray.  As a matter of fact I believe we have the four corners of the USA covered.  Washington, California, Florida and New York (my parent’s friends, Bro.& Sis. Doug Davis), and everything in between.

All I can say is, Thank you all for your prayers.  God is truly still on the throne.

 Just a little update.  I was going to go visit with my mom this morning and my dad called, said that the nurses didn’t want any visitors this morning due to a bad night with her jumpy legs.  They said she was a little ornery, and had to put her to sleep.  Guess she is feeling better. lol

Posted by: Teresa | February 17, 2009

Austin James Sarria, 2/16/97-5/3/97


February 16 is a very special day to me.

My first son, Brandon, was about 2 months old when I found out I was pregnant again.  My doctor, Dr. Warnke, was not very happy with me but oh well.  The pregnancy was not  very hard, actually it seemed verily easy.

Saturday, February 15, was a normal day.  It was still about 2 weeks before my due date.  Scott and I were out grocery shopping and I was having what is called braxton hix.  Some were so bad that I had to stop and breath.  Scott kept saying “Let’s just go to the hospital and check if you are in labor.”  But I did not want to and I said NO!  Afterward we went over to my parent’s home.  We stayed there for a couple of hours and still the pains were coming on every 15 min.  After a while, Scott and my mother told me I really needed to go to the hospital.  My dad said I just wanted to get out of going to church on Sunday. Ha

Well, I went to the hospital and sure enough, I was in labor.  Boy was that crazy!!  I told the nurse that I wanted an epidural.  (She had the audacity to tell me that it didn’t sound like I was in hard labor yet!!)  Not too long after that, I was in HARD labor and by then it was too late for the DRUGS!!  So needless to say, this was a VERY natural birth. (aka: the ring of fire) hee hee

Austin James Sarria was born February 16, 1997 at 3:51 am.


He was a very beautiful baby boy.  Completely perfect, and very handsome. (like his dad)  7lbs 11oz and 19 3/4 inches long. Dark brown hair and dark blue eyes.

Austin was a very content baby.  Hardly ever cried, but when he did, it was so precious and quiet.  Austin was a daddy’s boy, but I really say he was a momma’s boy.


May 3, my husband had to drive me to work, we were down to 1 vehicle, and when he dropped me off I hugged and kissed Brandon goodbye and then went to Austin to kiss and hug him.  He didn’t smile that often, so as I kissed him, I said ” Can mama have a little smile?”  He did.  It took my breath away.   I was so happy.  It made my day.

Later that day, I received a phone call that changed my life forever.  My baby boy had gone on to heaven.  Life was extremely hard for several months, maybe even years after.  I can honestly say I would never have made it through this time in my life if I had not known God.

I may never know why the Lord chose to take him at that time.  However He blessed me with Austin for 2 1/2 months.  What an impact that little guy made in just a short time.  Sometimes we wonder what he would be like today and I say he would have been my quiet child.

The day he passed, my husband wrote a poem that he later read at the funeral.  I would like to share it with you.


I can’t thank God enough that I get another opportunity to see Austin again.  I can’t wait for that day.  I know he will have a smile for me.


Posted by: Teresa | February 1, 2009

Bible quizzing in Hollister

Our church here in Hollister, CA is really growing and doing great things.  One of the great things is we now have a quiz team.  My son, Brandon, is on the team, along with Kyle and Kameron Elledge and Giovanni. 

Hollister quizz team

Hollister quiz team


Yes, This is our quiz team. 

They are studying the Book of Luke.  They learn about 3-5 verses a day.  All of them are doing really good.  Every Monday evening we gather at Bro. & Sis. Knutson’s house for practice.  Could we be more blessed having them to be our mentors?  They know all there is to know and are a blessing to Sis Bridgett and Bro. Eddie Rodriguez and I.

If  you know Kyle, Kameron and Brandon then add Giovanni in there, you know not much will get done at practice if you do not crack the whip.  Bro. Knutson can be a teddy bear at times but then we have Sis. Knutson.  She will not let them get away with anything.  She has a certain way of looking at you when you try to give excuses.  She doesn’t buy it.

Anyway, at practices we divide the team 2 vs 2 to do practice quiz.  They still do not grasp the concept that when the quiz is opened NO TALKING and they giggle.  It so cute yet so frustrating.   Here are some pictures of the Modesto/Hollister mini quiz.

Modesto Novice quiz team

Modesto Novice quiz team


Very nervous

Very nervous


Not so nervous anymore

Not so nervous anymoreCelebrity Look a likes: Nick Jonas & Vanessa Hudgens

Modesto team w/coaches

Modesto team w/coaches

Hollister quiz team w/coaches

Hollister quiz team w/coaches

The whole gang

The whole gang

What a fun day.
Oh, by the way, 2 weeks later, Hollister won third place at the novice tournament out of 8 teams
Oh, yeah!!!!
Posted by: Teresa | January 4, 2009

A Apostolic Attitude

Happy New Year everybody,

Wow, Is it really 2009? It is so hard to believe. Being that is the beginning of the year and the new year resolutions are made, it got me to thinking. Alot of people put losing weight ( which is mine), being nicer (also mine), and drawing closer to God (my main one).

What I was thinking is something I want share to you all. Many years ago a preacher friend of mine Bro. Steve Smith from Camas, WA preached in Kennewick. His message was “Completely Sold-out”. He read this article printed in the Illinois District News. I thought it was so appropriate to my walk with God and it has been on my fridge ever since, about 13years now. Here it is and I hope you feel the same.

An Apostolic Attitude
Author unknown, reprinted in the Illinois District News.

I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed, I have Holy Ghost power. The dye has been cast, I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure.

I’m finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed vision, chintzy giving and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need prosperity, position, promotion or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. I now live by present tense, by faith, walk by patience, live by prayer and labor by power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my guide reliable, my mission clear.

I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, deceived or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the adversary, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.I won’t give-up, let-up, or shut-up until I have stayed-up, stored-up, prayed-up, paid-up and preached-up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, I must go ’til He comes, give ’till I drop, preach ’til all know and work ’til He stops me. And when He comes for His own, He will not have any problem recognizing me because I will not be discouraged and I refuse to quit.

Times may be rough but I am completely sold out.
May all your resolutions and dreams happen

Happy New Year to you all


Posted by: Teresa | December 9, 2008

Welcome to the 21st Century

Hello to all you bloggers.  Up until recently I didn’t even know what a blog or blogging was.

Back in 2006, my husband and I were at my niece Danelle’s wedding and at the rehearsal as we were standing in the back waiting to learn our cue to walk down the aisle, we were talking about the big day and last minute details to get.  Someone (can’t remember who) took out their cell phone to add me to their phone list and asked for my cell #, then the other people around thought good idea and did the same.  They all stood there with their cell in hands, looking at their cells waiting to punch those numbers.  Then I said those fateful words “We don’t have cellphones.”

You should have seen it. It was like in the movies.  This dumb founded look on their faces as they looked at my husband and I, then all at once, the comments “Didn’t you know this is the 21st century”, “I could never live without mine”, and “How do you keep in touch”.   Then that wasn’t bad enough Scott being the guy he is said “Well here’s something to really blow your mind. We don’t have a computer either.”

Wow, after that I felt like I was a regular hillbilly for Washington.

Well needless to say we did get cell phones and I told people that we finally made it the 20th century. NOW!!!! we have a computer with internet and all the cool stuff.  This poor ole country gal is now a citified 21st century girl. LOL 

So now I was thinking that the world would love to hear my thoughts that are constantly going through my mind. There may be silly days, sad days funny days and possibly boring days.  I just hope whoever is reading this might enjoy.

Well, not bad for a first timer, huh?

Hope to talk soon.

Posted by: Teresa | December 9, 2008

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