Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It's a struggle...

How am I supposed to study when it's Halloween (not that I'm doing anything...Abby is absolutely correct about actual Halloween day) and I have great blog posts to read??? I love when my sister and best friend both update their blogs within half an hour of each other...lucky me :)
Oh, that studying I'm supposed to be doing? Bleh. Trying to use this for inspiration...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Yoga Jam

I want to write about my fun Halloweekend, but tonight is not the night. This week will be cray and probably blogging isn't the best way to spend my time these next couple days. But in the meantime, please enjoy this song. They played it during a couple yoga classes that I've been to in the last few weeks and it's pretty cool.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Card a Day

I found a link to this project on another blog that I read. With my recent excitement about sending letters and postcards, I thought it was perfect. Maybe you will too.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Some Fall pictures

Here are some pictures for your enjoyment. I went on a little solo photo adventure on Saturday and it was just what I needed. I am absolutely loving Fall. The weather and the colors. Perfection. Happiness.

At YL leadership on Sunday, we talked about gratitude. And how giving thanks and choosing gratitude leads to joy. That's something I had kind of lost sight of recently, but it is so true and so important. And actually what this blog was supposed to be about when I started it. Everyday blessings, everlasting joy.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


My mom knows me. And loves me so well. The best things in life are free :) It is a good day when I get to dress like this for Wyldlife. Hip Hop Club, baby. My soul was thriving.

A couple weeks ago we had kids fill out these cards for the Young Life banquet that asked the question, "What has your Wyldlife leader meant to you?" A sweet girl that couldn't come tonight sent her written response with a friend to give to us. It says, "They have showed me that it is really fun to be weird. It feels good to know that other people can be as crazy as me."

My heart is so happy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Today I got to go to lunch at Kinard. This is always a time of mixed feelings. I get super excited when I see kids that I know and they are happy to see me too. I'm able to laugh when I get rejected for a high five. I feel awkward when I'm walking around the cafeteria and I don't see anyone I know. Sometimes I feel discouraged when kids are hard to engage in conversation. But during the 6th grade lunch today, I felt joy. There was a whole table of girls that were asking questions about Wyldlife and then about Camp T and they were giving me their phone numbers to be included in WL texts. It was so encouraging.

This afternoon, Liv and I went to see Perks of Being a Wallflower. It was too weird for Olivia and I didn't love the whole thing, but I feared a bad ending and it was actually good. So I liked it.

Tonight Olivia and I went to TCBY for Waffle Cone Wednesday. All you can fit in a waffle cone for $2.99. It seriously is the best ever. And then I got to Skype with Jess, one of my very best friends from camp. It was such a blessing to see her and talk to her and it made me miss her even more. She's beautiful and great.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


At this point in the semester I usually feel overwhelmed and oh so tired of school. This semester really isn't any different, but some sweet things have lifted my spirits in the last week.

We had Hillbilly Club for Wyldlife and it was probably one of my favorite Wyldlife clubs ever. A couple kids threw up, which usually means it was super fun. We went hard. And I got to give my first club talk, which was cool! It is a relief to have the first one done and I feel kinda like a real Young Life leader now...yay!
The only things on my list to get for club...pretty sure the checkout man and bag-boy thought I was a real Hillbilly.

I have felt very intentionally loved by some awesome people recently and that is the best. I got to spend time with some really cool people over coffee and other cool people loved me through gifts and cards!
Found this sweet gift bag on my porch from a mystery friend!
Chocolate-filled mug, tea, cool CD, and lovely Bible verses about rest. So loved.

Letters from TWO of my best friends on the same day. Best ever.

I also got to spend some sweet time with my team + Matt and Max (Tristin was very missed). We had the best night! It began with dinner around 8:30 or 9. Then we took 5-hour energy shots around 10:30 before a couple rounds of this awesome game called fugitive. Then we carved pumpkins (sorry I don't have pictures to show our handiwork...). We ended the night with Waffle House, of course. We went at about 3 AM and our favorite worker, Bobby, wasn't there, but it was still grand in the way only Waffle House at 3 AM can be. I got into bed at about 4:30 AM and I felt awful the entire next day, but it was SO worth it.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Recent life in pictures

Before the cold came I got some great study time outside in leggings and a tank...perfect. It was a big study day so I had to move locations a few times...

Birthday Club was a great success...check out these precious girls with their rockin costumes! Also Greg. I'm giving my first club talk this week so pray for me!!
I got to spend a chilly weekend at camp! It was such a blessing to be's good for my heart to be in that place of beauty and community. On Friday, we got to take the camp truck out for an emergency breakfast-food Safeway run. I was driving the truck and loving my life. We bought 10 dozen eggs, 4 gallons of milk, and 7 boxes of sausage links. We woke up to a white field and frosty trees both mornings. Even though I'm wishing Fall weather would last forever and winter would hold off, it was beautiful!

On our way out of Estes, we saw this giant herd of elk in some local! Thanks Estes, thanks Fall...y'all delivered.
Today I got a package in the mail. It was the vintage postcards that I'd ordered from ebay! After finding this gem of a postcard for Cathy, I decided I needed to keep an eye out for more awesome postcards. And I'm not disappointed by my cheap, straight-from-China purchase.

I've been watching old episodes of The Office and I'm loving it. Pam and Jim's relationship is even greater, more sad, and sweeter than I'd remembered. Also I just watched "Business School." It's the one when Michael speaks to Ryan's business school class and Dwight catches the bat (on Meredith's head). I'm convinced it's one of the most awkward episodes ever made.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Ways Jesus has loved me this week

1. My mom switched my laundry from the washer to the dryer and then folded it for me.
2. When I was babysitting, Abby made up a bedtime song about how much God loves us.
3. We had birthday club tonight and I got to tell everyone happy birthday and dance and laugh.
4. A girl that came to club told me that she was going to Camp T this weekend.
5. I'm going to Camp T this weekend!
6. Multiple people have loved me very intentionally this week.
7. In a week/season of high stress and too much worry, I was reminded to focus on the present.
8. Psalm 34
9. My professors have made next week's midterms easier than expected.
10. My family is safe and well and we love each other.
11. I got to be apart of the engagement of some really great friends!
12. Also, I have people in my life that make me think about ways Jesus loves me each week. And that is healthy and good.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


This song has been so stuck in my head recently. But I also love brings out my inner ghetto. Remember my alter ego?
p.s. Cathy, I think you'll like this song ;)
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