Friday, December 24, 2010


Hello to anyone still reading my blog! I can't access my blog at college so I haven't really been able to update (not that I had much time to do so anyway). My first semester of college is now finished, and I'm quite happy with my grades from finals week. I came home for Christmas break just over a week ago and am here until January 9th. It has been really nice to just relax, catch up on sleep, be with my family and friends from church, and be involved in various other activities.

I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas! All my friends and family have made this year a special one. May we all remember Christ during this holiday season.. remember all that He has done and praise Him for the many blessings He has so graciously given us.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

First Half - Over

(This is from Thursday, October 28, 2010. I haven't had access to my blog at college.)

So I'm sure many of you have been wondering how my first half of the semester is going here at college. Some words come to mind as I write this. Overwhelming; hard; pressured... Enjoyable; beneficial; encouraging... As some of you know (and for those of you who don't know), my first week here was tough. Almost to the point of leaving and giving up this opportunity. Yet God had a different plan in mind and orchestrated circumstances so that His will for my life would be accomplished.

Even through the difficult and seemingly impossible changes, college is one of the best things that has happened to me. As I look over the first half of my semester, I can see how God has worked. I have met some people who will be close lasting friendships, others who are always there for me when I need a kind word or note, and then there are those who will offer to do homework with me or simply act crazy to make me laugh after a long day. God has also been showing Himself in my various classes, Mr. Trainer's classes especially. How many times I have read through passages of Scripture without really understanding the true meaning of each individual verse! Even the genealogies like Matthew 1:1-17. I don't think I've read that part of Matthew until I came here. Then we went over it in class and pulled out several applications which can be applied to every Christian's life today - just from genealogies.

My roommates are truly a blessing from the Lord. Carissa is a senior, and she is the one I have talked to the most out of my 3 roommates. I am usually here in my dorm room a lot during the afternoon/evening. When Carissa is here we are sometimes able to have interesting conversations, all of which are lead back to the Lord. We don't even have to be talking to each other for me to gain godly advise from her. Many times it is through her phone conversations where I am learning more about her, and even more about our God. She does, however, have a way of making me laugh by some of the things she says. Amber is a sophmore. I often don't see her until the evenings since she works quite a bit, but when I do get to talk to her I always walk away laughing about something or other =) She has a great sense of humor but also a humble spirit toward things of God. Bethany is a freshman. I knew her for a few years before coming to college and requested her as a roommate. I've gotten to know her better and have seen a lot of what she has written me in letters come out in what she does in the dorm. When she and another girl on our floor practice aural skills in the lobby, well, let's just say it can be quite hilarious to listen to. She can also understand much of what I am going through during the semester as she is also a freshman.

There are multiple other things I could talk about, but the last thing I want to leave you with is what I have learned about struggles. Right before college I had very difficult news told to me, and that area in my life has stuck with me even now. Of course, during college I have had trouble with my new class/work schedules... new everything basically, and I felt like I was all alone, having to wade through these personal battles by myself. That is when God reminded me that He has and will continue to be with me as I move forward in this next step of my life. Every day I wear a necklace my mom gave me for a gift. It has two footprints hanging from a chain, simply reminding me that God is walking alongside me every day and will never leave me. Things will still be hard, but God won't give me any more than I can bear. And it is when my burden becomes too heavy He will lighten the load and carry me through.

Thank you for your continual prayers, notes, emails, phone calls and, for those here on campus, your smiling faces, silly texts, and uplifting hugs. Each small thing you do is so much bigger to me and I thank you so much for it all!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Slowly but surely

It's been way too long since I've written here. So much has been going on in my life, and I haven't had the proper time to just sit down and sort through everything.

Now, I do.

Our church had it's "Alpha/Omega Wars" on the fourth week of July. We had two students, Elsa and Juan from UCLA in Mexico, here for three weeks helping in various ways, including the Teen Week. They were a tremendous help!! It's much more difficult to get teens to come out for stuff like this than it is younger kids, but those who did come were there all week.

Each night, some of the older teens from our church (me included) and the adults came to help with the setup and preparations for the evening's events. All week I was filling hundreds of water balloons, with the help of some of the others. o_O If I ever see another water balloon again, it will be too soon.... The biggest event of the week was the obstacle course. The teens really enjoyed wiggling their way under the orange netting, sliding down the new-and-improved slip'n'slide (which consisted of soap, water, and a large blue tarp), walking across a log, getting through a mess of ropes tied between two trees, going over a teeter-totter made of a board, and maneuvering their way along the "army ropes" - all while being tied together by the wrists and ankles in groups of three!

After the fun and games snacks were served, thanks to many of the ladies in our church. The teens also got quite a few chances to guess at how much money was in the coin jars, three jars throughout the week. Some of their guesses were within pennies of the actual amount! I remember doing that a long time ago, and I never got that close =)
At the end of every night we gathered in the auditorium and Pastor gave a challenge to the teens. The entire week was great, and I believe the Lord used what was done for His glory.

On another note, I have been preparing for college most of the summer. I had my graduation/going away get together at church a few weeks ago, gone shopping with some friends, and just yesterday finished with the majority of my packing. Tonight will be my last time at church for a while. I know the college is only two hours away from home, which is much closer than many others will be, but I'll still miss everyone here. I've attended MBC ever since I can remember. There have been more families than I can count who have been a blessing in my life in more ways than one. God had truly shown Himself here, and I hope to take the lessons I've learned here with me as I leave this Friday. I want others to see Christ in all I do and say. Please pray for me this week as I travel and especially as I start classes next Tuesday.

Monday, August 2, 2010

As of today it's been one full year since I've been in Mexico... can't I go back?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Teach me

"Teach me to number my days,
And count every moment,
Before it slips away...

It happens in a blink, it happens in a flash -
It happens in the time it took to look back -
I try to hold on tight but there's no stopping time,
What is it I've done with my life? ...

Slow down, before today becomes our yesterday...
Before you turn around and it's too late...

It happens in a blink."

I had planned on writing out my thoughts from this month, but the more I think about it the more I think I'd rather wait until things calm down in my life. Quite a bit has happened and I need to sort out my thoughts, as well as spend time in prayer, before sharing. Right now I would just ask for your prayers. I pray for each one of you daily!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I am sitting here thinking about how I will be done with school tomorrow, and it's still not sinking in. I will be completely finished- forever. A good feeling, but strange all the same. Today I got through two of my three remaining classes. Tomorrow I just finish with History and take a few tests, then it will all be over!
There are going to be so many new things coming up in my life. Whether it be through the new school year at college, this summer, or even the next couple of weeks. I am completely looking forward to everything, no matter how easy or difficult it may be. May I glorify God through my decisions and actions.

Sometime towards the beginning of August I plan on having a "graduation/going away" get together at my church after the evening service. I will post a Facebook invite when I get more details, and I trust all of my friends will be able to come, even if only for a few minutes. Nothing big. I would just like to see as many of you as I can before I leave... you know I'll have my camera out too ;)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Second guess

Why must I always second guess myself when it comes to replying to a comment that is in Spanish? Most of the time I know all the words and can translate in my mind to English, yet I still go to my dictionary or online translation site to make sure.

Sigh. Maybe after being in a Spanish class again I will be more confident.