Wednesday, July 11, 2012

O, hey there blog....

So it's been awhile. Yes. Sorry about that. How is life? It's really good.... A lot of things have changed since we last met. It's crazy to think about what all has happened since November. Dang!! Well, let me catch you up.
November- Josh and Leslie got married!! (for those of you who don't know, that's my brother and now sister-in-law) Yeah for them! It was a really fun wedding and if I danced that hard everyday, I would be skinny. 
There was also Thanksgiving a few days after their wedding which was fun. I love getting to spend time with family and catch up with everybody. I didn't really go Black Friday shopping either because 1. I didn't have anyone to go with and 2. I didn't have any money... (two big problems in my eyes, especially the second one)

December- Finished my first semester as a college student and didn't fail any classes!! Let me tell you, I definitely thought I was going to fail my psychology class but guess who got a 59.8.... THIS CHICK! Yeah, I know I should have a least gotten a C but you know what, I'll take the D because it is SOOOOOO much better than an F. Am I right or am I right?
What else happened? I went home for about a whole month. It was wonderful being home and getting to sleep in my own bed, shower in my own shower, and eat food that wasn't from Jones dining hall. 
Christmas was wonderful. I got my first pair of Chacos. I wear them all the time. They are the best shoes ever! 

January- I started my year off right away! On the 1st, two of my friends (Karlie and Kalene) and me headed to Passion 2012 in Atlanta Georgia! Which for me was my first major road trip without my parents. So to say I was super excited would be an understatement. If you've never heard of Passion and your a college student or you know a college student, I would highly suggest that you look into it because it was such an awesome experience and if I am blessed enough to get to go again, I would totally take it up! 
I went back to school for my second semester as a college student. YEAH! I love being in San Marcos with all my friends and I realized while being home during that month just how blessed I am at school.

February- Busy with school and other activities... Honestly I can't remember exactly what went on during this month. I know I was going to school, church, Rise meetings, hanging out with friends, learning how to two step even more, playing Phase 10 with Mare, and just being a normal college student.

March- At the beginning of the month, I was so blessed to get to go on a weekend retreat with the college ministry that I am apart of. The weekend was called Encounter and during the weekend you get to spend a ton of time in the presence of God and just fully turn things over to him that you haven't let go of. We all need a weekend like this and I was at a point in my life when I really needed it. Such a fun weekend with amazing friends and an amazing and awesome God! Then, Spring Break happened! Guess what I did? If you guessed stayed home while dog sitting and nannying, then you are correct.... I know, I'm a crazy college student. I know. It was a really good week though because I got to sleep and just hang out. When I got back to school, I was ready to finish the year strong! We went dancing the Saturday night when we got back and it was so much fun. This is also the night that I met some of the most wonderful that I have ever met! One of the things on my bucket list was to meet a great group of friends, which I had done before this point but little did I know that these few people would mean so much to me so quickly. And honestly when I first met them, I didn't even think twice about seeing them again after that night... Crazy how God works in our lives, right? But this is just when I met them...

April- Easter happens during this month! Yeah for getting to go home and see family! But the Wednesday before going home, I went to see my brother, Jake, in Belton perform in their Easter pageant that they put on every year. I am so blessed to have grown up in a family that loves Jesus with all their hearts and lives their lives fully for him. When I got back from Easter, I started to hang out with this new group of friends because my sweet friend I've nicknamed Slantie kept inviting me. I felt so welcomed and the relationships came so easily. Some of the easiest conversations I've ever had. It was so wonderful! My mom even got to come at the end of the month, finally! It was so exciting! She even got to spend the night in a dorm again after not doing that for just a few many years. I love that she is so precious to do that. One of my favorite things from the whole weekend is that she got to met these new friends and from what I saw she seemed to really enjoy them. But here comes my second favorite part of the weekend, she knew I like one of the boys..... I didn't even know I liked him. Is she good or what? So if you know me, you know I have never dated any boy before, I've only had these ridiculous crushes on guys but this is all because Christ was shielding me from boys that would just hurt me and not treat me like I should be treats. (But of course, growing up I never saw it this way) But by far my favorite part of the weekend was getting to take my mom to the church where I attend. I love my church at school and I was so excited to get to share it with her and let her see where I have been growing in my faith while at school. And who doesn't love worshiping with their parents?! So it was really cool to let my mom see my life as a collge student and I was so thankful that she was able to come spend the weekend with me.

May- FINALS!! So finals happened. I did pretty good on all of them, I even got my grades later once I got home and learned that I got all B's during my spring semester!!!! Which was such a blessing and a shock since I definitely thought I failed my biology class. Not thought, was sure. I failed every test.... I should of. But I worked my butt off in that class and went to office hours and sucked up and sat in the front and did everything I could do and it paid off!! YEAH!
Some other cool things that happened. Me and boy, I mentioned, started dating.... which is crazy because I definitely didn't think I was going to be dating anybody.... ever. But God can really surprise you sometimes.
I also had to come home during May because I had to finally leave Jackson hall.... sad day? Not really. It was pretty exciting actually because it was such a great experience and it wasn't that sad because my room was pretty empty since my mom took a lot of the stuff home with her and since all my neighbors and roomie had already left. I did stay in San Marcos a few extra days even once i moved out because of boy and because I just didn't really want to go home quite yet. (partly because I didn't want to face my father with the face that I thought I failed biology. I didn't know yet that I hadn't.) But when the reality finally came, I had to say bye to all my friends for the next 2 1/2 to 3 months.... and I had to say bye to boy which was really hard because we had just "official" started dating like a week before and I wasn't going to get to see him for 80+ days because he is on a Summer Project with CRU.... hard life, I know. Coming home was hard. Just because I also didn't know exactly what I was going to do with my life. I had planned since about February that I was going to be working at a special needs camp but things didn't work out and I had no clue what I was going to do. I had plan a to plan f when God finally revealed what he was going to have me do this summer, which is nanny two precious kiddos.But that didn't start till the beginning of June. So I literally just sat around the house, slept, and ate for the first week. But during that week, I was in constant conversation with that new group of friends I told you about and I am so blessed that four of them, including boy, got to come and visit me!! I totally needed it and I was lucky that they got to come!

June and July- Summer! Yeah for sweating all the time... I started nannying at the beginning of June. It has been such a blessing and I have been able to grow so much in my faith during these two months. Even though it isn't very much fun being separated from friends, it is much needed because it shows me just how blessed I really am and how the Lord has surrounded me with such an amazing amount of supportive people that love me for me and want only the best for me! And who doesn't love sending snail mail and receiving snail mail? I am blown away everyday by the grace and mercy that the Lord blesses me with. I don't deserve it at all but yet He loves me enough to still give it to me. That is an incredible love that I can only try so hard to give to others, especially these sweet kids I get to love on this summer.

I hope this year has been a blessing for all of you and that you are able to see the love of Jesus in everything you do... even though it's hard, I promise, it's totally worth it!!

Love y'all!

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