Monday, July 7, 2014


I win. I am still alive and summer one is over. THANK GOODNESS! 
To be honest. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. 
I didn't have to (although I sometimes choose to) stay up till 3am every night finishing homework.
I didn't die.
I didn't fail any classes. 
I actually got A's in all four classes! 
That's pretty dang impressive if you ask me. 
So June/Summer 1= COMPLETED! 

I did get to do something fun each week during June. My friend and I bought Six Flags season passes and would (and will continue to) go every Sunday during this past month. We even went one random Friday night. And that was by far the best purchase of the summer! Most weeks, it's what got me through, looking forward to riding roller coasters and just not worrying about homework, grades, or projects. Best idea!

This past weekend, I went to Dallas for the forth of July and took the Megabus home. I've always wanted to take it and just get the experience. We left on Friday morning at 7:20am (and we almost missed our bus. We made it by 9 minutes....) and the bus ride there was fine. It wasn't the most comfortable ride but I didn't have to drive, I could play on phone, and if I wanted I could read my book for my summer 2 class. Overall, the ride there was fine.

The ride home was a whole different story. We were scheduled to leave Dallas at 5:05pm so this time we decided to get there early because we wanted to get a seat together and because we didn't want the stress of being late. So we left our house around 3:30 (also enough time to get a drink at Sonic) to get to the bus station no later than 4:20ish... well.... we got there and our bus wasn't there yet... I wasn't worried, yet. Then 4:45 came around and there was still no bus. But I didn't want my dad to have to wait around so we told him we would call him once the bus got there. Well, little did we know, the bus was broken at the stop before ours..... and wouldn't be there for at least another 2 HOURS!!! So I called my dad, and he came back so we could go get dinner since it was dinner time. Then we went back about an hour and fifteen minutes later. Still no bus. But then we thought our bus was coming so we jumped out of the car real quick, got our stuff and got in the line that was already forming, just to learn that it wasn't our bus. I immediately texted my dad to let him know, not expecting him to come back (which he did) because it was 6:45 and we were expecting our bus to be there anytime. So I told my dad that he didn't have to stay around and that we would just wait for the bus so that he could finally leave... the people working at the station were not the most helpful but that's because no one was telling them where the bus was so we called customer service to see how long we were going to be waiting. Well after 3 calls that told us everytime, that our bus would be there in 20 minutes and if it wasn't to call back later... we were starting to lose hope. After waiting for over an hour and half (now making the time 8:30pm, mind you our bus was suppose to arrive in Austin at 8:20pm....) our bus FINALLY showed up.... FINALLY! We didn't get back home until 1am..... and the bus ride was super bumpy and uncomfortable because we were tired but it was too difficult to sleep on the bus. So the trip home was not satisfactory. But we did make it home and we didn't break down, so I'm just thankful for that!

Summer 2 classes started this morning and I'm thinking that this will be much easier than summer 1 was. Except the part that my first class starts at 8am... blah. But at least I am done at 11:40am! And my second class, we don't have class on Fridays! Which is AWESOME!
So here goes nothing! Time to finish up summer school!

Peace and Love

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Summer School Stinks

I have completed my first week of my adventurous overtaking of 12 hours in one summer session. Only 18 days left! I know that doesn't sound like a lot but when you go to school everyday, Monday through Friday, from 9am-6pm, it's a lot. That's 9 hours a day. 45 hours a week. 207 hours for the whole month... It's kind of a lot. 
But I am so thankful and grateful that I have the opportunity and the ability (THANK YOU MOM AND DAD!!!) to do this so that I can graduate ON TIME! Which is a really big deal since I thought I would be graduating a semester behind, which would have stunk. 
So that is what I am currently doing with my life. School and homework, sometimes sleeping and eating. And working on Saturdays. Except next Saturday because my mom is coming to town! I still have no clue what we are going to be doing but I am just excited that we get to spend time with each other. 
In July, she is going on a mission trip to Kenya! This is her first mission trip... EVER! And I am o so excited for her. She is nervous as ever but I know this will be such a great and awesome experience for her. She has no idea what to expect so I am so excited to hear all the stories when she gets back! Please pray for her and her team as they prepare for their trip. Pray for safety, good health, and that the Lord provides amazing opportunities for them while they are there.
Nothing really exciting is happening for the next two months except summer school. I am hopefully going to Florida in mid-August to get out of town for a while and to go see my aunt and the beach!! Which makes me really excited! Hopefully that will all work out. I am also going to the J.T. concert in the beginning of August so that will be really exciting also!
So I guess no news is good news... Not really sure. Ha! 
Hope everyone is having a fabulous summer and that they are melting.

Peace and Love

Monday, May 26, 2014

Simple Sunday

Last night, I was able to experience two friends of mine get married. It was a beautiful wedding that was completely Christ-centered. I hope the best for my two friends, Taylor and Logan Bell. (cause they are married they now have the same last name!!, CRAZY!!!!)

It was also awesome because I was able to see and catch up with friends that I haven't seen in quite a long time. I love that I have a desire to be around community again. For the past year, I haven't really desired friendships with others and lately, I have felt so lonely. So it was so wonderful to see people and be around such a loving community.

This morning, after waking up from a great nights sleep, I went to church. I was kinda nervous because for the past few Sundays when I would go, I would show up, stay for the service, and then quickly leave. But this Sunday on my drive to church, I was really hoping that I would be able to go to lunch with people. I didn't really care who, just people. And I was able to go eat with the most random group of people. It was such a humbling time that I am grateful I got to experience. 

I didn't really have any afternoon plans which I was really thankful for. Even though, I should have gone to work out, I made the decision to take a nap. That was the greatest decision I made all day. I took a three hour long nap and probably could have napped longer but decided I should get up and do something with my life... even though that just meant getting on Facebook... 

I was invited to go to the movies tonight with another random group of people. We went to see X-Men, which is not a movie I would choose to see, but I love when I'm asked to go to these type of movies because I normally really enjoy them. And tonight was no different. I really liked it even though I was super confused throughout 70% of the movie. But it was super action packed and fun. When the movie ended, the four of us stood outside and talked for a little over an hour even though we were all super tired. It was such an awesome time.

Even though today was super chill, it was such a good day. I love days when nothing is planned but everything falls into place. Today I am grateful for simple and easy days like today. 

Peace and Love.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Update on life.... from the past two years...

Almost two years have past since I wrote my last post.... and A LOT has changed in those two years.
Like the fact that I only have one year of college left?!?! What the heck! 
People say that college is the best years of your life, but they don't mention that they are also the hardest and most challenging years. 
Things and people are constantly changing and I have definitely experienced that first hand.
Some of them were good changes. Some of them were terrible and I would never wish them on anyone.
I seriously don't even know where to start...

So I have finished my sophomore and junior year of college now. 
I have had no fear of failing anymore classes either. 
I changed my major from communication disorders to education.
I moved out of the dorms and lived at home the summer after my freshman year.
I moved into an apartment with two other girls for my sophomore year.
Got a job at a local gym as a childcare worker.
Had many good and bad memories in the apartment.
Was promoted to childcare supervisor in March.
Bought a dog named Shiloh without my parents permission.
Broke up with boy.
Told parents about dog by bringing him home.
Passed all my classes and made Dean's List for the first time.
Stayed in San Marcos for the summer after my sophomore year.
Worked and took six hours of summer school.
Moved into a duplex with three other girls.
Was the hardest year of college so far.
Realized that many of my "friends" from the past year weren't real friends.
Continued working at gym as childcare supervisor.
Began to nanny for a local family.
Became consumed with school and work.
Took Shiloh to dog park and on walks, occasionally. 
Began to realize living with three girls was a bad decision.
Passed all my classes and made Dean's List.
Almost moved out at Christmas time.
Made New Years resolution to "Be Intentional" in every aspect of my life.
Began block classes in spring for education degree.
Found a new roommate for final year of college.
Brother got married in March.
Decided to move out of house in May.
Gave Shiloh to a new family.
Passed all my classes and made Dean's List.
Moved into new place.
And you have been caught up on my life.

That is the very condensed version of the past two years. Many of those things were just small parts that have happened and some of those things are huge things that I still think about. But something I have learned in the past two years is that in order for me to be happy, I have to choose to be that way. No person and no thing can make me happy. It is a choice. A lifestyle. 
So something else, along with my New Years resolution of being intentional, is to intentional make the choice to be happy. 
It is so easy for me to get caught up in the things that have happened in my past that I wish I could do over. But being able to choose to be happy is one that I hope I never look back and wish I would have done. I have an amazing life and have been given so much from so many different people. I hope that I never forget how much I am loved, cherished, and thought of by all the different people in my life. 
Hopefully I won't have to do another two year catch up, but if I do, remember in all times to choose joy!

Peace and love!