Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tis the Season

It's been awhile friends!

Let me catch you up.

I love Mississippi State. 
Not just because we have had an incredible football season, but because of this place.
It has become my home.
My family. 
The people I have met have become some of my dearest friends. 
I have an incredible, godly boyfriend who amazes me each day. 

It has been a whirlwind. 
This semester is almost finished, and finals are quickly approaching. 

What have I learned? 

Don't wish away today.
People are more important than GPA.
Putting God first will help you in ALL areas of your life.
I can be real. 
My faith in God is the only thing that should define me. 

Tis the season to give thanks, and I give thanks that God led me here. 

I really would not want to be anywhere else.

Sure, it can get stressful and I would love to sleep for a week straight, but the moments here with the people I love are forever changing my life.
My professors who care and who challenge me inspire me to follow all of my dreams. 

Tis the season to be extremely thankful. 

Game Day Fun.  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

180 Gifts

"And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus."
1 Timothy 1:14

180 Gifts. 

1. Car Ride Talks.
2. Broomball Excursion. 
3. MSU Wins.
4. Fall Weather.
5. Halloween Cookies. 
6. Aspen Bay Candles.
7. First Wave of Tests Complete. 
8. Apartment Sleepovers. 
9. Spiderman 2. 
10. Singing in the Office. 

Broomball with some of the best. 

Sunday, September 07, 2014

170 Gifts

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:13
170 Gifts.
1. Sonic Slushy. 
2. Umi Roommate Date.
3. UCSC Ladies.
4. Class Cancelled.
5. Glow in the Dark Ultimate. 
6. Acts 10. 
7. Job Opportunity.
8. Endless Laughter.
9. Sunburned faces from the game. 
10. Oby's Bread Pudding.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

A Choice

It is the third week of school, and I can't help but wonder where the time has gone.

It has been a whirlwind trying to get adjusted, but I love it.

I love the people.
I love my classes.
I love my church family.

Transferring has been a huge blessing in my life. 

 I have also had to say no, a lot. 

Each year I learn more and more about how important choices are.

Choices range from getting up in the morning for class to who do I want to become in life.

It is scary and uncomfortable.

I have felt awkward and even judgmental.

But, could my saying no to certain things lead others to Christ?
What is my choice telling them? 

I am going to mess up and make the wrong decisions, but just trying everyday to live a life for Him is one of the best choices one can ever make. 

What kind of choice will you make? 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

160 Gifts

"And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,  not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching."
Hebrews 10:24-25

160 Gifts. 

1. FroYo Sundays.
2. New paths to run. 
3. Job Application.
4. Selfies at Taco Bell.
5. True Maroon Shirts.
6. Cowbell Yell.
7. Rainy day tailgating.
8. Family visit for the weekend.
9. First game, first win of the season. 
10. Starting to begin to feel like home. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

150 Gifts

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
John 7:38

150 Gifts.

1. Successfully finding all my classes.
2. Drill Field Singing.
3. Boy Meets World Marathon.
4. Cotton District Shopping.
5. Air Conditioning.
6. Meaningful conversations with old friends.
7. Library time….already. 
8. Flour Bombs.
9. Hoarder's Home Adventure.
10. If I Stay with a new friend.

Flour Bombs are no joke. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

140 Gifts

"Uphold my steps in Your paths,
That my footsteps may not slip."
Psalm 17:5

140 Gifts.

1. Happy tears. 
2. Cracker barrel with Grandma.
3. New running shoes for new adventures.
4. SubZero with old friends.
5. New hellos and old good byes.
6. Friendly faces on campus.
7. Apartment decorating.
8. First dinner out. 
9. New Church Welcoming.
10. Kindness Overflowing. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

New Home

I am sitting in my new apartment and it is completely quiet.
My family just left, and yes I shed a few tears. 
I am excited, and yet oh so terrified on what this semester will bring. 
This will be an experience like no other.
A huge adventure.
I really can't wait to see what kind of people I will end up meeting, and who I will call as friends. 
Where will all this lead me in life? 
My new home is MSU. 
My new memories will be from here. 
I pray that God will lead me through each day. 
Guiding me to make the right decisions. 

Let the new adventure begin.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

130 Gifts

"A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."
Psalm 18:24

130 Gifts. 

1. See ya later alligator goodbyes. 
2. Kayaking with childhood friend.
3. Future nursing friends. 
4. PF Changs Farewell.
5. Old roomie last hooray!
6. Basket full of tomatoes
7. Honey on Biscuits
8. Chattanooga Coffee Shops
9. Laughs in the car
10. Suitcases beginning to be filled. 

Weekend Spent with Friends. 

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

120 Gifts

I apologize for not posting on Sunday. I was out of town, and did not have very good access to wifi. 
This week abounded with blessings!

"Then He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.'"
Matthew 4:19

120 Gifts.

1. Mind-provoking emails.
2. 50% off shopping spree.
3. Bubble Baths.
4. Last few days of work.
5. Grandma's Chocolate Malts.
6. Quiet evenings listening to stories.
7. Smell of Florida.
8. Sea shell hunting.
9. Snorkel Findings. 
10. Bass Catching.

No Fishing Pole Needed.
He ate all our fish on the stringer. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

110 Gifts

"Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."
Philippians 1:6

110 Gifts.

1. Blueberry Bagels
2. Dolphin Tale
(this movie is amazing)
3. Challenge to become Brave
(be on the lookout for a book review)
4. Friendships made at work
5. First time swimmers
6. Mocha Coolata
7. Ninja Juice
8. Organized T-shirts
9. Canvas Gifting
10. Goodbyes in Bible Class

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Voice in the Backseat

I had a pity-party for myself.

It was grand.

Games included sitting in silence, moping and wishing I was anywhere but here.

No guests came, just my self-pity thoughts.

Like I said, it was grand.

I am smiling now while I type this, because I probably looked so pathetic. 

Why I thought this "party" would help me, I have not a clue. 

I nanny, work at a daycare, babysit…oh and help teach 2nd grade at church. 

I am surrounded by children. 

Don't get me wrong, I love kids.

But, they really do get tiring exhausting. 

My past summers have consisted of traveling to some really cool places, either on mission trips or family vacations.  

I haven't really been able to do that this summer, so naturally I have a pity-party for myself. 

Thinking back on it, I really thought I wasn't making a difference. 
I love mission trips, because you get that spiritual high and you feel like you are doing SOMETHING. 

I wasn't feeling like I was making a difference being stuck at home.

It wasn't till that one day when that voice in the backseat asked me, "who is God?"

Like a ton of bricks, it hit me. 

This is my mission field.

Today, at this moment.
This summer.
This was where I needed to shine my light. 
Not across the ocean to some foreign country where I could love on some orphan children.


 Right here, right now, in the backseat of my old Honda sat a child with a sweet soul who needed to hear about God's love.

Sure, there are days when I don't want to get up.
I get impatient or frustrated. 
Praying constantly that they would just listen to me….

I wouldn't have it any other way. 

I am here for a purpose, and that purpose was given to me by God. 

That's a pretty important purpose if you ask me. 

So, if you are feeling frustrated that maybe you aren't making a difference--look around.

There are people in this world that need YOU. 

More importantly, they need Jesus.

I  don't think we truly realize how much our actions count in our everyday lives.
People are constantly watching, questioning and some are just plain curious.

Make them curious about this deep joy you have about life. 

Who knows?

Maybe your mission field is somewhere you least expect it to be. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

100 Gifts

"Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving."
Colossians 2:7
100 Gifts.

1. Smell of a new book.
2. Sherlock obsession.
3. Week with just Mom and Dad. 
4. Ideas at Lowe's. 
5. Giggling babies. 
6. Hula Hoop Joy. 
7. Lunch date with old friends. 
8. Family together once again. 
9. 60 degree weather. 
10. Willow trees swaying. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kitchen Bliss: For the Table

The kitchen is the heart of a home.

For a girl who loves food, I could not agree more.

A kitchen is to be spacious, ready to be filled with memories.

A kitchen is also to be functional yet welcoming.

Welcoming, yet simple.

Here are a few things that I have come up with so far.


I haven't made this yet, but it is on my to do list. 
Will definitely blog about this after I create it!
Aren't these precious? A friend of mine makes  these, and I 
knew I just had to have a set.
Here is her shop
I love that pop of color. You can buy 
these at Walmart or Target. 

Mugs are probably some of my most favorite things. 
One can never have too many. 
I bought mine at Target, but you really can find them anywhere. 
I want to buy a few more. 

I bought the green stripe one at Target for 74 cents and the other two plates at Walmart.
Sales are my best friend, so definitely keep your eyes out for those.
I love how these plates are different sizes too. Keeps it unique.
Painted Mason Jar and some flowers to add a bit of color. 

In the next couple of weeks, I hope to add a little more to my collection of kitchen items so stay tuned. 


Sunday, July 13, 2014

90 Gifts

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
Psalm 46:10

90 Gifts.

1. Final words of inspiration.
2. Jaws with Mom. 
3. Flash of lightning.
4. Soft cookies.
5. Scrapbook challenge. 
6. Safe travels from Peru. 
7. Handmade Bowls.  
8. Blue Shoes. 
9. Multiply.
10. Child's voice praying.  

Sunday, July 06, 2014

80 Gifts

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."
Philippians 4:6

Western Style VBS. 
ENO Book Reading. 
Scrapbook Beginnings. 
Ice Cream Party for my Second Grade Winners..
Poolside Studying. 
Sunset over Church Barbecue. 
Happy Fourth :)
Weekend Class Pizza Party
(Best professor ever)
Lone Survivor: Hero's Courage. 
Friend Knowing Me Oh so well.
(gotta buy soon)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

70 Gifts

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Jeremiah 29:11

This post is going to be slightly different.

It will be just one picture, but a list of ten things underneath it.

The picture is me with my new student id card from Mississippi State where I will be attending school in the fall.

It has been an adventure the past few years, and I am so thankful for the opportunities God has given to me. 

I am so excited to see what lies ahead, and already thankful for this new journey in life.

Let a new adventure begin. 
1. The immense kindness exhibited on campus.
2.Opportunities to achieve my dream of becoming an OT.
3. Amazing Christian Student Center
4. Christian Roommates.
5. Successfully getting all the classes I needed. 
7. Beautiful gym to workout at.
8. Creating new friendships.
9. Graduating early (fingers crossed).
10. New experiences to help me grow and to become a better me. 

I know it is different, but while driving home I realized I had been waiting for that visit to MSU for a very long time. 

"Grow where you are planted" my friend always says that. 

I can't wait to start growing even more at my new home. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Quick Guide to Yellowstone National Park

I miss the mountains, already.

It has been maybe two weeks and I am longing to go back.
I have decided that I will probably just have to live out West eventually.
Who knows?

I want to talk more in detail about my trip.
It was a super quick trip, but I want to tell you about the best places to go and do in Yellowstone.

First, Yellowstone National Park is the best place to take a family.
It gets you outdoors and really brings the family together.
No cell phone coverage, wifi or other distractions are what some families are really looking for in a vacation.

My family and I stayed at Roosevelt Lodge. It has cute little cabins, and a nice big cabin where you can eat and a little gift shop. No bathrooms in the cabins, but nice restrooms are provided outside (shampoo, conditioner, body wash and all). They really are nice I promise. 

Roosevelt is right by Lamar Valley where my family spends most of our time, mostly because my brother (and dad) love to look for wildlife and there is great hiking (which I love). 
If you want to spot wolves, bison, elk, pronghorn, coyotes, mountain goats, bears… Lamar Valley is the place to go.
The wildlife really moves around each year, so you really can see these animals anywhere in the park, but this valley is where we have had the greatest luck.

Make sure you ask the rangers where animals have been spotted and which trails to hike. 

The weather is crazy in Yellowstone. It can be snowing one day and hot the next, so make sure you come fully prepared. July is usually more consistent with it's weather. 

The geysers are the most famous thing about Yellowstone. Old Faithful is a must visit. I would spend all day there cause there are some really great features in the area. If you can stay at the lodge, that would be even better. Any reservation, whether at Mammoth (another favorite and nice place), Lake Yellowstone, Roosevelt or Old Faithful Lodge you MUST make reservations in a year advance. 

My dad makes our reservations for the next year when we get back from our trip. 

Crazy, I know.

Food is expensive. My family does a "one meal a day" type thing and just snack on power bars during the day. There are lots of general stores where you can buy food supplies also. 
Gift shops are at the lodges, and they have some really nice things to get for your friends and family. 

June, it can snow or be hot.
July is a little better at being consistent.
My family drives, so we can pile the car with coats, mittens, hats, hiking boots and not have to worry.
I personally would bring a jacket anyways, cause it does get cold at night.
June is a lot less crowded than July, so I would keep that in mind also.

My family tries to come up with an itinerary for each day.
Yellowstone is a huge park and driving to different places can take a while and gas is expensive.
Try to connect your driving and staying at different places a long the way. 
I am not sure about all the prices, but I know Roosevelt was $84 a night, which isn't too bad. 

If you have never been before, I encourage you to go!
Yellowstone is one of those places that I know your family would treasure in their memories for a very long time!