Friday, June 29, 2012


The only fun I've had all summer (okay, that's not true... but it really is one of the few times I have been social since classes started):

We went caving!

And another super fun night was when Dane and I celebrated 8 months- he surprised me by making me dinner and taking me to Max Patch to watch the sunset.

Thank You, Jesus for friends and a boyfriend that love me so well even when I don't deserve it. Thank You for that small glimpse of Your unconditional, everlasting, perfect love. Thank You that no earthly love will ever compare to Your eternal love. Thank You for fun in the midst of a stressful summer. Thank You for chances to relax. Thank You for the beauty of Your creation for us to enjoy.

So close

I'm so close to being done with class and actually having a [little less than] a month to relax, get my [not so] new room all together, finally get some color on my skin (if it's not too hot), spend time with friends (without being extremely stressed out), and prepare for next year (if that's even possible).

Anyway, I feel such a relief that these two classes are coming to an end. I turned in my huge case study, did my presentation, and now just have a unit plan and a few other assignments to work on. If this summer was any indication of how hard/time consuming/exhausting next year is going to be, I will forewarn you to stay away. I apologize to everyone who has been around me this month because I have been crazy trying to balance all of this school work. I've hardly had any time to hang out with friends because I have been constantly doing homework (not exaggerating) and so very stressed out. I know that I have been miserable to be around, and I have probably complained a lot. So thanks for sticking by my side! I needed it. And like I said, if this is what next year is going to be like (which I'm assuming it will just be worse), I will apologize in advance for the monster that I will be.

The one that has been in the misery alongside me.
The one who always puts up with my craziness even when I'm being super irrational (most of the time). And the one that has been in school ALL summer with no break and has not complained once but listened to me complain daily. Oops.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I am possibly more overwhelmed with school than I have ever been... I guess this is just preparation for next year, which I am so nervous about- more on that later. Earlier this summer I went to the beach with my mom's side of the family (and Nicole). Sadly, Nicole and I had to come back early because I started classes at the end of May, but it was still so nice to be able to spend time with family and relax for a few days before beginning grad school. However, while I was there... my car decided to have some malfunctions. Not surprising, it did have over 182,000 miles on it, so it held up pretty well. This being said though, it had about reached it's last leg. Poor car. I bought some new parts and got them installed, drove home without much trouble, and then it decided to die about 8 times between my house and the next block on the way to class the next morning. I am so thankful that we made it home from the beach safely, but at this point I was freaking out about not making it to my first day of graduate school. Luckily Dane answered his phone after a few attempts at calling him, and he was about to head to campus so he picked me up (so thankful- especially since Dad wasn't answering!).

Anyway, my grandmother had expressed her concern at the beach with how far I would be driving every day next year to my internship in such an old car. At this point, though, as a broke grad student there wasn't much I could do about it. I had my car towed, got more maintenance done... and now the car was beginning to cost me more than it was worth. So Gana (grandmother) kept texting me asking me questions about my car and how much I thought I could trade it in for. My parents weren't of much help, as much as they tried, since none of us know anything about cars! Long story short... well, not that short, I guess (sorry!), Gana called me one day shortly after and asked me to bring my car to the dealership so they could tell us how much it was worth. I warned her that it was dirty, messy, and obviously had hail damage ALL over it... but she said to bring it anyway. We had a deal, and I knew the car wasn't going to be worth much so I was not expecting anything. Lo and behold, somehow things worked out... and I got a new car! I am SO THANKFUL because I really don't think my car would have made it many more miles. Also, I have never had a car that was NEW to me (all family hand me downs) much less NEW to the world! I still get so nervous driving it and am super protective of it! I am not usually one to blog about materialistic things, I hope, but I just wanted to give my sweet, sweet grandmother a shout out (because I know she's one of the few that reads this) for her generosity. I am beyond grateful for this graduation present that is going to be put to so much use and last me for many years!

So, Gana, I cannot begin to thank you enough! I am so excited, and I love my gift! It will definitely be put to LOTS of good use! It was much needed for this upcoming year, and I am forever thankful! I love you!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

More Jesus.

I want more Jesus. In every aspect of my life- in my relationship with Dane, in my relationships with my friends, in my relationships with my family, in school, in my conversations with my CAK friends, in my actions, in my words, in this blog, in my life.

Jesus, I long for more of You. I long to be closer to You, and I long to be more like You. Draw me nearer. Thank You for never letting me go.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I need to blog...

...but my thoughts are so jumbled and my life consumed by grad school. Ahhhhhhh
Hopefully soon.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

I thought I was going to be better about blogging during the summer than I was in the school year, but that is not proving true thus far. Summer has been so so great though, and May consisted of a whole lot of nothing. Now, however, I have begun graduate school... AHHH. That is SO weird to me, and I am not happy to be back in school... but it won't be too bad. I think I'm going to enjoy my classes. Unfortunately, due to classes, I had to cut my trip to the beach short... but Nicole and I had a great time while we were there. Had some car trouble at the beach, got it "fixed," miraculously made it home, and then it died on my way to class Thursday- I keep saying how ironic it is that my car worked all May when I was doing absolutely nothing productive, and then the day I need it... it quits working. So is life, I guess.

You better believe I have been taking full advantage of my Chick-Fil-A coupons, eating there nearly every day, and wearing the shirt quite often as well. You could say the Red Saile House consists of Chick-Fil-A-aholics. Who can blame us when we have 52 free meals and they practically pay us to eat there?!

Seeing Christine was possibly the best part of the whole trip.
Such a blessing to my life. Love her.
Megabed and Mulan (VHS, giant TV). Yes, please.
I guess this means it's real!