Monday, December 19, 2016

The Things You've Missed

An anonymous viewer asked when you all would hear from me again. Sorry it's been so long. It is so hard to believe that I am done with my third semester of college!

This semester has been so busy. Sometimes I feel like I never stop running. Never stop going.

When I started this post, back in August, I didn't feel like I had a lot to offer as far as pictures goes. Now I have a little more, so hey! There's a plus for not writing in so long!

The flowers last spring I think were ten times prettier for the mere fact that it had been a barren wasteland for so long. Now we're right back in winter wonderland!

This is a silhouette of my city taken through desperate measures. I tried oh so hard to capture this while driving but I only failed because of stupid mistakes made over and over. Like when I kept clicking the power button instead of the button that actually takes the picture. Phones are so confusing.... So I sped into the city to pick up J and then made him drive so I could take the picture before the sun fully went down. It was a mad chase, let me tell you, but we were a great team and it made for a fun memory. 

 This Fall break I was finally able to go back to California and see my niece!!
 Isn't she a cutie?!
 Also, we went back to Yosemite!
 I feel like I took a very similar picture last time...
 This semester I haven't been able to spend as much time with friends as I did my first year in MN. So when I do get to hang out, it's all the more fun!

I think he was laughing because he was trying to keep a straight face and couldn't. Typical. 

 The best thing about Greek lab is the people in it. For example, one time dear Frank and Karen brought sushi to share!

J makes for a good back-drop. 
 So, for all those who might care, I have included a picture of the podium that Martin Luther last preached from. This and a ton of other neat things from Luther's time are all at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for a time. It was an amazing privilege for our class to be able to go see the exhibit.
 This little princess is getting married!!
Ok, That's all for now. I hope I can be doing this more regularly. It's hard to keep up....
I'm home now, in the very warm NC. No -18 degree weather for me!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Recollections from Michigan

Spring Break is a gift. And for me, an oh-so-needed gift.

Acres upon acres of open fields to walk along. Hush.... All is quite. But listen. There it is! The birds are happy, chirping in the branches. Hear the wind? The old oak in the corner of the field still has last year's dead leaves hanging from sturdy limbs. Hear the wind, rustling through them? It sounds like a gurgling brook, or waves hitting a sandy sea shore. Steady, calming, rhythmic.

I climb over a fence and into the next field. Wheat is growing here. Not tall. It's just coming up and looks like green summer grass in lines with little rows of dirt between. So bright. And fresh. Then, another oak, twisty, black, strong. I want to climb it but feel my cold hands inside my warm coat and decide, another time will do. Another time. Now I will walk on, but another time I'll climb. I reach a dirt road and wonder where it goes. The large white barn I always keep in sight and now I walk back towards it. My cheeks are rosy and my ears cold. But oh its been good to be out in nature again.

Because, nature is where I reboost. So that is why I was so thankful to have been able to go home with my dear Tarah. Michigan is truly a gorgeous state.

Tarah and Jordan

I don't really have much more to say. Other than the fact that I think when school starts, I'll be much more ready to tackle it than I was before. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

I love

Fall came to visit Minnesota for a bit before winter started to show her face. Those days when the wind doesn't bite my nose off it is fun to be outside enjoying the weather and sunshine while I can. I've heard the sun doesn't hang around much in the long winter. 
 Life goes on. Sometimes I wish it would slow its pace a bit. So much happens I can't process it all. So much laughter and good times. There is one force which is devising a plan to kill me, but I plan for that not to happen. Finals will be defeated!
In other news, My brother's first wedding anniversary was November 2nd. Brings back fond memories of an exciting week.
Before I left North Carolina, my friends would all tell me that college is so much fun, but all I could think of was the academic side of it. But it truly has been the best time of my life so far. I love the times when we are together and pick up our instruments to worship together.
 I love when we fellowship over a meal after church and talk of random things. Do you see the aray of emotions in this picture? I love it!
 I also love being able to serve in ways that I wasn't able to before, at least not so often. This is my calling in life: to serve you. And to do it in the most cheerful and loving way possible. And you know what? This makes me the most happy.
Also, free food. :)
 I love my Tarah. I love going on adventures with her late at night to prank our friends. I love hearing her talk about things she holds dear. I love her laugh and her motivation to excellence. She makes my heart sing.
Angela: beautiful, graceful, kind, caring, affectionate. I love her. And Andrew. Thanks for including me in some of your sister outings. :)
 Did you know that it really isn't such a big deal that I stood in the same pulpit from which John Piper preached for decades? Well, now you do.
 A bridge in Minneapolis lite up in honor of France.
 Sometimes we take our bodyguards on long walks in the dark. Sometimes we sing hymns on a bridge. Sometimes we talk in British accents and call our bodyguards "pudgy" solely because it sounds funny and not because its true. Sometimes the police think we are doing drugs by the river and so sit in their car watching us for a while. They only found us innocent once they passed us as we sang Edelweiss. One of the policemen gave us the peace sign out his window to show his approval. Or so I gathered. I really have no idea why he did that....
 Sometimes we invite almost the whole school over for a homemade dinner and play games on the floor and talk about feminism. And no, that's actually not quite almost the whole school. We aren't that small! But we are that fun!
 Sometimes I pretend to be artsy. Sometimes I fail. But the chai tea at Kopplin's Coffee is amazing! It needed to be documented.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Life in MN

This is my class plus a few extras at orientation. We look a little awkward. Its weird because I hardly knew any of these people.... And now I'm so familiar with them.

In August I made the long trip to Minneapolis, MN to begin school at Bethlehem College and Seminary. I've always loved adventure and let me tell you, this is one great adventure. Minnesota is slightly different than North Carolina. And by slightly I mean very very different. The number one difference? Its so cold already! And everyone who lives here is like, "Oh, don't you love this beautiful weather?!" And I'm all like, yeah, but its cold......
Anyhow! It really is beautiful. I'm learning to love the Minneapolis skyline. I'm also leaning that I should treasure those times when I can be far away from it and in the country. School has taken up a lot of my time. It gets super stressful sometimes. But we always make room for adventures.

Issy's Ice Cream

Bailey, Hannah, Rachel, Tarah, and I. I love them so much. God has blessed me with the most amazing roommates ever.

She's my favorite Gwyneth ever. 

I went to my first ever football game. :)

Minnehaha Falls

Hay rides

And barn dancing.
Sometimes we have dinner on the ground. Because, why not? The grass is our table.

We like to show our love by throwing mud at each other.

Lake Superior.