A friend of mine is due to have a baby any day now! We celebrated the life that will soon join us at her “New Beginnings” celebration. This was not a baby shower… and I am obsessed with this home.
How did I get here???
I am leaving for my LAST semester of college. I never would have thought I’d be eager for, yet so afraid of the finish line. I’m probably not the only person who is surprised by my speedy finish since in high school academics were not a priority and it was expected that I would be on stage, performing rather than sticking my nose in the text books and trying to get into an ivy league school. Now, I definitely didn’t go to an ivy league school, but I have been challenged beyond my imagination at Southeastern.
I will be leaving for school in an hour or so and this semester has many promising, fun, scary, stressful things ahead. But I couldn’t me more ready to see what the rest of the year holds!
- first real internship
- first social media/marketing job
- Catalyst Conference in Atlanta
- New York getaway with Anna Marie
- mission trip to Ireland
What events have you excited for the fall semester?
As most of you know I was in Uganda for the last few weeks. I got back Thursday night and have finally pulled myself to the computer screen to write a blog post about it. I think I was so hesitant to write a post because there is no way to put in words the time I had there. We spent many nights at crusades and speaking at schools and churches about the love of Christ. Just meeting the beautiful, welcoming, simplistic people in the towns we visited left me humbled to a new extent. We were able to see many people healed and released from bondages of sin and witchcraft.
Here is an excerpt from my journal entry from July 28th:
“I am amazed by the simplicity of life here. No hustle and bustle. No distractions from technology. Just life at the simplest I’ve seen it. No complaints. No judgement. Just life, the way it is supposed to be lived.”
I wish I could go into every detail of the trip, but that would be a very, very long post that no one would read. So please join me in continually praying for the people in Uganda and their salvation. Pray for hope and peace that passes all understanding. God is actively working in the hearts of the Ugandans.
Welp, summer is not here yet for me… I am spending my days in a cold classroom with six other students. BUT surprisingly I am loving every second of it. I am taking Life of Christ and I sure do love learning about the man that died for us. Unfortunately this class ends Friday and next week begins a 3-week intensive for journalism and photography. I can’t wait to put my NEW Canon Rebel t3 to the test!
Here’s a little bit of my “summer” so far!
Sadly, I had to say goodbye to my beautiful housemates this weekend. Anna Marie, the blondie in the middle is currently in Zambia and will be spending her summer working at Southeastern. Naida, the ginger on the right is leading a mission trip to Amsterdam next week and when she returns will be interning at Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse in Washington D.C. For those of you who don’t know about Ebenezer’s, it is the coffeehouse owned and operated by National Community Church which is pastored by Mark Batterson!
Today my dear friend, Mason Gravely along with Michael Cruz and Jenson Martinelli set off on month long bike tour to Maine. They are biking north to raise money for The Gospel House located in Kampala, Uganda. Last summer Mason and his friend, Paul Austin biked from Alaska to Florida with the same goal. This morning the three took off in hopes of raising $10,000 for the house. I am so proud of them. Be praying for the three guys who left today. I will be returning to The Gospel House this summer with Mason and 5 others from our university to finish the Gospel House. God is going to do great things through this tour and our trip to Uganda!
Mason and his fellow intramural basketball teammate! (They won the championship!)
Mason, Michael and Jenson getting ready to head out!
And they are off!!
So proud of this man of God!
More updates to come!