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This morning was filled with free cupcakes, free coffee, great [window] shopping and yummy sushi in Georgetown!

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The night before

As many of you know I am moving to Washington D.C. tomorrow. A 12 hour drive awaits me in the morning and if you asked if I’m looking forward to the move I would respond with a huge smile, giddy laugher and an enthusiastic, “YES!”  This was all before graduation. I’m sure most college graduates out there know the agitation that grows during the final semester of your college career and it feels like the excitement of throwing your cap up in the air is never going to happen.

It does. And it did.

Now, I’m excited to move to D.C., don’t get me wrong. But I am realizing the reality that awaits me. Being 12 hours from my closest family member, having to learn a new (big) city, only knowing a handfull of people, not being sure if your job is going to pay the bills… etc. Fear is trying to set in. My mind somehow wanders to these topics and feeds into the things that could go wrong or remind me that I’m only 21, I could never survive in a city.

But I know this; God has guided me to this place. He has opened doors, provided an amazing place to live, placed me within 15 minutes of my 3 best friends, provided a job (a fun one at that!) and the list could go on. As nervous as I am, a have an overwhelming sense of of peace about all of this.

I lived in the same house for 17 years, went to a university 2 hours away from home the size of my high school, have been taken care of up to this point. My life has been safe. This is a big step.

An adventure awaits. This is just the beginning of something greater. God is big. He has big plans for me, big plans for YOU.

See you in D.C.!

Summer… Not quite here… YET

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!

The Gospel House Tour strikes again!

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!