My city of choice may not have been the same as ol’ Blue Eyes; (AKA Frank Sinatra for you non-cultured kids.) Yet, I chose to believe that our fascination with the lights and sound of the city were the exact same. Some people marvel at the mere sight of wide open spaces and mountain ranges as far as the eye can see; and although I love those things too, these days it’s the city lights that leave me in a state of wonderment.
This is round #2 of living in Atlanta. The first season was full of first times: my first ‘real’ job, the first time I was really and truly independent with my time, the first time I felt like I was 100% in my ‘sweet spot.’ I must say, I enjoyed it.
For this season, who knows what is on the horizon. Who knows what God has in store. But with a view this pretty, I can’t help but be excited:
Tonight was the night I’ve been awaiting all week. A night of non-stop celebration. Why you ask? Well for starters my sweet best friend crossed the threshold and entered her twenties. Along with her, were three others of my nearest and dearest. That alone was reason to celebrate. Since May is happily upon us, Cinco de Mayo was of course the party theme of choice.
Myself and my roommates were the hostesses of this blessed event, so we spent the day decorating, baking, and getting eveything ready to go. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to be the house that does these theme parties. Anyone and everyone is invited, and it’s always a good time had by all.
This specific party was laced with all things spanish we could think of. From sombreros, to chips and salsa, to pinatas—we tried to be as ‘authentic’ as possible. Couple that with some Funfetti cupcakes and a little Rock Band and you’ve got yourself a slammin’ party.
This is what I oftentimes refer to my mom as. Take my word, no woman is more concerned with God’s creation than my sweet Bob. (Bob=what the fam calls my mom) She drives around with a sack of catfood in her trunk, on the off-chance that she should run into a little kitty down on their luck. Even as a young child growing up on a farm, she was ALWAYS bringing home little animals and adopting them as family pets. (This can become problematic when you live on a farm where cows are raised to later turn into hamburgers.) Little chicks, cats, dogs, you name it—Bob loves it. During my 20 years of life with her, I cannot think of a single time that we did not have an animal dependent on us.
May 1st—Bob will be celebrating another year of life. (She would kill me if she knew I released that information onto the World Wide Web) I thought it so appropriate that DisneyNature’s new movie was hitting theatres around the same time. No one would appreciate the story of God’s little creatures like Bob would. So in honor of Bob, the recent celebration of Earth Day, and my sheer fondness of Disney….I present to you, Earth:
One of my all-time favorite movies has always been My Fair Lady. When I was a little 5-year-old, I use to dance around in my moms dresses and heels—pretending I could sing like my beloved Audrey Hepburn. She was my little idol.
My parents were kind enough encourage me in my singing endeavours, but my fame never left our living room. Little Hollie Steel has quite a different story. This 10-year-old sensation has captured hearts across the globe with her amazing, jaw-dropping, talent. Trust me, these next 5 minutes and 6 seconds of your life will not be spent in vain with Miss Hollie Steel:
Simply amazing. It’s hard to believe a voice like that can come out of such a tiny little girl. But it did. It’s hard to believe that a 10-year-old would have the courage to share her gift with the world. But she did. Shes an encouragement to us all, and I cannot wait to see how the rest of Hollie’s story unfolds.
You never know what the day may bring. You never know who you may bump into, or who may suprise you. Each new day brings with it an endless list of possibilities. Today, my destiny was to make a new friend named Lindsay.
Let me set the stage for you: It was about 6 PM on a Monday—the week before finals. My head was pounding from a headache I just could not shake. I walked into Starbucks on campus with my laptop in one hand and Chick-Fil-A in the other. I was prepared to spend the next 3 hours of my life engrossed in school work. What I did not expect, was to meet a sweet spirit that reminded me of Truths I had somehow forgotten.
I had just began munching on my #2 combo when a girl came in and sat next to me. Now, for those of you who have ever been in any Starbucks in your life…you know that there is barely any room between you and your neighbor. The tables are small…yet the space between them, even smaller. But this girl caught my eye— because she too had disgraced Starbucks by bringing in some yummy Chick-Fil-A goodness. So naturally, we began making small talk and what not. She saw my jounal, complimented me on it, and said that she too was a journal-er. (Translation: You’re a Christian? Me too!)
We sat in silence for a few more moments, when she then turned to me and said, “I just feel like we’re suppose to talk. And be friends. What’s going on in your life?”
Just like that, my heart shattered. I couldn’t tell you why. Maybe because the stress of school had my emotions running high. Maybe because that honesty is refreshing and caught me off-guard. But most likely, because God was speaking directly through her and reminding me how BIG He is.
A simple converstaion. Nothing Earth shattering or life-changing was said. But it was a divine encounter. It was an encouraging five minutes for me. It was what I needed, and God knew that.
Have you ever met someone before and just knew they came around at the right time? Amazing experience, isn’t it?
I have already shared with you about my glorious beach trip…but let me tell you about the night before we left for the beach. This little event called AFTERdark happened on campus. Perhaps you’ve heard of it, perhaps not. At any rate, it was a night I am not sure to forget anytime soon. Allow me to explain. You see, this night was prepared for, prayed for, and dreamed about longer ago than you would believe. It was a night that united all. All different organizations, all different backgrounds, all different people, one cause. When you experience this amount of unity, you can’t help but be affected.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!” -Psalm 133:1
Another reason to celebrate would be the musical entertainment provided by AFTERdark. Singer/songwriter Dave Barnes came and completely made my (as well as my friends) week.
Yup, thats our new friend* Davester.
Again I state, a night I will not soon forget.
*Probably the biggest exaggeration of the word ‘friend’ ever.