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We Have A New Blogger Among Us…

My sweet friend, Anna Kelley, just started blogging…go welcome her!

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Fiesta

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.

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The End Is Near

Well, my sophomore year is winding down. Year-end in college terms means loads of stress, loads of fun, dangerously high amounts of caffeine in ones system, and very very little sleep. I would not have it any other way.

Seeing the end of another year is always bittersweet. I can’t believe it. This one really flew…although people tell me years keep on flying faster and faster as you get older. I find this very easily to believe. As a sort of wrap-up, I decided to share this past year with you via photos. Enjoy!

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The Beauty And The Controversy

The Miss American Pageant has always fascinated me. Being the youngest of three rather ‘girly’ sisters, I was always around proms, cotillions, formals, weddings, ect. Since I do not have much time for TV these days, I missed this past Miss America Pageant. However, the next morning I was caught up to speed on what I had missed:

This was such a bold move made by Miss California’s Carrie Prejean. It turned out to work in her favor, as she placed 1st runner up. I must admit I’m proud of her. She made her opinion known in a tasteful way, trying not to offend anyone. She didn’t sugarcoat her beliefs or force them onto anyone. Prejean simply stood up and defended what she believed when she was asked about it. It’s an admirable quality.

She received mixed reviews on her response to Perez Hilton’s question. Despite the negative feedback, the Miss California USA team stands behind their leading lady:

“I am proud of Carrie Prejean’s beauty and placement at the 2009 MISS USA pageant. I support Carrie’s right to express her personal beliefs even if they do not coincide with my own. I believe the subject of gay marriage deserves a great deal more conversation in order to heal the divide it has created.”
-Keith Lewis; Co-Executive Director K2 Productions, MISS CALIFORNIA USA and MISS CALIFORNIA TEEN USA.

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A Starbucks Oasis

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?

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A Red Letter Week

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.

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.

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“It might be a quarterlife crisis…or just the stirring in my soul…”

We’ve all been there before. That immediate gut-wrenching, heart-pounding, sleepless night type situation.
There hasn’t been a tragic occurence in your life.
Your family is safe and healthy. Your friends are carrying on with business as usual. Nothing in your life should be robbing you of rest.
No one watching from the outside might be able to even tell anything different about you.
But you can. You can feel something on the horizon. Change is imminent and you are faced with two choices:
You can let it cage you, or let it ignite your bones. (As Coldplay would say…)
I imagine this is something like what Jeremiah felt like when God first called him…

Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build up and to plant.”
-Jeremiah 1:9-10

Uprooting, tearing down, rebuilding, planting…all require an action. All require a change from our ordinary into God’s extraordinary.

So I constantly find myself asking, am I standing safely unchanged in my self-made cage, or am I letting my God driven calling change my course?

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