Saturday, December 25, 2010

~Merry Christmas~

Merry Christmas! I hope your day is full of blessings today.

I woke up feeling very thankful and blessed. We are celebrating Christmas at my grandparents house. My grandpa has a fire in the fireplace each day. Yesterday we watched as the snow fell all day. It was beautiful and so peaceful.

We opened presents last night with our family.  I was so surprised to receive a Cricut Imagine! I played with it for a little bit :D There will be a lot of fun had there! I was spoiled and got many other things too!

We are waiting for Aunt Char, and the Weber families to arrive and celebrate Christmas with them.

It is so nice to be back in the kitchen again. I spent this morning peeling potatoes watching the snow blow out the kitchen window.

I have so much to be thankful for this year.

Merry Christmas and remember that JEsus is the true reason for the season.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

First Semester:


Whew! I am officially (as of 2:45 today) done with my first semester of college.

It is such a relief to be finished. I was so tired this afternoon and didn't feel like doing anything.

I went to dinner and there was nothing there to eat (surprise, surprise!) so I came back and took a shower, talked with my family, and am now doing laundry for the last time in Hatley! I have to say, I am not sad at all to never have to walk down 6 flights of stairs (and back up) to do laundry again. So not sad.

My car is pretty much packed with everything I own and ready for the move into Hills on Friday. I am not thrilled to have to move again, but it's nice to not have to live on the 5th floor anymore! I guess the stairs are good exercise though.

I am really excited to see my family tomorrow. Kathleen will get a taste at dorm life, and we will leave for Wisconsin on Friday! I am praying for good weather on the trip north. It would really stink to run into icy roads the whole time! Either way, we will be going home for Christmas and I couldn't be happier!

Ahhh, It is so nice to know that I don't have any pressing commitments tomorrow. I will clean the room and back up the last few things to be all set for bright and early Friday morning. I'm beyond tired and excited to get to sleep in!

Happy Almost Thursday everyone!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

One left, just one left!

I've been thinking that today is Wednesday

When I realize that today is only Tuesday, I become a little discouraged.

oh well.

This too shall pass...

In 17 hours, my first semester as a freshman in college will be complete.

In 44 hours, my parents, sister and puppy will be here.

In 59 hours, we will be in the van heading for Wisconsin.

Why yes, I am counting down the hours!

I have to say, since I have started to pack up my room (it's almost done) room 509 looks like a prison cell. And it echos.

I am excited that Friday morning will be my last time ever walking up to the 5th floor of Hatley!

Needless to say, I am ready for break!

Monday, December 13, 2010

One down, Two to go!

Took my first final today..... I felt confident walking in this morning. And I have received half of the grade. I am pleased with it! I have one final tomorrow and one on Wednesday and I am finished.

This afternoon I am studying and packing up my room. I have to pack everything up for the big move on Friday! It is kinda a pain to have to pack up the whole room, but it's gotta be done.

My family is coming up on Thursday and Kathleen will spend the night in the dorm with me! Last night in Hatley! Whoo hoo!

Next semester it will be different having someone live on top of me. One plus to climbing all the stairs to the 5th floor is there is no one above us. Oh well! It will be a new, fun experience. I'll live on 3rd floor!

I am so excited to not have to eat Common's food after Friday. I'll get a whole month off.

I think I'm going to go make a trip to my car now!

Friday, December 10, 2010

It's Finally Friday

This morning started out with getting up and ready for Bib Lit... we reviewed for our Final that is on Monday... then I went and handed in my final two English papers of the semester.  A bakery across the street was giving away free breakfast this morning so Jen and I went and checked it out.  We had so much food, and it was indeed free! I have donut holes and a coffe cupcake leftover for tomorrow! SCORE.

Today, I gave my speech. It went way better than I expected it to. I am praying I at least made an ''a''- I feel really good about it regardless though. The best thing? last one :D

I need to get enough energy to go do laundry now...

My weekend will consist of:

-Studying for finals.

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Government Project


We presented our project today. I think it went alright. I had everything in a packet and gave it to the professor proudly. A lot of work went into it, and I am not sure the group all realized that. I am glad the PowerPoint worked out and the presenter did a good job.

It is such a huge relief to have that behind me.  One more paper to write, one more speech to give, 2 more classes and 3 finals.

188 hours (hopefully) until I am headed to Wisconsin.

188 more..

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Even If I Fall

We sing this in chapel at school. I really love this!

Monday, December 6, 2010


14 more classes (including finals) before the semester is over.

just 14.

Then I am headed home. With my first semester of college under my belt.


off to write some papers.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

This week?


Huge project due.
tests to study for.
a room to pack and clean.
christmas presents to shop for.
homework due.
coffee to brew and drink.
and maybe sleeping.

Friday, December 3, 2010

10 Rules for Making Each Day Great!

Ten Rules For Making Every Day A Great Day 

  1. Think that good things will happen. 
  2. Express gratitude to a loved one. 
  3. Put your gripes away in a box. 
  4. Be patient with an annoying person. 
  5. Do something special for yourself. 
  6. Reach out to someone who needs comfort. 
  7. Focus deeply on each moment. 
  8. Learn from a mistake. 
  9. Thank the Lord for another day with the ones you love and for all the blessings present in your life.
 10. SMILE!

I found this online and adapted it a little. I could go on, but I thought it was good to remember. These last few weeks of school can be trying but that isn't a good reason to not have a great day.  

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Almost done.... Almost done.

Countdown to the semester break: 14, nearly 13 more days until classes are over.

I can do this, I can do this, I can do this.... right? I can. I've made it this far... I'm still breathing. Still truckin'.  This week has been crazy. I've had a headache all.week.long. I am sure it is from lack of sleep and having the window open all the time. There is no screen on the window. I know i've swallowed some bugs... It's happened.

I have a lot to do this weekend, but I don't really want to get into that. It's too much.

I am sad, because in 14, nearly 13 days, I will say goodbye to Jennah.  It's sad because I don't know the next time i'll see her. She's moving to Florida. That's a long way away. I know deep down, she is going to miss me too.  We will have to have a lot of Skype dates. We will work something out I am sure. We will indeed.

Oh, yes... guess what?  I get to see my best friend ever in 17, maybe 18 days! That's right! I am so excited! It's been wayyyy toooo longgg since I have seen her! We have a lot to catch up on!

Well, I am going to write my paper- at least start on it tonight before bed....

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tidbit Tuesday

Long time, no talk... I'll do something about that soon.

My friend posted this on her Facebook wall, and I really like it!

I serve a God who is faithful to me when I've abandoned Him. 

I serve a God who pursues me when I've pursued others.

I serve a God who loves me when I've done things that His Son died on the cross for. That's my God.

Happy Tuesday all!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Guess what?!

I had the BEST birthday surprise ever.

I was just finishing classes on Friday (last week) and was in the basement of the Common's with Jen, when I got a text from my sister. She just had asked what I was doing, so I said "not much, sitting in Pop's with Jen." Literally 3 minutes later, my sister WALKS in and sits next to me. I am pretty sure I screamed. maybe not... I think I just stared at her like she was crazy. I start asking if she just drove up here and why she was here. Then, I follow her to the car and my WHOLE family is there, including my Grandparents. CRAZY. I was so shocked. They didn't want me to spend my birthday alone- isn't that the sweetest thing ever? They came to stay for the weekend. It was a God-Thing, because I didn't have any homework that I had to do!

I checked out of my dorm for the weekend and stayed in the hotel with them.  We went to dinner and then to tour the new dorm here on campus.  We went back to the hotel and I took a shower... when I came out of the bathroom, my dad was gone! My mom said that he was having trouble with his laptop and went to the Dell campus not too far from where we were staying.  I thought nothing of it! He was texting my mom (I found out this was all a lie :D) that he couldn't get in the building because he didn't have his badge.. blah, blah, blah.  BUT REALLY, he was texting her that my aunt's plane was late.

MY AUNT FLEW ALL THE WAY FROM WISCONSIN TO SEE ME OVER MY BIRTHDAY. that's right.  She came and knocked on the hotel door at midnight and when I opened it, I screamed. Like full out shrieked. AND, get this.... she took the day off work on Monday so she could be with my on my actual birthday!  Needless to say, I was so blown away they all would do this for me.  I have no idea how they all kept it such a surprise, I had no idea.

We had an amazing weekend and Karen went to my classes with me on Monday.  We went to lunch and Borders and then I had to take her to the airport :(

Such a great time.

Thank you everyone for doing that for me. Definitely the best birthday ever. I love you all!!


It's Saturday! That means I go home in THREE days!!

My roommate is gone this weekend, so I have the room to myself! It is really nice to just do whatever I want.  I slept in today which was nice; I think I could have slept all day.  I started the coffee, mudslide for me today!

I'll work on homework all day and try to get everything accomplished, maybe even take a nap! I'd really like to go to bed early tonight, 1am was a little too late.

I am craving some real food. Like my mom's cooking. 3 days, only 3 days. haha... I am sure that the Common's is out to get me.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fun times

Thanksgiving Break: 5 days away. 

I can do this, I can do this....

Class Countdown (til Thanksgiving):

Bib Lit: 2
Comp 1: 2
Speech: 2
Government: 1
Edu Lab: 1 0 (I am skipping on Tuesday)

Today is laundry day. I am not a fan of the basement, or the 5th floor right now. I am thankful for the ability to wash clothes and have clean ones.

I am beyond tired. I could sleep for a week I am sure. In fact, I know I could. BUT, I am not going to sleep my Thanksgiving break away :D

I can't wait to go home. Eat some real food. You know.

I have a Bible test tomorrow at 8am. I do not feel prepared for it.

So, I am going to switch my laundry and do that now.

Fun times!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Thanksgiving Break: 6 days (including the weekend)

End of the Semester: 29 days (including weekends)

Wisconsin Countdown: 30 days (including weekends)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I made it out alive.

I signed up for classes yesterday with my advisor. I made it out alive; in case you were worried. She did tell me that I shouldn't expect to see much daylight next semester... I though that was encouraging... ha.

I did laundry yesterday afternoon because it was piling up. I did not enjoy carrying it up all those stairs. Just saying... It is a daunting task that I do not enjoy. I have to stop and take breaks to check Facebook on floor 3. It's pathetic. Oh well, all my clothes are clean. I just keep remembering that next semester laundry will be on my floor- no stairs for me!

I ran out of ice yesterday while working on homework. It was a sad, sad day. No worries though; I filled the ice cube trays and they were ready in no time- well, before bed!

Guess what?!?! only 13 days until I go home (Not counting today of course!) that means only 12 more "sleeping times" here! I'm pretty excited. Not going to lie! Only 5 days until my B-day.... i'll be 19. Crazy! It will be hard to be away from my family, and my birthday is on a Monday. I hope it is still a good day!

I am getting ready to run to a conference with my Speech prof. I'm a little nervous. I'm sure that it will be fine though. :)

Is it the weekend yet?!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


dear friends.

15, I tell you! 15 days until I make the 6hr trek and will be home! YES! I am so ready. This week is hectic with much to get done so I cannot wait to be 'outta here'

Today I am signing up for my classes for next semester. Fun times. I think I have a pretty good schedule of what I would like to take. Each time I go to my advisor (where I am going in 30 minutes) I walk out feeling defeated and annoyed--- So I am praying today goes better!

Today was the first time since 9/28 that I could sleep in on a Tuesday! haha.. Instead of being up at 7, I was up at 8:15! I do think that daylight savings time has thrown me off a bit!

I made a 100 on the Bible verses I had to have memorized for yesterday. Score! I knew I was prepared when I walked into class so I wasn't stressed out about it.

Despite not going to observe at the school today, I have a very busy day ahead.

But, only 15 more days!

Happy Tuesday all!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Here we go again...

My goal for Monday at 8AM: Have this memorized.

Philippians 2:3-11 (New International Version)

3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
 6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
   did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
   by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
   being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
   he humbled himself
   by becoming obedient to death—
      even death on a cross!
 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
   and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
   in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
   to the glory of God the Father.

-Lord, please help me remember this all!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Happy Saturday

It's the weekend!
I am working on homework all.weekend.long.
But it's ok.
I'm doing homework with a good attitude!
I know i'll get much more accomplished if I have the right mindset.
I bought a new book yesterday...
I started reading it last night. My mom, aunt and grandma were right, this is a great book!  I went to Borders yesterday because I had a coupon, and I was number 79 in line for it at the library.  This is my good-study-break intervention for the weekend!

I'm off to have some coffee!

Which one should I have?
Mudslide? Ok. That's the one!!!

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thursday's Prayer

 My prayer for today:

God give me the strength to face this day; bless those that help and love me. Teach me to love others and meet their needs above my own. I want to be a witness, a light, in everything that I do. Help me to forgive those that hurt me. Through you all things are possible! Thank you Lord, for another day here. 

I am truly blessed. Thank you for friendships, love and family. But most of all, thank you for changing me.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November already?

Whoa! When did that happen? Now we are already 3 days into the month.

I have officially finished up my teacher observation. It feels good to know that is out of the way now. I did really enjoy it!

I have had a rough week or two. I haven't been sleeping well and I run into doors a lot more than I should. It's been crazy.  My aunt and uncle sent me chocolate covered strawberries though! It was such a nice surprise to receive them yesterday! They came at a great time!

I have 20 days until I can go home. I am pretty excited, not going to lie! I have a countdown already started! I need a break. I'm ready for this semester to be done. I think we only have 6 weeks left! I can do this, I can do this, I CAN do this! haha...

I am off to Comp class!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Be Still

Tonight when I was having a little breakdown, I opened my Bible and came across Ps. 46:10. "Be still and know that I am God."

I remember my youth group in Green Bay singing this. I loved it when Lauren would get up and lead us. It's such a reassuring verse/song. I needed to hear this. God's timing is so great!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hello Saturday!

I slept great last night! I took two nyquil and went to bed at 10:30. I didn't wake up until 10:30 this morning. 12 hours of sleep people. 12.hours. Amazing! :)

I woke up and was lazy for a while, took a shower, and started in on homework. What else is there to do. haha.

 Counting down the days until Thanksgiving!!! 23 days until I get to go home!! 23 days until I get to go home!! 23 days until I get to go home!! 23 days until I get to go home!!  haha.. not excited at all.

I miss my sister, my mom, and my dad.

I have 15 minutes left in my teacher observation so i'll go back on Tuesday for the last time!  I really have enjoyed being in the classroom and I know that teaching is what God wants me to do with my life. So thankful that He has a plan for me, even when I can't clearly see it!

Trying out a different church tomorrow. We will see how it goes. I miss my church back home. I know there isn't a perfect church anywhere, but none of the ones I have tried here are good fits.

Ok, I need to go back to government homework. I think I'm going to Panera this afternoon for lunch/dinner. Yeah for gift cards :)

Have a wonderful Saturday!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Rough Week

I haven't had the greatest week. It has been long, and I feel like it is dragging by so slowly. I would like to be at home. My attitude hasn't been the greatest. I haven't been as motivated as I should be. I am exhausted. Weary. Just plain 'tuckered' out. I took a break a little bit ago, and opened up my Bible (which I walked down 2356 stairs to get out of my car) and came across this verse. 

Isaiah 26:3-4
He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in Him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! Trust in the Lord always, for in the Lord, Jehovah, is your everlasting strength.

Um, Hello? I often forget to fully trust in God. Trusting fully in God= strength for me. Why is that so hard to remember? When I feel so weak and feel like I cannot climb over another task- or up more stairs- why do I keep trying to do things on my own? Right here, it says to simply trust in the Lord. I don't have to do it alone. What great encouragement. My goal from now on is to seek the Lord for my strength more and more. By trying to do everything myself, I do get worn out. God already sees the bigger picture. Past my assignments tomorrow, past the lack of sleep, past the all the homework due. He wants me to turn to Him for the everyday strength.

I am thankful.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Long Time, No blog

So, what's up?

It's been a while.  I say that a lot.

I had an amazing fall break. It was really hard to come back here. But here I am. I'm already counting the days to Thanksgiving break. So relaxing to go home, eat real food, sleep in my bed, and be with my family. and shower in my own shower. I miss home!

While I was home, I bit the bullet and bought the iPhone 4. My old phone was giving me fits and I was able to sell the old one, so I decided to make a trip to the Apple Store. I really have enjoyed it. I love to Face Time with my sister! It is so neat to see her at anytime! It's like Skype on my phone. Nifty.

I've just been working on homework and finishing up my teacher observation. I am almost finished with the observation part! I go back to the school on Friday afternoon and then Tuesday morning and I think I'll be done. I have 9 hours and 15 minutes already done... just have to get to 12. I think it will be nice to get that behind me. I've enjoyed being in a classroom and actually interacting with students and seeing how a school day (or part of it) flows, but it will be a good feeling knowing that is completed!

I'm in the basement doing laundry now. It's exciting. Jennah and I went to Aldi to buy avocados today. For 49 cents, we couldn't resist. Avocados' sounded delicious. So, we ate some and then decided to come wash a few clothes. It is better if you don't let them pile up and then carry an overflowing basket down a million stairs to make multiple trips back up the million stairs.

My camera battery is dead. I really miss taking pictures. I got my camera out a few days ago to take pictures and my charger and extra battery was no where to be found. I literally took my whole dorm room apart. Took all the drawers out of the nightstand, everything out of boxes, looked under the bed.....they weren't anywhere! I know that at the beginning of the school year, I placed them in a quart bag so they wouldn't be separated. I called my mom and she and my sister found them both in my drawer at home. I don't quite understand. But I am so thankful that they found them so I didn't have to buy new ones.  They are the sweetest and are shipping them to me. Thanks guys!

Last night we had a bacon party in the end room. My gramma sent me back to school with a pound of maple bacon. So, we decided to cook it up. It is very relaxing to eat bacon and chat. Don't judge me :) I shared with Jennah and Jen. It was good night! Check it out!

Off to work on homework while my laundry is drying.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Today, I woke up (way earlier than I had wanted too....another story for another time) And waited for the tornado siren to go off. Excitement right there. The city of Bethany tests them every Saturday at noon... it goes off for 5 minutes.
Then I went to this place, the Webster Commons for a lunch.
The only thing edible was:

So I came back up to my room to eat veggie chips,
And have some Raspberry Lemonade.
Oh yeah, and to work on homework.
Happy Saturday!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Life is Good

Sometimes I think we forget how blessed we are.

I want to always remember that,

and try to do this every single day.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Today is a good day.

This is what I am doing right now....
Because guess what finally came today! That's right... my coffee maker!
I was sitting at lunch when I got an email saying I had a package... It was a lovely walk across campus and up 5 flights of stairs with an awkward, heavy box, but the walk was so worth it.  Now I am enjoying an amazing cup of coffee while I work on homework. And blog.

Today, I woke up a little late... I seriously couldn't find my keys and looked all over my room for them.  After a few minutes I checked in bed, and sure enough they were under the covers. I guess I slept with my keys last night? I had 3 minutes to walk downstairs and to the furthest building away from mine to get to chapel.  I walked in with 12 seconds to spare. Then I went to Government class, and lunch where nothing was edible.

Now I am sitting in my pjs drinking some coffee. Pure bliss.

Have a splendid Thursday afternoon!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

He is with You

Isaiah 41:10

"So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

This verse has been such an encouragement to me. There are some mornings that I wake up with literally no strength. I don't feel like I can get through a day of classes, or get back up the 100 stairs to my room. As simple as that illustration may be, this verse applies. When we feel like we can't go on, the Lord is right there by our side, holding us up, and guiding us. When I worry about the 3 tests that I have this week, and the paper that is due that I am not even close to starting, God is with me. Knowing this, makes me persevere and allows me to go through my day with strength and peace.

I love Mandisa's music and I love this song. I think it ties in perfectly with this verse!


Long time no talk.

So, I was sitting in my room, working on homework, or trying to- when the whole building started shaking and it felt like it was swaying.  I stood up really fast because it felt like the floor was coming out from under me!  Everyone across campus felt it; in the science building, Herrick, the commons, and the boy's dorm... really freaky!  It was an earthquake.  Imagine that!  It only lasted like 20 seconds, but the my keys were still shaking for a little while after that.  At first, I thought something had to have hit the building or something, it was an odd feeling.

I texted my dad and he saw online that a 4.5 magnitude earthquake was centered in Norman, OK this morning.  Norman is about 30 minutes from where I am.

Here is the website that has more info. Crazy

The family that I babysit for posted on Facebook that their whole house was shaking.  They live 10-15 minutes away from me.

Thankfully nothing fell, but it was still freaky.

I have now experience my first earthquake.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Bacon Party

So, it's Friday. finally.

Yesterday, I got this amazing care package from my aunt.  Many people were jealous!  She seriously spoils me so much.  I am really blessed.  Thanks FAK, I love you!  You are the best.  I am enjoying your home cooked goodies :)  My grandparents threw in a few gift cards.  So blessed!  Thanks for thinking about me guys :)

This week has been crazy.  It feels like it went on forever and ever... so slow.

I have homework to do this weekend, of course!  I'm going to Tai Pei for lunch tomorrow too, I need a break from the Commons!

Last night, we had a bacon party... we cooked up some bacon and sat around talking.  It was pretty fun. Thanks Gramma for the bacon!  It was delicious.  Jennah, Jen and I are known as the "Bacon Girls" of the 5th floor.... many people say they can smell the bacon from the 2nd floor! Awesome :)

I am babysitting tonight!  I was referred by someone and they called me at 10pm last night.  Good thing I am pretty flexible. :)  So, I haven't met these people yet, but I will go watch their kids tonight. haha... Should be fun, and I'll earn some money too!

I need to wash my clothes.  Bad.  But the thought of carrying all of my clothes down all of those stairs is very unappealing.  sigh.

My coffee maker is broken.  It has been for 10 days.  I was starting to become a not-so-very-nice-person. haha, not really.  However, it was a tad frustrating that I couldn't get it fixed.  I spent countless hours on the phone with Keurig and after a lost part (got sent to a retirement home) and finally getting the company to see that my machine was indeed broken, a new coffee maker is coming to me!  As funny as it may seem, I miss that coffee maker!  I miss making coffee whenever I just want one cup, or two!  So, within 3-7 business days, I should be able to drink a cup of coffee (from my room!)

Well, off to find some yummy barely edible-food. Then off to play with some kiddos!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

2 Minutes

until open dorm is finally over with.  It seems like it has gone on for hours tonight!

I had a fabulous time with my family this weekend.  I wasn't feeling the greatest, but I was so excited to see them.  My mom (and Kathleen) made some yummy fudge, and butterscotch bars.  They also threw in my all time favorite: sweet crispex! It was delightful to get some homemade edible snacks.

It was really hard to watch my family pull away from SNU this afternoon.  I wanted to run behind the van and go home with them.  But, I decided to be a 'big girl' and be mature and trudge up the 5632 stairs up to the 5th floor of Hatley.

I am so blessed and thankful that they came up this weekend. It was nice to check out of the dorm and stay with them.  We had a lot of fun and even got matching sweatshirts!

Tonight, I took nyquil and was able to get my homework done early.  I wanted to be in bed at 9:30, but some girls seriously ran up and down the hallways screaming for like 30 minutes.  It was a tad obnoxious. My new goal is to be asleep by 10:15! :) haha...

Well, open dorm should finally be finished. Hopefully

Thanks for the great weekend Daddy, Momma and Kathleen! I love you. See you in 17, almost 16, days!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Government Forum Chapter 5: Check

Jennah and I worked together and finished our forum for government. It was done two days early! Boo yah! Pretty excited that I can sleep tonight and not worry about it, and maybe even nap tomorrow between classes.

Last night I got 3 and a half hours of sleep. Exhausted much? I think so!

Already have my homework done for Bib Lit tomorrow (did it two days ago) and I have my Comp sheet printed out... no homework for speech. So, pretty much I can nap between classes not feeling guilty.

Found out that my test that I thought was on Thursday was moved to next Tuesday-Sweet!

Teacher observation went well, I really enjoyed it.  I think it will be great for me to be ''in'' the classroom and this teacher wants me to interact with the students! I will go each Tuesday morning until I get 12 hours of observation in!

I think I need to go to bed. Sweet dreams!

I see my family in 2.5 days! SO excited :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Teacher Observation

....starts tomorrow!

I'm pretty exciteddddd :)

I should really go to bed though. It's 11:15.  Pretty sure I have to get up at 7:15 too, ok... maybe 7:30 :)

I'm sitting in Jennah and Jen's room.  They let me hang in here a lot. They are pretty nice like that.

They got fish today.  Someone down our hall decided they didn't want Tom and Jerry anymore, so Jennah and Jen adopted them and gave them new names.  The Situation and Todd have a new home and a freshly cleaned tank. (it was pretty gross)

I typed up my government key terms for my test on Thursday- ahead of schedule. So tomorrow if I have free time, I can study them!  Tomorrow will be a busy day. I will leave the school at 8 and I wont get back to my room until 3! I think tomorrow will be a Sonic happy hour type of day!

I better go to bed now!

two posts in one day. exciting!

Monday, Monday!

It's laundry time again!  Jennah and I are sitting in the basement, waiting for washers to be done!  We should be doing our government homework, but here we sit, blogging!
Today, we had chapel.  Usually chapel is Tuesday and Thursday.  It is switched around this week, for a special speaker -John M. Perkins, I believe!  He made some pretty good points this morning.  I think he is speaking again tonight, but I just realized I have homework I need to get done before the tomorrow evening.  I have a pretty busy day planned for tomorrow.  I start the Teacher Observation at 8:30 in the morning, have two classes and then homework!  Fun times!
Last night Cory, Jennah, Jen and I went to Chipotle for a late dinner.  We missed dinner at the Commons, so we decided to head on over for a burrito bowl.  I've become addicted to the vegetarian bowl.  I'm pretty sure I could be a vegetarian.  Not joking!
Comp class was canceled today, and I had a Speech test.  Not quite sure how I did, but I think it went better than I expected.
I am missing my family, of course.  I'm pretty excited that I see them Friday.  Pretty excited to check out of the dorms and stay in the hotel with them too.
I better go and start on this government homework.  I have a feeling it will take me a while.
So, that was how my day went. the end.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I have become a napper

So, my momma was right.  Naps have become my friend.  I took a 1.5 hour nap today, woke up exhausted, but still, it was a nap!
We had Chapel today... we were separated by classes because we voted in class elections for Student Body.  It was pretty entertaining.  I knew most of the people running so that made it fun!  The voting is set up pretty cool too, because you just log on to the school website and click on the picture of the person you want for each position!  Pretty nifty!
I went to government class too.  Took a key term test.  It was long, but I feel really good about it.  Pretty sure that I knew more than I thought I did!
Then, Jennah and I met Derek at the Commons Office because Derek got a letterrrr.. Jennah drew a pretty legit picture of the 5 of us, and sent it to him!  He says he never gets mail.  It was pretty cool to see how excited he was!
Then, we ate lunch.  I came back and napped. Until 4.
Now I am hungry, but don't feel like going to the commons.
the end.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


My 8am class was canceled today! YES! I got to sleep in, a little at least.  I went to Comp 1 and Speech and was done for the day.  I went to lunch.  Ate cereal.  It is pretty much the only edible thing there.  I tried to eat a sandwich but it was no good.  And some chinese chicken salad, but that shouldn't have been classified as a salad.  I came back up to my room, studied for a while, and then went to Panda Express with Jennah!  We decided that we needed to actually eat something normal.  It was so yummy.  Jennah and I drove around for a while.  We went to Hobby Lobby, this amazing $1 jewelry store, and drove by Aldi.  OH! And we drove by this school that I am supposed to observe at- starting Tuesday.  I am pretty excited about this, not going to lie.  I think it will be such fun to sit in on a 2nd grade classroom and be around kids.  
Jennah and Jen match today... they are both wearing green.  Funniest thing is, they don't even realize it.  They are twins! :) 
I have a quiz in Government tomorrow. Pretty much not excited for that.  It is my only class tomorrow though. Score!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


I am tired, but nothing new with that! I haven't slept the night through since I've been here!

Thankfully I was able to sleep in today for a little bit, but still didn't sleep long enough!

I did get an email though, that government was canceled for today! I was SO excited. I have always loved history, but this class is different.  I've come to not enjoy Tuesdays and Thursdays very much.

I am sitting in the basement doing laundry and studying (or I should be).  I did laundry on Saturday, but some clothes fell behind my basket and I didn't get those washed! Jennah and I are hanging out in the basement :)

In other news, I am so hungry! haha... I have come to appreciate my momma's cooking even more. She has always been the BEST cook around, other than my aunt and grandma, but I really miss it! I miss cooking a lot too. And eating healthy meals.  I feel like I'm paying for this meal plan but I'm just eating junk all the time! I'd like some fruits and veggies please?!

Monday, September 20, 2010


I got a 100% on my Bible Test this morning! I decided last night to stay up and work extra hard on the few verses I was struggling with.  Persistence pays off!

My friends are the sweetest! They saw my tweet earlier on in the day that I wanted Sour Patch Kids and Nerds, so at 10:45 last night, they ran to Walgreen's, without me knowing, and got those for me! And a best wishes balloon too! Thanks guys!

We sat and talked for a while, and then I went to sleep around 1.  1:30 this horrible, high pitched sound happens. The fire alarm was pulled and we all rushed down the 5 flights of stairs to wait outside.  We stood out there for forever. Two fire trucks had to come and two cop cars.... sigh. What a fun event that was! So, I went back to sleep around 3, just to wake up at 7!

Needless to say, I am exhausted (big surprise there!) and I'm off to class number 2 of the day!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Exodus 20

I have to have this memorized, word for word, for a test on Monday. I am spending tonight writing it, and re-writing it. And eating some skittles.... I am wishing I had some Coffee Health Bar Crunch Ice Cream though :D

Exodus 20
The Ten Commandments
 1 And God spoke all these words:
 2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
 3 "You shall have no other gods before [a] me.
 4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.
 7 "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
 8 "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
 12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
 13 "You shall not murder.
 14 "You shall not commit adultery.
 15 "You shall not steal.
 16 "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
 17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

Laundry Time!

It's that time again, laundry time. :) I have no cell service in the basement, so I must blog! haha.

I feel like I've been so busy lately.  I can't imagine my life with the math class still!

I still feel homesick.

Only 13-14 days until I see my family!!! I am so excited. They are coming up here for Parent's weekend and I will check out of Hatley and stay with them in the hotel. YES!

Last night, I had a little adventure! A friend called me at 11pm and said she needed to go to the hospital! She doesn't have a car and needed a ride.  We headed over to the hospital and stayed until 3:30 this morning! Everything is alright, but it was a LONG night.  I had taken NyQuil right before she called me and I was sure tired this morning.  I wasn't able to sleep in this morning, and was up every hour!

Exciting times for sure!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

My view from here

There was no rain in the forecast here today... Yet, I wake up to thunder shaking the whole building, the streets flooding and my desk lamp flickering! It is interesting being on the 5th floor... The rain is so much louder since the roof is right above me!

Go Oklahoma!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wednesday already?

I hope that this whole year the next four years fly by as quick as this week has been.

I went home last weekend and it was pretty much amazing.  I had such a great and relaxing time so it was super nice.  My awesome dad put new shocks on my truck and it was a much smoother ride on the way back to school.  I can see my family in 21 days when they come up for Parent's weekend.  I'm pretty excited.

It has been raining all day here...  It makes for a gloomy day.  Not to mention being stuck in a torrential downpour and everything getting soaked.  My messenger bag with all my books was drenched.  Luckily it kept my books dry.  Now I am letting it dry in front of my fan.  There was seriously a lake in front of my dorm.  I had to take my shoes off and walk across the street barefoot.  The water came up to my calves.  My roommate just came in and said that it is still raining.... crazy! I'll have to swim to class tomorrow.

Well, I am off to work on some homework. Have a great afternoon :D

Friday, September 3, 2010

Today is the day!

I get to go home today! Whoo hoo!! I am so excited. Hopefully in 12 hours I will be in my house with my favorite people!

I plan to leave at 1, after my last class!

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Math has been a huge part of my stress level this week.

Tomorrow, I am going to drop the class.

Dropping a class is something I never wanted to do.

But, i decided to listen to my FAK and fit sociability in my life as well.

I cried for 2 hours tonight over math homework.

Then i went to target with the J's and then to Pop's lounge to get some Starbucks.  Then we went to late night dinner where a nice man made us bacon.

I had a fun night and I was able to laugh.

I am SO excited that this time tomorrow I will be at home. With my family. Showering in my own bathroom, where I don't have to wear shoes.

I am looking forward to hugs from my family.

Tomorrow will be a great day.


I have cried more this week than I think I have in my entire life.

I am normally a happy person. This week I have been crabby and whiny.

It feels like I have been here forever. When it's really been 2 weeks.

I hate the feeling that I can't handle something and I have been feeling that this whole week.

I have been praying about my attitude and my outlook on these classes.  In reality, all I really need or want is a hug from my family.

This time tomorrow, I will be on my way home and I CANNOT wait.

I'm sure I will cry some more, but I will be with the people that I love the most.

Monday, August 30, 2010


I could use a little prayer.
I am so overwhelmed, it isn't really funny.
I have so much homework. I think it is having 4 classes (all with homework) on one day, 3 times a week, that i'm struggling with. It's only the first full week of school, and I am stressed out.
I have two classes tomorrow and homework in them, plus homework from today.
I really don't know if I can do this, if I can stay on top of it all. If I can get everything done.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Today is the first Saturday that I am not spending with my parents.  I'm not going to lie.  It is pretty difficult.  I really really miss them.
I am thankful that I'm only 6 hours away, but it still is a really long time.
I know this is part of growing up. But I do not like it.
I have officially been at SNU for a week.
I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to attend a christian college and even college in general. It's just a lot harder to be away from my family than I thought it would be.
I am going to do some homework now. Fun stuff.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Christian College

One of the best things about being in a Christian College is having a professor pray for a great semester over the class.  It is so neat to see and hear.  One other cool thing was this prayer she read to us.  I am going to share it, because I thought it was neat for her to think of doing this! (this was in my speech class-last class of the day)

Colossians 1:9-12 (New International Version)

 9For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.10And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[a] to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

I'm praying for a good semester, even if this afternoon wasn't so great. 

First Day of Class

First day of classes: Complete

It was such a busy morning.  Besides almost crying when I sat down in Math Class, the morning went well.  I was able to find my classes.  The one class that I was unsure about my friend Ben was walking by and he helped me find it.  So thanks Ben!

My math class will be the death of me.  Jennah (who lives on my hall) and I have three classes together, including Math, so we will have to study a lot together! haha..

Four classes down today, none to go!

I only have one class tomorrow.  It's at 11:45.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Goodbyes are always hard.

I don't like them very much.

About an hour ago, I had to say goodbye to my family.

I cried, of course. It was really hard to see them pull away.

I guess it is part of growing up, but I sure do not like it.

The good thing in this, is that they are only 6 hours away. Not 15 or 16. I can drive 6 hours easily.

They are coming back in October. That helps.

I love you, Momma, Daddy and Kathleen.  Thanks for helping me move in this weekend.  On Kathleen's 16th Birthday nonethelesss. She's the best!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Officially a College Student!

Hello All!
Long time no talk.
Today, I moved into my dorm.
We got here at 7:45. We are from Wisconsin. We are early people. It's funny because we always joke that people in Texas are on "Texas Time"- because they are always running late.
But anyways-
We were here early, the second people in line for a dorm check, and then we came back to the lobby to get my room key, and then started bringing my things up.  SNU has these people called Luggage Luggers, that help carry everything up for you. When you are going up 5 flights of stairs, that is very very helpful.  So thank you dear luggage luggers. I appreciate you!
By 8:40 we pretty much had everything upstairs in my room and before 11 everything had it's place! I think it turned out great!
My parents have to leave tomorrow at 2:30. I'm a little sad I am not going to lie.
Tomorrow we get to go to church together though. And lunch I think! So, that will be nice to have some more time with just them.  We have to meet with our little family groups after that! So then I am not sure what's next!
Classes start Wednesday. My first class in at 8am.
I am officially a college student. Crazy!

Here are pictures of move-in day! 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Where did Summer go?

Um, excuse me? Where did summer go off to? Where did August go?

My grandparents and aunt have been here since Wednesday. We are having such a fun time.  But time is passing all too quickly.

I will officially be a college freshman on Friday.  We leave Friday before lunch to head to Oklahoma. I n s a n e.

Where did summer go?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I have been a horrible blogger

Life has been crazy.  I have finished working so I thought life would slow down a bit.  Like I could just sit in bed and read a book all day :)   I've been busy packing up my room, getting ready for company, and spending as much time as I can with my family. 

Some of my favorite people are coming to Texas tomorrow, my grandparents and aunt.  I cannot wait!

Kathleen turns 16 in 10 days, and in 10 days I leave for SNU. Crazy.

I will blog more later. I have a lot to catch up on!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Lap Desk

I ended up buying this at Target the other day.  I thought it might be good to have if I want to sit on my bed and study or whatever.  I have been using it here at home, and I really like it!  I think it was a great purchase!

My sister is the best.

This is what my sweet sister got me yesterday.  She said it was the rest of my graduation present.  I love it! I tried out the cup today, it is super cute! She told me the rest of it I had to save until college! She bought my favorite coffee creamer, favorite k kups for the Keurig, and favorite iced coffee from Starbucks, along with the adorable cup!

Thanks Kathleen, I'm all set for college, at least in the coffee department. Love you!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Don't you love it when your stomach churns like a washing machine?

For the last hour or so my stomach has been churning.  The kids I babysit for haven't been feeling that well today, one even throwing up.  I was there yesterday, and I will be there in a few short hours.  The little girl wasn't feeling good yesterday while I was there, and was really clingy.  I am thinking I got a tad bit close to her.  For the past hour I have been cold, then hot.  And have been laying in front of the fan in my parents room too.  Anything to take my mind off of feeling so icky.  I thought I'd give blogging a shot!

Today Kathleen and I went to Super Target to pick up a few things for college.  I got an under the bed storage thing, along with a neat little lap desk.  I have to be at SNU in 22 or 23 days- something like that.  Not exactly counting down the hours like some people are. 

I am starting to get a little excited, but still nervous too.  It's a lot of change, and I don't like change.  I have really been praying about it though.  I think that it will be a great thing- even if it is 6 hours from home :)  Really though, I am excited to see all that God has in store for me.  I am just having a hard time believing that I am actually old enough to be a freshman in college.  I remember going through Walmart last year around this time, and watching people shop for their dorm rooms.  I can remember thinking, "Wow, they are going to be college students."  Now it is me shopping for my dorm, and making lists of things to get done and so on! Crazy.

Tonight we ordered books for me.  I ended up buying them used on  My dad was joking (after we bought them) that they may not be the right books!  haha..  That would be horrible!  I am glad we decided to look around and compare prices, since we saved $130!  See now folks, don't always pay list price! :)

Whew! I think the feeling of puking my guts out of sickness has passed.  I sure hope it has!  Watch- I'll post this and then be up all night sick.  Uhhh!!  Well, I need to try to get a little sleep.  I know tomorrow will be a very busy day babysitting! Morning Night all!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mini Fridge

Here it is! My first major purchase for college. Besides my laptop. This is actually the second one I bought. The first one had a tiny freezer and after 24 hours of being plugged in, the ice cube trays were only cold water. So, we went on a fridge hunt. Target had this one on sale this week so we picked it up. I really really love it. It has a separate freezer and it works great. I put the ice cube trays in at 10 this morning, and by 3:30 they were frozen - along with a water bottle.

My mom was right, I was wrong. I am happier with this one. Thanks momma!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A drive in the country...

My cousin and aunt left today.  We had such a great visit, and it doesn't feel like a whole week has gone by.  I was really blessed and only had to work one of the days that they were here.  We didn't really do much sightseeing, but did go to San Antonio one day.  And the rest of the days we took drives to the country to take pictures.  It was a blast and we got so many good shots!  I was sad to see them go, as I won't see them until Christmas.  But so glad that we could spend this week together because Rachel and I are both headed to college soon.


 If you don't believe in God after seeing something this beautiful, I'm not sure what will convince you.

We took so many other fun pictures too. Another post though... Laundry is waiting to be folded!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Im here, Im here...

I'm home from San Francisco. It was amazing and we had a blast. It was 60 degrees every day, and I even had to wear a sweatshirt. I miss that.

We came home to find our carpet was finished, and it looks great!

My cousin and great aunt fly in tomorrow for a week.

I went dorm room shopping today and bought a cute bedspread, bath caddy, and hangers.

In a little over a month, I will officially be at college, and a college student. Crazy.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hello! Long time, no talk!

Whew! It has been a while... Here is my reason for being MIA:
We are in the process of tearing up all of the carpet in our house...
Packing up all of our things, so we can move the furniture.
Getting everything off the floor,
Here is what our game room up stairs looks like tonight.  We are moving the three bedroom sets out there, and then will move it back in when the new carpet is installed.
My dresser is out there, so I have to get dressed in the game room.. haha.. just kidding
The purple room/scrapbook room.
Here is how I am updating my blog! Sitting on the floor-
It's a mess. I'm running out of places to put things.
We leave for San Fran next Wednesday. Carpet is being installed next Tuesday and Wednesday. I worked every day last week, with just enough time to sleep. I got my new camera in the mail last week, and so far no problems with it! We are meeting some friends for coffee tomorrow morning. I have to go get my car registered. And pack up some more.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Be Different.

Last night, while reading my Bible verses for the day, I stumbled across these verses. This is the Message translation. I think that sometimes the Message is easier to understand, but I still love to compare a few versions.

Romans 12:1-2

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

This is my desire. I do want to be different. And I believe I am. It is so important to keep our focus on the true reason we are here on this earth. It is very easy to get caught up in drama, and what feels good to us. What we want out of life, the car we want to drive, the bigger, better house, the perfect body- but at the end of the day, is this what matters? If you read this verse, what does it say?

Fix your attention on God. You will be changed from the inside out.

Um, excuse me, did you read that? Not just some of your attention, All. Of. It.

This is my goal. To not get caught up in the world, but to fix my eyes on Jesus, and him alone. I'd like to challange you to look at this verse that way too!

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Karen surprised me with roses for my graduation. I wanted to save them, so we read online that you should just hang them in a dry, hot place for two weeks. Well, the attic is beyond hot and it's dry, so I just hitched up some yarn on some wire and tied them two of them up there. Since some of the roses were already bad, I just tore the petals off thinking I'd dry those too. I think it worked? The actual roses are a little squishy yet, so I think that means I need to let them go a little longer. I'm not quite sure though! haha... But anyways, Thanks for the roses FAK! I love you.
(you might be a redneck if... :D)


Good bye Camera

After being dropped (on accident) while it was in Malaysia, my camera has never recovered. I kept it this long, only because I wanted to have it on display on my memory table at graduation.
I finally ordered a new camera, just the newest model of my old camera. I received it last Saturday, turned it on, charged the battery and the next morning it froze. Like black screen, the lens was stuck out and it wouldn't turn on. So we sent it back, and now I'm waiting for a new one to arrive. But they have to receive the one I sent back first, so it could take up to two weeks. I hope I can get it in time for San Francisco. I need to order new batteries (rechargeable) too, for this camera that I don't have yet. Whew! Did you get all that?

So, dear old camera: You have been very good to me. I took you to Israel and you took 2,700 pictures over there. And hundreds maybe thousands more too in your 2.5 year life. The end.