Wednesday, September 23, 2009


As is my tradition, I will update the blogster instead of writing the TWO papers I have due at 9:30 tomorrow, er, correcting, this morning. Gross.

Tonight was the most fun I have had in a long time. Fun with girls, that is. [In case Nick reads this, I also have lots and lots of fun with him watching the Food Network, making bets we don't stick to, and singing songs in the car. among all the other funny things we do together.] Anyway, tonight was just so great. It was like old times with two of my very favorite friends. We giggled, we drank coffee (non-coffee coffee for some of us), we took unattractive pictures of ourselves, we made jokes galore, and just had a ball forgetting our responsibilities and just having some fun together. I sometimes forget amidst all the homework and responsibility the importance of just doing something spontaneous and having fun with my friends.

So great.

"If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose." -Phil 2:1-2

Sunday, September 20, 2009

ten days later...

...and nothing inspirational or lovely to write or write about.

- still going to school, trying to become a professional and a grown-up but also enjoy my "carefree days" before time runs out...
- still working, all around my class schedule from 8:30-5:00...
- still loving, or should i say attempting to love and figure out love in a number of arenas...
- still seeking the guidance and will of a perfect and holy God who i truly believe has a grand plan in the works for my little life...

ps. could someone please invent time travel asap so i could visit my fam and friends anytime i wanted? okthanksbye.

"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jer 29:13

Thursday, September 10, 2009

love you, then me.

for a week in which i was challenged to spend loving others first, i spent a pretty large chunk of time loving myself. it is so simple and easy to be selfless. until it gets hard..and then it's not so easy.

"He must become greater; I must become less." Jn 3:30

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." Phil 2:3-4

"Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying." Rom 12:9-12

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love." Jn 15:9

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


As per my usual, I have plenty of homework and am not doing it. I am catching up on my facebook photo uploading, hanging out with one of my roommates, listening to some sweet tunes, about to clean my room, reading some blogs, reflecting on life, etc. I think I really have a problem with procrastinating and can't fix it. Dang.

Anyway. I teach my first lesson [aka microteach-1] tomorrow! I'm doing an activity-based 4-5 minute lesson on how to diagram a sentence. I know, riveting! [Ok but seriously, grammar, proper grammar that is, just gets me! I love it!!! Parts of speech, correct spelling, proper word usage, etc. I love it all!] I am so excited to teach it, I just hope I don't talk too fast or mess up or anything. There are like 40 other English majors in my lab class [ooookk like four, but still] so hopefully we can learn a lot from each other this semester! Oh and I am making my first real resume' also due tomorrow.

Bahh, I hate going to school. Couldn't the homework just be optional? Or what if I just took one class at a time? I feel like I would do so much better..

I need inspiration, motivation.

Monday, September 7, 2009

there's no place like home.

the title of this post says it all.

a part of me will always stay there when i leave. and a part of me will always be sad to go. don't get me wrong now; i love growing up and i love so much where my life is taking me and all the great things happening all around me here, but a small part of my heart will always ache for home. a part of me will never stop missing the people i rarely see and the place i no longer live. praise God for the special people in my life and the time we do get to spend together.

leaving is hard. so much love and so much family, blood and not blood. i love how so much can change yet so much stay the same after all this time.

love is a beautiful thing. i pray this week my love for God and love for others may outshine any and all obstacles i must face, and that my love could be something that sets me apart from the world around me.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

"Welcom to K-State!"

Today starts what I hope will be one of my last six days spent at Bramlage. I tried to quit last May, but through some chain of events I have ended up back in my supervisory position for another season. This season I hope not to get walked on as a boss (in some situations, such as this one at times, it can be hard for me to find a balance between "friend" and "boss" and thus lose a lot of respect and authority).

Anyway. Last night I drove with Nick and two other Lincoln/MCC friends down to some small town outside of Emporia to watch one of their friends in his season-openening 8-man football game. All I can say is I felt like I was in a movie. It was so great! [I also realized how much I dislike children who aren't well behaved. We didn't get there until halftime and had to sit in the "kiddie section" if you will.] It was so fun just to get out of Manhattan and remember how great a good old small town Friday night can feel.

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." -Acts 1:8

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Day 1: The Professional Look.

As was somewhat thoroughly discussed in my last post I am planning on being a teacher. Upon graduating, getting certified, and actually becoming a teacher, one has to start dressing more professionally. I may have touched on this already, but I do not wear nor do I own a large collection of dress/professional clothing, and spend the majority of my time in t-shirts. I have decided that this semester and next will be devoted to working on a number of disciplines that will one day (next fall) be necessary. I.e. Doing my laundry on a somewhat regular basis so I am not left with nothing to wear...and because that's just what you do. Going to bed on time(ish) and getting up with enough time to do all I need to do. Working out and eating healthier at least most days. You get the picture.

Thus today was Day 1: The Professional Look. I have to dress up a number of different days this semester for a variety of things, today being one of them. We took pictures with our Block/Teaching Groups we will be team-teaching with in the middle schools this semester, and had to look nice for them. I also have to give a few different presentations for which I will also have to be dressed business professional and go into the schools for observations and teaching a few times.
[I took this of myself with my computer after getting home from work/school today.]

Anyway, I may or may not post about the rest of my quest toward professionalism, we will just have to see. Just know I am working on fewer ponytails (at least messy, unintentional ponytails) and being more strategic in my outfit-wearing while still taking advantage of my last year of not being a professional who gets up super early everyday and has to dress up all the time.

In other news, Nick and I spent the weekend in Lincoln with his family and friends; it was his grandpa's 90th birthday and there was a lovely party on Sunday after church. His grandpa even brought a date! So cute. We ate a lot (as is typically the case at on any trip to anywhere) and had a lot of fun, and are headed to my parents this weekend for Labor Day! Well, that is after a potential BBQ Friday night and I work all day Saturday. Oh and the rest of this week of classes of course.

Well, I apologize if you don't find my life just riveting, but I suppose you don't have to read about it if you don't want to! Another picture from this weekend and some words of wisdom from the Good Book and I'll leave you at that. Peace and love.

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." -John 16:33

"There's a passion in my heart
For the world to see
Revival fires burn
A great awakening
And there's a raging fire inside
That's so high
And it's causing me to burn" -Steve Fee