Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

Just a short note on this Good Friday, on which we commemorate the Passion and Death of Jesus. You probably know by now that I can go on and on about any and everything, but today, I leave you with this simple, yet thought-provoking comic, from the beloved cartoon strip, BC. Think about it. Ponder the mystery of Jesus' crucifixion, and be thankful for the wonderful gift we have received!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Good Times!

I've finally caught a bit of a break between the craziness of all of my classes, so I'll pop in and update on all of the fun things I've been up to! Good times definitely abound!

1. I left off on my 21st Birthday, which was a great day, minus the fact that Gina was called in to work in the middle of my party, which put a bit of a damper on things...my party with church friends, Liz, & Tonisha happened the next day, and it was a total blast! There were at least 15 people in our entourage, and I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to celebrate with! We started out at Texas Roadhouse, then went to our local pub, Finnegan's, went to the two-stepping club, Outlaws, then capped off the night by going to Murphy's (another bar) and IHOP...yep, we were "those" people who made the 2 AM IHOP run...no regrets! I had a blast, and tried lots of different drinks...it amazes me how many people were willing to buy me drinks! Here's some great pictures from our night!

Tonisha, Me, & Liz before we headed to Stillwater!

This was our whole group, minus Liz, who had to leave early...like I said, we were quite the entourage!

2. One of my newest ventures has been the fact that I'm leading my own Bible study group now! I have an average of about 3-4 girls who come regularly, and I'm steadily finding new girls to join...I am blessed with an amazing group of girls, and I love getting to have great conversations with them and helping them to grow ever closer to God! It is a beautiful thing...I love it!!

3. I went on another retreat a couple weekends ago, this time was for the Bible study leaders from our campus. We talked a lot about the Holy Spirit and there was lots of quiet prayer time...it was a much-needed break from the craziness of school, and I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to go! As always, I left with an overwhelming sense of peace and happiness! All good things :)

4. I inadvertently joined another intramural team at St. John's...oops! I really didn't think I was going to, but I did, because they were afraid that there weren't going to be enough girls for their co-rec ultimate frisbee team. No, I've never played ultimate frisbee, why would I bother knowing how to play a sport before signing up to play on a team? (That seems to be a pattern, if you haven't caught on yet...) Thankfully, everyone is a good enough sport not to call me out on my inability to be an effective team member, so that's always nice! It's also a great reminder that I have yet to scratch the surface on any of my running plans...am I ever going to run again? I'm starting to think I won't, but maybe I'll find some kind of deep-rooted motivation somewhere!

5. Last Thursday was really rough for me. I had two tests back-to-back and they weren't the easiest in the world. Surprisingly, I did much better than I thought I did on one test, but the jury's still out on the test I'm really concerned about...we'll see!

6. There was a mom's day celebration here at church on Saturday! Mom and Dad were able to come down and visit, even though we only had a short window of time we could be there together. Nonetheless, I was excited to get to see them and introduce them to my adopted church family!

7. In the same vein, Monday was Mom & Dad's 36th wedding anniversary! I had the added blessing of getting to spend the majority of my weekend with them, as they stayed at my trailer. I am so thankful to have such a wonderful model of unconditional, sacrificial love!!! Love you guys so much!!!

8. I have officially started working at my new job at the lake! So far, it has been really easy, thanks to the fact that it's still early in the season and there aren't that many people who are coming to stay at or visit the lake for long enough to warrant needing a parking permit. I won't complain about not being busy, because it is quite the blessing to have a job that close to home and that will easily work with my hours! Until I finish this semester, I'll only be working on weekends, so it isn't too bad of a deal! I think this job will be a much better fit for me, so I'm happy to have this opportunity!

9. I've had lots of good times getting to know some of my new friends better over the past week! Last night, I had supper with my friend Katie who recently returned from studying abroad in Australia. On Saturday, I met up with my friend Isaac from the TEC retreat and had a great time getting to know him better! Today, I'm meeting with a girl from my Bible study to get better acquainted with her, even if I already know we will be great friends! All of this, just to think that a mere year ago, I would have been happy to just have ONE friend here...who would have known! I never cease to be thankful that I took the leap of faith by coming to OSU...so many amazing things have happened just because I was willing to let go of my fears!

10. On a last note, I have finally enrolled in my last official semester here on campus! How crazy is that! I say the last semester, because next spring will be my student teaching semester and I won't really be on campus too much, if at all. I have to take a summer class, but I don't think it will be too bad, as the instructor is my math advisor and is an overall nice lady, not to mention I've heard good things about the course itself. What I'm more excited about are the classes I have on deck for this fall: I'll be taking Number Theory, Geometry (Not like what I learned in HS, unfortuntately, but still shouldn't be too impossible.), Math Modeling, Methods of Teaching Geometry, Teaching Exceptional Learners (Learning how to differentiate instruction for Gifted-Talented/Intellectually Disabled Students), and.........the best class: Wine Tasting :)

I have never taken a class just because I could, and have always stuck with taking only required classes because I'm just a stick-in-the-mud like that. People have always suggested that I take a class just for fun, but I've always politely disregarded it and said that I "didn't have time" or would be "too busy" for it. Well, ever since I've come to OSU, I've heard so many people talk about the infamous Wine Tasting course and how much fun they had in it, and my interest was piqued. I wasn't sure if I really wanted to do it or not, but after some coercion from my parents, who also told me that I never take any cool classes, I decided to give it a shot! If everything seems like too much, I can always drop it, but I'm willing to try it :) I can't wait to finally have a fun class!!! I owe it to myself!!

So, that's what's been happening in my life...nothing too terribly exciting, but still lots of good things! Have a great week!!!