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Perfect Saturday

Today has been one of those really great days that is extremely full of doing absolutely nothing. Or what some would call, “The Perfect Saturday.”

I have been home from school since Wednesday after I caught what is going around amongst all of my co-workers, classmates, and children I counsel. You can’t wash your hands enough to fight those kind of odds. So at 3:30am Wednesday, as I downed some cough medicine, I made the executive decision that I was calling in sick. I haven’t done that in all of my history of internships (which is extensive), so my guilt was minimal. In that moment I came up with a plan and after about 2 seconds of deliberation, I decided to implement it and bump up my trip home and go to my doctor here. You just never know about those university health centers. Plus our family physician is one of those who does not shy away from antibiotics “just in case” even if it’s probably viral. He is a friend, indeed.

So, I came home on Wednesday and nothing is basically what I have been doing the whole time. It has been nice to catch up on sleep and hang out with Mama and Daddy and last night I did venture out with my dear friend Marsha and her crew to an open mic night at one of the new coffee shops in town. It was a lovely evening 🙂

Tomorrow I will head back and gear up for another week of work and class. While the thought of getting back to real life saddens me, I am excited because tomorrow night I am meeting with my new small group for a little mexican fiesta. I am so excited about my new little group. They all seem like great girls, and I can’t wait to get to know more about them. And nothing goes better with bonding than chips and salsa. I’m pretty sure that’s in the Bible somewhere.


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I am happy.

I am confused.

I am inspired.

I am scared.

I am trusting in something Greater than myself to guide my fears and bring me through.

I want to help people for the rest of my life.

I am just not sure in what way my help will best be distributed.

I am worried about money.

I am content in knowing I don’t have to worry.

I am aware that obedience with money and being frugal are essential in, you know, being able to buy food in the future.

I want a job that pays well.

I am afraid I will never really have that.

I also want to one day quit that well-paying job I may never have to raise the children I will one day have with the husband I will one day have.

I basically have nothing figured out at this point.

But! I know I’m not supposed to and I OWN WHAT I DON’T KNOW.

I definitely don’t know what the future holds.

I know Who holds the future.

I know the last time you heard that cliche you fell off your dinosaur.

I am thankful.

I am blessed and thankful.

Oh yeah, and I’m thankful.

I WILL enjoy my final year in graduate school.

I will try really hard to try really hard.

I cannot promise to watch TV less.

I can promise to pray more.

And listen  to God A LOT more.

Somedays I know I’ll pray and listen and some days I will get caught up in my feelings and how I want my life to turn out.

Hopefully at the end of those OTHER days, I will remember that it’s not about me.

It’s not about the money.

It’s not about being comfortable with my current abilities.

It’s more about striving to figure out what I was born for…and realizing that that could be many different things over a long period of time.

It’s up to me to be content in each season.

It’s up to me to be the person I was made to be and who most of the time I actually like.

Until I start being the person that the fears and worries and insecurities tell me I am.

I’ll continue to laugh a really great amount and do it loudly.

I will continue to drink Diet Coke.

It is delicious and I heart you forever DC.

I love so much about this crazy life with these crazy yet lovable people.

I have a lot to give.

I can’t wait to give it all.

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Countdown to freedom

As I sit here trying to think of something to write about, I am at somewhat of a loss. It’s not because I am trying to be profound or funny or smart (definitely not smart), but at this moment, this world o’ mine is a tad dull.

And I mean that in the nicest way.

I am in my last week of my first year of graduate school. Basically this means I have about 8 days until I will be free. The papers, projects, and hours of classes are coming to a close. It’s bittersweet, without the bitter, if you know what I mean.

So the fact is, my days consist of waking up, going to class, daydreaming about my summer days with My Boys, the beach, and all the other summer gifts sent straight from Heaven like free time and family. And by the time I arrive home at night from watching TV at Meg’s…I mean, studying…I am fresh out of inspirational anything. I am just ready to live up the rest of this week here and head home for the summer. Oh, what a joyous sentence! I still can’t believe the year passed so quickly.

Once I get back to where a large part of my heart resides, I feel confident the stories will overflow. I can’t wait to write about my Daddy’s performance in his play. Or about all the “tee-ents” I am going to be building. Not to mention road trips and visits to some of my favorite people.

So, I hope what ever your next week or so holds, that it will be filled with love, laughter and funny stories from where your heart resides.

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That’s a wrap

Those who know me (even relatively well) know I have a deep, deep love for Subway. There have been times in my life that I have eaten there everyday (sometimes twice a day) and usually have the exact same order. These days, I eat there less, but my love has remained. We are bonded, Subway and I. In fact, while in college, my best friend, Lindsay, and I met there practically everday for lunch. Last August, when I moved to my current residence in order to start graduate school, I realized that there was a Subway inside a Walmart 2 miles from my new apartment. I looked over at my Mama and told her “This is where I am meant to be.” She laughed to keep from crying because she knew I was not kidding.

Now, allow me to set the scene. I walk in, the workers and I high-five, they begin making my turkey wrap without me saying a word, we chat about life, I hand over the exact amount for the transaction, and as I walk out (wrap, chips, huge diet coke in hand) we wave and blow kisses and look forward to the next day when we meet again.


Ok, well that was basically true, except the love exchange between the workers and myself is actually not so, shall we say, overflowing with friendly adoration and well-wishing. Mostly I think they look at me and think, “Gracious, that girl with no life/friends/knowledge of other food is back again.” But that is ok, because in my heart I know I really do have a life and friends and enjoy a variety of other foods. I am just a creature of habit and to quote my Mama, “I like what I like.”

Can you tell I have had to defend this passion before?

So it’s true, out of habit, convienience, the love for a healthful meal, and a special love for “chips and a drink,” I frequently find myself in line excitedly uttering the words “Hi, I would like a wrap with turkey, please!” Wrap being the key word and the Main Attraction that has kept me coming back time after time.

Sad, sad truth time. They have replaced the wraps.

I can barely remember the incident. I can vaguely picture the small, friendly gal who (because she knew me well) stopped me before I even said anything to tell me, “Oh, honey, they changed the wraps.”

I’m sorry, what?

But it was true. Time stood still for a moment. I studdered as I order something else. I saw the look of pity in the worker’s eyes, and as I robotically filled up my 32 oz. diet coke, I knew that another chapter in my life had come to a close. Now, please believe me when I tell you that I realize to many this post will seem silly and/or funny (in the non-LOL way). But, for this girl–who is currently living in a state of change and whose mind is constantly trying to get a handle on how to adjust to all things new and challenging–the discontinuation of something that has become such a staple deserves some attention.

This change in routine just reminds me of all the other bigger, more important changes I have experienced in the past year–graduating from college, a move, adjusting to graduate school, meeting new people, interning with a crazy person (a whole other post, believe me) and much more. A lot of it has been really fun and interesting, a lot of it has been really hard and challenging. But, I am thankful for it all because it has really driven home a lesson that I always need to be reminded of (even through very trivial matters such as lunch cuisine)…Change is inevitable; it’s what you do with it that matters the most.

Edited to add: In the spirit of living and learning, I have adjusted my order to include the ever delicious (I forgot how much I loved that bread!) 6″ sub. Apparently, I am nothing if not adaptable 🙂

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