Monday, May 18, 2009


Today, my sister and I went shopping. We ran to REI and got some things for camp, and started getting my theme night clothes together. For my "What you want to be when you grow up night" I got some scrubs.. haha, which is definitely ironic considering I could never be a nurse! But its a cuter outfit than what I really want to be :) we ate lunch at my new favorite restaurant.. Freebirds. I really wish they had one in Tennessee; maybe I should open one. I really love Moe's in Knoxville, but this place puts Moe's to shame.. for sure! I had been trying to not drink carbonated drinks (my favorite).. like diet dr. pepper, but today, after 2 weeks, I caved. haha. 2 weeks is the longest I have been without my addiction. I was quite proud. haha. But I am loving this family time, only a few more days until camp! yay!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

finally home

Tonight, my family and I completed the 16 hour drive home to Houston, Texas. It was a long drive, but definitely not as bad as I was expecting :) We decided to split up the trip over two days, instead of going straight, which was a better idea. But yesterday, my family and I loaded up the car from Nashville, after my sister's high school graduation, and headed for Slidell, Louisiana. We got to Slidell around 8:00 pm last night, after going through a lot of rain, but stayed in a hotel and recharged for the next full day of driving. We decided to stop in New Orleans for a while, which was fun. Except, we had our dog with us because he is like another child in our family and he doesn't do well when we board him at the vet :) so Buddy walked (most of the time was carried) through the French Quarter.

The New Orleans trip started out dry, however the rain came in and we definitely didn't have umbrellas :) but it was more fun walking around in the rain. The picture above is of St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. My dog wanted to walk around though, and he got dirty, which was not good because we still had a ways to go in the car. haha.

When you carry a dog around New Orleans, you instanty gain a million more friends, and everyone wants to talk to you. haha. (Which was a funny experience). The picture above is of my dog, Buddy. We took turns carrying him around. As you can tell he is definitely a spoiled dog who gets whatever he wants :)

We ate at Cafe Du Monde, which was fun because I love beignets :) They are kind of like a French Doughnut.. but they are something you can't really find any where else but in Louisiana. Come visit me and we will go eat them for sure :)

But now I am home sweet home in Texas! This next week I will be getting ready for camp! yay! I leave for camp on Saturday! It's so weird that the day I have been waiting for is so close now!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

time flies

Its past midnight, and I have a final in the morning.. but I am overwhelmed at the speed of life.

I am sitting in an empty apartment, having just said bye to one of my last neighbors, and I never thought this day would come. The walls are so white, and everything is so bare! I just spent hours cleaning everything, so it's definitely the cleanest it has ever been, but its not mine anymore. I will write more about this year later because I definitely need to study, but I am just sitting in silence and shock at how fast this year flew by. I have definitely grown so much, God has been so good. As much as I hate sitting by myself (especially in a bare room), its good to reflect and to remember how great God is, and how much of a protector he truly is. How much he has allowed me to endure, and how much stronger and better I am now. How much that I hated the hard times then, but am SO THANKFUL for the hard times now. How much God has used this year to shape me and mold me into the woman of God he truly wants me to be, how greatful that he allowed me to be broken and be so dependent on him. All the while living in this room that I am about to leave forever, all the while being surrounded by people God has used, who have already left this hall forever. While they have left, and while I am fixing to leave, the memories will always be around, and God has forever changed me. I am so thankful to have hope that "one day he's coming, oh glorious day,"
I will write more when I have time, but that is whats on the top of my head. :)
I miss everyone in Laurel.. they need to come back ASAP.. its harder to blog by yourself.

this picture was a few of us at the beginning of the year :) .. time has FLOWN by!