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2013…it Ain’t the End

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It’s been too long!

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It feels so good to be back on my blog! It has been way too long. My schedule has been crazy busy and a little depressing, so I haven’t had the time to post anything.

There is only…7 class days left of the semester! What? How is it that time goes so slow but its over so fast? It just amazes me, honestly. It seems like I just moved all of my stuff into this teeny dorm room.

This semester has been the most challenging yet. But it has also been the most character-building. Challenges always strengthen my faith, and when I come out on the other side, all I can do is praise God and then wonder what I was so worried about. God is my rock, and I am so thankful for His presence in my life.

Last night was our last O Chem exam!! Whoop! And as far as I know, I don’t have to take the FINAL since I am not taking the class next semester!!! I don’t really know how that works BUT I am not going to question it! God knew that I would have a melt down if I had to take that monster…

I also cannot wait until Thanksgiving! I love seeing my family and catching up with them. I will miss getting together with my mom’s side of the family this year, but I will see all of them at Christmas in a month or so. (Ah, yay Christmas!!) I just had to bust out the Christmas music a couple weeks back, I couldn’t wait any longer! My roommate is one of those people who is anti-Christmas until after Thanksgiving because she feels like it gets forgotten, and I agree with that. However, outside of hymns, Thanksgiving doesn’t really have its own music genre so they gave me no choice but to pre-game and listen to Christmas music a month early.

And since it is Thanksgiving, I feel like I need to recognize some of the things that I am so blessed to have in my life. 1) I have a fabulous family. Never have I ever felt like I couldn’t go home or tell them anything. They support me in everything that I do and love me unconditionally. 2) My bible study group! I joined a group of college girls my age and we all meet off campus at a recent graduate’s house. We have dinner and then study the bible or study a topic that we all have in common. Because of this group, I have made new friends and I am a part of a new community. We always have so much fun and I hope that its something that we can keep doing.

I have a lot of other things that I am thankful for, but I don’t know if this blog page will let me write that much…

As far as recipes go, I got nothin’. I have been pinning a lot though, so be ready for some once Christmas break begins. Cooking is how I occupy myself, I’m not very good at being bored.

So I am in the last stretch! See ya on the other side 🙂

Lauren

Moving Out

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Its official. The long, hot summer days that I live for are coming to a close and last week I had to rip my July calendar off the wall in my room to reveal August. My television that has been taking up space on my bedroom floor since I moved out of my dorm in May won’t be such a nuisance much longer. My time spent with my family, cooking new foods, working at school, and running will instead be spent doing homework, studying, and stressing out over things that don’t really matter.

Maybe that is why I cringe at the thought of going back to school. With school comes a lot of pressure that I put on myself. It’s fear of failure and not understanding that backs me into a corner worse than a murderer with a knife.

I also hate leaving my family and my home. I am accepted and loved at home, and there is nothing that I can do that would change that. I am safe there and I don’t have to explain myself because they already know where I have been and what I have done.  Also, my church is my extended family, and not being in attendance for weeks at a time breaks my heart and sometimes my spirit.

I love where I go to school now, though. I have good friends who I can depend on and who want to be my friends as much as I want to be theirs. I have had good professors who take extra time out of their schedules to help their students succeed. I love going to chapel on Thursday mornings to sing and listen to other students praise God in all his glory even though they are failing a class and cannot pay their own tuition.

So as I prepare to leave home and move back to school in a couple of weeks, I need to pull my strength from something much bigger than myself.  There are so many positive aspects about moving back to school, but I seem to focus more on what I am afraid of. Part of living a balanced life is knowing what your priorities are, and what needs to come first. No matter where I am, home or away, hills or valleys, my prayer is that I remember who I can always find rest in. That is the only way that I will make it to the other side. ❤

Family Road Trip

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This past weekend, my family took a trip out to Iowa to visit my great-uncle and his wife. I left with no expectations of the trip, keeping an open mind, and I came home travel weary and full-hearted.

My mother, brother and I left home early at around 5:30 am to pick up my grandma and aunt.  We loaded up my grandmas rendezvous with her little self seated between my brother and me in the back seat and my mom and aunt navigating in the front. Grandma sat in the back with us because she has the shortest legs out of anyone (in our entire family) and we needed the leg space (I am 5’11 and my “little” brother is 6’5.)

This was not the normal traveling crew for me since I am used to just traveling with my mom and brother along with my dad as well. Riding with different people for long periods of time proves to be the best way to bond and get to know each other! The highlight of our travels had to be when we got to laughing and my aunt would unleash this hilarious gasp for air resulting in a noise that would entice even more laughter from the rest of us.

Once we finally got to Iowa, spending time with my uncle and his wife was the main priority. As his health is beginning to dwindle, my grandma felt the need to go out and visit him while we still could. We spent two days in their lovely home playing cards and eating rich, home cooked meals. Hearing their stories of how they met were exciting and sweet, as they had both had been married before and widowed. They take care of each other, and one evening as we pulled away to go back to our hotel, they stood with their arms around the other and my great-aunt smooched my great-uncle right on the face. It shows that even at eighty years old, you can still find love and live life.

Hopefully, we get the opportunity to go out and visit again next summer. A good game of Ding Dong will be way overdue.