Sunday, August 9, 2015

"On the Road Again..."

   Just thought I should let you all know (drum-roll please)... I passed my driver's test! Last year, when I failed my test, I was crushed. I tried to have realistic expectations, however I couldn't help but dream of having my license. So when I failed, I not only failed, but felt like a failure. Then we got me scheduled to take my test again last Friday. While I knew I had the abilities and the skills to pass, I was petrified. But I had a nice tester and did a good job. So, I passed!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Take My Dreams

   As many of you know, yesterday was my 18th birthday. In addition, this fall I will be going into my senior year of high school. And in all honesty, as I think about my future, I am filled with so many emotions, not all positive. I am scared. I am scared of the what-ifs and the I-don't-knows. I am scared that my life won't turn out as I want, and I'm scared that it will. I have so many hopes and dreams (and yes, that dreaded word, plans), but I'm afraid that I won't be able to reach for them, that I'm not good enough. I am just beginning to learn to surrender all of these things, my hopes and my fears, to the Lord. And while I am afraid of what the future holds, I am excited to see what God has in store for me. In light of that, the following song by Britt Nicole, has such a significant meaning for me as I approach the next year and the rest of my life:

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Operation St. Cloud 2015

   It's been a few weeks, but I wanted to share a little about Operation St. Cloud this year. The trip started on June 14th this year, and ran through the 20th. Our team, this year, was composed of about 34 people, split 50/50 into guys and ladies. With such a large team came many challenges, such as transportation, sleeping arrangements, etc. In addition, several team-members, myself included, were anxious that, due to the large number of teammates, conflict and arguments would be unavoidable. In addition, we were expecting that there would always be people slacking off. However, that was not so. Instead of dragging us down, our large size became quite the asset, allowing us to give the children at the sports camp much more 1-on-1 time. We were also able to get much more accomplished around the Place of Hope, which was really nice! So, God took that negative and turned it into a positive, which I am incredibly grateful for!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Another Update (Because I Just Can't Get My Act Together Enough to Post Regularly)

   Alright, so I know it's been quite a while, but I felt the need to blog, seeing as the end of the school year is around the corner (it's actually already come and gone at our house). This school year was the toughest yet, as I began transitioning toward college life and the large workload that accompanies it through my PSEO classes. I made new friends and developed old relationships as I expanded my intellectual horizons. I met people from all walks of life: parents, grandparents, 20-somethings, and other highschoolers like me. so, while this school year was hard, I also found it incredibly rewarding!