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hello october

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It’s been… a long time since I’ve posted.  These past few summer months have been oh so full and I’ve been very busy living life.

But I’m back!

Now that it’s October and summer has officially come to an end, I’m here to bring you up to date a little bit.  So brace yourselves for a long rambly post. 😉

 

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For me, it was a summer of tan lines and snow cones.  Of dancing and laughter.  Where friends became family, and inside jokes were made.

There were card games, water balloon and paint fights, tumbles across giant soapy slip-n-slides, go kart races, crazy ping pong games, and late nights at the frozen yogurt shop.  And in the midst of it all — learning, growing, and stretching.

Grab a shovel
Grab a pail
We might be gone all day
Acting out these fairy tales
Running jumping in the waves

I rediscovered my love for kayaking and canoeing.  There’s something about being on the water and in control of a boat that makes me very happy.

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kayaking down the river

 

In May, my friend Charity and I co-hosted a CollegePlus gathering. 14 students from around the country came down here for a week of great fellowship and adventures together.  This was my third gathering to be a part of and it was just as amazing.   It was such a blessing to catch up with old friends and to make new ones as well.  Hosting added a different twist to it, but it was a lot of fun to design t-shirts, plan menus and events, introduce people to beignets, and teach them how to peel crawfish.

the deep south gathering

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climbing a live oak

 

I fell in love with this song. <– The Lord’s Prayer, in Swahili, sung by Peter Hollens.  What’s not to like?  Plug in some nice headphones or hook up to a good speaker and turn the bass up.

We’ve played Ultimate every week — despite the heat.  I think I only questioned our sanity twice. 😉

Between my own projects and one of Sean McCabe’s courses, I’ve been doing a lot of hand-lettering.

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Our dance group grew and changed and we launched our own dance website.

In addition to our monthy dances, we took a 6 week dance class which ended up teaching us the basics of Salsa and East Coast Swing.  Learning Salsa was interesting, but I was really excited to finally *get* East Coast Swing. 8)

dancing in the capitol

photo courtesy Jessica M

 

 

I studied all through the summer.  Made it to 90 credits and seniordom. 🙂  After that, I hit a couple bumps in the road.  Getting over those — and planning out the last phase of my degree — has kept me very busy and, unfortunately, a bit stressed.  So I’ve been learning a lot about God’s timing vs. my plans and expectations.
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Take a breath, take a step
What comes next
God only knows
But here goes.

 

I’ve also learned that being part of a close fellowship of believers is one of the hardest, but best things ever. When you see each other multiple times a week, in a variety of different places, around a bunch of different activities, staying at each other’s homes until late at night, praying together — you get to know each other really well.  That means you see each other’s faults, flaws, and sins.  But it also means that you get to grow in Christ together with friends that have become your family.  It can be tough, but it’s oh so worth it.

 

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And I wish all the people I love the most
Could gather in one place,
And know each other and love each other well.
And I wish we could all go camping,
And lay beneath the stars,
And have nothing to do and stories to tell.

We’d sit around the campfire
And we’d make each other laugh,
Remembering when…

Now here it is October.  This fall is filling up quickly, but I’m definitely going to be posting here more often.  I have a feeling there will be much to share in the coming months. “See” you all soon!

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A Year in Pictures – Weeks eleven, twelve, & thirteen

Here’s the next three weeks of the A Year in Pictures challenge.  I’m much further behind posting these than I’d like to be. 😐  Editing, posting, and formatting them in WordPress takes way too much time.  The first eight pictures are from a fall trip to my grandparents farm in Kentucky.  Enjoy!   😀

orange magnificence

Day 71 – orange magnificence

Kentucky pecans

Day 72 – Kentucky pecans

chipmunk

Day 73 – chipmunk

the old smokehouse

Day 74 – the old smokehouse

autumn colors

Day 75 – autumn colors

yellow way of delight

Day 76 – yellow way of delight

frosty leaves

Day 77 – frosty leaves

foggy morning

Day 78 – foggy morning

the best advice

Day 79 – the best advice

study snack

Day 80 – study snack

welcome

Day 81 – welcome

yummy

Day 82 – yummy

study time survival kit

Day 83 – study time survival kit

first gift

Day 84 – first gift

air plants

Day 85 – air plants

brown paper packeges all tied up with string

Day 86 – brown paper packeges all tied up with string

the Ellie badge

Day 87 – the Ellie badge

Miss Potter

Day 88 – Miss Potter

spice cookies

Day 89 – spice cookies

my great-grandfather's dip

Day 90 – my great-grandfather’s dip

vinison ready to fry

Day 91 – venison ready to fry

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A Year in Pictures – Weeks Eight, Nine, and Ten

The photos for weeks eight, nine, and ten of my picture-taking challenge!  Previous photos can be seen on the page: A Year in Pictures.  Enjoy!

Day 50 - tiny wool fox

Day 50 – tiny wool fox

Day 51 - fabric acorns

Day 51 – fabric acorns

Day 52 - seven sisters rose

Day 52 – seven sisters rose

Day 53 - a lovely lunch

Day 53 – a lovely lunch

Day 54 - serenade

Day 54 – serenade

Day 55

Day 55 – rustic fabric acorns

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Day 56 – kale

Day 57

Day 57 – photograph for a school project

Day 58

Day 58 – sleeping kitty

Day 59

Day 59 – homemade granola bars

Day 60

Day 60 – a quick sketch

Day 61

Day 61 – a great CLEP test score! (CLEPs are scored on a *really* different scale)

Day 62

Day 62 – choir music

Day 63 - our backyard compass

Day 63 – our backyard compass

Day 64 - my awesome parents

Day 64 – my awesome parents

Day 65

Day 65 – boring picture, I know. but I took it for documentation purposes, not with photography in mind

Day 66

Day 66 – at a conference

Day 67

Day 67 – bathing beauties

Day 68

Day 68

Day 69

Day 69 – cooking gumbo with my “Grammy”

Day 70

Day 70 – Acacia blossoms

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adventure is out there!

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This past week, I went on a grand adventure.  It was filled with laughter, hugs, smiles, silliness, ukuleles, games, music, walking, hiking, Ultimate frisbee, skits, worshiping, praying, touring, picture-taking, and very little sleeping. 😉

The occasion?  My wonderful dad and I traveled the 1,120 miles to Virginia to meet up with some of my dearest college friends from all over the country.

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Daddy & I on the hike

Most of us had met through the student forums of the college program that we’re using to complete our bachelor’s degrees.  (Blog post on that coming soon!)  Getting to meet my brothers and sisters in Christ (and college) for the first time in person was beyond amazing.

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To top off this amazing event, we had a professional photographer chronicling the entire week.  Shout out and huge thanks to Mr. Joe for all the amazing pictures he took (many of which are featured in this blog post).  The rest of the photos were taken by myself, my dad, Austin, and my twin Emily.

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a few of us on a hike next to the Potomac river

The hike along the Potomac river was one our favorite activities of the week.  The weather couldn’t have been more perfect.

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the lineup  🙂

Wednesday was game day at the house.  Despite high wind, we played Ultimate frisbee all morning.  After lunch, we laughed ourselves silly playing The Character Game (a new favorite!) and Party Quirks.

Ultimate Collage

 

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In the evenings, we’d all pull out our instruments, song sheets, and hymnals and worship together.  Mr. Josue led us in a week long study of 1st Thessalonians.  Spending time in the Word together was such a special time.

On our last day together, we rode the metro into D.C. and toured some of the monuments, the Library of Congress, and a couple of the museums.  Then we all headed back for a Spanish and English prayer meeting/Bible study with our hosts’ church family.

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The Library of Congress

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This is the amazing family who opened their hearts and home to all us crazy college students.  Thank you Mr. Josue, Mrs. Terri, Jenn, and Joshua for a wonderful week!

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late nights turned into early mornings

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finally getting to hug Cassie

riding the metro

“October, Vulcan, Psychic, Convict, Stark, Oatmeal…”

exchanging Star Trek references with Austin & Drew

setting the pace

meeting Sierra, Kaitlyn, Jenn, and my twin Emily

“I thirst”

deep spanish voices lifted in praise

bilingual Bible study

bottle caps

“She kept catching the frisbee!  It was annoying.”

exchanging contact info

interviews

text messages to keep me awake

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A Year in Pictures – Weeks Five, Six, & Seven

Here’s the photos for weeks five, six, and seven of my picture-taking challenge!  Previous photos can be seen on the page: A Year in Pictures.  Enjoy!

Day 29

Day 30 - baby brussel sprout

Day 30 – young brussel sprout plant

Day 31 - a darling chicken print out I constructed for my mom

Day 31 – a darling chicken print out I put together for my mom

Day 32 - our neighbor's grandson came over to visit a turtle crossing the yard

Day 32 – our neighbor’s grandson came over to visit a turtle crossing the yard

Day 33 - a lovely two-toned marigold

Day 33 – lovely two-toned marigold

Day 34 - not quite full moon

Day 34

Day 35 - wee folk Tintin & Snowy

Day 35 – wee folk Tintin & Snowy

Day 36 - a weekend filled with Biology study materials, a study in Proverbs, and watching the Emma miniseries with my sister.

Day 36 – a weekend filled with Biology study materials, a study in Proverbs, and watching the Emma miniseries with my sister.

Day 37 - can't wait for the satsumas to ripen!

Day 37 – can’t wait for the satsumas to ripen!

Day 38

Day 38

Day 39 - our new frisbee for playing Ultimate

Day 39 – our new disc for playing Ultimate

Day 40 - ginger blossoms

Day 40 – ginger blossoms

Day 41 - one of our bantams looking for worms in the puddles

Day 41 – one of our bantams looking for worms in the puddles

Day 42 – lake view

Day 43 – the day I met my wonderful friend, Catherine.

Day 45 - a fairytale pumpkin

Day 45 – a fairytale pumpkin

Day 46 – slowly ripening lemons

Day 47 - a stack of cut fabric, ready to be sewn into acorns

Day 47 – a stack of cut fabric, ready to be sewn into acorns

Day 48 - program and ticket from a wonderful performance!

Day 48 – program and ticket from a wonderful performance!

Day 49 - my dad shooting his bow

Day 49 – my dad shooting his bow

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A Year in Pictures – Weeks Three & Four

Here’s the photos for weeks three & four of my picture-taking challenge!  Previous photos can be seen on the page: A Year in Pictures.  Enjoy!

Day 15 – homemade birthday card for a friend

Day 16 – playing peek-a-boo

Day 17

Day 17 – dragonfly in the lemongrass

Day 18

Day 18 – compass rose drawing tools

Day 19

Day 19 – studying for the Biology CLEP

Day 20

Day 20 – feeding pasta to the chickens

Day 21

Day 21 – homemade salsa

Day 22

Day 22 – the kitchen clock

Day 23

Day 23 – looking handsome

Day 24

Day 24 – a selfie!

Day 25

Day 25 – a yummy lunch

Day 26

Day 26 – new converse shoes

Day 27 – female cardinal

Day 28 – cucumber salad at my favorite Japanese restaurant

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A Year in Pictures – Weeks One & Two

I recently bought myself a camera.  It’s a Sony a390 coupled with a Tacoma 18-200mm lens.  My mom challenged me to take (at least) a picture a day for a year.  I’ll be posting the pictures here on my blog, but also on the page, A Year in Pictures.  Though all these photographs, you’ll end up catching glimpses of my life, the things and people I love, and how my photography skills are progressing!

Below is the first two weeks of pictures.  Enjoy!

Day 01

Day 02 – our sweet cat, Gumbo

Day 03 – one of our broody bantam chickens

Day 04 – my little sister

Day 05 – back yard during hurricane Isaac

Day 06 – spider lily

Day 07 – Biology study materials

Day 08 – books packed for a trip. a thick classic, a new favorite, an old favorite, and two from the library that didn’t turn out so good.

Day 09 – canyon view in northern Alabama

Day 10 – cheese at Sweetwater Valley Farm

Day 11 – an adorable duck outside a restaurant

Day 12 – mountain barn

Day 13 – mountain river

Day 14 – early morning in the smoky mountains

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