Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Summer so far..



I don't exactly know how to title this one. It's kind of a start of summer recap and a where the rest of the summer is gonna go.

Exams kicked my butt. They always do. I've so enjoyed having this time at home since exams to just relax and spend time with family and friends. Just last night two of my friends and I walked to get ice cream and then walked home on the beach. It's been like a mini vacation since I've been home and it's been so refreshing.

Some things we've been doing:
My mom and I "ran" a 5k for Mother's Day and that was so fabulous. My first run and I really enjoyed it.

My friends and I wandered around downtown last week and got to just walk through the streets and try to eat flowers (I thought they were honeysuckle)

Golf cart drives and walks on the beach have become my new favorite thing. Especially with friends or my parents.

I've been so adamant about enjoying these two weeks because on Saturday I'm headed to Franklin, TN. I'm gonna be a camp counselor at a Christian camp there and I'm so excited.

Or am I? I'm also super nervous. I really don't have an idea of what to expect. Fears pop into my head, but I have to quickly push them aside. I keep reminding myself that this may be my only opportunity to ever do anything like this, and I'm not gonna let it pass.

I have such an opportunity to make an impact on kids' lives and I'm so excited for that. I'm also super excited that I get to go back to a place I once called home. There will definitely be a sense of familiarity that I'm really looking forward to.

So I'll be there for 6 weeks. Which means I won't be blogging at all. Which may not be very different from how quiet it's been recently.

But be sure to follow on instagram if you want snippets of life updates.

Also, I would love letters at camp :) Email me if you want my address!

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Ending of Another Year.

Wow, it's been awhile. I feel like this little place has gotten away from me and I haven't been writing as much as I like too.

So here we are, finishing up another year of college. I seriously cannot believe how fast time has flown by, as cliche as that sounds.

Sophomore year was hard in so many ways. It grew me and stretched me and I learned so much (especially outside of the classroom). I changed my major, made so many new friends, and learned about God's character and my identity in Him (let's be real, though, this one will never be fully learned).

So here are some of my favorite moments from sophomore year, as told by my favorite pictures.

If you follow me on instagram, you'll see a few repeats here and there.

Also, I apologize for the sappiness of this post and how every point is pretty vague. But there's just so much happening in each picture and so many people who have made this year so special. I love you all!


1| I visited Tandem more times than I can count this year. No complaints there, though. I have way too many good memories of Jordan, Emily, and I laughing over crepes and coffee.

2| These lovelies were always visiting me from Clemson and I love being able to see them often even after high school.

3| At one of our first Women's events for our college ministry, we made frames, and I got to hangout with some of my favorite people.

4| I just love this picture of me and Hay at the Christmas party.


5| The Bahamas was such a highlight of the year. This vacation with my best friend and her family was such a dream.

6| Me and the other bestie got to work together at GAP over Christmas Break, and I definitely had too much fun folding clothes with her.

7| Our family selfie in Savannah. I love these goons

8| Enoing on the beach couldn't go undocumented.


9| DC with Hay (and others, too) was the best.

10| We got snow in DC!

11| Clemson is the best, especially when I have Kristen to visit

12| Spain was such an experience and something I won't soon forget.


13| Olivia moved to California. So you could say I'm sad, but so happy that she's following her dreams.

14| These three. Too many words, but they made my sophomore year so enjoyable and get me so much.

15| New friends! We went to the mountain to watch the sunset the other day and I couldn't be happier to call these lovelies my friends.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spain 2015 Recap


We've been home for more than a month and I'm just now writing about Spain. I don't even know what that means. Maybe I'm at a loss for words. Or maybe I'm just lazy. Or maybe I'm sad that I'm not there. Who knows.

Better late than never, though, am I right?

So Spain was quite amazing. Every time someone asked me how Spain was, I would simply reply with, "It was fabulous. I didn't wanna come back. I'm ready to go again." Plain and simple. It was too great.

You know how on some mission trips you're there for awhile and miss things from home and are ready to go back to the comfort of your own bed, with your own food, and can actually talk to people in English?

That wasn't the case.

There wasn't really anything that I missed (except, for my family and friends, of course). But besides that, I wasn't really wanting to come back to the States.

And then people would say they wouldn't miss the cigarette smoke, or all the walking, or the hostel, when they got home. But, I would miss even the "worst" parts about Spain. All of it.

That's already a lot of rambling. I apologize.

So here's what we actually did. We spent our mornings together and then split up at various markets. We did some prayer walking and engaged in conversations with locals, basically building relationships with the people we were working with. (It's vague for their protection)

In the afternoons we spent time hosting an English camp for the children in the community that we worked in, outside Madrid.

After the first day, I got moved to the older group of kids. I was kinda nervous. I know no Spanish, there were about 15 kids from ages 10-14, and one leader, where every other group had 2. Okayyyy.

But I was taught so much by these kids.
And I built relationships with them, these kids that I still talk to.
And now I miss these kids with my whole heart. The ones that I was nervous about leading.

At the end of the week of camp, we held a little "party" for the kids and their parents. They showed off all they had learned and it was fabulous.

Then it was time to say goodbye. And I wept like a baby. The person who doesn't cry. I stood holding about 4 girls with my best friend, and we all sobbed. Children were wiping away my tears and telling me in Spanish not to cry. But how could I not?

So that's why this post is labeled "Spain 2015 Recap". Cause I know there will be another Spain Recap one day.

Now for all my photos, cause why not?

















Monday, March 23, 2015

i'mME




















If you've been around here for any length of time, you know my heart beats for the orphan. James 1:27 clearly commands us to look after the least of these. So when I found out about imME and all that they're doing in Haiti, I eagerly jumped on board.

ImME is an organization based on two principles of orphan care and orphan prevention in Haiti.

Orphan Care for them comes in the shape of orphan homes. They house orphans and offer them the necessary needs of these children as well as love that might not otherwise receive. I have always loved the idea of homes like these. I've been to orphanages. I know their realities, and I love the idea of an alternate to that.

Orphan Prevention looks like a few different things. ImME is unique in their program because they're going one step further with orphan care. They are trying to prevent these children from becoming orphans. They have after school programs that help keep these kids in school. They don't fall by the waist side and get the care and attention and help they need with their schoolwork. I love this.

With all this, I knew I wanted to get involved. So I became a Community Champion. And I'm finally kicking off my BeYOU campaign. I am trying to raise $500 for ImME by the end of the semester. That's 44 days. I want to be a voice for these children. I want to support them and spur them on. Will you help me? Whether it's through a social media shoutout or by financially supporting, I would love you forever.

Please look at imME and see all that they're doing for the orphan in Haiti.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hola from Espana!

Hola mi amigos! 

Today is our third day here and I'm loving every bit of it. From the thousands of steps a day to the little children and the cities, I don't want to leave. The food is fabulous. #allthebread

We did our first day of kids camp yesterday and as chaotic as it was, it was great! They are all so adorable and I'm in love. 

I'm so enjoying this trip with some of the best people imaginable. Thank you again to everyone who helped me get here. I'm posting a few pictures, wishing you could be here with me. 




Friday, March 6, 2015

Making long flights bearable.


So tomorrow is the big day where I hop on a plane and head to Spain! (Oh that rhymed!) And I thought I'd give you some of my tips on how to make those long flights bearable. It's gonna be 10 hours, which honestly isn't that bad when compared to the 15 hour flights I used to take to China.

So here's what I'm planning on taking to make these flights as bearable as possible.

A portable charger. This is my life saver. I got one for Christmas and haven't looked back since. This will come handy, especially on the airplane where it's frowned upon to use the USB plug in at the seat. (But who listens to those rules, anyways.)

A long cardigan. This is my staple for this trip. I'm bringing three and couldn't be happier. I love a good long cardi. They cover me up and are so comfortable. Airplanes tend to be on the colder side, so it'll be so comfy to bundle up in.

A good scarf. This is the oldest rule in the book. Always wear a scarf when you're traveling. Have we not already learned that it's cold on the plane? And you know that uncomfortable window? Roll us the scarf for a pillow. So many ways to use it, and it makes you look cute, so win win. I'm bringing my favorite Gap scarf, but I also love these Fashionable scarves. And they're ethically made, so another win win.

Headphones and good music, because duh. I am always looking for new music and have been loving my Spotify playlists recently. Need any good recommendations on music? Let me know, cause I got you.

A good book is always a must. I'm taking Harry Potter with me and I think he'll be a good companion for the ride.

Last but not least is No Jet Lag. I started using this when I went to China and there was a 12 hour time difference to worry about. And I didn't have jet lag. I repeat, no jet lag. And then one year I didn't use it coming home and I'm pretty sure I struggled with jet lag for the next month. Seriously, if you're going anywhere with a time difference, this stuff works like magic.

In addition to watching the blog for pictures and updates while in Spain, check out the team blog to hear from others!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

China thoughts and ramblings.

Today in church, we talked about people with disabilities and if they can be saved. And I couldn't help but picture the children in China that I've wondered this about so many times.
As I sit their holding their hands and praying over them, I wonder if what I'm doing makes a difference in their lives.


 Some of their disabilities are so severe that they cannot even communicate at the age of 10 or older. And it breaks my heart. But I do know that we serve a God that loves them with all His might. And that's a lot of might. So when we go do they see His love through our actions? Do they have the brain capacity to understand who Jesus is? I have to believe yes.