Monday, August 31, 2015

a grateful heart

So, it's been awhile. At least awhile since I've been consistent with this space. So, we're gonna start over. That's what grace is, right?

I've had a lot of thoughts rumbling around in my head, and I'm ready to get them out and put them down on paper.

So as a way to stay consistent with blogging and with being grateful in general, I'm gonna be linking up with Ember Grey for her Grateful Heart Monday posts.

If you've been around her for any length of time, you know how important it is for me to be grateful. I can so easily linger on things that aren't going my way, but that's not how God sees it at all. So I'm going to refocus on things that I can be grateful for.

So, happy Monday, friends!

1| So classes started last Monday, and I'm actually surprisingly enjoying myself. I know, I shouldn't be surprised, but I expected this new season to be a whole lot worse. (More on that later). If you follow me on instagram, you saw my first day of classes picture. It's crazy to think that I'm a junior in college.

2| One of the good things about living back at home is that I get to spend more time with my parents. It's hard moving back after living on your own, I'm not gonna lie. But I love being around them and spending time with them. Last Sunday me and my mom went to church and then grabbed brunch in the area. It was too good for my soul.

3| It's still Summer here in the South. You caught me, I am really tired of the heat and I'm so ready for fall. But remember I said I was gonna be grateful? So I'm looking at this time of heat to enjoy the last few weeks of summer. Maybe a trip to the beach this weekend or a few more cold brews of coffee will seal the summer.

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

What an experience // Deer Run recap

I have been putting off writing this post for about 3 weeks now. But I need to write it, cause the memories continue to become more distant.

If I'm going to be totally honest about how camp was, I have to be vulnerable. And being vulnerable is so hard.

So really, though, how was camp?

For those of you who may not know, for 6 weeks, I served at a summer camp outside of Nashville. How do I explain what happened in those 6 weeks? God changed me. He shaped me into the person He wants me to be.

The only way I feel I can truly give you a glimpse of what He did is by sharing some of my journal that I wrote at camp.

Camp Charlie writes, "I don't think I've relied on the Lord this much in a long time. Daily, my quiet time is never long enough. I need the Lord and am absolutely nothing without H
im. Everything within me has been tested this week. My patience, my strength, my trust. Everything. Through this week, more than anything, I've learned my need for God everyday. I can't go through my day alone."

Camp Charlie seems to be a little redundant, but you get the point. I was on my knees, daily, before the Lord, asking for strength to continue. And this was just from one week.

In addition to growing in the Lord, I grew in so many friendships. The people I met at camp were top notch. They are "my people". I felt so free to be myself and that's something that is so hard to find. The people I met and served with were such kindred spirits.

Anywho, go be a camp counselor if you ever get the chance to. I don't know that I'll ever be able to serve in this capacity again, so it's something that I'm trying not to take for granted. What an experience.

Now for some pretty faces. aka my camp family

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


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.