On Being A Graduate

December 1st brought my official graduation from highschool. And 10 days later, I celebrated that occasion with a few close friends and family members.

Y’all, I’m SO relieved to be DONE! But now, I feel a little lost. Despite that (and being maybe a *tad* bit scared, ha!), my curious nature is dying to know what God has next for me. We’ll have to wait and see, I guess. πŸ˜‰

Also, my senior portraits are up on the web! πŸ™‚

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Fun Jennifer, from my college Bible study group. She always inspires me to be more creative and not despair in my learning.
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Chris, another friend from my college Bible study group
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Mr. A. (or “uncle” Larry– he’s honorary family) has made a HUGE positive impact on my life the past decade. We’ve been through a lot together and he’s always an encouragement! Next to my dad, grandpa and brothers, he’s the man I admire the most.
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Darling Jessica, yes– another friend from my college Bible study group. πŸ˜‰ Hey, what can I say? College-aged peeps make AWESOME friends! πŸ˜„
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What would I do without family? They have rebuked me, spurred me on to greater things, and supported me as I trudged my way through the trenches of highschool. They have made many sacrifices so I could have the opportunity to be home-educated.
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A little interlude— my niece Haylie. Because who doesn’t want to look at photos of the most adorable little girl EVER?!
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Food, fellowship and FUN! I love these people so!
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Cristin, NOT from my college Bible study group. πŸ˜‰ haha I met her at my previous church and we’ve stuck together! She’s a very faithful friend!

 

 

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I also met Mady at my previous church. Boy, is she a great mix between sarcastic and sweet!

An Old Post I Never Published– My Bad

Abby’s surprise birthday party— like TWO STINKIN’ YEARS ago!!! haha. Oops.

// A lot has changed since– Abby’s lopped off her golden locks, and I have emblazoned mine (yep– I’m a “ginger” now). Oh yeah, Phoebe also decided to go shorter with her curls. Never fear, I have NO intention of cutting mine.//

// I’m sure you’re bored with me droning on about our hair make-overs. I can’t help it. It’s just the natural fashionista in me. By the way– other things have changed since the post– a niece was born, I graduated highschool (a post on that later), illnesses, job transitions, a sis-in-law-to-be added to the family (unintentional rhyme there– guess I’m a natural poet too!), new church, etc. Anyway.//

// Enjoy the photos, now that you’ve scrolled past my commentary. ;P You know you did it, and now you’re smiling guiltily. Gotcha! It’s ok– you only missed out on my incredible sense of humor, which by the way, is grossly unappreciated by most. //

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Wow! Abby looks soooo youthful here! And Amy (the *natural* ginger) is now married and in a state far away.
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Look a-like chefs
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Ok, can we just talk about this guy for a sec? We can? Alright, thanks! He’s grown probably over a foot since this photo. Ca-raaaazzzzy!

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Sweet Caroline– who is getting married next month, actually.

 

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Caroline’s sister, Allison, has since changed her name– and resides DEEP in the heart of Texas. Sadly, I don’t think I’ve seen her since this party, except maybe once. 😦

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Allison (not Caroline’s-sister-Allison), behind the camera, is now married and has a little son.

 

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Yes– we’re crazy and race many of our guests as they drive away. You’ll have to ask me for the back-story on that sometime, but for now– cheerio!

A Post Of Thankful

So much has transpired since I last blogged. I guess you could say I’ve been busier living life than writing about it– which is exactly as it ought to be.

Among other things, nearly 8 months ago, I was incredibly blessed to become an auntie for the first time (hopefully first of many)!

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Haylie, my niece, with her Uncle Joel (my brother)

My dad has gone through some job transitions, but thank God, we haven’t had to go through the upheaval of moving again. That has been a blessing for sure! Of course, if we could move closer to our TX family, I’m sure none of us would complain. πŸ˜‰ Especially now that we have a niece/granddaughter. hehe.

And lately, God has been showing me how much He answers prayers– even for “the little things”. It blows me away! We indeed have a GOOD, GOOD Father!!

That’s not to say He doesn’t allow us to go through hard times. Believe me, my life has been rather tough (not compared to some, perhaps)– especially the past year or so. I felt like I was being attacked time and again. –I lost a very, very dear friendship, went through a church split of sorts, dad’s joblessness, sickness, depression, etc. But you know what? I learned to ask God what lessons He was trying to get through my thick skull and then to begin to work on those areas with the help of the Holy Spirit. Boy, has He been working on me!

I asked for patience– I got sick for over a year. I asked for humility– my skin broke out. I asked for wisdom concerning our church situation– I was prompted to leave. God’s ways are truly above and unlike ours. But He has good motives. He can see our future and knows what is BEST! I heard a quote once recently that went something like this [paraphrase]:

“Just because we don’t succeed at something doesn’t mean God isn’t with us. It is entirely possible God is just preventing us from doing that which may harm us in the long run.”

Wow! True *that*! How often have I leaped ahead of God, only to find myself in a hedge of heartache and destruction?! More times than I care to count. And yet, He is faithful. The Good Shepherd comes to me again, lifts me up on His shoulder and carries me back to safety.

 

 

A Post of Randomness

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You know you have cool neighbors when they have an old Chevrolet parked on their grass…

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A colder weather outfit. Navy and white striped shirt with navy sweater and oatmeal colored pants. πŸ™‚
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A dress refashion I did fairly recently. I have also done some minor alterations for a friend since then.
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This quote is too real for me lately… In way too many ways. Thank God, He mends broken things!!

 

Introducing…

…Hannah K., my new fellow blogger. πŸ™‚

I “met” Hannah via a Facebook encouragement group for Christian young ladies about a year ago. Ever since, we’ve been swapping fashion ideas (like, EVERY day!), showing off cute baby friends, praying for each other, sharing jokes, etc. Hannah is incredibly quick-witted and laughs at all my jokes. πŸ˜‰ Well, basically all. And I in turn help her plan outfits. πŸ™‚ It’s an enjoyable swap. But although she claims she isn’t creative, don’t let her fool you– she plays violin and piano and loves to write. Not to mention, she has great style tastes. πŸ˜‰ Oh, and did I say she is a fellow Lord of the Rings fan?! πŸ˜„ And she’s totally adorable? Well, it’s all very true!!

So, welcome to my blogging world, Hannah! πŸ™‚ ❀

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