All Moved In!

The day has finally come and passed. Blogging has not been on the top of my priority list. Social media or technology at all has not been at the top of my priority list either. I got back to Statesboro Thursday afternoon to hang out with my big, Mckensie, before the festivities of recruitment began consuming my life. Well as soon as I arrived, I was put to work. After preparing for recruitment all day Thursday and a nice glass or two of wine that night with a wonderful meal Macdaddy cooked, early Friday morning hit the mark of being in a full swing of things.

I began to move into my new house with my three other roommates! We are in Aspen Heights and are loving our little yellow house to death! I’ve finished decorating my room and bathroom, but we still have to finish the kitchen and the living room! It really has turned out to be so cute! Love my parents so much for helping me move in even when I couldn’t be there!

The whole chapter is coming back in the morning to begin full on preparation for the potential new members of our wonderful Fraternity and sisterhood! I cannot wait to meet my future little and the addition to my nugget family!

I decided to catch up on the blogging for a few minutes. Now it’s back to enjoying my first hot bath in my new home for the next year! What better way to unwind than with Kiwi and Watermelon candlelight and a little Netflix.

It’s here!

Tomorrow is the day I’m leaving Athens for a long time until my cousin’s wedding! Move in to Aspen Heights is on Friday DURING recruitment workshops! Thank goodness my parents are coming down to help me move until I can get there! It’s been a long night cleaning my car and packing everything up! I just hope it all goes smoothly this weekend!

I’m going tomorrow, Thursday to be there on time for workshop Friday and for a little big/little bonding time! Can’t wait to pop open that first bottle of wine with her and cook us a good meal! Love her and I’m blessed to the extreme to have her as my big and my best friend! Not only her, but her living family as well!

Also tonight, I keep those troubled and those in my past in my prayers. I’ve had a heavy heart for those around me tonight. I pray that Ian finds a path and a future that may eventually lead to a relationship with You and that he may face his church commitment issues. I pray that Drew may find a peaceful life and that Elizabeth may reach out to him with Your graceful hand. I also pray that this upcoming year blessed Cole and the future he has ahead of him. I pray You give him time to think about his life in a new perspective and that You give him the healthy relationship he needs with whomever You have chosen. Whether that be Kendall or whether that be You. And lastly I pray for Timmy and Austin in that You guide my relationship with them and the words I choose to first speak to them. I pray for blessings and trials in this upcoming year while in Statesboro. May I always remember the magic of Your touch and may I always reach out for Your hand, not only in times of trouble but in times of loneliness, need for comfort, companionship, and when I need advice. I pray I can come to You with every problem. Lord bless my family. My mother and father and the relationship that is there or not there. Love ya, mean it!

Encouragement

I have been searching for the perfect bible verse to paint on a canvas and hang in my new room…I think I have found that verse that covers a lot:

“God is within her, she will not fall” -Psalm 46:5

I will hang this when I move back to school. Basically, this verse will serve to remind me that through every trial, every mistake, every task at hand will turn out alright because and if I keep a close relationship with God, who strengthens me to do all in His will. I pray that I can enjoy these last days that I have at home and can continue the joy and happiness that I have found in taking in God’s word and love day by day in Statesboro. I know things will be different, but I pray that my eyes stay fixed on the important things, priorities, and relationships.

Passions

This summer I have truly found three things I am most passionate about: Retail (the fashion part of it), special education, and singing. Although I did not make it to pursue what I consider a dream of mine through American Idol, I have reconnected with the voice God has so graciously given me. Although one door may have been shut in the meantime, my desire to sing continues and strengthens, in hopes of beginning to sing at my home church in Statesboro.

In addition to this, I have come to realize I long for a permanent and growing relationship with one or multiple special needs students. I miss hanging out with Michael Pardue and I will miss JC Edwards after hanging out with him this summer. I am eager and ready to see what my future will hold in this area of my life. Through God’s will, I wait with baited breath to encounter the plans He has made for my future, in whatever category of my life it may lie.

And when it comes to the retail part, really I just love fashion. I love 30% off the clothes I buy. And I love most of my coworkers, and it will be bittersweet leaving my Athens store and heading back to the Statesboro store. That being said, if all the above fails (in my mind) or succeeds with what God has planned, I can always lean back on my Entourage Clothing & Gifts. It’s my ride or die and as much shopping as I’ve been doing lately, I could use the extra 30% off to keep me going.

Blessed

After a much needed vacation with 18 people in a beach house as the nanny, I got some “adult time” that I have needed since I have moved back home. During this time, I became much closer with the family I nanny for and their couple friends who live in the neighborhood and go to school with “my kids”. Since this trip, with the time spent at the beach and the time spent together afterward, I have truly realized how blessed I am to be part of such a great community and group of loving and caring women, men, and children. In everything I do, the Michael family has offered to help me in any way they can along the way. With my decision and half-attempt to try out for American Idol, the family and neighborhood has supported me full fledged throughout the entire process. From “Bailey concerts” in support and for practice, to offering furniture to me as I move into my new house next week, it has become very apparent that this family truly cares for me and has my best interest in mind. I haven’t realized how lucky I am until the summer has began coming to a close and I will soon have to leave the kids. Maggie will be at camp next week, my last week, so I am done keeping her. And after that, I only have 3 or 4 more days with the boys. Time has passed all too quickly this summer and I am thankful that God has placed me in the environment that He has this summer. Although I haven’t been able to see my friends that much this summer, I am still thankful for the lessons and practices He has taught me in regards to true friendship and family. I know these experiences now will only strengthen me in the future in these same areas.

Thank you God for everything you have surrounded me with this summer. I pray that I can only grow closer to You and build a stronger relationship with You as time goes on. Please forgive me of my sins and bring me back to you when I stray. Be my Shepherd and keep me under your close and careful watch.

God’s Plan

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God's Plan

“Your plans are better than my dream…”

Things such as this help me very much in difficult times. Yesterday was one of those difficult times. I had to learn to let go of the situation and trust that God knows what He is doing when He creates certain obstacles and controls the outcomes of my experiences and daily life.

After this quote helped me, I tweeted the last few words “Your plans are better than dream”. I tweet these things as a simple reminder to me that this has helped me before and in hopes that it may help someone else through a difficult time as they scroll through their timeline.

This note of encouragement was taken out of context from the person who changed my plans of auditioning for American Idol. The context they took it in made them assume that I was referring to themself, when in reality, I was taking the game out of their hands and putting it into God’s hands, where it has been the whole time. So tweeted again…”God’s plans are better than my dream”…didn’t make things much better.

Mood: frustrated with the handling of the situation all around. There goes a friendship that has been in construction since 2006…

On a Brighter Note

I was late for family dinner for my niece’s 7th birthday and no American Idol this weekend BUT…

God kept me safe today driving, speeding, driving the kids around, etc.

I got to spend time with my dad, stepmom, two sisters, brother-in-law, and niece.

God has kept a little girl up and going while fatherless for 7 years.

God has shone bright flashing arrows to which friends I should keep around, and could learn a lot from.

God also showed me the love surrounding me by the family I babysit for.

 

I finally gave Addison her birthday present…with no card…and wrapped in shipping bubble wrap…and I didn’t even have her gift shipped. Lord help me…in every way possible