Friday, October 31, 2008

Come play kids!

Dogwood AWESOME.

I haven't gotten a chance to write a whole lot about how AWESOME God has been to me since I got here to Southern. But guys...He has been SO good.

One of the most incredible things He has done for me is set me up in an apartment with some of the most amazing girls/roommates/friends. EVER.

The quality of people that I am surrounded by every day is such a blessing. We are all pretty different, in a lot of ways...but so much the same in the ways that are important....if that makes sense.

To be able to have friends like this, who love and support you through the good, bad, and ugly can only be a gift from God.

Bottom Line: My roomates? They're amazing.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Crochet, Croquet, and Crickets.

Crocheting is AWESOME. Everyone should learn. EVERYONE. Look at all the fun little things you can do with it!?

The boys next door taught Sarah and I how to crochet this last week...and we're kind of obsessed with it now. We'll just sit on the couch, talking and little old ladies. I've started to crochet in class, which has actually been really beneficial because I find that I listen better if I have something to do.

I'm starting on a scarf because, well, it's supposed to be easier...and I'm a beginner. It's going ok so far, I suppose. I keep missing a stitch here and my scarf is slowly getting less and less wide. You see, I'm not a very patient person. Ben and Chris tell me that I need to count the stitches to make sure that I'm doing the same amount every time. But I just think that would be dumb...and boring. So I continue to mess it up, they continue to chuckle, and I continue to unravel the progress that I've made. It's a good learning experience. When I get better...I'm going to make some sweet hand warmers. Oh yessss....

Monday, October 20, 2008

Simply Put

Smoky Mountains need a nicotene patch

Midterm Break was this weekend.

That's right....our semester is HALF over.

Sweet Moses it's going by fast!

We hit up the Smoky Mountains to do some camping. That place is beautiful.

Here are some STANDout slash OUTstanding memories:

This is Jacque Liles (also known as Jacque Chan). We met in class, and it was soon determined that we are meant to be friends. She's a fellow free spirit. I had the privilege of camping with her and her family for the weekend.
Remember: Little Mermaid, Citizen Cope, Camper, Funny Dogs, Falling...chair/fence...oh the irony

This is Eli.
Belongs to Justin Jones.
Wish he belonged to me.

We drove the 11 mile loop around Cades Cove,

looking for wildlife and enjoying the outdoors.....

in a convertible and the back of a truck.

Entertainment of choice? Throwing things to each other.

This is Justin Jones. He was our self proclaimed tour guide for the duration. He decided to give us the whole history of the "Cades" Family. Complete with their starch and sugar addictions, cow slaughtering insulin factory, marijuana farms, lost sons, and happy trees.

Played some sweet
tackle football in the fields.

Thoughts on Fire:

-Hair still smells like it
-Melted two pairs of shoes
-The very CORE of camping
-Burn your marshmallows to charcoal. It's the only way.

Fall is beautiful here.
God is so good.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Aloha Tiffany Blaser

This post is dedicated to Tiffany Blaser....

You inspire me.
Blog on.

Oh, P.S.

These pictures are from the Yellow Deli...also dedicated to you....

Friday, October 10, 2008

It's new. It's different. And I like it.

I'm here.
At Southern.
There is no question in my mind that
THIS is where God wanted me to be.
He has been so good to me. So so good.
It's gonna be a good year.