Well, it has been a whirlwind these last three months for me and my family. I find that during the craziest of times, I tend to be less social…so here is an update on what my life has looked like since July and all of the new faces that have become a part of my journey!
On July 16, I left for Williams, Arizona where one of the greatest adventures of my life awaited. I went to serve at yet another Young Life camp called Lost Canyon. While I was there, not only did I make 50+ new best friends, but I also got to spend three weeks in the kitchen baking all different kinds of breads, cookies, and cakes. You name it…I made it for 500 PEOPLE!!!!!! Lol. It was only by the grace of God that everything was done in time for each meal. Alongside me in our little bakery corner was my sweet friend, Ana, and our intern, Becca – two of my favorite people on the entire planet.
I so enjoyed getting to spend everyday with these two. We spent much time laughing, often to the point of tears! (#threeoclockloopyhour #wildcorndogs #thejoeface) But in addition to the laughs, they each taught me so much about how to love others, how to love myself, and how to love Jesus. They were an answer to prayers, and although we live in three separate states, my heart is so full on the days that I get to chat with them.
Y’all, I could just go on and on about every single one of these sweet friends of mine. Each of them loved me so well, and I cannot even begin to express how fortunate I was to have worked alongside them for three weeks this past summer. Here is just a glimpse into our month together. Also, I made a sweet video that you can check out here 🙂
Did I mention that we also got to go to the Grand Canyon?!?! Literally, one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. So surreal. It looked like a green screen!
After getting back from Lost Canyon in early August, I had about five days until I had to leave to come back to Nashville. Unfortunately, in that five day span, we lost my grandpa to pancreatic cancer. This hit our family hard to say the least. My grandpa was the most selfless person I have ever known. He loved ALL people despite any differences. He may be gone, but the impact he had on my life will be ever-present.
After a long trek across Texas, Arkansas, and Tennessee, I was finally back in Nash for an orientation program at Belmont that welcomes the entire freshmen class. All of us Towering Traditions Leaders, or TT for short, trained for a week and then, we moved ALL 2,000 freshmen into their new home! Man, that week was one of the most exhausting weeks I have ever experienced, but it also was one of the most rewarding weeks! Yes, we had to carry mini-fridges and boxes up five flights of stairs for two days straight, but despite how tiring it was, it was some of the most fun I have ever had. There is something so sweet about the Belmont community. It is full of people who always encourage each other. It is full of a type of love that is a rarity. It is full of absolute magic. Being a part of TT was the best way to start my semester, and I got to meet a bunch of incredible people while doing it!
After the whirlwind that was TT and the start of school, Hurricane Harvey decided to wreak havoc on Houston. Thankfully our home was left undamaged, but that wasn’t the case for most. Unfortunately, the weekend that Harvey hit was the same weekend that I was supposed to go home for my grandpa’s funeral…go figure. So after cancelling all those plans, and replanning the service, I finally made it home a few weeks later. It wasn’t the best of circumstances to come home to, but I did get to hug my mom, dad, and brother, and that’s all I could’ve asked for.
Since going home, I have been extremely busy, but in the best way! I have been in the art studio nonstop. This semester has been really fun, and I have learned a ton. Learning is SO interesting when you’re studying something your passionate about, and thankfully my creativity and my fire for art hasn’t burned out yet. Here is a peek at some of the engaging assignments I have created this semester…
When I haven’t been in the studio, I have been exploring Nash with some new (+ old) friends, going to concerts, eating yummy food, figuring out summer plans, and being goofy!
Me and my new friend, McCallie, went to a Judah and the Lion concert back in September. Let me just tell y’all that MC has been one of the biggest blessings for me this year. She has a genuine gift for making other people feel uplifted, energized, and accepted. She will sit with me for hours on end and let me vent about life…if that’s not a true friend, I’m not sure what is.
Oh, and Sarah (my best friend and roomie) got her cartilage pierced! #edgy!!!!! Also, met this really cool girl back during TT named Alyssa Newton. And who walked into my chemistry class on the first day of classes? Alyssa Newton. Needless to say she has gotten me through the daily struggle that is chemistry. We couldn’t survive without each other and our post-lab iced “McBowl” Thursdays. In addition to being my chemistry/coffee buddy, she is an AMAZING singer/songwriter, and has a new acoustic music video out that you should all go and watch here!!!
In addition to hanging with my sweet Belmont friends like Kara, Milky, Riss, and Manda, I have had a couple visitors as well 🙂 My mom came up to Nashville a couple weeks ago, and we went to see Ed Sheeran, thankfully before he broke his hand! Haha. And the next weekend, some of my friends from summer staff drove all the way from Ohio and Indiana just to hang out with me in my city!
And on a completely random note, I decided that I am studying abroad in Ireland this summer, and I am freaking pumped about it! Who knows? Maybe I will meet a sweet Irish man who loves Jesus and fall in love 😉 I will keep y’all updated on that one!
OKAY. I think I have brought you guys up to speed on the happenings in my life these past couple months. Needless to say, it has been chaotic. Some wonderful chaos and some notably unpleasant to say the least. I have found that in the midst of this crazy thing called life, we can only get through it with 1. a LOT of help from Jesus and 2. the help of people in our lives who remind us every day of all we have to be thankful for. Each of these people in my life (+ many more – Lex, Ken, and Elaina, I’m talking to you 🙂 ), from summer staff to school, have been my biggest cheerleaders through it all. They have loved me at best and they have loved me at my worst. I have been on the edge of my seat this semester, waiting to see who the Lord will place in my life next. So, I guess this is just me saying that I freaking love every single one of these humans, and I am grateful for the role each one has played in shaping me into the person I am becoming.