Thursday, August 20, 2009

Finding Joy in the Little Things (and the big things too)

As I was anticipating heading back to school I was finding myself very discontented. I do not like living in Fresno and as much as I enjoy learning I don't really have much love for this school. I had been struggling, trying to remind myself that I am doing this in order to be more effective (hopefully). I have been trying to remember how important prayer in and trying to foster determination to be a light this year at school. I met with Bunnie just before I left home and she challenged me to be in prayer more.

I headed down the mountain with my heart breaking (I love my family and my home) but determined to make the most of this year and come out of it with a broader and deeper understanding of God and who I am in him. As I drove the air turned from the cool refreshing mountain air to the oppressing thick valley air. I was feeling more and more sad and losing focus when all of a sudden I came around a corner and a cool breeze made the warm air feel welcome. The sun was reaching its orange glowing fingers through the trees and touching my hair as it whipped around my face in the wind. At that moment a song by Augustana that has a beautiful piano introduction came on. It was the perfect driving music. In that moment I saw the little thing that God was doing to make this transition less difficult. It was a perfect drive.

I am determined that this year is going to be wonderful. I will apply myself and come out changed for the better. I will lose focus but in those moments I am praying that God will remind me of my drive and all of the little blessings he has given me. That is my story, the thing I wanted to say.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Something to say

I have something to say tonight. Nothing exciting, just a story. But I don't have the energy to make it sound nice so I will just wait until tomorrow. Good night world.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Emily and I were discussing things that we love and at times have even become obsessed with. These are some of my favorite movies, tv shows and books. I could watch and read all of these all the time no matter what.
I believe that I have already established that I really like Grey's Anatomy. It is a new favorite but it successfully kept me and Emma connected and sharing our likes and dislikes so that makes me like it even more.
I love Jane Austen more than any other author! I love each of her novels and I read them over and over again. I never get sick of these stories. They are full of romance, silliness, sacrifice and family.
Friends is probably the most feel good show in the world! I love the silly witiness of the characters and its short shows make it ideal for watching in between doing other things. I love it!

Gilmore Girls is my favorite tv show ever! I watch it over and over again from start to finish. When I finish the seventh season I just start watching the first. It never ends for me. I love every one of the characters and I identify (to and extent) with Rory and Lorelei's relationship because it is a lot like mine and my moms! Love love love this show!

Harry Potter are fantastic books! They are well written and easy reads. The stories are entriguing and my whole family enjoys them so they bring us all together. I am currently rereading this series and I am loving it once again.

Meet Me in St. Louis is my all time favorite movie. It has been since I can remember. My sister and brother still grumble about the fact that I used to insist on watching it everyday after school when I was in kindergarten. I still would watch it every day if I could get away with it. It is all about family (which I think I have established is important to me) and sticking together no matter what. This family looks out for each other even when they are upset with each other. I love it so very much.

So, that is all I can think of. If you haven't seen Meet Me in St. Louis then you should. That is all I am saying. ;-)