i am home.
Current Music: p and w all the way, baby!
first of all, birthday shout outs:
July 1st- Happy 17th Birthday to Lauren
Happy 21st Birthday to Blaihhhh
July 3rd- Happy 21st Birthday to Ally
Happy 21st Birthday to Regina
now, honestly i will say that although i was sick, tired, and beyond ready to go home, this was by far my best week ministry wise. i just really bonded with all my kids and i was sad to see them go. i am keeping in touch with way more kids from this past week than any of the other weeks.
now that the kids have left i am feeling very worn out and cranky and sick and i just want to go home. now don't get me wrong, i have loved being here but i am so home sick and i just want to take a bath and watch a movie and talk to my friends and sleep in my own non-buggy bed. i am trying to offer it up but it is so hard. there are a few of us that feel this way so at least we are able to be there for each other. basically i am just going to take it really easy for the next few days.
my friend sara and i shared a bed last night and it was really cute because we both needed some one there, i think. i know we have both been stressed so it was good that we could be there for each other.
anyway, i think i am off to get my laundry and get my hair cut. i will probably write more again before i leave because i don't have anything else to do.
God is good.
Current Music: will smith- switch
so basically way too much has happened in the last few weeks to even begin explaining it on this thing. if you want a full update, call me after i get back and i will be more than happy to try to put into words the work God is doing in my heart, i love to sing His praises, but there is no way i can post it in a journal entry.
right now i am sick so please pray for me as i still have a week and a half to go... but for now this little song just about sums up all i want to say
covecrest gone wild!!!
covecrest gone wild!!!
covecrest gone wild!!!
show us your moves!
(this we sang as we broke the golf cart by piling way too many people in it and going off roading before the messy olympics)
Current Music: covecrest gone wild
so quick update...
things here in GA are amazing... the camp is beautiful and the people are amazing. i have made so many new friends including another girl from steubie, jen, who was in austria in the fall but she and i are so much alike and i just love her tons already! i am really being challenged in every possible way, physically, emotionally, spiritually... and it is so good for me. today i freaked out a bit on the high ropes course and that was really humbling but the important thing was that i tried so i am proud of myself.
it may sound silly, but everyone here think i am really great and i love it. they call me mary jr which is the best compliment i have ever gotten!! God is being so so good to me and i can feel Him working so strongly in my heart. it is amazing.
anyway, i may be able to update once a week, if that, so please e-mail or text me and i will get back to you. theresa- i am praying for you and boy... don't rush anything and just pray a ton. sara- i miss you tons.
i am off to dance with my new friends. byebye and God bless
Current Music: thriller
so i am here in atlanta, hanging out with my household sister, sarah sheldon and a few of her friends, all ages 22-28, so i am clearly the youngest, although i am having an amazing time. one of her friends is a nanny and we are at her place so there are two adorable little kids here with us, lucy (3) and joey (2)... i absolutely love it. i got to see ben and mike and angela and a million other people. it was really funny when a girl from columbia asked me if ben was my husband!!!
the Eucharistic congress was amazing... God did a lot, too much to write in this journal except to say that i have taken a vow to not date until my birthday and have decided to seriously discern the sisterhood during that time... dum dum dum! this decision did not come from a certian feeling of being called to the religious life, but rather from a fear of it. i realized that i am scared to death of not being called to the married life. until i can be honestly, completely fulfilled by God alone and not always be craving the love of another, then i am not ready to date or to be married. my heart has to be completely centered on Christ. it may seem so obvious to all of you, but i feel like sometimes i'm like, "okay God, You can romance me because no one else is" and that is just not right. i need to be craving, yearning, desiring passionately a romantic relationship with my Beloved above any other man. Christ is romance!
so yeah, big things are happenning in my life... and who knows? i mean, Christ could have just had me focusing on Himself and not discerning the sisterhood, but i know for certian that it is something He wants me to do. i can't believe that He would want me for His bride, i am so unworthy... but we will see. today during mass i was picturing my wedding to Him, and i realized how true it is that for sisters, every mass is like their wedding night because of how intimatly they recieve their Lover into themselves. everyday of the week, all of my life? only possible with Christ!
well, i should get back to the party. please keep your prayers coming
Current Music: souce and summit
|» amazing quotes|
"After years of hearing the heart-cry of a woman, I am convinced beyond a doubt of this: God wants to be loved. He wants to be a priority to someone. How could we have missed this? From cover to cover, beginning to end, the cry of God's heart is, 'Why won't you chose me?' It is amazing to me how humble, how vulnerable God is on this point. 'You will find me," says the Lord, 'when you seek me with all your heart' (Jer. 29:13). In other words, 'Look for me, pursue me- I want you to persue me.' Amazing. As Tozer says, 'God waits to be wanted.'"
- Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
"Life changes dramatically when romance comes into our lives. Christianity changes dramatically when we discover that it, too, is a great romance. That God yearns to share a life of beauty, intimacy, and adventure with us. 'I have loved you with an everlasting love' (Jer. 31:3). The whole world was made for romance- the rivers and the glens, the meadows and beaches. Flowers, music, a kiss. But we have a way of forgetting all that, losing ourselves in work and worry. Eve- God's message to the world in feminine form- invites us to romance. Through her, God makes romance a priority of the universe.
So God endows Woman with certian qualities that are essential to relationship, qualities that speak of God. She is inviting. She is vulnerable. She is tender. She embodies mercy. She is also fierce and fiercely devoted. As the old saying goes, 'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.' That's just how God acts when he isn't chosen. 'I the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god!' (Ex. 20:5 nlt). A woman's righteous jealousy speaks of the jealousy of God for us.
Tender and inviting, intimate and alluring, fiercely devoted. Oh yes, our God has a passionate, romantic heart. Just look at Eve."
- Captivating by John and Stasi Elderedge
|» i took this quiz like a million times! it is so funny!|
okay so i found this quiz today and i got all the results but i only posted the funniest ones.|
You Are: Mickey "The Rat"
You are Mickey "The Rat". Sure, you look innocent enough with your squeaky voice and your theme parks, but we know that your ties to the mob run deep. You earned your nickname "The Rat" after squealing on Pluto and Minnie in a botched cheese heist. I can't believe you, Mickey...I mean, Minnie was your main squeeze and poor Pluto can't even talk (you made sure of that, didn't you, you rat.) You are currently thought to be in witness protection somewhere near Orlando, Florida.
You Are: Tigger "The Trigger"
You are Tigger "The Trigger". Your head is made outa rubber and your bottom is made outa springs. What's up with that? I think that all of your bouncing is just a cover for your secret life as the gunman for the Hundred Acre Wood gang. "Whacking's what Tiggers do best!" You are currently serving as a bodyguard for Winnie the Pooh who is being hunted by Heffalumps and Woozels over a honey "misunderstanding".
You Are: Winnie "The Snitch"
You are Winnie The Snitch. "Oh bother," you say? Well, Winnie, why don't you let us take a look in all those Hunny pots that you have laying around. What's in those things anyway? Think, think, think. We know that no one could eat that much Hunny. Oh dear, Winnie, no wonder the psychedelic heffalumps and woozels are after those things.
You Are: Jiminy "Big Money" Cricket
You are Jiminy "Big Money" Cricket. You were sent to Vegas by your "family" in New York to start a new casino. Your game now is to go around to high rollers at the casino and convince them that you are their conscience. "Well, I'd lay more money down on the table," you tell them. "Golly, I'd hit on 19," you convince them.
You Are: Donald "Bad Luck" Duck
You are Donald "Bad Luck" Duck. Born with an irreversible speech impediment, you became hardened to the world as you faced constant teasing from other animals. The frustration and disappointment that you experienced reared its ugly head later in the form of constant outbursts, though no one can ever really understand what you are yelling about. You are currently serving 20 to life for gross misuse of the phrase "Aw, phooey!"
|» Rascal Flatts|
i am going to see Rascal Flatts for free with theresa on tuesday of orientation!!!!! i am so beyond excited!!! they are my favorite group ever!!! God is so good to me!!!|
|» funny story of the week|
so today my mom and i went to the church for adoration and when we got back to the house my sister hannah ran out to us and said, "you forgot to pick up carly!" so basically, my mom was supposed to pick my little sister carly and her friend up from an afterschool club and completely forgot (we both thought it was wednesday) and we got there an hour after we were supposed to and by that point some one else had already gotten them. my mom was really upset but i was laughing my head off as i said to her, "i think you can forget that carpool!" i mean, i felt bad but it was really, really funny because i can totally picture myself doing something like that. my mom kept saying, "i can't believe we did that!" WE?!?! as if i knew carly took chinese after school on thursdays!|
|» kaitlin update and georgia fun|
update on kaitlin: she was not in labor, it was her appendix so praise the Lord but still keep praying that she gets to feeling better. she is home from the hospital right now and recovering so pray that she keeps on getting better and that there are no more scares.|
in other news, i have watched eight episodes of 24 in the last 24 hours and it is absolutely the most addicting show that i have ever seen. i love it so much and all i can think about is watching more of it. if the notre dame people were not coming tonight you could bet that i would rent eight more episodes and spend the whole night watching them again... so maybe it is a good thing they are coming. they are spending the night here after the concert and then leaving early tomorrow morning.
i just found out that i have terrible hours at the daycare center this summer so i am in the process of trying to find another job. pray that it all works out.
oh yes, and i talked to ben today for a while about atlanta and such and i am really excited because now i know that he is excited to have me down there. he had seemed so busy but i guess he is excited that i will be there anyway and is trying to do everything he can to be able to hang out with me which really makes me happy because ben is a cool guy. i am getting so excited about lifeteen camp... it still hasn't sunk in that i am working there for a month but i know it will be beyond amazing.
well, back to cleaning... God bless