Words of the week.

Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being: You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.

St. Augustine
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As of late.

What I have been eating, as of late:

Shake Shack. Always.

Strawbs.

Bread, tomatoes, cheese, and basil from the farmer’s market.

What I’ve been doing, as of late:

Cuddling with my favorite people.

 

Running around the city with my house

Shopping by the pound in Queens

Reading. A lot of, lot of reading.

What I have been thinking, as of late:

I think I want to travel somewhere soon. I don’t know where or when, but I do know it is on my heart.

 

 

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Recent favorites, four days, New York, I still love you.

I return to New York in four days to start my sophomore year. This is hard to believe in itself, but I am also moving into our new off campus apartment, which I still can’t get over. Summer has come to an end and what a summer it has been. I worked at a Christian summer camp for 10 weeks and it was incredibly challenging but also incredibly purposeful and rewarding. Here are some pictures:

Family on staff

 

High Ropes during Staff Training

Where I lived for 10 weeks, Take me back.

I feel different after this summer, after sharing the gospel to so many girls, after pushing through exhaustion, after being pulled and pushed out of my comfort zone. It was an amazing experience, and a summer I will always look back on.

Here are my current favorites:

Reading: Philippians, Ephesians, Antigone (a play for school, but I’m actually enjoying it!)

Eating: After a summer of camp food, all I’ve been craving is ice cream and salads. Weird but true.

Listening to: Hillson, John Mark McMillan, Bon Iver, Trevor Hall

Watching: The Olympics. And honestly, nothing else.

I’m going back to New York in four days, and I am so excited. I was more than ready for a break from the city in May but I’ve now been away for three months and I miss it more than I ever thought I would. But it does make sense. The city has so many memories from last year that I am so excited to return and make new memories. New York really does a number on you. When you’re in it, there are days where all you ever want to do is leave. But as soon as you do, all you can think about is when will you be back.

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”
― Tom Wolfe

 

 

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Recent favorites, two weeks, New York: I love you

Music: Bon Iver…..sigh. Just beautiful. It calms me, and makes me happy. Book of Mormon, sosososososo funny and catchy! Phil Whickam. Michael Buble. Ingrid Michaelson.

Food: Hummus and Pita chips. Frozen mango. Roasted Brussel Sprouts. Frozen chocolate chips. Straight from the freezer.

Poetry: To A Thinker by Robert Frost. I’m currently writing a research paper on the theology of Robert Frost for my college writing 2 class. 5000 words due by Friday, lets GO.

I only have two weeks left in New York. And I keep trying to push that thought out of my head, but it’s there. I’m sad, overwhelmed, ready, not ready at all, nervous for the summer, excited for the summer. Yes.

The unfortunate thing is that the city of New York has completely won me over. We’ve had the most beautiful weather lately, and even today, it’s raining and I love it. I’m not ready to leave this place and adjust to change. Buy I know it’s what needs to happen. Here are some recent pictures:

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Six Weeks, Summer, Finals, Country Music

I have six weeks left of my freshman year of college. That is inconceivable. To think of all that has happened in the last nine months, all that I’ve learned, all of the wonderful people that I’ve met. I’m so grateful and humbled by it.

While I am so happy about my school, I know am sosososososo ready for summer. I just found out that I will be working at a summer camp that I adore, and I couldn’t be more excited. A summer spent in the middle of nowhere, right by a lake, sounds pretty amazing right now. It’s kind of all I can think about right now, and seeing as I have six weeks of classes and tests, and then finals……this is a problem. Prayers for motivation and determination would be greatly appreciated. Because all I want right now is this:

On a more random note, I can’t get enough of country music right now! I hardly ever hear it up at school, so as soon as I got home, I started listening to it again. Taylor, Zac, Jason, Miranda. It just feels right.

Also, I was reminded yesterday again of the Lord’s sweet, sweet faithfulness and mercy. I am quieted by His steadfast love.

New York…..no matter how many times I come back, I always ask myself “What on earth am I doing?”

 

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Train Life Part 2: SPRINGBREAK2012

Ahhhh, Amtrak. We meet again. It’s been two months, and I’m once again making the trek from NY to VA. Spring break is here, and I am SO glad. Even if I was staying in NY, just to be given the chance to sleep and have a free day is such a blessing. I plan to:

1. Wake up when I want to!!

2. Work on several school projects (research, extra credit)

3. Enjoy my mom’s cooking

4. Walking around my neighborhood

5. Write, read, pray, and rest

The sunset is so pretty right now.

The colors of the morning(or night) are inside Your eyes

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ZOEgirl, midterms and grace.

Oy. This semester has been crazy. We’re already halfway through, and I finally feel like I’ve been able to manage my schoolwork and do (relatively) well in class. Spring break is just 11 glorious days away, and I’m so excited. It will be the perfect refresher, enough to refuel me for the final stretch of my freshmen year. I am completely dumbfounded by how fast this year has flown by. I know I still have two months to go, but that’s barely any time at all! I am amazed by God’s grace and steadfastness to me, and just how richly He has blessed me. He is so good.

Highlights of February:

1. My beloved house, the house of Corrie ten Boom, placed 2nd out of 10 houses in our school’s house history competition.

2. I, just this morning, completed my Econ midterm, and I actually feel good about it! Love that class.

3. ten Boom house retreat to VA. What a wonderful weekend with wonderful people.

4. Finding about a really exciting job possibility for the summer

5. Finding out last night that my roommates were also listening to the likes of ZOEgirl, PlusOne and Jump5 10 years ago. Our generation rules.

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