October 24, 2014

Georgia state fair

It has been a looong time since we have been to a fair or carnival, and a few weeks ago, we went!

We originally planned the trip as a cultural trip for our international student, but she found out she wouldn't be able to go that day.  Devin's work schedule has been so nuts since we moved here and it has been so nice to have just have this semester together.

We ate pizza, pet all of the animals at the zoo, and checked all of the booths selling stuff.  I'm looking forward to some more trips like this in the future :).

October 22, 2014

mid-terms

As of tonight, I have completed my first set of graduate school mid-terms.  All in all, I'm proud of me.  I'm proud of how many hours I've studied.  I'm proud of the study groups I've had, and grateful for the people who don't really need them, but are kind enough to help the rest of us along; I feel so happy to be where I am.  I'm also really happy the Professors were kind enough to space them out over two weeks.

There have been times that I have been overwhelmed and there have been Professors that I feel are slightly inhumane with their work loads, but I feel so full of purpose right now.  The people I have met are so interesting and the friendships have been so quickly made.  I love what I'm learning and it has opened my mind to so many things I encounter on a daily basis.

My undergrad was about learning about myself and trying to understand the chaos that is adulthood, but with my grad school, I feel it's kind of different.  Opposed to my undergrad, so many of the important things in my life are decisions I have already chosen.  I'm not worried about who I will end up with because I'm married to Devin.  I'm not worried about where we'll go after we graduate, because we have a mortgage.  I was working two jobs the semester Devin and I were dating and first married and now?  For the first time in my life, I don't have to work as a student and it is a totally different experience.  I don't worry about my plan because I know I have Devin and God to help me with that.

My undergrad was essential, but graduate school?  It feels like a little gift to me.  A gift to just study and just really enjoy this opportunity.  Already, it feels like it is flying by way too fast.  For every bad experience in my life, I've had a good one, and this one is so good.

October 17, 2014

I'm just a small town girl,

...but now I spent my days here half of the time
and half of the time here in the suburbs.
 
Ironically, doing that has made me start to feel like this is home which is a vast improvement from six months ago.  We've lived here now for a little over 2 years.  This summer I was able to really take a break and I'm having a fall where I feel like I am learning and progressing in so many ways.  Devin's work schedule has had balance for a short season and we've been able to get into a pattern of genuinely being able to spend time together.
 
Slowly, but surely though, the other little things have fallen into place and here lately I keep finding myself thinking "I'm really glad I live here.  I hope it's for a long time."
 
Like, when I was taking engagement photos by the lake for a couple last week.  I looked around and I saw God's beautiful green earth, the lake, and the tame Georgia mountains.  I had to take a moment to look around me and I felt completely awestruck about how beautiful it is here.
 
Then there are the little moments when I realized I haven't used a GPS in a while and we have favorite local restaurants.  There are proud times when I realize I can't keep track of how many we've fed at our house.  Recently, my moment came when we were asked to host a bonfire in our backyard, and I was so proud of how far our [formerly hideous] yard has come.
 
So folks, I think this is my way of saying that when people ask "where are you from?" I'm going to reply "Georgia."

October 12, 2014

#Sharegoodness 1

Every month, once a month, I am going to start posting quotes I have read from church talks, the scriptures, or elsewhere that have resonated with me.  I've found that I have a lot of photos that never leave my hard drive, and a lot of thoughts that other people just say much better than I do, and I think they should be shared! :)

I hope you enjoy!

October 6, 2014

my kitchen reminder

When I am going through a lesson of humility, which seems to happen more often than what I am prepared, I often go back to Eccelesiastes to read chapter 3.  It fills me with gratitude to know that "to every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven."  I feel like this chapter was written for me and acknowledges the emotions I feel.  I feel like half of my prayers could be answered with "this is your season to do this and it will be okay" and it would be a perfectly fine answer.

The verse that really gets me though is verse 11: "He hath made every thing beautiful in His time."
The acknowledgement that everything we are experiencing is supposed to made us beautiful in God's time is one of the most comforting and hopeful beliefs to me.  So many times experiences we have are beyond our control; sometimes they happen because we are experiencing the consequences of how others use their agency and sometimes they are unforeseen consequences of actions we choose.  However, they are for our gain.  In the end, everything has the opportunity to make us beautiful.