{The Father of mercies and God of all comfort}

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Corner

 In lieu of Christmas decorating protest I decided to make a "Christmas corner" in the small room Ryan and I live in at his parent's house. I pinned up our Christmas cards from this year and the Christmas tree ornaments given to me by my classroom parents and others I work with. This is our Christmas corner with the gifts for Ryan and I from each other. Now don't let the boxes deceive you, the gifts are quite small.
For Ryan:
Zune HD (it came with a free A/C adapter)
Two fun colored thermal shirts
A new jacket for camping and for work
And new pajama pants

For me:
Really awesome fox fur earmuffs
A new bottle of J'Adore (!!)
A projector for movies etc (stoked about this one)
And a wireless printer/scanner/fax (LOVE)

I know in comparison Ryan's gifts from me seem pretty silly, but his Zune cost a lot and he spent the same amount of money on me that I spent on him; as per our agreement. He knows how to buy electronics at great prices. 

We celebrated Christmas early with my brother Justin and his girlfriend Amy and Austin and his girlfriend Kia at my parents'.
 Then we celebrated Christmas at Ryan's parent's in the morning and had Christmas dinner with my parents.

Our first Christmas

Friday, December 24, 2010

Favorite Christmas Tune

I'm totally digging Sara Groves' "To Be With You" as my favorite Christmas song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRQKgoLdiGg
It's terrible quality, but you get the song.

Enjoy this Christmas Eve. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The ill just keeps on coming

Recently I got a urinary tract infection and a small kidney infection (I also had a kidney infection on our honeymoon). I was on antibiotics for two weeks. About 10 days ago I started this really bad chest cough. It sucks! Then yesterday I woke up with a serious sinus headache, a sort throat, and a runny nose. Honestly, I just got over a small sinus issue after my uti. What a lousy bummer! Christmas vacation in three days!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Traditions


     Ryan and I have no real set traditions for Christmas. I would like to establish some now that we're married. It will be difficult to do some of them since we still live with the in-law's, but we'll do as many as we can.

Pre-Christmas Eve/Day Traditions 
     1. Put up the Christmas tree and decorate the house while listening to
       Christmas music.
   2. Put up the Christmas lights outside.
   3. Bake a cake for Jesus’ birthday.
   4. Advent (I saw a family do this this year)

Christmas Eve Traditions
     1. Go to the Christmas Eve Candlelight service.
         (I love this!!)
     2.  Watch a cute Christmas movie with hot cocoa and read
         Matthew 1:18-25.

Christmas Day Traditions
4.              1. Read the story of Jesus when we wake up from Matthew 2
              and Luke 2.
5.              2. Give praise to the Lord in prayer.
6.              3. Eat breakfast and give Coco a Christmas treat
              (making sure he’s in his Christmas sweater ;)
7.              4. Give our gifts to one another.
8.              5. Play with our gifts!






Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Shuffle

So, I did this on facebook, but I decided to do it again for the blog and do Christmas songs instead. I did not make the rules or the questions; I don't make the rules I just follow them.

Disclaimer: I don't have much Christmas music...

Rules:
1. Put your iTunes on shuffle (I have a zune).
2.  For each question, push the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.
4. Have Fun!
  • If someone says "Are you okay", what do you say?
     Home for Christmas-- NSYNC (that's a joke right?)
  • How would you describe yourself?
    It's Christmas-- NSYNC (so true year round)
  • What do you like in a girl/guy?
     Christmas in a Child-- Third Day
  • What's your life's purpose?
    Bring Me Love-- The all wrapped up cd from target (I don't remember who sings this)
  • What do your parents think of you?
     Greatest Time of Year-- same cd (did i mention zune shuffle sucks?) I think Demi Lovato sings this one; I don't like her.
  • What do you think of very often?
    The Only Gift-- NSYNC
  • What do you think of your best friend?
     Joyful Kings-- Jonas Brothers on the target cd
  • What is your life story?
     O Come All Ye Faithful-- Third Day (that fits)
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
     All I Want is You This Christmas-- NSYNC
  • What do you think you see in the person you like?
     Joy to The World-- Third Day
  • What will they play to at your funeral?
     Celebrate Love-- Target CD
  • What is your passion in life?
     Jesus, Light of the World-- Third Day
  • What's your biggest fear?
     Under My Tree-- NSYNC
  • What's your biggest secret?
     The First Noel-- Third Day
  • What do you want right now?
     The Christmas Song-- NSYNC
  • What does your love think about you?
     Christmas Won't be the Same Without you-- Target CD: Plain White T's.


That's all I got.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Excited

I bought Ryan's Christmas present today. I wanted to get him an HD radio for the car so he could listen to the new radio station NGen (a subset of KSBJ). However, Crutchfield told me it would be about $500 to get the radio and all installation items. Uh NO! So instead I got him an HD Zune. I'ts a 32 GB, silver, touchscreen that plays HD radio. Score! Now he can listen to NGen and it was half the price. Yay. I got it inscribed with art and with our wedding scripture.

Sorry it's so small. The art is headphones; it's hard to tell.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Shopping

     Ryan and I don't have a lot of money right now with trying to save for moving and paying off student loans (ugh!), so we could only spend $20 on family. My extended family is not big about giving and getting gifts we usually do a gift exchange based on gender. So, if you're a female you bring a female gift and the same thing for the men. Then we choose numbers and choose a gift. As the game is played the higher numbers get to "steal" a gift if they want it, but number one gets to choose the gift they want from anyone. It's fun and last year the dollar limit was $5, so the gifts were hysterical and practical; all across the board.

     We finished all of our Christmas shopping two days after Thanksgiving (no we did not participate in Black Friday sales)-- way too early for us. We got gifts that everyone wanted and wrapped them in pretty paper with turquoise glitter ribbon. I love wrapping gifts and making them pretty. Each gift has a different bow/ribbon design. I had fun and now we're done, except I have to buy Ryan's.

The gifts-- minus Tara's-- under a tree that's not mine.

Ryan and I at my parent's Thanksgiving with my first pie! Apple.  


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

'Tis the season

I'm so glad the first of December is upon us. I love the cold weather we had today and hope it lasts this time. It looks like we will not be getting our own Christmas. Alas, we will still be at the in-laws for the time; God has not given us a way out yet. I will remember here in this time that God is faithful to provide and that we are in celebration of the birth of Jesus our Savior.





It's all beautiful. And it's all in celebration of the newborn king.


"She gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger"
Luke 2:7

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I'm in Protest

I love Christmas and all it entails: hot cocoa, fires, Candlelight service, the celebration of Jesus' birth, Christmas music etc, but I'm feeling a little grinchly. So my dad asked if I wanted to go with my mom today to pick out a Christmas tree for their house; I lovingly declined. Ryan's family is decorating this house for Christmas and again I declined to decorate.

To explain:
I am protesting decorating other houses for Christmas that are not my own. I will not. I will watch and admire their work, but I won't decorate someone else's house even if it is my parent's.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving

Here is my completed list of Thanks:
  1. The Lord God: Without the Lord where is our thanks due?
  2. My husband: I am thankful for his hard work and undying affection for me. His unwillingness to make things bigger than they are; he balances my panic. The progress we make each day in communication and growing our love.
  3. My family: They have provided for me in all of my times of need. They are so willing to show me love and mercy even when I am undeserving.
  4. My church family: They are wonderful people of the Lord with amazing hearts of service, love, and devotion to one another. They are real, faithful and full of honest love.
  5. My wonderful friends: They are honest girls who love the Lord. They pray for me daily and listen when I complain. They have the sweetest souls and I miss them all.
  6. My job: I’m thankful for the setting in which I work {it’s a Methodist church}. I have the ability to serve the Lord as I do my job. My director thought I was “uniquely qualified” to be in the infant room: and to think that my babies were a part of my plan before I graduated college, before they were born! God is Amazing.
  7. Ryan’s job: I’m thankful Ryan found a job! I’m also thankful for the colorful people he works with; they have amazing life stories. I’m thankful that his job isn’t too stressful and will possibly have the opportunity to go back to school with ease.
  8. My Classroom: I’m thankful for working with infants {I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it or be good at it—I was wrong!} My co-teacher’s pure love, our helper’s wisdom and hysterical laughter and the girl who helps in the afternoon has a heart for people and we have so many commonalities: i.e. our love of zombie films.
  9. A new day: I’m thankful the Lord graces us with a new day to make things right and serve him.
  10. The journey God has brought me on so far. He’s brought growth and blessing after blessing up to this point in my life. I know he is about to make things different for us and I accept his commands and will follow him where we are supposed to go.
      HAPPY THANKSGIVING!



      Tuesday, November 23, 2010

      HP 7 Part I

      I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. I've read all the books at least twice and I've seen all the movies. Of course, I'm emotionally involved in the story by now! It's the same with Gilmore Girls. I had to finish the series and I still love to re-watch them. All of this to say I was definitely at the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I last Thursday. {In all fairness we thought the movie was coming out on Saturday, thus we thought we had midnight tickets for Friday} Alas, my mom, Tara and I make our way to the Houston Museum of Natural Science (ironic?) for the midnight IMAX (!!) movie. We got to see "magical creatures" (snakes and really cool owls), "potions exhibits", HP trivia, and a costume contest. It was a lot of fun to see everyone dressed up! We got free popcorn and saw the movie in IMAX. It was "bloody brilliant"!

      As if this were not enough fun for Tara and I we saw it again on Sunday! Cameron begged us to go see it with him, and we did not hesitate. Ryan came along as well as Jill and Johnathon Lee. Jill and I made t-shirts; we're silly but we had fun. We saw this one at a regular theater, but it still made me cry! 


      My shirt says "The Deathly Hallows" and has the symbol. 
      Jill's has a lightning bolt and says "They Boy Who Lived"




      Sunday, November 14, 2010

      Thanks

           At work we have "Family Groups" in which we get together on the last Monday every month and just sort of fellowship with one another. We share joys and concerns, anxieties or questions we have about something job related. It's a way for the teachers who don't get to see each other often throughout the day and year to get know each other. Our discussion for this month will be what we are thankful for. Now I pity myself often and scoff at the thought of thanks. That's incredibly silly considering the things God teaches me in the dark seasons and how he prospers us in the seasons of peace and joy. I am very thankful for the workings of the Lord in my life, but sometimes I have to concentrate very hard to remember God's promises. It's a character defect, that God has been working on in me for a while and will continue to work on for years to come if not the rest of my life I'm sure.
           Anyhow so, I'm making a list of ten things I'm thankful for to share with the group and I'm going to list them out as they come to me and put them in order in accordance to their importance as far as my relationship with the Lord is concerned. Example: I am thankful for family and I'm thankful for my job, but one would definitely go before the other, because I'm sure family is more important to the Lord than a job. I understand God cares about what I'm doing as far as a career goes, don't get me wrong, but as Christians I believe our relationships to one another are more important. This is also not to say that my relationships at work are not important, they are, and thus would have their own number for thanks.

          

           On a side note, Tara and I saw "Morning Glory" yesterday. Cute film with a great message. It's a movie I would like to own. Two thumbs up. Who doesn't love Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, and Harrison Ford??

      Tuesday, November 9, 2010

      Moving on up

      Ryan started training this week at his new job. He will train for six weeks (I know, excessive) until he will be ready to do the job solo. It's in customer service so he answers phones and tells people how to fix their TV. He got a job with DishNetwork. His hours this week are Monday-Saturday (bummer) from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (yay). I like  his hours but they will change I think every week and he'll have to work Saturdays and some Sundays. He will make okay money which means we will be "Moving on Up" and out of here! I can't wait to look for a place to set up our little life for the time being. We'll be in before Christmas. That's the plan as of now anyway.

      One of my babies, in my class, got sick on Friday with some kind of stomach bug. He was throwing up and had diarrhea (sorry it's gross). Luckily, I was out SICK on Friday! Hah. I had the same bug that caught me around 10 on Thursday night. I thought I was just getting a cold and at 10:00 I started to have serious stomach pains and went to the bathroom and threw up! I HATE throwing up. It makes my nose run, my eyes water, and it's just plain gross. So I threw up every hour until about 4 a.m. It was terrible and I was in a lot of pain. Nevertheless the weekend was a little rough, but I did have a three day weekend. Ryan and I went with our friend Cameron to see the new Saw movie in 3-D. We have a thing for the Saw movies. It was thrilling, but like the rest of the films, lame. I enjoyed the time away from the sickbed though. Ryan and I bought all three Toy Story movies on DVD on Saturday! We watched them all this weekend and that was fun. They're such cute films.

      The stomach sickness is gone, but now I have a deadly cold, so I'm taking some Nyquil and heading for bed. Hopefully it will knock me out and let me sleep and make my throat feel better by morning.
      I really need to redo the blog and post pictures, but alas, the internet is too slow so we'll have to deal for a little while longer.

      Thursday, November 4, 2010

      Here we are

      In light of my absence there is a lot to say. I'll just pick up where we left off...

      I was married on July 24, 2010!
      We went to Cozumel for our honeymoon. Very beautiful.
      We are currently living with the in-laws -- mine. Taxing, enough said.
      I got a really great job in Houston at a Day School. I am the infant teacher. I LOVE it!
      Ryan has been without work since before the wedding, yet again taxing. It's been a struggle to wait.
      Ryan had an interview on Monday and he got the job!
      The pay is not fantastic and the schedule will be difficult, but we will be a two income household!
      We will get to move! I think this is my favorite of all.
      I am emotionally and spiritually drained. I believe Ryan is as well, it's time for God to bring us into a new season and I pray that we are ready.
      So, here we are.


      I would upload pictures, but the internet here is incredibly slow and it refuses to do it.

      Thursday, July 8, 2010

      Left wanting

      I want a relaxing summer.
      I want my own space to live and work.
      I want a job that I love.
      I want more sleep.
      I want an assistant; maybe someone just to field phone calls and answer emails.
      I want stability with a bit of spontaneity.
      I want a pair of new shoes; black heels, brown heels, and flip flops.
      I want a clean slate.

      I love my life and the people in it.
      I want more time with these people with less troubles. The Word tells us; "anxieties in a man's heart weighs him down" proverbs 12:25, so we are then instructed in 1 Peter 5:6-7 to "humble [ourselves], therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieities on him, because he cares for you."
      I can do that. My heart will be light, because his yoke is easy.
      I will be satisfied in the Lord. He makes my life precious and gives me everything I need. Sometimes I'm simple minded and full of wants, but what I need is to give Him all!

      I have lots of pictures to post since I've been MIA so long.

      Monday, May 24, 2010

      Perfect Fit

      I went to have my wedding dress altered today. I put it on with the undergarments and the shoes and it fits PERFECTLY. The seamstress does not have to alter it at all! She is going to sew the hooks on it for the bustle and we're home free. It was the absolute perfect length with my shoes. I'm stoked!

      Also, check out the wedding website: mywedding.com/recilly
      Invitations are in the mail! Yay. It's getting closer, it almost feels real!

      Sunday, May 23, 2010

      ....blah....

      so, I finally graduated college! Go  me. Two colleges and one major change later I am a Baylor Alumni.
      I have also finished the wedding invitations. They go out Monday and I would have posted pictures, but I don't want to ruin the surprise. Dress fitting tomorrow, I'm sure the dress still fits! I've gained like three pounds since I ordered it; I know impressive, I'm proud.

      Monday, May 10, 2010

      TAG . . . Every picture has a story

      *Here is my eighth picture in my eighth album*

       6 Years
      Ryan and I were celebrating our six year anniversary at his house in Bryan. We watched "UP" and ate Gumby's pizza. We actually celebrated after the fact since our anniversary was on a Monday (boo); we had to wait until the following weekend to play. We went home for unknown reasons and saw a movie at Edward's theater and ate dinner at Saltgrass. Then on Sunday we headed back to school where we spent Sunday night with pizza and a movie. I'm clearly more excited about this than Ryan.

      Sunday, May 9, 2010

      Désolée

      Today was Senior Send-off Sunday at my church. The seniors stood up and we were prayed over, much needed prayer of course. We were also given a book called "Just Do Something" by Kevin DeYoung. I read the forward and the first chapter and it was exactly what I needed. I've been petitioning God for several months about showing me where he wants me to go and what he wants me to be doing and to no avail all I hear is WAIT. Well I go through these cycles of deciding to let God have my worries and anxieties, but then I pick them back up and freak out. At the end of last week, I decide to give it back to God. I prayed for peace and told him I'm not okay with things right now and I'm not okay with having a hard life. I woke up the next morning, as many times before, with utter peace in my heart. I did not fret over the trivialities of life, but let God destroy those anxious thoughts. I know that I cannot keep them at bay, but I will depend on God each day to renew this spirit of peace in me.

      Back to the book. The first chapter says "my goal is...to help you hear God telling you to get off the long road to nowhere and finally make a decision". This brings me to my fears of graduating college and growing up. After five years of being educated it is time. I've been thinking lately that maybe getting married now was not the best decision, that maybe we should have stuck with December. This is not to say that the person I'm marrying is not right, because he is SO right, but I mean the timing; it's always been off for us. Anyway, this quote showed me that this is right and the timing is not an obstacle. So what if we're not going to have money and my job will not be ideal and Ryan will still be in school! God said do something, so I'm encouraged with this book already! Ryan and I are right, so this decision is made and it will glorify God. He is the reason for waking up in the morning and sharing this passion with my husband (in 76 days) will bring us to rejoice in Christ!
      Assurance of our faith in Christ

      Wednesday, May 5, 2010

      Ouch

      I have decided that life is hard. No matter how you spin it for me. It will probably always be hard and that makes me want to petition God to make it better. I'm not okay with life always being hard...

      I've also decided that I may never get a job and that my blog life will never be interesting.

      Ouch.

      Monday, May 3, 2010

      Sweet Treats

      The lingerie shower was on Saturday, good times! I got some, shall I say, fun stuff for the wedding. My friends are amazing and everything was really great. I still have two gifts coming in the mail! Can't wait. ;) We went to Elite Circle Grille for dinner and then to Amber and Jessica's apartment for the rest of the festivities. The name of the party was "Cecilly's Sweet Treats", and everything was pink and orange.

      They made me wear a tiara and a garter
      Amber and Jessica made me a card with my gift and photoshopped my face onto Victoria's Secret models. Hilarious.
      We played a game in which I had to guess what Ryan's answers were to 10 questions and put on a piece of lingerie if I got it wrong and I did horribly! I only got 50% correct. But I knew the most important questions.
      The awesome favors!
      It was a great party and a fun tid-bit: Ryan's sisters bought me the most scandalous item, so far. . .

      Sunday, May 2, 2010

      I am going to post pictures of last night today, but I'm going to hang with some friends and possibly crawfish boil at the church. I really love my church here in Waco and my friends and will be really sad to leave it. However, I know God's got some things waiting and I've been waiting for these for a while. I'm in love with this life he's given me.

      We've been reading through first John for the past few weeks at church and today we touched on the verses 11-16 in chapter four. That Jesus is the propitiation for our sins and that God is love and his love abides in us! This topic hits close to home on a lot of things going on in my life and it's very hard to love sometimes, but if we are Christians and we know the love of God then we show that love to everyone, no excuses. If we do not love others we hate them; there is no in between. It's a hard piece of scripture to digest, but necessary.

      Sunday, April 25, 2010

      Spent

      Ryan and I had the worst argument of our lives last night. It sucked! Literally, I'm emotionally spent and my eyes have been swollen all day, because I cry intermittently throughout the hours. But I'm pulling myself together for this week that's coming up. I just feel like quitting, so I've been playing some mellow tunes to keep me grounded. Including Hillsong United "Hosanna" what a beautiful expression of worship to the King!

      Ryan and I went to a wedding yesterday. It was very nice outside and the wedding was precious. They're two kids from Ryan's homegroup, the groom is a year older than we are and the bride the same as us. They haven't been together long, but more than a year. The ceremony was at a church and the reception was at a park in College Station. I left my camera at home :( so I'll upload some fun photos when someone posts them of FB.

      Photos from Colbie Caillat at Dia:













      We were exhausted and it was very drizzly.














      I have to say, all in all, I'm not really a fan of Colbie. I only enjoy a few songs, namely three, and they're on the radio.

      I hope this week is better than my weekend.

      Thursday, April 22, 2010

      Dia Del Oso

                  It's that time:

      "As spring approaches the Baylor campus once more, it is time to begin thinking about Baylor's annual holiday, Diadeloso. Each spring since 1934, students at Baylor have been given a day off from classes so that they can enjoy the outdoors with their friends and classmates at this annual event.
      This year's event promises to be one of the most successful yet. Diadeloso is bringing an all day music festival to the Baylor campus. The festival will feature artists from the Uproar Records label as well as national and regional acts." 


      Who doesn't love a day off for an event most of us don't even attend? I'm going this semester, because it's my last and I will buy one of the ugly shirts as proof. What a shame. This year the final artist to perform is Colbie Caillat.

      Tuesday, April 20, 2010

      Needs Advice

      VERY ANGRY CECILLY!

      I have a bridesmaid who considers herself one of my best friends, and we live in the same city, however I was recently looking at some of her facebook pictures. Now I wasn't stalking, because we're good friends. So what I saw was pictures of her at her boyfriend's birthday dinner wearing the bridesmaid dress!!! I don't understand! I also don't know if I'm justified in being so upset about it? I don't want to lose her friendship for finding a new bridesmaid, but I paid for half of the dress to wear at my wedding! I'm too upset to think straight. Please help me; should I be this angry? Should I not find a new bridesmaid?

      Sunday, April 18, 2010

      Calm

      I've been incredibly stressed out over everything lately: school, finding a job, the wedding and being married. All these things will be my life after school in less than three months. I graduate from Baylor in 26 days, unreal. I get married in 97 days, too far for me to actually believe it. I have some concerns about my life forthcoming. I do not have a job, and I have no idea where God wants me to look or where he wants me to work. I need a job with healthcare benefits, naturally. I'm not sure how all that's gonna work out, but I will trust in the Lord. This morning's sermon from our college minister at First Baptist Woodway, Michael Criner, spoke from 1 John 2 and 3. He spoke about God's love for us and us being his children, created for him. We have affirmation that we are his children and we are loved because we are born again of him and Jesus will come, because of this love. I've also been struggling with my roommate and trying to love all regardless of how I feel about them. It is hard to love her; just like that. God does not want me to have these feelings of hate for her or for anyone and I've been talking to him about it. I am broken and love is hard.
      I'm working through all of these feelings and things God has placed before me and know that it will not be easy and I will hurt, but he is with me and he LOVES me enough to call me his child. Praise the Father!

      Thursday, April 15, 2010

      Some Post

      This week was definitely not as bad as I imagined it would be. I have some allergy issues which has given me a sinus infection, I think. My mucus is not a normal color :) sorry for that. But I feel okay, I don't feel sick and I've finished all my assignments for the week and have found time to blog. I will take you through my week, no photos just words.

      [Monday]
      on my way to work every morning I see a guy walking to work. He's always dressed in nice slacks and a button down carrying a briefcase bag and a travel mug, so I assume he's walking to work from his fancy loft in downtown Waco. This Monday morning I drove by him, a little late for work, and I saw him praying with a homeless man. It touched my heart so and I still have a very vivid mental image of the act, but wish I would have had my camera for that one. It was absolutely beautiful.
      at work today the lady who gives us breaks also does gardening outside and the kids help her. She gathers the leaves and puts them in buckets for the kids who then bring the leaves to the trash can. She tells them there is a hippo in the trash can who loves dry leaves. Today the kids wanted to wear gloves like her and one of my three's took the glove off and threw it on the ground. I said Corbin pick that up and throw it away friend and he replied, "but the hippo will eat it." Completely serious and sooo funny! I love three year olds.
      We had a guest speaker in my advocacy class who works fro the BGCT and was telling us some facts about human trafficking. The most trafficking in the WORLD occurs in Texas! Mainly in Houston and El Paso. In the world. She told us some wild stories.

      [Tuesday]
      this morning I had to work in the two's room to cover for the assistant teacher who would be late. I was in there basically until I clocked out. I saw my three's on the playground and they all ran to me to give hugs and ask why I wasn't with them today. A girl in three's, Maddy, asked me while we were outside how my dog was doing, because Coco got sick on Sunday night, throwing up. It was the sweetest thing that she remembered. Three's are so great!
      a thought for the day: I'm tired of people using alcohol as an excuse. It's not an excuse, it's a problem friends.

      [Wednesday]
      God has really been working on my heart lately and he's been using Christian radio. I don't listen to any other music besides Christian radio in the car, it speaks to my soul. There are a lot of good songs out right now too a few faves: Leeland "follow you", Mikeschair "let the waters rise", Lincoln Brewster "power of your name", J.J. Heller "your hands", Casting Crowns "until the whole world hears", Mercy Me "all of creation", Phil Whickham "safe", Need to Breathe "something beautiful", Meridith Andrews "can anybody hear me". okay so that was a lot. anyway, God's been working on me hardcore, and I feel like something is about to happen, I know it is, and I can't wait!
      thought: there is a quote; stir us Lord when we sail too close to the shore (not exact quote). I heard the new Casting Crowns song and they sing about shipwrecked faith and I immediately thought of this quote. If we sail too close to the shore we feel safer and more content, but God wants us to sail in his deep waters of faith so that we don't become shipwrecked being tossed around by the crashing waves that knock us against the rocks. It's not safe to sail close to the shore, so we say disturb us Lord when we sail too close to the shore.

      [Thursday]
      what a day. I went to dinner with the roommate, Five Guys Burgers. It was good, not as satisfying as I'd hoped, but fun nonetheless.
      I'm going camping with Ryan's homegroup tomorrow at Surfside, pray for no rain!

      It feels so good to have all my work done.

      Sunday, April 11, 2010

      Screeching Halt

      I probably will not be blogging this week, because of all of the assignments I've completely forgotten about. I have a paper due on Wednesday and a test, and a presentation on Friday. I'm pretty sure that's all, however, my planner says I have a French quiz on Thursday and an in class composition for French on Tuesday the syllabus is off so I don't know for sure. I took my car in for a recall fix a couple of weeks ago and now I have to bring it in for another recall for the power steering, the first one could make the car catch fire while driving so I took care of that one pronto, but this one will have to wait until next week. I have to get invitations made, going to CropPaperScissors in Waco tomorrow. I have to interview someone at WIC for my advocacy class on Tuesday and read a ton of Faulkner. I love Faulkner, but I like to read leisurely and I have to pretty much speed read for American Lit. it's tough. I can't think my brain is overwhelmed and my heart is aching. God is good and the drive home today from my mom's birthday party was great (party a blog post all its own at a later date), but I'm a little shaken and full of tears that won't stop streaming. I am in desperate need of prayer and others to praise God with me to emphasize his greatness and glory. I have so much to say, but have to get sleep, because I got zero this weekend and I have killer allergies, a swollen throat that makes it painful to swallow and I have to wake up at 6:00 a.m. as usual. This week will be hard, but I will blog as soon as I can and miss it all the while.

      "There's a raging sea right in front of me it wants to pull me down draw me to my knees, so let the waters rise if you want them too, I will follow you."

      Wednesday, April 7, 2010

      Dinner Creations

      So, a few posts ago I talked about eating chicken nuggets a lot and when I'm married my husband probably won't like it. However, tonight I broiled myself a steak, sauteed some zucchini, and made some mashed potatoes. I think he'd be okay with this dinner.

      My aunt is throwing my fiance and I a pantry shower, in which our friends and family will bring items to stock our pantry as well as a recipe to give to me. I've made some recipe cards that have the birds from our china pattern. I'm excited to see how creative people will get.

      Thursday, April 1, 2010

      The Weekend is Here

      Easter break is officially on! I love the sacrifice of Jesus to save our souls.

      I also love having the apartment to myself! Bliss. I can turn up my Twilight soundtracks very loudly and blast some serious indie music while I clean and pack. I'm thinking cup of tea and nice hot bath before bed. This night will be great.

      I took some pictures for graduation today with a friend from church = free pretty pictures. I have a couple of faves.
      I'm in the process of writing a statement of faith for a private school pre-k job. I've never written one and it's proving to be difficult to put into words a story of my salvation and the glory of God.

      Wednesday, March 31, 2010

      Dinner

      I like cooking for myself in college, because I can have chicken nuggets, zucchini, and mandarin oranges. However, I do not think my husband will want to eat chicken nuggets as often as I do. I need to stock up on some good recipes.

      Monday, March 29, 2010

      Job Hunt

      I'm applying for a lot of early childhood education positions, because it's my passion if you will. I am currently applying to a Christian Academy in Bryan, because I can teach at private school with my degree alone and no certificate. This job is pretty much ideal. I'm a little overwhelmed by the lack of options and would appreciate some serious prayer for my situation.


















      I'm waiting on the Lord to show me what I'm supposed to be doing.

      Sunday, March 28, 2010

      Weekend Adventure

      Ryan and I went camping at Meridian State Park this weekend. It was a ton of fun. We went hiking and played some frisbee. He also taught me how to play David Crowder's How He Loves, sort of. On Saturday afternoon we hiked about 8 miles, all the way around the park. We had to bring Coco along and I think he enjoyed it. We saw beautiful landscape and a super cool creek. Now for lots of pictures:
      At the campsite

      Our Hiking Adventures


       The end of our hiking adventure
      Coco was exhausted. Isn't he funny.

      And on our drive home we saw a ZEBRA!
      He was just hanging out with some cows in a field.
      All in all, a good weekend with fun adventures.

      Friday, March 26, 2010

      See ya

       
      Ryan and I are going camping today! So good to get out of Waco. See ya Sunday world.