Wednesday, February 26, 2014


One of the things I will be forever grateful to my university for is the beautiful friendships that I have formed. I did a photoshoot with one of my best friends Chanel a few weeks ago. Chanel is graduating this semester. Her family is from Chattanooga and she will most likely live either there or in Cleveland so she will still be around all the time, but I will miss her being on campus all the time.

Chanel and I actually didn't meet on campus. She was a junior and I was a sophomore and we both followed mutual Lee students on Tumblr. She was living with one of my other friends Maggie at the time and had recently become a church music minor and was getting ready to audition for Campus Choir so I started to see her around the School of Music more. We began talking on tumblr over a meme and next thing you know, I was going over to her apartment to watch tv shows and Tumblr instead of doing homework. Then she became my Taco Bell ride or die buddy, and we once drove to the Taco Bell on Keith with my iPhone on top of her car. I thought I had left it at Taco Bell so we drove there and back to campus TWICE with the Find My iPhone app saying the phone was in the car. We park and find it sat on top the entire time! She lets me come over to her house in Chatt and spend time with her and her family who has always welcomed me like one of their own with open arms and it is a wonderful escape from campus life. She has always unfailingly loved me, supported me, laughed with me, and listened to me vent time and time again. She is the person I fail with over boys, important life moments, and LOTR/Hobbitish things. She is my best friend, my hedgehog and now my sister in SAI!  I am so thankful that God gave her to me.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I Would Live In Your Love

Gifts from my Mom and Grandparents. 

Roses selfie. 

My Valentine's Day was a lovely one. Deon did so much to make me feel special! I enjoyed making Valentine's for all my girlfriends and handing them out. It was a very busy day with lot's to do so Deon and I didn't really get any one on one time, but the day was still great! 

I woke up and got Deon a heart shaped cheese pizza which I don't have a pic of unfortunately. I know how much Deon loves pizza so I scoured all over town and only one out of the tons of places we had in Cleveland made them! Papa Murphy's does ready to bake ones that are quite inexpensive and really good if you're ever looking. 

When I went to drop it off at his apartment, he gave me my first gift of the day. 

I love notebooks. I collect them all the time. Deon knows this and he crafted and bound for me one himself! It's so cute and I can't wait to fill it with thoughts. 

Later right before Chorale rehearsal, he surprised me with a large bouquet in front of some of my friends! 
I love them!

So beautiful! 

He ordered me another gift too but he refuses to say what it is and it hasn't gotten here yet so I guess I will have to wait in suspense! 

The St. Olaf Choir came to our school to perform. You've probably heard of them. They are a simply incredible collegiate choir. I got to have dinner with some of them and they were really nice. Deon and I went with some friends and let me tell you it was one of the most thrilling, profound, moving performances I have ever witnessed. Their musicality and connection to each other was so beautiful to watch. One of my favorite pieces they did was Even When He Is Silent. You should check them out on Youtube. 

Michaela and I being cute. 

Deon missed the fierce memo. 

We hot. 

Since we didn't really get any time alone to spend on that day, Deon and I hung out the next evening and had a quiet evening in playing in Guild Wars dungeons together and I made Pumpkin Spice bread that my Mother had sent me. IT IS AMAZING STUFF. OH MY GOSH. 

My roommate snapped this while we played because she thought it was hysterical. 

I love Deon so much and the thought he put behind all of his gifts and actions on Valentine's Day (and every day), make me feel so special. I will leave you all with one of my new favorite poems by Sara Teasdale.

I would live in your love as the sea-grasses live in the sea,
Borne up by each wave as it passes, drawn down by each wave that recedes;I would empty my soul of the dreams that have gathered in me,I would beat with your heart as it beats, I would follow your soulas it leads. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day! 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

5 For Friday

1. Big/Little reveal and our pinning ceremony were this week and I finally got to reveal to Abbey that I am her big! She is so lovely and I cannot wait to get to know her better.

2. This week an extremely moving article was posted on Recovering Grace called Charlotte's Story there have been many testimonies regarding misconduct by Bill Gothard and IBLP, that have come to light over the past few years, but this one was the hardest yet for me to read. I cried the whole way through. I'm glad Recovering Grace is approaching this stuff so carefully because you cannot tread lightly through this. Some of you know my major dislike and issues I have with Gothard/ATI/IBLP etc teachings. I plan to post a series on it one day. I hope her story gains some views and gets people talking. Some of the kids I did Children's Program with, (a vacation bible school/daycare type thing that went on during Gothard's Seminars), posted this on their facebooks and were so shocked and upset. It's really heartbreaking. As I was telling Deon about it he said: "Well, it's not bad to have a little blind faith…unless it's in something other than Jesus Christ. It can't be in one man or organization." And he is so right. It was hard to read, but I pray that her story along with so many others get the recognition they deserve and the help they need. 

3. Veggie Tales!
I grew up with Veggie Tales and one of my favorite stories is Madame Blueberry. The blueberry who went to Stuff Mart and bought all this stuff she didn't really need and was acting spoiled and selfish. In the story, as she's on her way and back from Stuff Mart, she notices two families who are clearly very poor with next to nothing and their kids sing a song thanking God for their families and the little they did have stating that a "Thankful heart is a happy heart." That statement really resonated with me and has stayed in mind all week. I get very easily jealous and discontent and I really felt God convicting me of my impatience and selfish complaining. It's amazing how your mindset changes as you start to focus on what you have to be happy about! It's not something that comes naturally at first, but it changes how you view God, your life, and the people around you! 

4. Valentine's Day. 

I am extra excited for Valentine's Day/weekend this year because the St. Olaf Choir will be coming to perform at Lee! They are one of the top collegiate choirs in the country and Deon and I, along with two of my friends (who I am currently matchmaking together) are double dating with us. I'm not sure what else Deon and I will be doing, but I know whatever it is it will be fun and special because we are together. This is our second Valentine's Day together and I love him even more than I did then.

5. Theory.
Some of you know that this is my third time taking Music Theory III. It has been a trial in my life and so frustrating that I seriously considered switching majors or just giving up all together. I had a poor teacher the first time around, and it's not a strong subject of mine anyways, and then this past semester I loved my teacher, but again failed the class. I was not allowed a direct study and had to drop my advanced conducting class (which I really need to be doing) in order to take theory with the only other teacher available that I haven't had yet. So far, his class is a lot clearer to me and one of the other theory professors who is my friend is tutoring me and I am very pleased to say I made a B on my first theory exam of the semester! I was making F's since sophomore year so this was a huge deal for me and I know I couldn't have done it without Mr. Elkins and the Lord. I'm so glad I'm off to a good start!

How's your week been?

Monday, February 3, 2014

An Afternoon of Crafting

This weekend I spent my time making crafts for my Little Sister in SAI. Her name is Abbey and she doesn't know I'm her Big Sister yet. She will find out at the pinning ceremony and we are supposed to give them gifts. I wanted to try my hand at some crafting so I decorated a wooden box for her. 

It turned surprisingly ok for me because my artistic ability is crap. 

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I also spent the day watching Andy Griffith while I crafted. This show brings back some many memories of my childhood. I love it!

How was your weekend? 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Ladies in Red and White.

If you would like to know more about my fraternity and what my chapter is up to you should read this awesome article from the Lee Clarion about Sigma Alpha Iota. :)

The Ladies in Red and White.

Love and Roses. :)