Well… it has been a minute…
This summer has been full of relaxation, work, a trip home, the big move (to another apartment), and spending time with some new friends!
As I sit here tonight, I wonder where the two long summer months went. It seems like I just finished the spring semester and summer just started.
I have had a lot of thinking time this summer and have honestly loved every minute of it. God has taught me things. I have learned things from other people. I have been faced with life decisions.
Now, I will be honest, being left alone with your thoughts is not always the best but hey, at least I learned a lot from it.
One of the biggest things I learned this summer? BE STILL, STAY CALM and know He has it all under control! (Exodus 14-13-14; Psalm 46:10 and Jeremiah 29:11).
Why is it that we get so caught up in busy lifestyles when what we should be doing is slowing down and tuning in? Life gets busy and things get hectic ,but I have learned we need to take time to slow down and just enjoy where we are. We need to learn to be all in, wherever God has us!
OK, so all that being said. I just wanted to post some pics of the times I got to enjoy this summer.
I got to go home for two weeks, spent great time with friends and family in MS, spent some good times here in VA with friends and met new people. So thankful for all the times I have had this summer, and it is not quite over yet.
Family BBQ Southern Style!
I sure do love my family! This trip home was full of good times and a little craziness (a few family members in the hospital and a very sick momma… but all are well again). It was a well needed trip as always! I miss my family while I am away and sometimes I wonder how I do it without seeing them every day, but it sure does make me appreciate their influence in my life and the times we do spend are all that more precious! I. LOVE. THEM.
Also got to spend a whole day with these two! Chris (the brother) and Becca (the sister in law) are two people that I will always look up to! They are just so…well…awesome! So glad I got to spend a day with them!
THESE KIDS!!! There are just no words….
I just…love them. Spending time with these cuties always brings me joy! It seems like just yesterday, me and their mom and and Aunt Jo were making some of the same faces and having a blast! “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14
Beach time on Ship Island with mom! The only beach time I got to enjoy this summer and it was soooo good! And look at my cute Momma! Love her!
And then there was the much needed time with the bestie and her hubs! This girl… I just miss her so much! I mean we are basically the same person. She has been a roommate, a confidant, a listener, ….. A TRUE FRIEND! Don’t know what I would do without my little Corey!
Also got to spend some MUCH needed time with this one! Another great friend! My Shainty and I are two peas in a pod! Miss her!
And we cant forget my trip down memory lane with my favorite Zach! We took a stroll through out old stomping grounds, the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi! Good times with an awesome friend!
Well, and then there is BEAR. The newest addition to the Chris and Becca McArthur family! He’s a mess but he is so stinking cute! He loves his Aunt Courtney!
Of course there were so many other things I did and people I hung out with while at home but these are the few pictures that captured a few of those precious moments.
So after the trip home, it was back to life here in Lynchburg. Good times with new friends. New beginnings and free time!
As I was driving to church one gorgeous Sunday morning I was so beautifully reminded of God’s power, love, grace, and….talent! What a beautiful view and a beautiful time to be reminded of His love and protection.
What better to do in summer time than to go outside, enjoy time with new friends, and just relax. Festivals are so fun especially when you have some great company!
Oh yeah, and… I found the cutest little “Hi, I am Sophia from the Golden Girls” purse for ONE DOLLAR at a fun garage sale downtown! Just thought I would add that in! ;)
And then there is the moments like these. When you read something like this. A light bulb goes off and you receive a good slap in the face! But you know these are the moments I have learned to cherish and take to heart! “Knowing God takes faith, focus, and FOLLOWTHROUGH, and Jesus assures us that we will be rewarded. Don’t give up in your efforts to seek God.” Lesson here: DONT GIVE UP! Keep going! TRUST!
So this is Hannah! She and I decided to attend every possible fireworks show offered in Lynchburg for the Fourth of July. Here we are at number one!
And thanks to Miss Hannah I found a new favorite place to eat in downtown Lynchburg! So fun and so good!
And then there was one of the best Independence Day celebrations I have ever been to. We celebrated at Thomas Jefferson’s summer home, Poplar Forest. We listened to the Declaration of INdependence being read, we learned what they ate in that day, and we saw how they lived. Great day remembering our country’s history and what it was founded on!
And then there was another fireworks show! Our favorite of them all at the Lynchburg Hillcats baseball game. Great time with great friends!
And then another fireworks show in downtown! Told you we attended quite a few! HAPPY FOURTH!
Another fun thing about my summer? Meeting this sweet girl, Inga, from Germany! She cooked us a meal and even washed the dishes! ;) Loved learning about her culture and can’t wait to spend some more time with her in October!
And I may have channeled a little Ninja Turtles action at some point as well! And this is Jill! Crazy girl! Love her! :)
Also, I got to enjoy a few last views out of my first apartment here in Lynchburg! Love that place and will always miss it! But also thankful for change!
Finally, I leave you with one of the greatest things I learned all summer. “The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just. Stay. Calm.” Exodus 14:13-14. Calm….such a weird concept in this fast paced culture, but just stay calm and He will provide. He will fight. He will keep his promises. He will show you love. He will show you HOW to love. He will bring you peace! Man, I just love those light bulb moments!
So to sum it all up… It has been a a great summer and time has flown. God has taught me. I have been able to grow. I have made some new friendships and got to spend some great time with old friends! I got to see my family and be there when some hard times hit (because believe me it would have been harder to be away during it all than it was to be there).
What a summer! So thankful! I have grown. I have learned. I have relaxed.
Here’s to a new semester and a busier way of life than what I have been used to the past two months. Here we go! Bring it on!
Love you guys! Thanks for listening! Be back soon! :)