Garage Jitters

Here I sit, on this sunny Monday morning, in my garage, surrounded by shelves, a dresser, and my bed.
Weird place for a bed…

Well, this is my last full day of being ‘home’ before the Grand Adventure truly begins.
Rizo is coming over soon with her dad’s truck so we can load up the big stuff.
Tomorrow we will leave at 7a.m. and drive for three hours pushing the limits of time as we unpack and drive to her old house to pack up again, before my help is gone to an interview with a pharmacy.  

I’m getting the adrenaline jitters. I’m so ready to be out there and decorate ‘my house’ ‘my room’ ‘my garden’
It’d be a blast to have everything go smooth, but that’ll be a joke, I’m sure.
I’m prepared for some “oops” and “ugh”s as fitting things through doors and not cluttering up rooms begins.

I have a couple of plants I’m taking and some herbs.
I plan on uploading some pictures at some point, after the house is pretty much put together–so that’ll be another week.

I’m excited for
*grocery shopping* *farmers markets* *biking* *walking* *exploring* *antique stores* *goodwill* *my meals* *dehydrating fruit & veg* *new job(nervous)* *new friendships* *coupons!* *learning*
and so much more

“WOAH! How much stuff do I have!?!?”
…somehow over my 19 1/2 years I’ve acquired three car loads worth of stuff.

my word

I’m really not gonna need much but organizers

I hope

Excursion Surreality

Wowzah, do I have great friends, or what!?

Yesterday, Mi Amor & Rizo drove with me to be support for my interview {Which went FABULOUS} and to help move along the Grand Adventure. 

We got a car-load of my stuff into Rizo & my new house, then throughout the day we were able to hang out with friends, visit yummy, unique places, and enjoy the excursions of the day. 

My other roomie is ADORABLE. I cannot wait to be living in this house and get to know her better. It will be so fabulous to be able to style up the place in our way, but also see how she likes our style. Rizo & I already have perfectly blended styles. 

I arrived home, late last night and told my mom, “Its so weird being in the state. With this job opportunity with benefits and how great it’ll be, I feel old, but stuck in this little girl’s body who’s so nervous about ‘entering the real world’. Even though I’ve already had a job for nine months, it just feels like I’m starting with a clean slate…”

I’m really gonna have to work on my math skills–here come the flash cards!!! 
Compounding pharmacies are going to be a WHOLE different ball game, but I’m up for the challenge & learning experience. 
He wants me long term,
which is what I’m looking for too, 
not something I can just ‘fill in’ the cracks. 
I want to have a solid team.

Yesterday just went so well with everything, that its so surreal. 

//sigh\\
I don’t think I’m really ever gonna catch up with myself…
Time is just flying by, 
but I’m TOTALLY in for the excursions of the Grand Adventure. 

Man, I inspire myself…good challenge!

Translucent Times

Yesterday I had a wonderfully long conversation with one of my closest friends; Chelsea Ann. In our conversation pickles came up and I mentioned how I hadn’t had a pickle in so long I couldn’t remember the last time. I woke up this morning and after coming down stairs, I poured cereal into a bowl and opened the fridge for milk, and to my surprise there was a jar in the milk’s spot. I turned it to see the label and it was Vlasic pickles. I laughed and thanked God for the simple gift.
I, of course, ate one and while doing so, wondered why God decides to give us the desires of our hearts (although I don’t know if that pickle was a ‘desire’ but I sure wanted it). For whatever reason, if any, those little things can make an entire day brighter than ever.

.Rainbow sprinkles.
Sprinkles are…

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Overwhelming Readiness

A reflection of herself,
exposed and yet buried within decor,
the home, a window to her soul.

Gifts showered upon her in form of love,
with potential to explode,
she decides its purpose. 

Her new walls will behold her,
in pottery form, picture form, book form…
she rises to the challenge to create herself on the canvas of the house.

Each piece will be of her,
a reflection of her, inspired by her; a gift from friends.
The decor will be her warmth.
Desire to create entangles her curls as they tangle themselves. 

Great minds explode with art opportunity.
Tuesday she will sigh, with the glimpse of her canvas.

~~~

\\I’m ready to be in Grand Rapids, decorating my house with my roommates//

I have been given gifts beyond comprehension.
My church family, my friends, my parents!
Everybody has shown me so much love in their giving,
Their way of preparing me for another life.

…blessed with love, I am.

Zing Zip Bam

Its been a whirlwind of a July!
My brother got married to one of my best friends the end of June and for that weekend my family enjoyed each other’s company.
We had a beautiful end to June 2012.
Right away after the last of my family left on the 1st I packed up two suitcases; one for Cornerstone (week-long band fest) and the other for BayShore Camp (counseling Sr. High for a week).
I spent the first week of July sweating to death by the 100 degree dry heat.
Mi Amor and I volunteered and by doing so, met a lot of neat people…and crazy ones!
It was a blessing to see the bands whose hearts were really in it for Christ; because they all came for free on their own money. Cornerstone’s last year was 2012 so there was a tenth of the poeple there, making it harder for bands to want to come knowing that their only profit was from merchandise.
I went to some brutal concerts with Mi Amor, and our two friends.
I definitely went away having lost a couple pounds and having bruises all over. I did keep up my water intake and began another vegetarian challenge.
It was an amazing week. Memories forever!
Some bands really impacted me with their testimonies and music.
There was a theme concert put on by “Flatfoot 56” which was “Pool Party” so everybody brought their floaties and blow-up palm trees and giant whales and flippers. The stage had a playground slide which ended at the stage’s front. People would slide down and go right into a crowd surf (hardcore).
My big memories were me going into a couple circle pits at different concerts and losing my flipflops and getting my feet completely squished, sweating so much that my hair was dripping…and the creepy thing was, it wasn’t all MY sweat…yes, there were a lot of shirtless guys pushing to the front, where I stood my ground, and was forced to recieve their dripping sweat…bleh..
I discovered some new favorites,
and refreshed myself with past ones.
The week ended with a screwed up back because of the hard ground and only about five hours of sleep every night.
We drove back from Illinois where I drove myself to my house, to only be there for a couple minutes (enough to switch my pre-packed suitcase out with my stanky, rancid Cornerstone bag)
“Hello Mom!
Goodbye Dad!”
Hugs to each of them, and off I went.

Camp was insanely amazing-and a whole lot cooler in temperature.
Having been used to my sweat-filled, boiling heat index, 90 degrees with some lake breeze felt wonderful.
My co-counselor, Ashley & I were overwhelmed with joy, being together for the week. I could not have picked out a better mentor, cabin buddy, or friend that I needed more that week.
We counseled marvelous cabin 12 where a dozen freshmen and one post-senior would dwell.
I’ve never experienced more changes in my life, and visibly in others than the second week in July. God is so good, and so great, and so powerful.
He worked in so many lives, I was overcome by Him.
Ashely & I are both Words of Affirmation and Physical Touch as our love languages, so we were able to communicate and motivate each other quite naturally, without much effort.
I’ve never experience so many compliments and affirming words before in my entire life than I had at BayShore this year.
It’ll be like a drought for the rest of my life…hahaha
We challenged our campers to say/write at least two things to each other and/or other campers that week.
It began that very night after devotions.
The week changed immediately to a positive sanctuary where we encouraged others on in love.
My team for a lip-synch was fabulous and our message was to the song
“Same God” by Newsong
They portrayed it where the same God you experience here at BayShore, that love and security, can still be with you in your world at home or wherever you go from there.
We got fourth place.
It was a great encouragement despite us missing the announced top-three.
I was challenged in an abundance of ways and if I typed all of my details from the last couple weeks, you’d be sitting there at your computer for hours.
After that week, I brought my average to 6 hours of sleep a night for the past 14 days.
.yay me.
A wonderful Taco Bell run with my chica Ashley,
having our one-on-one time, resulted in a fabulous ending to a beautiful week.
I arrived home at 1a.m. send a quick good-night to my mom and slept horribly…my mind was just racing and finally being in my own bed, being able to breathe, of course, I just didn’t sleep well.
Waking up, I took my first REAL shower in two weeks (water spigots and 2 min. cold showers down count for me)
I hopped in the car with my parents and off we went to Ohio for the day.
I was able to chill with some good family friends and then we arrived home at 11p.m.
I crashed.
Sunday I was tired, but was encouraged by others at church and was able to encourage a good friend in his trials as well.
I got home, un-packed BayShore bags, cleaned my room and packed for a five-day getaway with Mi Amor.
He drove the hours with me chatting off his ear about all my events, until we reached his grandparents lake cottage, where they welcomed us with open arms.
Relaxation finally hit my spine as I unwound and inhaled deeply.

Let’s Make it Snappy

Off to Cornerstone for a week-long concert in Illinois!!!! 

Sorry for the sad update, I have SOOO much to blog about..but hopefully the third week in July I’ll have time…actually the fourth, I’m gonna be gone that week too…heh heh

 

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