Wedding

A couple weeks ago I participated in my cousin’s wedding. She was a beautiful bride- a greek goddess really!

The reception was in a bike shop (minus the bikes). I LOVED the flowers. The rainbow idea was so original and turned out beautifully! Plus, I loved being able to take some of them home!

 

Falling For You

It is almost October and the leaves are beginning to change color.

The switch to weather in the 50′s has been a bit of an adjustment for me, but I am so excited for Fall. I have not experienced many (Falls) in my life, but I love it. The trees are so beautiful and the air is so crisp. I love that we are still able to be outside, perhaps cuddling up in a blanket, or by a fire. Last fall I was introduced to the Salted Caramel Mocha at Starbucks and fell in love.

But as I think about Autumn, watch the leaves beginning to fall and hear the different quotes about fall-love, I have been thinking a lot about God’s love. Every time I hear a sermon or read about God’s love for us, it blows me away. When I think about my love for God, I cannot say I have the same reaction. Just like in any relationship, our relationship with God is an investment. Investing our hope, trust, and love in God, is the safest, surest and most rewarding place.

I have challenged myself to fall in love again. Sometimes I get tired of hearing the typical sermons and my heart is complacent towards the love of God. I pray that God will stir up my heart and rekindle my passion and love for Him. I want to fall for Him all over again and continue to do so for the rest of my life. He is my first love and the reason for love. He warms my heart and soul more than any blanket, fire or Salted Caramel Mocha ever could.

Ephesians 3:17-18

“And I pray Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is.”

 

Back in Action

Wow! It has been awhile since my last post. So much has happened!

Life has been a whirlwind. The end of summer was really busy saying goodbye to family, packing up and preparing for school. Not only that, I became an RA this year in Madsen Hall! I had to come early to school for training and the Student Leadership Retreat. It was a great time and really great to be back on campus. Trinity is honestly home for me right now. The saying “home is where the heart is” is true for me. Home is wherever my people are. And there are so many people here that I love.

Adjusting back to school is always a little rough, but the good news is: I survived! It’s good to be back and catching up with old friends, making new ones, and watching Football games again.

A Taste of My Life

July 4th Parade in Cherryvale, IL with my sister, niece and brother.

I have really enjoyed cooking more this summer! I don’t know if cookies count. but they sure turned out delicious.

Below are pictures from when I cooked a REAL meal of lemon pepper chicken. It’s no masterpiece, but I’m taking baby steps. I loved hosting my friends Hillary and Amanda for dinner and a movie the other night. I hadn’t seen them since our Chi9 reunion. They literally ate everything. No food was left over. haha I love my crazy friends! It is always good to catch up, laugh and just enjoy one another’s company.

                     

Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

I am so thankful for the amazing summers I have been blessed with. There are so many wonderful memories that have been made over the years. I definitely miss the days when my whole family could travel the world together.

This summer has been a little different for me. It is my first summer working and my first full time job. It is also my first summer of staying in one state for the most part (minus a couple trips). I’ve been sorta stuck in one place, yet at the same time, moving around every single weekend for family, friends and events. Needless to say, it has been quite tiring.

Now I realize that I am doing some real complaining here because many have not had the same opportunities to travel like I have. And, I also understand the blessing of NOT moving around so much.

As summer goes on and we work, plans flop, and we are just plain tired or bored, lets remember how blessed we really are! I know I need an attitude check. It is important to take a step back and get a new perspective. Look at all God has blessed you with, the small and big, and be thankful!

I am thankful for…

1. The opportunity to travel

2. Family get togethers

3. A place to stay

4. A full-time well-payed job

5. Time to rest

 

Chicago Botanical Gardens

My sleepy nephew, Ty. He’s so adorable. And he’s sporting the onesie I bought him that reads: “I just did 9 months on the inside.”


My niece, Aria, pensively staring at a pond in the beautiful English garden. Probably one of my favorite gardens in the park.

 

Everyone should visit the Botanical Gardens at least once, especially if they live in the area. It is so beautiful! I love God’s creation.