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14 days : 14 stories : 1 pair

Day 14 : Squirrels for Life

Being in Tulsa for a time during finals has been pretty wonderful, especially when I get afternoons with this loon

Abbey has been my main squirrel since high school, and I love that things never change. We may have new things to bring to the table, but for the most part we can sit back, relax, take down a couple slushies from QT and just laugh forever. Nothing could make finals week better. I mean, do I want to go back and finish finals now after this lovely afternoon? Of course not. BUT freedom is soon and I will be back, Brookside.

Day 13 : My Panda

This is Apanda and she’s my Norman mama

Yesterday was my last Sunday at Elijah House for the next 3 months. Now, I will not complain because where I am going and what I am doing this summer is a dream come true and an answered prayer, but I feel I am still allowed to be a little sad and a little tender about leaving this place. This house. And especially this lady.

Amanda has been one of my greatest friends and mentor this past year and to say that she has been my rock would be an understatement. Through thick & thin she has been my greatest encourager and has always, always, pointed me towards the Lord as my ultimate comforter. I am thankful for her loving guidance and her daily affirmation in who I am and who the Lord says I am. House church with you, Amanda, has been a huge blessing but LIFE with you has been super sweet. I’ll miss you the world, friend. Don’t you replace me with Meredith just yet! Even though that may be an equal if not greater trade off ;)

Day 12 : Batch-elorette Y’all

She ain’t single & she ain’t ready to mingle BUT you could probably talk her into a pringle.

Saturday night we celebrated my wonderful sissy with her bachelorette party - and it was a party indeed. All of her best girl friends were there including both of Trent’s sisters and we spent the night celebrating Jessie and her no longer life of single-hood. 

Taylor and I (Trent’s younger sister) on the other hand embraced being the youngest, and the only single ladies at the party. We’re young and free Y’ALL ARE OLD AND JEALOUS OKAY!? BACK OFF

 Needless to say, I had a blast partying with my sis and jumping all around with celebration. Can’t wait for August 3rd!!

I don’t think you ready for this jelly

Day 11 : Flying By

Time truly has flown by. 

I studied abroad last semester, so it really does feel like I just got here. But it is still blowing my mind that I am moving out of the Theta house for good as an almost senior in college. What the what happened

My first year in Theta was last year with my best friends Quincy & Ranya. We lived in potentially the smallest room in Theta back in a dark corner on the second floor and I had some of the best times of my life with them. The memories of late night McDonalds runs with my girl Q (still to this day, holla) and finding Ranya asleep on the floor instead of her bunk countless times will never be forgotten. We were really livin’.

This year I lived with the two coolest people I know - Klein & Corbs. One of which is a pageant queen & the other is a personal trainer, it’s fine. They call me the hipster which compared to their titles is less impressive, but we have a lot of love for each other. So much love that one time we ate a whole pazooki platter in one sitting and loved every second of it. Except maybe the hour after…nah still loved it.

Pillow talk with these two was never dull and I will miss laughing and dancing with them for no good reason. I will miss Klein asking to go to Donut King at 12 every night. I will miss Allie and her religious 10pm bedtimes. I will just miss the good times. 

May the next keepers of The Jungle keep it well. 222 forever

Day 10 : Dgroup Finale

We finally did it.This is my dgroup, and yes I have written about them a lot and in the past 14 days, they’ve probably made up 10% of my posts, BUT for good reason. They are the best - and I mean on the ‘higher end of the best spectrum’ best. 

We had been planning a “grand finale” sunrise dgroup since day 1 (since before Sara - praise the Lord she joined da club) and now all together we got to share the sunrise on Wednesday morning talking about the past and dreaming of the future. 

We talked about where the Lord had brought us this past semester and prayed for what we hope to come in this season of summer. There is nothing more encouraging than to see the growth of people you love and have walked with for a semester of time and see where they are now, and reflect on where you are now. It has been a dream come true hanging with these girls and playing really (reaaaaally) bad pranks. They have been some of my greatest joys.

Can’t wait to hug their necks in August and see what the Lord did with their summer.

Day 9 : Meal of the Week

Early evening, chinese, banana pudding & friends. 

Oh and the sunset and two Bonner boys and a couple beards and soccer

I was invited to Meal of the Week on my girl Mary Beth’s front porch and it was the greatest part of my day. The weather was perfect, the conversation was flowin’ and the laughter was full. I love being a part of a community who loves to spend time together.

We don’t just meet on Sundays, high five then leave until the next week. We spend quality time together, getting to know each other and getting to love each other. It makes life in college so encouraging - because college is hard, life is hard, but life with someone else is beautiful and fun.

Day 8 : Case of the Mondays

Monday started off beautifully - early morning, sunshine, documentary about Walt Disney then BOOM outta no where, anxiety anxiety anxiety.

This semester I think anxiety has become one of my biggest weaknesses. I have fallen to the power of anxiety quite a bit in the past months more than ever probably, and I have been thinking on why that is.

And I know why that is - because my trust is little.

Anxiety & fear is saying “You can’t do it, God.” So I will. Which is hilarious of me because I’m pretty awesome at falling to my knees at the end every time begging for help. And he always does. And I tend to forget. And the cycle continues.

God blessed me with a friend who blessed me with Romans this morning, and it goes a little something like this:

"But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, and you trust him to do it-you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked -well, that trusting him to do it is what gets you set right with God, by God, A sheer gift." Romans 4

"We know who he is and we know who we are: Father and child. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us-an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him." Romans 8

There it is, folks. The promise of our Saving Grace, our Salvation, our Provider & our Papa. He is always worthy of our praise.

What else made the day greater was support from my friends-this one in particular. There is nothing but joy with this gal & I love to sing badly on the top of my lungs with you, Mac mac.

Day 7 : Community

These my peeps right here.

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This is the Elijah House. We have grown into a mighty bunch, this group, and I like to call them family - every one.

There is not one person in this photo whom I have not been blessed by. Really, this group of people changed my life and completely transformed my view of the world, the view of my God and the view of His love for me. 

What I love most about this family is that everyone is so different. It is beyond evident that the Lord handpicked every single one to be in this place at this time, waiting for others to join us in the Race. In the same way as in Acts 1 when Jesus visits his disciples after death & asks them the ultimate question - “will you fight the good fight?” - I feel like Jesus does that for us every Sunday. He meets us in the Boyd’s house and asks us daily “Elijah House, will you fight the good fight?” and collectively as a body we scream YES! because we do.

And it is beautiful.

And we love every minute.

I will sing praises everyday and give thanks for this community all the days of my life. Thank you Lord for these people, and thank you Lord for this home.

Day 6 : Festival & Friends

Last night, my friends & I hit one of our favorite events of Spring - the Norman Music Festival. 

This is sadly the only shot I got of our crazed night, but it pretty much sums it up. 

Ranya, Josh, Eric & I walked amongst the doobies & drag queens (when at NMF) and enjoyed a night of undercover bands, lost of dog pettings (Ranya) and, best of all, RIDE RIDING! We never ride the rides at Norman Music Festival but this year we did, and it. was. awesome.

This picture was actually taken minutes after Ranya & I rode this octopus ride with Josh & Eric and we both wanted to throw up. 

Needless to say, the night was success with friends & fun. One more NMF for the books

Day 5 : Girl Power, Always

Again, behind. Please join me with your imagination that this is from Thursday.

Today the ladies of my family came to visit Norman, and by the ladies I mean Mom, Sister & both Grandmas - party in Nompton y’all!

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Why did the family swarm Norman on this lovely Thursday afternoon you ask? Oh for beautiful reasons - my sister tried on her wedding dress - YES! She tried it on for the first time a couple of months ago and today, she tried on her dress with vail and all. Needless to say, everyone was giddy and excited. We all are, really. 

This is such a fun season to watch my sister in because you can see how truly in love she is with Trent. One of my favorite things is to sit around a table with the whole family and watch Trent & Jessie interact. It’s as if they were always meant to be and they finally, finally, found each other. 

It’s the sweetest thing when you see a Christ-centered relationship come to be, even in the craziest of circumstances (MATCH.COM Y’ALL JUDGE ‘EM OR JOIN ‘EM). But all in all, their relationship has been a testament to God’s love for these two people, and their marriage is going to be the party of a lifetime celebrated by all - even our angels in heaven. 

All this to say, the ladies had a good time in Norman and we are all having a great time planning this wedding, the crazy & the calm. I would also like to make a quick shout out to my mom for letting us kite her - how hilarious.

Wouldn’t have it any other way.