Thursday, March 5, 2015

Quick Israel Update

The Sea of Galilee

Hello, all! 
Well, I made it safely to Israel in spite of travel delays. I am currently typing on my phone, so forgive the spelling and punctuation errors.
Anyway, I am just popping in to say that you can follow me on instagram to get updates on my trip. I am using instagram to keep my family updated, as well, so I will hopefully be posting every day. 
I hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Counting down the days

I woke up, and suddenly February is almost over. It's been a full month. Lots of reading to do for school; discovering how much I enjoy watching the show Friends; falling in love with colorwork knitting; crying so much some nights because of big decisions.

But especially, I have been counting down the days to my Israel trip. I am ecstatic about it! I am going with my class as part of the Israel and Archaeology program I am in this year at college. We leave on Tuesday and return on March 15, so I won't be on here (...because I posted so much this month...). I hope you all have a wonderful first couple of weeks of March, and I cannot wait to share my adventures with you all.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thankful Thursday // 5

66. My professor who gave me a ride to visit my sister so that I didn't have to take trains and taxis.
67. Having the opportunity to visit my sister and watch her school's musical (Fiddler on the Roof).
68. Silence in the library. A good kind of silence, not the scary Doctor Who kind.
69. Handmade scarves and other gifts from sweet friends that remind me of them every time I wear or use them.
70. The fresh, crisp, pure air of winter days.
71. Surviving travelling by myself.
72. Yarn sales and discounted yarn.
73. Friends whose conversation makes time move faster while working in the cafeteria.
74. Movie nights with the girls in my dorm.
75. Singing praise and worship songs in the shower is a wonderful way to start the day.

P.S. Please vote for Megan Kelsey and her fiance, Justin, to win an amazing wedding package from Katelyn James here. The video they made tells their story, and they deserve to win! 

Monday, February 2, 2015

a blog award

The lovely Miss Abbey Noelle tagged me in a "You're amazing and so is your blog" award, and here are her questions!

What is the car of your dreams?

A Volkswagen bus. I have wanted one of these as long as I can remember, back before Pinterest told everyone that they are cool. ;)

What's your jam? (aka favorite song of all time)

Oh, boy. I am awful at choosing favorite songs, books, movies, etc, and my favorites change over time. But so far as songs that I always have and always will jam out to, I would say Disney and gospel music.

Best bit of advice someone has ever given you? 

Hmm...I honestly don't know.

Do you prefer light, pastel colors or darker, jewel tones?

During this time of the year, I like darker tones, but during the summer I gravitate more towards lighter colors. When it comes to wearing colors, I tend to stick to darker colors because they look better on me.

If you could go back in time, what era would you go to?

Probably the Regency period, around the Jane Austen era. I would love to observe what life was really like during that time. 
Or possibly ancient Rome.
Or the 1950's.
Basically, I want a Tardis so I can go everywhere in time. ;)

Would you rather spend a week in a busy city filled with excitement + people, or in the quiet countryside surrounded by the beauty of nature?

The quiet countryside. I love being able to retreat into the stillness of nature. I don't think I was made for city life. 

Well, I am really bad at answering questions, apparently. But now, I have questions that I would love for all of you to answer in the comments, and if you would like to answer them on your blog, let me know! Here it goes...

When you are on the internet, do you keep a lot of tabs open or try to keep it to a minimum?
Tea, coffee, both, or neither?
What kinds of books do you like to read?
Facebook , Twitter, or neither?
What are some of your favorite scents?
What are your top three favorite colors?

Answer away!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thankful Thursday // 4

45. Reconnecting quickly with people after coming back to school.
46. Being able to spend time with both sides of the family over Christmas break.
47. New books to read,
48. Rediscovering favorite old books.
49. Adventures with "Jess and the Em" - my friends Jessica, Emily, and I decided one night to order pizza, drove during a gorgeous sunset to pick it up, and watched Captain America.
50. Watching Parks and Recreation which always makes me feel better.
51. Professors who really care.
52. My Jesus I Love Thee by Selah

53. Hymns in any form.
54. Getting to try new things like silk painting and making quill pens,
55. Friends who are always there to listen, sympathize, and give advice.
56. Comfort foods like chili and homemade cornbread being served in the cafeteria.
57. Comfort knitting projects like garter stitch scarves.
58. The library where I can escape into the quiet and stillness. 

59. Conversations that really make me think.
60. Compliments and praise when I work hard.
61. Fruit-infused water.
62. Loose leaf tea.
63. Inky pens that write smoothly.
64. Taking the time to play the violin. I desperately miss playing the piano here at school, so I love making music in other ways.
65. RA's that buy us pizza on the weekends.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Why do we feel ashamed when we don't know about some book/movie/pop culture trivia/whatever? So what if I haven't read Harry Potter or listened to Mumford & Sons or know who Taylor Swift is currently dating or not dating? So what if I am not in love with that one band you love?

Why do I act make other people feel silly or ashamed for not having seen my favorite movie?

What is so wrong with not constantly keeping up with the latest and greatest everything? Where in the Bible does God tell us to keep up with what everyone else is doing?

It's a vicious cycle. Someone makes me feel less-than because I don't know about a certain movie, then because of how I feel I try to make myself feel better by ridiculing someone else. This needs to end.

I have no inspiring words to end this rambling with. I just want to say that I want to stop feeling ashamed and making others feel that way. We all have our own tastes, so naturally we haven't all seen, heard, or read the same things. And that's okay.

Monday, January 26, 2015

weekly wrap-up // learning and awkwardness

reading // Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman // The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie // various blog posts: Nothing Wrong with Being Wrong // Paper Castles // The Answer is You // A Recipe for a Relaxing Day //

listening // my Les Mis Pandora station that I have trained to play only Les Mis songs // The Way You Look Tonight and Nessun Dorma by Chris Botti // Glory to His Name and My Jesus I Love Thee by Selah //

watching // Emma Approved (again...I love this web series) // Arrow // The Flash // Parks and Rec // (all my shows are coming back this month!)

learning // not everything is a competition // it's okay to take time to be alone even when people ask me to do things with them // just sitting down to sing and play hymns is so refreshing // color coding things simplifies my life //

awkward // saying "thanks" in reply to "How are you?" when I really meant to say "Good, thank you, and how are you?" // almost falling on my face thanks to icy sidewalks // having someone hold the door open for you but thanks to the small size of the door you have hardly any room to walk through ahead of them // trying to sneak multiple pieces of fruit out of the cafeteria without anyone seeing //

exciting // Etsy sales // making plans to get together with my older sister this weekend // evening classes being cancelled due to snow // snow in general //

What have you been up to this week?