Thursday, April 25, 2013

Words.

So I spoke in High School Chapel last week and you know how sometimes you really don't realize what you're saying might have an impact? That was kind of how I felt. Honestly, I got up there and was just like, "Ok, God. You and me. Speak through me because if it's just me I will sound like an idiot."

I told my story of how I had grown up just knowing I'd be on Broadway and that that had been my dream but how in my last year of college, God closed that door. I wanted to be famous. I wanted my name in lights. But God had other plans. So I just told that story and said that if I had let myself and my dreams get in the way of God's plan, I wouldn't be at BFA and I can't imagine myself anywhere else.

Yesterday, I went to my mailbox and got a bill from the school (woot woot) and a letter. It came from a student that I've just recently gotten to know and it literally took my breath away at how eloquently she wrote. But here's just some of what she had to say:

"Thank you so much for sharing how God worked in your life last chapel. It was a great encouragement to hear how God always gives His children something better than they may ever expect...Your testimony was a wonderful reminder and a great proof of how God truly is faithful and how His plans are so much greater than what we can imagine..."

....blessed.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

I'm Homesick.

There. I let it out. I am utterly homesick right now for my family, my friends, the beach, Disney World (yes, I said it!), and Target (those of you who are expats know what I mean by that!).

I was sitting in my office just now and kind of contemplating what's been wrong the last few days. I've been working out regularly again, eating healthier, enjoying the warm weather, enjoying my kiddos, but something has seemed "off" and I couldn't pin point it. Finally, after seeing a picture someone had posted on FB of my parents, it hit me: I'm homesick.

Here's the thing with transition - just when you think you are over it, something happens to remind you that you are certainly not over it and life is continuing in the States (or Canada or England or wherever you are "from") without you. At least that's how it has been for me lately. Hearing my parents' voice over the phone hasn't been enough. I want to see them. And yes, praise the Lord for Skype and FaceTime, but I want to physically see them.

This is the longest stretch of time I've gone without seeing my family. I still have 2 months (from today to be exact!) to go and although there is plenty to keep me busy here, I really miss them.

Life goes on here and I'm so thankful for the abundance of friends that God has placed in my path. I'm also grateful for the families who have welcomed me into their homes as one of their own.

But nothing beats a hug from my parents.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Vacation

After the month I've had (just read all the previous posts to see how busy it was!), it was time for a much needed vacation getaway. Over here, you can find some pretty great deals through the local grocery store - yep, the grocery store - and so the Wednesday after Easter I along with CB, Erin, and Rachel, headed about 6 hours south to the Italian area of Lake Garda or Gardasee as the Germans would call it. We stayed in a hotel on the lake and not far from other little day trips, including Verona. While the weather was still cloudy and chilly, we made the most of it anyway. Our time away included many morning and afternoon naps, delicious Italian food, and lots of laughter as we drove along the Italian highway. God has certainly blessed me with some very fun friends here at BFA!

Me and Rachel enjoying cappuccinos!

Erin and me posing in front of Verona

You can't hit up Italia without getting pizza!

Fulfilling a childhood dream of seeing Juliet's balcony!