The Year in Review

2011 was surprising. I didn’t expect to move back home after graduation. I didn’t know I would be so lonely at times. I didn’t expect to feel so lost without being a student anymore. I’m still not sure how I am moving to Ireland in 10 days. 2011 was international. I went to China and…

Brave

When I have been telling people lately about my upcoming move, usually the conversation goes something like this: Person: What are you up to these days? Me: Well I’m actually moving to Ireland in January. Person: Wow, that’s so cool! Who are you going with? Me: I’m going by myself. Person: You are so brave!…

numbers

5-the number of days until Christmas 5-the number of people at home again 6-the number of shifts I have left at Target 12-the number of days left in 2011 16-the number of days before I leave Texas 20-the number of days before I leave the US 23-the number of days before I arrive in Ireland…

Phil. 1:21

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

La brea ata ann…

means “it’s a lovely day” in Gaelic. Why is it a lovely day? BECAUSE I GOT MY VISA! Praise. the. Lord. (please ignore my sister’s twilight poster in the background)

My God is a God who provides

Hillsong has a song called “Desert Song.” For some reason, I have never liked that song very much, but anyway, there is a line I do love in the song that says “My God is a God who provides.” For months now, whenever worries about Ireland and the future have crept into my head, God…

Don’t get stuck

Shauna Niequist wrote this article originally for RELEVANT magazine called “11 Things to Know at 25(ish).” While I am newly 23, her advice is relevant to all young people, and her philosophy on life really resonates with me. The 11th thing on her list is my favorite,  entitled “Don’t Get Stuck.” Here is an excerpt:…

Visa Status

The Irish consulate just called me and said that the first part of my application has been approved!! All that’s left to do is send them proof that I have a return airline ticket, and medical insurance for the duration of my stay. THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING!!!!!!!!!!

Catholic Authors

Some of my favorite authors about spirituality aren’t Protestant like me, but Catholic, such as Henri Nouwen and Thomas Merton. There are obviously things about Catholicism that I don’t agree with, but I like these particular authors because the way they write is simple and easy to understand, yet profound and beautiful. Today, I stumbled…