Apple Picking, Birthday Blissing, and a Visit from Grandma G

Hey y’all!

Welcome back from break and happy (almost) weekend! Golly, I feel like I could still use an additional week off… For some reason, I have yet to catch up on sleep. I’m one of those people that seems to be most productive during the wee hours of the night. I am always amazed by all that I can accomplish by 1 a.m.…

Anywho, I somehow managed to get some shut eye before midnight for a few of the days we had off, AND do some pretty fantabulous things with the fam when I was not found dozing off on the couch. Not only did I get to spend wonderful quality time with Grandma G (whom, by the way, singlehandedly made the trek to GR from Chi-town last weekend), but I was also blessed with the best b-day one could ask for. The list of amazing wishes that came true, are as follows: a surprise midnight doughnut (thanks, Ang! Seriously, how did I not know about these before?!) tea (AND a muffin) with my bud, a surprise ice-cream cone from my other bud, pizza with my two favorite people (thanks mom and dad!), and a divine chocolate cake. Noticing any pattern…? Okay, okay, maybe I indulged a little bit too much, but ’tis okay. Birthday calories don’t count. Oh yes, did I mention we also went apple picking the next day?! For reals, you would be amazed by one of the beauts I found (reference photo below). I ate that, too.

’till next time-
Emily

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One for the Books

Hey y’all!

All I can say is WOW! This week has been one for the books. Yes, yes, I know – sleep deprived many of us may be, but, life in general has been pretty gosh darn wonderful, filled with ample reflecting time and ah-ha moments. This morning, I even found myself humming the theme song to Jojo’s Circus. You know the one: “Hey, JoJo, what do you say. We all want to know what you learned today” yada, yada, yada. Okay, so maybe that’s just me and how my crazy mind works, but this week has definitely been quite the learning experience. I feel like I’m finally finding my bearings, but, above all, understanding what it means to trust, especially during times of worry and fear.

We are roughly knee deep in our dissection of the Sermon on the Mount, though, I may have read a wee bit ahead from where we are currently at in Chapel (I just couldn’t help myself!). Should you feel so compelled to read on as well, page through to Mathew 6:34. It is here, where you will be greeted with the words: “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

As profound as this statement may be, it is not as easy as it sounds. I am not one of those people that has the fortune of being exalted from all my worry, however, I am putting forth my best effort to keep these words in mind during my own moments of distress. These past few days, I’ve slowly begun to let my guard down, invited more people into my often discombobulated life, danced like a crazy person (and proud of it), and veered out of my comfort zone to be found in the presence of a group of wonderful Hope women. These past few days have provided me with the opportunity to see what life can be if we allow ourselves to trust. I pray that you may also have the opportunity to experience this freedom. Now, go forth and enjoy this marvelous week that is soon to begin. I’ll be eager to hear what unfolds for you.

Sincerely,

You’re fellow Hopester, Emily

Women’s Night Out 2015

Note To Self

Dear Hope,

It’s hard to believe that our third week of classes has already come to a close. Since the start of term, the hours that once felt like days, now pass in a blink of an eye. As I sit at my desk, with my grubby Cubs hat (aka my thinking cap) perched upon my head, I can’t help but file through my mental list of to-dos. With each new item I am reminded of, I tear off a new piece of paper from my dwindling stack of sticky notes, and feverishly scribble down my thoughts. Aside from accumulating in forgotten crevices of bags, backpacks and pockets, I have little reason to believe these reminders have greatly benefited my productivity. If anything, I think I depend on them most as a way to bring control to the chaos my mind is so frequently consumed by.

Though, if there is one thing I most often need to be reminded of, it is that life is so much gratifying when we focus on what truly matters. As college students, we typically have a narrowed perspective of what is important in life- whether it be fulfilling the academic expectations of our family, let alone ourselves, declaring a suitable major and then landing that perfect job. But, if there is one thing I hope to leave you all with, it would be that our lives are not measured or defined by the amount stress we put upon ourselves, in order to achieve perfection or success. Believe it or not, It’s okay if we don’t always have a correct answer to the questions we are so often expected to know- after all, we are students, and eager to learn. As my dad often reminds me during my own moments of weakness, be the best you can be. Take note to learn what it means to live in the likeness of God. Learn from others, grow in patience and kindness, take risks, and enjoy each and every moment, as there is life to be lived.

Sincerely,
Your fellow Hopester, Emily

Thank you Mr. Ben Rector for your timely inspiration #NoteToSelf