Can you believe how long it's been since I've last written??
I know I can't.
So much has happened this year, and it has been so time consuming, which is probably why.. but still, I know that's no excuse.
I'm going to have to start back up, and catch up, on life so far in 2011. But I'm thinking that I won't be able to do it all right now, so maybe just a summary until I have some more time.. :)
Christmas Break was great! I got to spend time with friends and fam at home in the ROC, and then also some time in PA with a few of my favorites! :) But let's just recap from New Year's, since that's far back enough as it is...
New Year's Eve was definitely spontaneous, but it turned out to be a great time! I was hanging out with Tim and Brandon all day, just grabbing food, walking the mall & going everywhere else in the area.. then we all ended up just going back to T's place with both of their families for a New Year's party. We all talked, ate, played games, laughed... Great start to the new year! :)
I was so ready to get back to Liberty to see everyone, since Fall 2010 was awesome! The best Bro/Sis dorms ever! (East 11-2 & 22-2)! The first couple weeks were great just getting back into the swing of things, and seeing everyone again.. & then toward the end of that 2nd week is when things started...
It's been quite a while since I've taken time to ponder and write down my thoughts... so, here we go!
Last time I talked about things was right before Whitehall... Oh. My. Goodness. Campmeeting was absolutely great this summer! (like always!) But since we've gotten older, we've been able to venture out on our own more and discover new things to do. The weather was so cooperative with us, so we were able to go out and cliff, rock & bridge jump multiple times! It was pretty sweet! :) I was able to go out at diff. times with K.Joyyy, Emily, Lexi, Tay and a bunch of the guys. We ventured to Panther Springs, and a few different Rockland locations... which is always fun! ;) And.. this year was also pretty great, just because A.Janie has a cabin too down by ours & K.Joyyy's!!! I have to say that I really LOVED her being down there for all of campmeeting, and I know that mom loves having her sis there too!
When Campmeeting ended, we didn't stay too long after like we normally do, just because I only had about a week to get everything packed and ready before I was Liberty bound again! Once all my goodbye's were said & I was all packed up and ready to go, we were finally on our way back down to the Burg! :) We drove 2 cars, my Ford Escape and the van... (btw, I lovee having my car down here!) and we took off quite earlyy in the morn, and made it here around the middle of the afternoon. And ever since then, I've been loving my time back here in Lburg! :D
God has really blessed me when it comes to quadmates! Last year, we had such a great group of girls in my quad, and this year we all just get along so well! I love 'em! :) Along with our quad, we have a great hall in general.. our leadership is wonderful this year, and we do so much more together as a hall! And then there's our brother dorm.... oh. my. goodness. We couldn't have asked for a better group of guys! (& Godly guys at that.. the bro leadership team is awesome!)
One of the first events that we did with our bros was Panther Falls (which is cliff jumping) & that was a lot of fun.... warm weather, freezing water, but so much fun! ;)
All Night of Prayer (6-7am) & then breakfast at Cracker Barrel with the bros!
After ANOP, we all went to the first football game together (only a few of us in the pic below).. which we won 52-7! Go Flames!! :)
Then last weekend, we went mini-golfing as old-school golfers.. which was pretty awesome :P
AND THENNNN... Yesterday, a group of us went to Devil's Marbleyard and we boulder-mountain climbed for about 4 solid hours.. & it was AMAZING! :) It was probably one of the most fun & awesome things that I've done! There were points when it was rough, but after getting through it all making it to the top.. it was one of the best feelings in the world! It's a feeling that you can't describe unless you've experienced it for yourself.. and to see all of God's marvelous creation from at the peak only makes it better & worth everything! :) *The pictures of the guys in black garbage bags and white head coverings were also from the Devil's Marbleyard adventure yesterday! :)
well... that's all for now folks, but I'll be sure to come back as soon as I can to give you the latest update on life, and what all God's been doing in my life..... but for now, use the pictures listed above to see all of the miraculous works of God, and what He's been showing me over the past few weeks, months & years! :)
With July coming to an end, it can only mean one thing..... WHITEHALL is coming up!! :)
This is one of the things that I look forward to most every year/summer. I know that only God can define who I am, but Whitehall has helped to shape me into who I've become.. & I'm so thankful for that!
There isn't a summer that I haven't been at Whitehall, and I really hope that there never will be. I have some amazingg friends *FOR LIFE* down there that I love dearly! We may not get to see each other as often as we'd all like, but no matter how long it's been since we've seen each other, our friendships are as strong as ever. :)
I'm so excited for Campmeeting this year! It officially starts Saturday, but we're heading down tomorrow... yayy! ;) It's gonna be soo much fun!!
But after Whitehall, my summer is mostly over and done with...
I'll come home for less than a week & then it's back to Liberty!
I'm really looking forward to getting back down there. As much as I like being home in Roc, NY, my home is really starting to be developed down in Lynchburg.
Don't get me wrong... I really do miss my family and a few people up here (along with Elim, my church), but honestly.. that's about it. I let go of things when I left, and didn't have any desire to go back to them. I believe that God puts people in your life for a season, but those certain seasons must come to an end at some point in time.. & those ones did.
During the past year that I've been gone & on my own, God has really started to reveal things to me in ways that I never would have dreamed. Through friends and events, I've begun to see things and experience them for myself, whether they be good or bad.
So.. as I wrap up, let's just say that I'm so looking forward to this next year, all that it will bring and everything that God will continue to reveal to me.