Senior Updates II

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
What am I up to?

I'M GOING TO COLLEGE! I received my admissions decision on December 20th from Furman University, and I am now officially a member of their class of 2022! I know we hear it often, but God is so good. Furman is the only university I legitimately wanted to attend. I wrestled with God in prayer as I awaited my admissions decision, telling him I wasn't going to college at all if I didn't get into Furman or somehow wasn't able to go. I thought that if I gave him an ultimatum, things would go my way. As I got my official acceptance, I realized it had been in the cards all along.

A sweet friend of mine told me this over coffee one evening: God has everything planned out until eternity; he knows what you'll wear tomorrow, where you'll go to college, who you'll marry. This college acceptance was monumental to my human life, but merely a blip on the radar of eternity. He knows it all and I must put my trust in him.

My friend Olivia shared this quote by John Piper: Whenever your heart starts to be anxious about the future, preach to your heart and say, "no, heart. I will not exalt myself with anxiety. I will humble myself in peace and joy as I trust this precious and great promise of God: He cares for me."

- hanging with friends downtown, laughing about where we'll be in ten years. Married with three kids, they joked about me. I laughed as I said, three dogs maybe, but no kids. But really, we just soaked it all in, because there's no way to know where any of us will be in ten years. We all want to make the best of right now.
- brunch celebrating a friend's birthday. how is she nineteen already?! Wasn't it just yesterday when we were playing Hungry in the field in front of the church, playing sardines while our parents were in choir practice, watching disney movies in the basement? oh how time flies.

- celebrating christmas with family: annual christmas party one night, celebrating my grandma's birthday the next, and christmas the next day. I don't have many pictures, because I was trying to relish it all.
       - I received a record player and browsed dad's old vinyls. My favorites of his are Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, and James Taylor.

- I had coffee with the lovely Grace Anne. She is a bundle of joy, a good listener, a talented and animated storyteller--both in writing and verbally-- and so much more. I love living not too far from her and hanging out as often as we can. College, here we come!


I MADE SOME RESOLUTIONS. I decided to exercise more, finish all my homework in the evenings, hit a weekly writing goal. But then I read this post on Jefferson Bethke's (author of Jesus > Religion and It's Not What You Think) instagram. It talks about how we should shoot for a rhythm instead of meeting every little goal. I encourage you to read it (it's not too long) and take it to heart in your goal-making process.

I TURNED EIGHTEEN!!!!! I spent the weekend at Young Life's Windy Gap January 5th-7th. My birthday was the 7th, and since we stayed up so late the night before, when the clock hit midnight my friends surprised me by singing happy birthday (I may have cried). It's weird being eighteen, but it doesn't really feel any different. What feels different is everything that comes along with being eighteen, graduating and going to college and things like that.

This past year has been my hardest: it brought me through times of darkness when all I could do was hold onto the hope that the best is yet to come. It was also my best year yet, and the one that has shaped me the most in my eighteen years on earth. I look forward to how 2018 will shape me, too.

Good things
-the smell of the fraser fur--mom's favorite--as christmas music wafts through the air
-laughing with friends, not worried about the future because of the pure sweetness of the moment
-coffee dates to escape the winter wind, smiles over the rims of mugs and talking about anything and everything
-the promise that the best is yet to come because of the goodness of God's plan and God's grace
-smiles from new friends; we've shared to much to offer nothing in passing
-the feeling of being known, understood, and loved in spite of it, both by God and friends
-hope--the thing with feathers--that gives us so much to look forward to
-Christmas movies, so familiar that we know every word, but we love them anyway
-coffee by an open fire
-a ray of winter sun that holds a glorious promise: spring is coming
-the faithfulness of God, look back at how he brought me through the fire; when a storm comes again, I will remember his grace and his plan and hold onto it with all I have

the history of great things - elizabeth crane

myths and legends podcast
born to run - bruce springsteen
madman across the water - elton john
james taylor - james taylor

the invention of wings - sue monk kidd
the handmaid's tale - margaret atwood
death of a salesman - arthur miller

Let me know what you're up to in the comments! I want to hear all about it!


  1. wow love this and you lots. also thoughts on a handmaid's tale ????????

    1. haven't actually gotten that far into it but I'll let ya know how it goes :)

  2. Somehow I haven't been following your blog??? I could've sworn I was but okay. I'M HERE NOW.

    ahhh congratulations on your acceptance! I'm in that season right now too, looking for acceptances and money and all that jazz.

    I'm reading Death of a Salesman today for school! (Also, I'm with Olivia: how did you like A Handmaid's tale? I've heard mixed things about it)

    1. so glad you're here now, hanne! yes, I'm also reading death of a salesman for AP Lit and I really love it!

      I am praying that your acceptances work out! It's super hard waiting, but it's worth it in the end!

      also, I'm like maybe ten pages into a hand maid's tale but I'll let you know how I like it :)

      thanks for commenting!!

  3. I found this post so inspirational and just WOWOWOW. So, thank you for that. <3 I always love it when you and Grace hang out it makes my soul happy.

    Also; I LOVE YOUR RECORD PLAYER!! And I'm with Olivia and Hanne; How did you enjoy The Handmaid's Tale? I don't know much about it aside from being on Netflix.

    I hope you have a wonderful new year and you are going to do awesome at college. <3

    xx Kenzie

    1. thank you, Kenzie! that means so much to me!

      Thanks for commenting!!

  4. Just realized it’s on Hulu not Netflix. •-•

  5. Coffee dates are THE BEST. I love them so much— the vibrant noise, the warm atmosphere, the fact that there’s pastries to practically oogle over. xD Congrats on your acceptance!!! I’ve heard from three of my schools so far, but I need to hear back from several others before I make a decision. Also, funny you’ve read Death of a Salesman, as my school produced the play during the fall semester. :D

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

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