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Follower of Jesus Christ. Lover of people. Lover of animals. High Point University graduate. Appalachian State graduate. High school English teacher. AXΩ.

Reflecting on 2013

2013 When I think of 2013, a few big things stand out to me. * I read my first full Nicholas Sparks book - Safe Haven. It pretty much changed my life, and I still have to write a post about why I love the book and the movie so much! (I saw the movie six times in theatres. Luckily a few of those were at the dollar theatre!) *Some friends and I started a Bible study called GPS after a deep discussion at Carolina's Diner one night over Christmas break.  The group has been pretty awesome, and I'm looking forward to seeing it grow and do great things. We've met almost every week this year. *Me and Ashley had a fun trip to Myrtle Beach together and stopped in Southport on the way home so I could see where Safe Haven was filmed :) *In April, Libby Hill closed. I had worked there for four years and been eating there since I was born. It was a High Point staple for like 50 years.  Honestly, it was one of the hardest things I've ever gone through. When you get so used to a place and …

All These Things and More

These pictures are in no particular order, but these are some of the fun Christmas things I've been up to over the past couple of weeks!



Tonight we made stockings! The stockings are like $1.00 at Hobby Lobby and $1.00 for a pack of two at the dollar store.


Grace and I made wreaths and other Pinterest-inspired Christmas crafts a few weeks ago!
Wreath on my door ^^ Wreath on my brother's door ^^ 

Ornament I made :) Close-up of our tree in the apartment. Our initials! CHRISTMAS TREE IN OUR APARTMENT! We had so much fun decorating it. (Note the decoration on Kacie's door!) It wouldn't be Christmas without a red glittery bow on the front of the Black Pearl!
Oh, and Honeygirl got a Christmas tutu...
and we went to the Jamestown Christmas parade. She loved it.  ELLIE <3 High Point Christmas parade in my snazzy red pea coat. Family Christmas kickoff party, matchy-matchy with Jonathan. Getting our tree for our apartment! We got it at a little tree lot run by the Boone…

How it Feels to Be Done With School Completely

Surreal.

Because I've been in school for so long, it seemed like this day would never come. Not that I've been counting down the days or anticipating it. No, I've always enjoyed school and enjoyed learning. 
I will say, though, I'm a good learner, but not the best student sometimes. This semester really showed me how much I really just need to graduate. And the importance of not procrastinating (no matter how much I love the adrenaline rush of living on the edge and barely getting my assignments done in time) The motivation just hasn't been there to write papers and give presentations. I've been in school for TWENTY years! So it's good that I'm graduating right now. 
I just left my last class of my graduate career. I turned in my last paper at 8:00 this morning. It's not the best paper I've ever written. At all. But the important thing is that I'm finally done! So how do I feel now? How do I feel now, sitting in the library NOT doing homewor…

Somethin' Worth Leaving Behind

Now that I'm starting to see the light at the end of the graduate school final exams and papers tunnel, I feel like I can write a bit. On Monday, I subbed in a fifth-grade classroom. I don't usually like to do elementary school. This is gonna sound horrible, but it just takes so much effort! I'm trained in English first, then secondary education. So I don't know much about lunch choices and moving clothespins up and down a behavior chart and I'm especially bad at fractions ( I can't do elementary school math, don't judge me!). So on Monday I went in, did the best I could with the fifth grade morning routine, and made it through the first few parts without having to do too much (again, I know I sound horrible, but it's finals week and I was basically half dead from Thanksgiving break too).  When we got to the Language Arts portion of the day, the lesson plans said that the kids had already read this story called "Leonardo's Horse," and they w…