Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Inside the Devotional of a 7 Year Old.

So, today I found this old devotional from when I was probably about 7 years old. And the things that were written inside were too golden not to share. Please enjoy the following devotional questions, 7-year-old me's answers, and 19-year-old me's sarcastic commentary.

Why do you think God wants you to know His name? 
I think God wants us to know his name we can tell other people about Him instead of just saying "that guy that lives in Heaven."

{Good point, 7-year-old me.} 

Make an acrostic of your name using words across that tell about you.
K: Kind
A: Angelic
Y: Youthful
L: Ladylike
A: Awesome
R: Radiant
O: Obedient
S: Scentful
E: Enchanting

{Can you tell I was super girly?}

Draw a picture or take a snapshot of a family member's nose, ears, mouth, etc.
My mom's nose, lips, and chin:

{The resemblance is really quite shocking.}

Why did God create light?
To do stuff.

{Another great point.}

Why do you think God made the stars so far away?
So they don't set the world on fire.

{Yes, I'm very glad God thought that one through!}

What would you want God to show you if you could see anything?
Samantha (a girl I was playing against on the computer).

{Samantha must have been a pretty special opponent to have beat out Europe or "the future."}

Share a memory with God of a time you've sinned. Ask God to forgive you. If you were mean to a person, ask him or her to forgive you.
I've already done this.

{Well, then.}

Write down the things God saw you do today.
Today, God saw me play on the computer, eat 6 poptarts, play with the puppies, play hula girl, go to the church, Hobby Lobby, Hancock's, my cousin's house, request a song, watch TV, listen to the radio, get ready for bed and write in this book.

{SIX PopTarts?! In one day?! No one wonder Dad won't buy them anymore!}

Do you have quiet places at your home? Where? No!
Plan a time, with your parents' permission, when you can meet with God in one of these places. OK?
Sit in a quiet place and tell God you like to be alone with Him. Sure.

{Is it just me, or is this devotional getting a little bossy?}

How can you know God is real? Look in the Bible.
How do you look for God? In the Bible.
How can you show others God is real? Give them a Bible.

{Well, the Bible DOES have all the answers.}

And then the next 180 pages are blank, because though my answers to these questions have changed over time, my short attention span has remained the same (evident by all the books and devotionals and the like that have been sitting on a shelf or in a box waiting to be finished for years now). Maybe someday I'll get to finishing things...but today is not that day.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I Hereby Declare the Summer of Awesome Fun Begun.

Yesterday was the beginning of summer, according to the ninety degree weather and the surplus of fun that came with it.

Not only was yesterday the end of the stressful last couple of weeks I've had (with finals and helping my mom with her play), it was also the day of the Color Me Rad 5K. Which, if you haven't heard of it before, is awesome and fun and you should sign up to do one.

Basically, it's a 5K (that is untimed so there are no winners or losers and therefore no pressure to run) where you start out looking quite angelic (or albino, whichever) in your clean white clothes, and then 3.1 miles later you come out looking like a rainbow exploded on you. Which is basically what happens; every kilometer or so, you are coated with color. The entry fee is a bit pricey, BUT they donate a portion of the proceeds to charity and you get cool sunglasses and T-shirts and a cargo ship of fun (boatload seems too small a metaphor).

ANYWAY. Don't just take my word for it. See for yourself.

You also get cool tattoos. And you can put them anywhere you please. Including, ahem, 
"over your heart...." 

  Before: Looking fresh in our clean white shirts. Please excuse the innappropriate tattoos.

 After: Rocking the hippie look in our psychedelic tye-dye. Far out.

  Our backs. Mary didn't want you to see mine, apparently.

 Love these girls. Also, in case you can't tell, I have this awesome blue Robert-Downey-Jr-esque 
facial hair thing going on.

We make super cute rainbows, IMHO.

So, as you can see, that was a whole lot of fun. Minus the whole ninety degree weather thing. But one large Sonic cherry limeade later and that was quickly resolved.

Which brings me to another point. Have you heard about Sonic's new milkshake flavors this summer? My summer goal is to try them ALL.*

*Minus the ones with peanut butter, coconut, or bacon in them, because I do not like peanut butter or coconut, and bacon just straight up doesn't belong in a milkshake.

BUT I am greatly looking forward to trying their cheesecake flavors, their cream pie flavors, and their chocolate-covered banana/strawberry flavors. GREATLY. 

I'm also excited to make this summer the best summer of all the summers that ever were. Even better than the summer of '69, which according to that one song was apparently pretty great. But it will be nothing in comparison to the summer of '13.

Yesterday was a great way to kickoff the summer, and in a week and a half, I'll be officially DONE with college, which will be another great continuation of the greatest summer ever.

After that, I don't know what this summer holds in store for me. But whatever it is, it will be stupdendous.

How are you celebrating the Summer of Awesome Fun?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Happiness Abounds.

"Happiness abounds." That sounds so poetic. But it's true. The happiness has been abounding!

Here's why:
  1. I turned in the final copy of my 42 page capstone last Saturday. That's happy.
  2. On Monday, I found out that I made a -- wait for it -- 95 on my 42 page capstone. That's happy.
  3. That means I made an A in the one and only college class I'm taking that actually counts toward my GPA. That's double happy.
  4. Also on Saturday, I went to a friend's wedding. Weddings are happy. 
  5. Today, I found out that my supervisor at work is engaged. Engagements are happy.
  6. Today is also the last day of classes at UTA. That's happy.
  7. Yesterday marked the beginning of May, aka the last month of me being a college student. That, my friends, is happy.
So as you can see, the happiness is in fact abound. It is so abound, and I hope it stays there. Because happiness is way happier than unhappiness. Does the word "happy" sound weird to you yet? It does to me.

Anyway, you all know that I want to be an elementary school teacher, right? If not, you do now. Over this past school semester I have slowly gotten closer to making that a reality and I am SO excited. I've been helping my mom out with her drama class, and got a couple subbing jobs for a second grade class (which was a lot of fun, but you know how kids are with subs -- I am really hoping they'll listen to me more when I'm actually their teacher, haha). And then after I graduate college, I'm going to take the summer off, and then start working on getting teacher's certification. I'll probably also look into doing some assistant teaching with an elementary school teacher.

I feel like I'm not going to know what to do with my life once I graduate. I mean...obviously I'm gonna work. But I'm not going to have homework. What am I going to do in the evenings?! Supposedly your life actually gets busier once you're out of school, but I don't understand that concept yet. I'm freaking out about not having enough to do. I guess I'll find out soon enough.

I don't really have any big events to update y'all on other than that. In a few weeks I'm going to be participating in a color run. Remember the mud run? It's like that, but with colored cornstarch...we're supposed to look like rainbows after it's done. Awesome. I'll be sure to post pictures of that, and anything else that may come my way.

I also have a few random posts in my drafts that I know I keep talking about and not posting. I'm going to work on finishing those, too, haha.

Until then...