Wednesday, February 27, 2008

confessions of a teenage blog addict.

I think I should go to Blog Addicts Anonymous. And Facebook Wallstalkers Anonymous.

Had my interview for the Malawi, Africa Trip yesterday. It went well, I will keep posting updates on the process! =]

So Neens texted me this morning saying that Boo Mama was hysterical. I do have to agree, her blog posts have kept me howling all morning.

I made my way into her Africa blogs, from the Compassion Blogging Trip that got back about a week ago. Alot of her posts, along with the other bloggers that went, are about the children in Uganda. I eat it up. Boo Mama mentioned that many of these children have never seen their faces before. I've never thought about that. I take mirrors for granted. Something that I use everyday, and don't think twice about. I see my face in my mirror in the morning, in the multiple mirrors in my car, in store windows (okay, sign me up for I Check Myself Out In Any Reflective Surface Anonymous too please.), and in pretty much every reflective surface. In my defense, I am not vain. Just a teenage girl.

But still. That little thought, that many children living in poverished nations have never seen their own faces. Their own beautiful smiles, and the eyes that make me tear up, even when I just see the pictures. I'm going to be a basketcase when I actually get to see these faces up close and for real. And put names with them. Names that I will never forget.

I cannot wait.

It also occured to me last night that in about 90 days I will:
-be a SENIOR.
-be getting on a plane to go out of the country for the first time. To a country that I've only read about on the internet.

Oh my lanta, I cannot wait.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

things that make me tick.

In a burst of creativeness, I decided I would do a "random" blog post. =] Here goes.

Three Things That Make me Happy:
1. sunshine, windows down, sunroof back.
2. candid kindergartener comments.
[favorite to date: but ms. amberly, how did you get your car in a shopping bag if you bought it yourself?]
3. friends =]
Three Things That I Look Forward To:
1. Missions
2. College
Three People That I Admire:
1. My mom
2. Neens
3. Heather

Three Pet Peeves:
1. Not knowing the time
2. AP classes
3. Wearing shoes

Songs That Will Change Your Life:
1. Say It: Britt Nicole
2. My Lovely: Joel and Luke
3. Human: Jon McLaughlin

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Please Put Me On A Plane.

I think I'm developing this awful habit of sitting infront of the computer for hours looking at blogs. Its not so much the blogs that are the awful habit, it's the procrastination that i'm doing that's the awful habit. Oh well.

My applications for the Malawi trip in June are turned in. My passport is applied for, my sponsor letter is in the oven. I cannot wait.

So the past hour and a half has been dedicated not to Union kids this time (although yesterday and the day before that, it was. =]), but to the group that is currently in Uganda with Compassion. I blog hopped all afternoon. Its safe to say that I'm addicted.

Pictures and video always get to me. The dreams of these kids in Uganda that are living in poverty make me smile. A young boy wants to be an engineer. A mother hopes her son will be a doctor, so he can help the people in his village. Many parents want their children to get a strong, formal education so they can break out of the cycle of poverty of their villages. With the help of Compassion, these children are being sponsored by families in the United States. Families of these children are visited monthly by a Compassion "networking" friend, who keeps folders on each child in the village, along with charts of growth, pictures, and goals for the family and for the child.

The hope that fill the eyes of the Ugandan children is incredible. The smiles are captivating. I cannot wait for the Malawi trip. I know God will do BIG things. Because He's my God, and my God does big things.

I, I am small but You,

You are big enough

I, I am weak butYou,

You are strong enough to

Take my dreams

Come and give them wings

Lord with You

Nothing I can not do

Nothing I cannot do

I wanna feed the hungry children

And reach across the farthest land

And tell the broken there is healing

And mercy in the Father's hands

-Set The World On Fire: Britt Nicole

Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Spirit of Union U

Union University has quickly become a school that is being talked about across the nation. On Feb. 5, 2008 a tornado cut through the campus just outside of Jackson, TN.

I have spent the last 2 1/2 hours looking through pictures, news stories, and Facebook posts from students. It's incredible.

God was TOTALLY on that campus, protecting each and every one of the students.

Three months ago, I went to Union for a preview day and totally fell in love. After seeing the countless pictures of the campus now, I am still in love with Union.

The people are what caught my attention. They genuinely care about each other, and that's something special.

I am more sure now than ever, that I want to go to Union University in a year and a half.

The Lord is totally and completely there. Ain't no doubt about it.

Union's in our prayers! Love you guys!