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The Story Behind My Mom’s Bird Painting

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After I posted Christmas at the Caravan, I received the following comment about the bird painting I did for my mom’s Christmas present:

jenna @ dearest love asked:

That painting is beautiful!! I’m so crazy about hot air balloons. What is the inspiration behind it? I’d love to know! It looks like you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!
Thanks for linking up with the coffee date!!

Well, Jenna, I’m very glad you asked because the inspiration behind the painting is very special to me.

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Top Pins & Wins- Christmas Edition

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To celebrate- Finishing college and graduating!

On Saturday December 20th, I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in English!! It was a really fun weekend of celebrating with my family and friends. We all went out for lunch together after the ceremony, and it was a wonderful way to spend my last day with them. I will miss them SO MUCH because after you live down the hall from people, have most of your classes with them, and share meals, they basically become your family. Thankfully, my parents’ graduation present to me was an iPhone 6!!!! I am stoked because I have never had a legit phone before. I have always texted on a free texting app on an old iTouch, and I can only make calls from my GoPhone (which is charged by the minute and for every time it’s turned on). I was so worried about how I would be able to call and text my family and friends after I move, and now, I have unlimited call minutes and texting and access to emails, Facebook, and more from anywhere I am!

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To watch- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

On Tuesday night, a few friends and I went to see the last Hobbit movie. It was fantastic!! I wish there would be many more. I especially liked the part at the beginning with Smaug and the part with Galadriel and any part with Kili (he’s so handsome).

To change- My hair! It’s red(ish) now.

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To enjoy- My Christmas tree at home

This year, it’s extra cool because my sisters added tunnels for the train.

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To eat- Salted caramel ice cream

When my family and I went out to eat on Friday night, we had locally made salted caramel ice cream for dessert. It was so rich and delicious!

To listen to- Rainy Day playlist

To wear-

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TOP CHRISTMAS PINS

To make-

Snowflakes

To eat-

Gingerbread Men Chocolate Cream Cookies | #christmas #xmas #holiday #food #desserts

To drink-

Upgrade your hot chocolate with these 18 amazing flavor combos

To give-

“I Miss You A Latte” Gift | 15 Easy Gifts You Can Put In A Mug

To do with kids-

It's a Christmas Eve box :) They get new pjs, a Christmas movie, hot chocolate, snacks for the movie, etc!

To decorate-

Most Creative DIY Christmas Trees Ever

To remember-

To see more of my Christmas pins, click HERE.

And to see more of my Pinterest, click below.

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Merry Christmas!

Comments are always welcome.

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Post-Grad Reading List

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With graduation only a month away, I’ve started thinking about the books I want to read when I won’t have papers to write and other assignments to turn in. One of the funny (but true) facts about being an English major is that there is hardly time to read everything you want to. Therefore, I’ve been collecting suggestions from professors and English major friends and here is the list I came up with.

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1. The Road Cormac McCarthy

The Road

I cannot even begin to explain how badly I want to read this. The English professors and students at my university constantly talk about it, and I’ve enjoyed the other McCarthy pieces I’ve read– All the Pretty Horses and the play The Sunset Limited. I’ve heard The Road is rather violent (even the movie trailer is scary), but it’s dystopian/apocalyptic so I will probably love it. 

2. Till We Have Faces C. S. Lewis

Till We Have Faces

I’m not really sure what to expect with this book, but my best friend (who knows me quite well) promises I will love it since I love ancient myths. For C. S. Lewis books, I feel like it’s usually hit or miss (since I’m not a huge fan of the Narnia books), but I did like what I read of The Screwtape Letters.

3. Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment

I started reading this book for a Russian lit class I took and would have finished it if there had been time. Since the story is from the perspective of the murderer, readers know the answer to the mystery from the beginning but are able to watch it unfold to all of the other characters. Like Notes from the Underground (which is fascinating!), Crime and Punishment explores human nature and corruption. From what was discussed in class, I got the impression that this book has a similar tone to Les Miserables.

4. Life of Pi Yann Martel

Life of Pi

I mainly want to read this because I am obsessed with the film. I like a lot of movies, but if I had to pick an ultimate favorite in terms of screenplay, acting, and artistry, it would be this one. I love the interesting perspective on religion and, of course, the philosophical implications of the ending. Hopefully, the book will be as good, if not better!

5. Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God

I read a short story called “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston for my English II class a few years ago, and it made me want to read more of her work. Their Eyes Were Watching God is well-known and another favorite among English professors.

6. Moby Dick Herman Melville

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

I know Moby Dick is supposedly a big deal, but I never really cared about reading it myself until I saw the trailer for the film set to come out next year. Basically, I love anything that has to do with the sea and sea creatures and sailing and whales. If I were going to pursue further scholarship in grad school, I might study the co-relation of whale vs. man themes in literature like Moby Dick, The Old Man and the Sea, and the biblical narrative of Jonah.

7. Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Love in the Time of Cholera

In English II, I read Of Love and Other Demons, which is another Marquez novel about a twelve year-old girl accused of demon possession and a thirty-something year-old priest who has an affair with her. I know it sounds like the most twisted book ever, but I learned so much about literary analysis from that experience. Hence, I am determined to subject myself once again to the amazing power of Marquez’s imagery, symbols, and magic realism (which is, like, the coolest thing ever).

8. Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre

I am not entirely sure why I added this, but I know it’s immensely popular so I feel like I need to read it and form an opinion on it. Also, if I’m not mistaken, it’s about a slightly crazy woman, which sounds intriguing from a feminist literary theory perspective. Is she insane from the patriarchal perspective only? Does it represent how women are viewed by men in society? So much to find out!

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I’m pretty sure I will start with The Road, but after that, I’m not sure which book will come next! And if I feel like it, I may do a review. 

Have a blessed week.

Is. 41:10

My First Week of School in Outfits

 

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 Monday September 1, 2014

 

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 Tuesday September 2, 2014

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 Wednesday September 3, 2014

An Update- How I Ended My Summer

After I finished my online classes and work for the summer, I had about two weeks before I had to come back to school. Here are several things I did that wrapped up my summer:

1. My costume adventure is over (at least for now).

Considering how much work I have left to do on my costume, I decided to put it aside for now. If you aren’t sure what costume I’m referring to, it’s my Candyland costume. With two jobs and homework every day, I was only able to finish most of the headpiece and the stick. I didn’t finish any of the actual dress. I have stored the pieces and will try and pick it up again at a time when I can actually make progress on it.

2. I had a super fun sleepover with my sisters.

Before I headed back to school, I wanted to do something extra special for my little sisters so I decided to surprise them with a sleepover. They had been wanting to see the new Pirate Fairy movie so we rented that and watched a few others while coloring and eating lots of junk food (because that’s what sleepovers are all about, right?). It was a total surprise to them and a really nice way to spend some time together before I left.

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3. I attended the Global Leadership Summit.

The GLS is one of my favorite things about summer, and for the fourth year in a row, I was able to hear some of the brightest and most inspiring speakers the world has to offer, such as Carly Fiorina, Patrick Lencioni, Jeffrey Immelt, Susan Cain, Tyler Perry, and Louie Giglio. The GLS encourages leaders to take the initiative to get better at what they lead in order to increase their influence and grow their organization. 

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Here are a few of my favorite notes from the conference:

Carly FiorinaFormer CEO of Hewlett-Packard-

“The highest calling of leadership is to unlock potential.” 

“Jesus went among the poor because they had potential, not because He felt bad for them.” 

Patrick LencioniBest-selling Business Author; Founder and President, The Table Group-

“Why should someone be a leader? Because they want to sacrifice themselves for the good of others.” 

“People don’t want us to be perfect; they want us to be human.” 

Allen Catherine KaginaCommissioner General, Uganda Revenue Authority-

“We cannot allow prayer to be a crutch to do nothing.”

“If you’re not going to do anything about the answer, don’t ask.” 

Louie GiglioPastor, Passion City Church; Founder of the Passion Movement-

“The goal is not to get up the mountain but to fall in the arms of Jesus.”

“Embrace the darkness because God is preparing you for a greater role in His unfolding story.”

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And that just about sums up my short summer! I’m all moved into college now and have started classes. This semester, I’m taking Contemporary Novels, American Literature, Evangelical Theology, and Cultural Geography, as well as participating in Great Abandon Dance Ministry and working in the English Department!

My room/bed:

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Last first day:

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