coffee date three

so since i haven’t done one of these in a while, and since i forgot to do this month’s gratefulness entry in my bullet journal, i thought i’d write all the blessing God has given me here!!

first of all, the things i am grateful for today: i got ALL the harry potter books (yes including fantastic beasts and the cursed child) AND the two newest ones were on sale AND my mom has a barnes & noble membership so i got an extra ten percent off those ones. this is amazing because my brother had all the original ones but when he moved either he took them with or my mom donated them, so now i have them again. i also found the “poorly drawn lines” book, and since i’ve been following reza on tumblr for years of course i had to get it!! adding to the excitement: other than one sentence on my speech outline (have to get it approved by the prof), ALL my homework is done!! AND i have monday off school; i’m planning to use it to go to our local “coffee with a cop” session. God of course gives the greatest blessing of all daily (the fact that i’m not dead), but damn if this isn’t a great day.

next, things i’m grateful for this week – i went to our state DECA competition (note: i am not a business student) and i placed in an event!! this means i get to go to the ICDC in april, which just so happens to be in anaheim (read: disneyland) this year. also, i got a day off school for it – didn’t help with the homework situation, but it was nice. and while i was there i got to have dinner with my best friend that i only see a few times every year. in fact, when we first became friends at a summer camp we saw each other every day for a week, and then we didn’t see each other again for two years!! so i guess you can say i was pretty happy.

finally, things i’m grateful for this month – the love and support of my family and two of my closest friends has been everything to me, both as they help me reconnect with God and as i go through life after a horrible series of events last fall. also, the fact that this semester i’ve managed to decrease my anxiety and step outside of my comfort zone is terrifying, simply because it’s not what i’m used to, but amazing. just a few examples of this: i started volunteering at the humane society, i’m going to be president of a new student organization (i hate running meetings so this should be fun), and i actually competed in DECA instead of just going to the meetings. i’m also part of our school newspaper’s rebranding into a more lit mag-esque student publication, which is a process i’m so grateful to be part of.

every day can have amazing gifts from God, if only you choose to see them and thank Him xx

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christmas eve

 

my dress i wore to sing in church

it’s that time of year again, when most of us gather around a tree with lights and ugly shapes hanging from it and open boxes covered with contrasting colors of shiny paper in the name of family. but what is christmas really about? this could just be another cheesy post about keeping christ in christmas, or making sure the focus is on family and love rather than presents. but today i want to talk about something else: memories.

  

a close-up of the living room tree
 
when we take photos of events we want to make sure they are good quality and that we’ve taken enough. why? to save the memories for a later time. while it’s true that not everyone who celebrates christmas does so for religious reasons, it is true that we all want it to be a day of happiness, whether that be at a large family gathering, a party, or home on the couch with a sibling or two. we all want to have good memories to look back on when times aren’t great. and so this christmas, let’s think, of course, about family and Jesus, but let’s make memories to treasure later when those other things feel far away.
 
wrapping presents is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays

“but zion said, ‘the Lord has forsaken me, and the Lord has forgotten me.’ [the Lord replied,] ‘can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? even these may forget, but I will not forget you. behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.'” – isaiah 49:14-16

outdoor decor