05 December 2009

The Knot

I made a wedding profile and website for Luke and I on TheKnot.com tonight! It was SO much fun and now our friends and family can keep up with us on our engagement journey. Please feel free to check it out! I have a lot to add to the website and I'll be updating it ALL THE TIME, but for now, I'm really excited. And I'm even more excited to be the future Mrs. Luke Riley Hinton!!

Click on this link:

Luke and Sara's wedding website!

01 December 2009

I'm getting married!!


After four and a half years of dating, Luke and I are engaged! He proposed last Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, which also happened to be my mother's birthday:) It was the worst/best kept secret EVER because I couldn't let any of my Baylor friends know until last night when I "passed the candle" at our last Tri Delta meeting of the semester (perfect timing baby!). I had been keeping this secret from my friends after almost a week! So, want to hear how it happened? Oh yes you do...

[Preface: Two weeks ago, Luke was in a bad motorcycle accident and was life flighted to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas. He was in the hospital for three days, the worst days of my life.He had surgery on his left knee, broke his left pinky, and had a lot of road rash. Praise the Lord, he lived to tell about it. The bike, not so much. Needless to say, we had A LOT to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday.]

So, I went down to Corpus Christi last Tuesday for the first couple of days of my Thanksgiving break. All day Tuesday, Luke and I hung out, ran errands, and just spent some time together. Towards the end of the evening he mentioned that his left leg was really stiff and sore and how he wanted to just be active again. I suggested that the next morning we get up and go for a walk before his 1 p.m. class, just to stretch out his knee and get him feeling more mobile. The rest of that night, I was talking about all we had to do to get ready for Thanksgiving Wednesday night at his aunt's house, but Luke kept reminding me, "But we're going for a walk, remember!" I should have caught on then:)

Also that evening, Luke said he needed to step outside the house and talk to "his mom" because some kind of family issue was going on, which was not true. He was actually on the phone with MY mother, letting her know that he was going to do it Wednesday morning. Once again, I didn't catch on to anything.

The next morning, we got up, got dressed, and went for our walk. We drove down to the bay front, parked at Oleander Point, and walked down towards Cole Park. Once we got down to the park, we turned around and headed back. I was ready to leave but Luke said, "Why don't we go sit over there on that bench for a little bit?" I felt his pockets and giggled. He said, "You want that ring so bad, don't you?" I told him no, but that he doesn't ever want to just "sit on a bench" and enjoy the morning, so come on! We just laughed about it Then, I went to the trunk to get a couple of blankets for us to wrap around ourselves because the morning was a little chilly on the water; he came with me to get the blankets. When I opened the trunk to pull out the blankets, he pulled out a picnic basket I did not know he had snuck into my car.

At this point, I swore in my mind that I just KNEW he was going to propose! He started pulling out the the basket an amazing breakfast of quiche, fruit, bacon, cinnamon rolls, and milk. He had even brought place settings, silverware, a white rose for the table, and a digital camera. Ok, now I'm a smart woman and I've been dating this man for four and a half years, I can put two and two together. All I can hope now is that he won't propose while I have quiche in my mouth!

At the end of our breakfast, Luke asks me if I'm ready to pack everything up and head back and I'm thinking "Whaaaaaatt?? Isn't this guy going to propose?? Oh well, this was still a cute, sweet breakfast..." So, we pack it all up and Luke asks me if I can come to his side of the table and sit by him. I move over towards him and we get cuddly under one of the big blankets from my car. We're just snuggling at this point and after a couple of minutes, he begins with, "Well, I have a couple things I want to tell you..." He said some really sweet, precious words that I'll hide in my heart forever and then he asked me to marry him! I think I was holding my breath the whole time because I practically breathed the word "YES!"

Later he told me that his motorcycle accident had been the reason he decided to propose over Thanksgiving break instead of waiting until Christmas or even New York next semester. He told me that living through that accident made him realize, even more than he already knew, that he was ready to make me his wife. He had bought the ring the day after they let him out of the hospital and called my dad to ask his blessing only days before proposing. It's all so incredible:)

I had to keep the proposal from all of my friends in Waco until I could pass the candle, which I did last night finally, at our last Tri Delta meeting of the year. However, I did get to tell our families and a few select friends from camp. It was the BEST telling my roomies I was engaged Sunday night when I got back to Waco from the break! Catherine practically jumped on me and we almost fell off the couch, ha! Passing the candle was everything I'd always hoped it would be and now I can tell the world that I am the future Mrs. Luke RIley Hinton!!

Here are some pictures from my perfect Thanksgiving break!

15 November 2009

Much needed lovin'!

This weekend was a lot of fun and SO needed! Luke came up on Friday and stayed until this afternoon (Sunday). My aunt, Amy, and her boyfriend, Shane, came up to Waco from Houston for the Baylor/Texas football game on Saturday. AND Becca came up from Hallettsville for the weekend!

Luke and I went to BRH Formal on Friday night, went to the football game with everyone on Saturday, and slept in this morning:) We also did a little shopping, rented and watched "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," and just spent some "Luke and Sara" time, as Luke likes to call it:)

Since this weekend was the last home football game of the season and of my senior year, my roommates, friends, and I ran the Baylor Line with Claire and her friends. This was the third year in a row that Baylor has let the seniors run the line with the freshman one last time before they graduate. It was SO much fun and we were all really glad we did it together. It was also really special that Claire and I got to run it together and that Becca and Luke were there to watch:)

Seeing all of these people that I love has really made me ready for Thanksgiving break! Here are a few pictures from the weekend:

My Senior Letter

Last Monday, at our weekly Tri Delta meeting, my senior letter was read.

Every year, the parents of the seniors write a "senior letter" to their daughter, talking about all of her accomplishments, how much she has grown, and how proud they are of her. Whoever's turn it is to have her senior letter read out loud during meeting each week stays seated in her chair, while the chapter all stands up to listen to the sweet letter and support their sister.

In the past, this process could take what felt like FOREVER because parents would write extremely long letters and we'd read three or four at a time. As much as we love each other, by the end the girls would get distracted because these letters would get so ridiculously long. So this year, Tri Delta has set a limit of 300 words per letter. This made it really hard for my (wordy) mother to write my senior letter, but she did a GREAT job!

Here is the letter! I love it so much, I wanted to post it on my blog:)

Once upon a time, there was a little girl whose pre-school teacher told her that her class was having a cattle drive to celebrate Western Week. The preschoolers got to be cows, the kindergartners got to be cowboys and brand them, and the teacher said it would be fun! The little girl didn’t think it sounded fun, because she knew that brands got hot, and she didn’t want to be burned. She spent the morning hiding behind the teacher’s skirts, determined that no one would make her participate in anything so scary again...

Dear Sara,

I can still see that little face from the cattle drive every time you conquer another goal, because she reminds me of how much God is attracted to our weakness. He is always ready to show Himself strong on our behalf, and He has done so in your life these past few years too many times to count. From your first day at Baylor, I have never doubted you were in the center of His will for your life. But I know that once in a while, that first semester, you did…just a bit. The phone calls came regularly, and so did the tears, and the second semester arrived…

The next tear-filled call I got was one that began, “Mom, I’m a Tri-Delt!” Soon you had more friends and sisters (like you really needed more sisters!) than you could count. I was invited to join you for Mother-Daughter Teas and Homecoming Breakfasts, Dad got to come for Father-Daughter Days, and most of all, we loved to see you “Sing!” When you belted out your solo in “Down the Produce Aisle”, I knew that shy, scared little girl had finally made it down the cattle chute as well…and would never be found hiding behind anyone else again!

Love you, Sara-Bear!


Thanks Momma! Love you!!

10 November 2009

He makes me smile:)

This is just a picture that Luke's mom took of he and I dancing at his cousin Randi's wedding in August. She just put it on Facebook today, but I love it! I love dancing with him and the way I'm smiling so big in this picture. He does that to me:)

09 November 2009

Blessings Through Coffee

My 11:15 a.m. class got out about ten minutes early today, so I decided to stop by the Shell off of 5th street for a cheap cup of the infamous (to college students) "gas station coffee." I went to pay for my 16 oz. cup and the cashier said "That will be $1.07." I had two $1 bills, but instead of making me break one dollar for seven cents, the cashier just grabbed the few pennies in the jar next to the cash register and said, "This will work. Have a great day!" Wow. Cool. I know that this story is talking about a mere seven cents, but even the smallest acts of kindness can have huge effects on people. This guy's small act of kindness made me immediately think to myself, "What can I do now to share this kindness with someone else?"

This little run-in at the Shell gas station made me remember back to another coffee-based occasion where I was blessed by a giver. On the second morning of Youth Minister's Conclave, a conference I went to for work, I stopped by the Starbucks in the hotel to grab a quick cup of joe. A tall, older man was working at the coffee shop and singing to himself. I guess because I was wearing my name tag, he asked me how the conference was going. We got into a pretty cool conversation about the conference and singing when he said something very astute.

He said, "You know, I just realized not long ago that the words that King David wrote, those poems are like songs written to God. When we read Psalms, its like we're reading or singing these lyrics to God. You know, I bet if the whole world just started singing right now, the heavens would open up and this would please God's heart. We don't all sing very well, but that doesn't matter. God just wants to hear from us. "

Whoa. This convo. At Starbucks. With someone I don't know. It was so refreshing!

After we stopped talking, I went to pay him $5 for my coffee. He wouldn't take it. I begged him to take it. He wouldn't budge. He said, "Haven't you ever been blessed before? Have you ever had someone just give you something for free because they just wanted to?"

I thought, well, yes. I guess so. This does not happen often. At least, not with coffee. But maybe I just don't recognize the little blessings in my life. Maybe this happens more than I notice because I'm too busy to just stop and realize that God is blessing me all the time. Whoa again. Thank you God for not only blessing me by letting me meet and converse with this sweet man, but for teaching me a lesson through this encounter.

I love coffee and that God used something I love to get through to me.

I smile when I think about God's blessings through coffee:)

07 November 2009

My Last Fall Parties!

Today was my last Fall Parties as a senior! Falls parties is a chance for all of the freshman girls that will go through formal recruitment in the spring to meet the girls from each of the Panhellenic sorority chapters at Baylor. Fall Parties started early Friday evening and ended today (Saturday) at 2 p.m. Today was special because it was the first official part of recruitment that my baby sister, Claire, got to be a part of. It was so good to see her in our chapter room and she had a great time getting to meet girls from all of the different sororities. After Fall Parties was over, our group of friends kept with tradition and had lunch at Chilis. Every year our group goes there for lunch after Fall Parties. This was especially a must this year, since we're seniors. Overall, it was a great last Fall Parties!

31 October 2009


I am very much in love with a man that I have waited four years for and I am currently still in the waiting process. The good news is that he has been waiting this long for me as well. Luke and I started dating the summer before I left for college, leaving little time for us to even build a solid friendship. So, over the past four years, we've lived in this limbo of dating, getting to know each other on a deeper level, building a solid foundation of trust, and falling deeper in love. I am so crazy about this guy that lives five hours from me that it hurts. I can physically feel my chest tighten as I type these words. Luke means everything to me and all I want to do is make him happy.

We are, by far, not the perfect couple. We are actually very different. For either one of us to deny this would be lying to ourselves. Luke loves to play Call of Duty and watch scary movies and I'd rather have nothing to do with either. I love to talk for hours on the phone and he sticks it out solely for me. Luke drives a 2006 Kawasaki 636 and I'm scared to death of him driving that motorcycle. I love to be around tons of people because I've never met a stranger in my life and Luke is really uncomfortable around people he doesn't know. And believe me, I could go on and on about our differences:) But as much as I sometimes let our differences scare me into doubt, Luke's love always seems to drive these fears out of me just as quickly as they showed up.

You see, I am one to figure things out. I like to research, see different sides or hear others' opinions. I love school and if there is one thing that school has taught me, it is how to come to an educated conclusion about an issue. Luke, on the other hand, is going to school for me, but does not enjoy it one bit. And the way he sees it is simply this: we'll make it work. He thinks why should we worry so far in advance about the future we have no control over? Let's just trust the Lord and love each other through it. We'll make decisions as they come along and need to be made. I can see my side and I can see his. I'm uptight and he is a free spirit. We're so different, and yet, we make a pretty cool balance when we do finally come to final decision. He relaxes me and reminds me that God is in control. I give his life a little more structure, reminding Him that God gives us divine instruction as well. As long as we're loving each other, compromising, and leaning on the Lord, we're good.

Last night, Luke and I had a disagreement. As of this morning, this disagreement doesn't even seem worth it anymore. All I know is that I love him so much. He is a gift God has given me and the tool God used to change my heart four years ago. Our differences may cause short-term grief at times, but we've made a promise to each other that no matter how mad we get, we always say "I love you" at the end of every telephone call. We do know, however, that at the root of all of our conflicts is the distance. We don't fight when we're together; we love each other through everything. So, we look forward to the day when we've graduated and can begin to really plan our lives together; when distance will no longer be an issue.

All I want to do is be with him and make him happy. I want to make his life better. In addition, and as if this post doesn't sound corny enough already, I can't wait to have dinner ready for him when he comes home. I can't wait to bake for him, walk our dog together, work out together, go to the movies just because, or just sit on our couch together. I hold on to these dreams because they get me through the tough times when I miss him the most. But Luke is totally worth the wait and we're only got 7 months left! I know we can do it. Luke and I can do anything:)

29 October 2009

The Good Lord's Blessings

Alright everyone, listen up! Because I have some AMAZING news! On Monday morning, I received an email from CBS News in New York, offering me an internship with them for the spring 2010!! I prayed and thought this opportunity through all day Monday and accepted the internship Tuesday morning. WHAT A RELIEF it is to have secured in internship for next semester, my LAST semester of college, in New York! Needless to say, I am on cloud nine about this. Praise the Lord for His answers to our prayers for the the way He continues to shower His blessings on His people!

In addition to all of the hype about my internship with CBS News, I was at Youth Minister's Conclave 2009 Monday through Wednesday. This was amazing because I was with some of the people that I love most in the entire world when I received the email! Luke, Tyler, Shaune, Kristie, and I were blessed to have the opportunity to represent Camp Zephyr at Conclave this year and we had a blast! We ate at The Melting Pot for Tyler's 29th birthday on Monday night, we got to stay in a pretty cool hotel in Arlington, we heard Francis Chan speak, and we just got to catch up/spend time together. I absoluted loved representing Zephyr in this way and felt honored that the executive staff would ask me to be a part of this with them. I must say that I think we did an amazing job of networking and connecting with youth ministers from all over the country. Good job guys!!

And now I am working on my personal statement for law school applications and some religion homework, niether of which sound nearly as exciting as a CBS News internship or Conclave 2009, but I have to do them. Blah. I keep day dreaming about New York and I can't wait to start my New York blog! Get ready y'all; I'm taking you to the Big Apple with me!


21 October 2009

FALLing away...

This fall has been flying before my eyes. This semester, otherwise known as my last semester at Baylor (tear), is already half way over and I can hardly believe it. Between internship applications for New York, law school applications, 15 hours of classes, Tri Delta obligations, and an amazing boyfriend that lives 5 hours away, I haven't had much time to blog. But here are a few pictures from this semester so far. I will do my best to update my blog more after Baylor Homecoming this weekend because my life will slow down just a tiny bit. And then, once I'm in New York next semester, I'm sure you'll hear from me a ton! Love you all:)

22 September 2009

In My Own Little Corner

Have you ever seen the original Cinderella movie? You know, the one with Ginger Rogers, Lesley Ann Warren, and Stuart Damon. If you have not seen this version, shame on you. Please find a way to see it as soon as possible. It is a classic.

In this movie, Cinderella sings a song titled "In My Own Little Corner," after she is bossed around for the millionth time by her step-mother. This song is freeing for poor Cinderella who is controlled by a wicked woman and despised by her ugly step-sisters. Her day dreams come to life as she sings from a little corner in the house, next to the fire place, designated for her.

I too have my own little corner. And when I sit in this corner, which could also be described as a nook, I, like Cinderella, sing and day dream. I play out scenes in my mind where I am walking down the streets of New York with the "You've Got Mail" soundtrack playing in the world around me. I dream about traveling back to Europe with friends or with Luke to explore and see more of God's beautiful world. I imagine what it will be like to be a law student and the different types of law I could practice. In my corner, "I can be whatever I want to be."

Sometimes these day dreams excite me and I can't concentrate on anything else but figuring out a way to make my dreams come true. Other times, my dreams strike a fear in my heart. What if I don't make it or I don't get the opportunity to live out the dreams I want so badly to become my reality? It is at this time, like Cinderella, "I'm glad to be back in my own little corner, all alone in my own little chair."

Here is a picture of my corner, where I study, apply for law school, look up internships in New York, read wedding blogs (yes, I admit it, I day dream about this too!), look for cheap plane tickets to Europe, and sing. I'm going to miss this cozy, little nook after I've moved to New York and left Baylor. But for now I'm going to drink my coffee, enjoy the slight drizzle outside, hum the tune to Cinderella's precious song, attempt to study for my religion test, and day dream in "my own little corner."

"In My Own Little Corner"

I'm as mild and as meek as a mouse
When I hear a command I obey.
But I know of a spot in my house
where no one can stand in my way.
In my own little corner in my own little chair
I can be whatever I want to be.
On the wings of my fancy I can fly anywhere
and the world will open its arms to me.
I'm a young Norwegian princess or a milkmaid
I'm the greatest prima donna in Milan
I'm an heiress who has always had her silk made
By her own flock of silkworms in Japan
I'm a girl men go mad for love's a game I can play with
cool and confident kind of air.
Just as long as I stay in my own little corner
All alone in my own little chair.
I can be whatever I want to be.
I'm a slave from Calcutta I'm a queen in Peru.
I'm a mermaid dancing upon the sea
I'm a huntress on an African safari.. it's a dangerous type of sport and yet it's fun
In the night I sally forth to seek my quarry
And I find I forgot to bring my gun.
I am lost in the jungle all alone and unarmed when I meet a lioness in her lair
Then I'm glad to be back in my own little corner,
All alone in my own little chair.

23 August 2009

Time is slipping away from me

I'm at this point in my life where I'm realizing a lot. That time really does pass us by too quickly. That there come times in our lives where we begin and end experiences for the last time. That you can be sitting somewhere, savoring the flavor of the moment and in what feels like nanoseconds, you're looking back, a year or two later, wondering where the time went.

I don't want this post to turn into a sappy, "my last first day of college" monologue, but I'm sitting in my precious little nook in my room where my desk, laptop, and printer reside, feeling somewhat like a baby journalist about to embark on a great adventure (NY in 5 months!), wondering where the time has gone.

It feels like just yesterday that I was sitting alone in my freshman dorm room because my roommate, who was a sophomore and who didn't need me like I needed a friend, hadn't even moved in yet. My mother had left me a note that read "Sic 'Em Sara! Love, Mom" and left without saying goodbye. I knew neither one of us could have handled that. So did she, apparently. I was so lonely, so scared of what the future held for me at Baylor. And now, here I am, living with my best friends who are also my sorority sisters. I'm 5 months from living in New York City, chasing my dream of being a big city journalist. And I've been dating an incredible man of God for four years who wants to spend his life with me. Really? I am already here?

I'm about the head to dinner with 5 of my very good friends for a senior year kick-off dinner where we'll order drinks and talk about our summers. I just never thought I'd be a college senior, ever. I hoped I would be, but I could never get a firm grasp on what that may look like in my mind. Now, I'm here. And its mesmerizing. I want to sit in this little nook forever and write. Write about my life up until now. Write about my experiences. My fears and my achievements. Maybe its time to start writing my book:)

I just don't want to forget any of this or let any moment pass me by.

I'm a college senior and time is slipping away before my eyes.

17 August 2009

Haunted houses and Mexican food

Yesterday, Luke and I, along with five of our friends, went to San Antonio for the day. We left camp at about 10:30 a.m., Jake with us in my car. Of course, we had to stop at the infamous "green store" to grab snacks and energy drinks for the road. Jacob and Rachel followed us to San Antonio in Jacob's jeep and Sarah and Andrew met us in San Antonio.

Once we arrived, we decided on Dick's for lunch, which is down on the Riverwalk. Lunch was obviously sarcastic and loud, but super fun! After lunch, the seven of us walked around the River Center Mall for about thirty minutes. Then we split up into two groups: Andrew, Sarah, Jacob, and Rachel headed over to the Alamodome to see the Cowboys practice; Jake, Luke and myself headed over to La Cantera to look for a necklace for Jake's girl, Erika. We met back downtown around 5 p.m.

At this point, Jacob and Rachel took off to Austin to meet up with Jacob's grandmother for dinner. The rest of us checked out the Guinness World Record Museum, the Tomb Rider 3D ride, and the Ripley's Believe It or Not Haunted House. The haunted house was crazy! We had to keep our right hand on the right shoulder of the person in front of us and I'm pretty sure Jake will have permanent fingernail marks from me on his shoulder:) Luke and I made wax hands at the museum by holding hands and dipping them in hot wax. It felt really weird, but I was pretty impressed with the finished product. After our touristy fun, we had dinner at Casa Rio on the Riverwalk. Dinner was sooo good; I love Mexican food!

This trip was much needed and super special since it was our last time to all hang out together for the summer. We took tons of pictures, laughed a lot, and made precious memories that I'll look back on when this semester gets rough.

To my incredible friends and bf: I love you all very much. Thanks for a great time!

05 August 2009

Where has the time gone?

I absolutely cannot believe that today is August 5, 2009. It feels like only yesterday that I was freaking out about flying to South Africa. Now, the summer is practically over, one of my little sisters turned 21 yesterday, and in a couple of weeks I'll be starting my senior year of college. [Not to mention applying to internships in NYC for spring 2010 and applying to law school for fall 2010!!] Where has the time gone?

South Africa was an amazing experience. I was there for about 12 days with an amazing group of college students and friends. We sang to over 7,000 people, loved on AIDS patients, and played with orphans all over the south coast. At first, I was super nervous to go because I'm not a great flier, but once I was there, God did an amazing work in my heart. I'm so glad that I went and I'll never be the same because of that trip. Success!!

This summer, I have had the joy and honor of serving as Camp Zephyr's Program Coordinator. This was my fourth summer at Zephyr, but my third to work in programming. We programmed three youth and three children's camps, as well as assisted in programming Bay Area Fellowship's Element youth camp. Let me tell you people, God never disappoints. He continues to grow and stretch me every summer, always more than I think I can handle. Another really awesome development from this summer has been that my boyfriend of four years, Luke Hinton, who has now worked at Zephyr for one full year and six consecutive summers, has been brought on as full-time staff at Camp Zephyr. This has been huge for him and for our relationship because he is now employed full-time, finishing up school, and is on salary with benefits before he has even graduated from college. God is honoring Luke's hard work in this ministry at Zephyr and His timing is perfect. We are super excited to see what God has in store for Luke, our relationship, and the future of this incredible camp.

And now...senior year. Umm, it starts in 19 days. Whaaat?! I can hardly believe it. It feels like just yesterday that I was that scared and lonely little freshman, bawling my eyes out because I missed everything familiar in my life. Yes, pathetic, I know. But as I look back, I would not change any of that experience for the world. It was one of those times in your life as a Christian that you are able to look back as say to yourself, "It was just me and God and no one else. I had to cling to Him with my whole heart and no matter how hard or scary or lonely it was, He grew me so much." I hope that each of you are able to say this at least once in your life. Now, on the 19th, I will move one of my baby sisters, Claire, up to Baylor and we will together start my senior year and her freshman year on the 24th. I called Claire the other day and told her that we are doing everything this year. Going to every home football game, hitting up Common Grounds all the time, going tortilla tossing off the suspension bridge, cooking dinners together, taking road trips, and anything else we can possibly think of to do together. Because in January, I move to NYC!! For anyone who does not know me very well, this has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. I am going to be, once again, out of my comfort zone, not knowing anyone, handling a new and unfamiliar city, on my own. Freshman year anyone? But I'm so excited, once again, to see how the Lord will faithfully grow and stretch me as I, once again, cling to Him with all that I am. I'm sort of overwhelmed when I think about all of this, but I know it will all be ok.

Up next, packing Claire and myself up and heading to Baylor. Then NYC internship applications, LSAT prep courses, and the LSAT in October and November. Geez, my life never slows down! It's my goal to be more faithful in blogging; y'all hold me accountable, ok? If I don't write (type) this stuff down, I'll end up holding it all in and eventually have an emotional breakdown, ha! We don't need this now, do we? Please say a prayer for me if you think about it. I could use all of the prayers I can get!

Prov. 4:23 <3

21 April 2009

All Things New

I love the spring season. I love the way bluebonnets and indian paintbrushes spring up and line the highways. This time of the year seems to begin a change in everyone's attitudes. People stand a little taller and smile a little more. I swear it has something to do with the fact that the sun starts to show itself again. Who can be depressed when the sun is out? Spring gives us the promise that summer is around the corner and that school will soon be out for three full months. Oh yeah, and my birthday is March 26th. I love springtime!

Here are a few pictures from this spring so far...

This a a few of the BRH girls from Kristy's lingerie shower

Luke and I, just hanging out with the cat over Easter weekend

My sisters, my boyfriend and I on Easter

Luke and I on an Easter walk

My roommates and I at Tri Delta formal

My friend boy and I at formal on Lake Austin

07 March 2009

On Our Way! Spring Break 2009!

I'M IN FLORIDA!! Catherine, Kristin, Amy, Kara, and I drove 18(ish) hours overnight from Waco to Tampa for Spring Break 2009. We drove from Waco to Houston, where we left our cars at Cat's house and my mom met us there to give us the BABS (big a** blue suburban). We left Houston at about 6 pm and got to Tampa around noon. I drove about the first 7 hours and then slept through Mississippi and most of Alabama. Driving through Florida took a while, but we're finally here! We stopped at Amy's house for a little bit to see her mom and dad and ate lunch at a cute little burger place called Frankie's. Amy's sister Eryn met us there. We love Eryn! It's her spring break too, so she'll be staying at the beach house with us. Now, we're in the car, about 10 minutes away from the beach house. I'll take tons of pictures once we get there to show y'all what it looks like. Plus, we made a few videos on the way up here and I'll get those posted later too! More updates later! Love.

04 March 2009

The Rollercoaster Ride I Call Life

Hello friends. So much has happened since the last time we conversed. Well, I spoke and you read:) The spring always seems to be a busy semester until spring break (which starts friday at noon, btw) and then things seem to slow down a bit. This has definitely been my busiest spring in college so far and its been one heck of a rollercoaster ride. Now, I'll update you!

Last weekend, after about 7 weeks of practice, my sorority won 1st place in Baylor's 2009 All-University Sing competition. For any Baylor alum, family, or friends, you know what an achievement this is. For those of you who don't, Sing is an event where greek organizations put on a 7 minute production that includes singing, dancing, great music, loud costumes, huge props, and a ton of talent. Baylor Tri Delta is sort of known for always doing well in Sing, but it was an amazing experience to perform in and win a Sing competition, not just watch old videos of past performances. By the way, did I mention that I had a solo in our act this year? Oh, well I did:) It was such an amazing experience and I loved everything about it! Check out our act by clicking on the title of this post and let me know what you think!

Also, I received a letter yesterday announcing that I have been accepted into the Baylor Communication in New York program for the spring of 2010. I am uber excited for this amazing opportunity! I'm not going to lie though, I am a bit anxious. But I also know that this is an opportunity that I have been dreaming about since I was a little girl. Going to New York for my last semester at Baylor will help me make that transition from college student into the work force and teach me some valuable lessons about life. Plus, its going to be hella fun! I will take 6 hours of classes, plus have a 6-hour PR internship. I don't start looking for my internship until next October, but they already want a $750 deposit before I leave for spring break. I guess its time to commit:) Do you want to know one of the best parts about finding out this extremely great news? When I told my boyfriend, Luke, about it, he couldn't have been more excited for me. It is such a blessing to know that I am dating a man that supports my education and encourages me to follow my dreams. I love that boy so much!

Last, but certainly not least, I have an internship this semester at Central United Methodist Church, where I am the youth and rec sports intern. I absolutely love this job! I am learning so much about myself, how to spread my wings, and the different ways other ministries work. God has continued to grow and strech me beyound what I can imagine and He is equipping me for big things. I can feel it:)

So, that's whats been going on. I'm leaving for Florida on Friday to spend about 2/3 of my spring break with my roommates and friends on the beach and then I'll be down in South Texas for my best friend's birthday, a friend's wedding, and to see the boy, of course! The next week I'm going skiing with my family in Durango, CO and at the end of March I am running in the Capitol 10k in Austin, TX with my little sister, Claire. It doesn't look life my life with be slowing down anytime soon. I guess I shouldn't bank on that whole "life slowing down after spring break" theory. I'll keep y'all updated!

"Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light...
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O ruler of all."


15 January 2009

One of Luke's Christmas Presents!!

Luke has been asking me for new pictures for a long time. The last time I gave him any nice photos of just me where my seniors pictures in 2006. Crazy huh? I mean, I print him thousands of pictures that the two of us take together, but he has begged me for updated pictures of just me. So this year, as part of his Christmas present, I had my amazing friend, Jena Willard, take some pictures for me. They turned out way better than I expected! My mother even wants a few, ha! So, I thought I'd put some on here just to show off;) and to give Jena the recognition she deserves.

P.S. Jena is an amazing photographer! Please check out her website, linked to this post. She definitely has an eye for edgy and loves to capture the real you in her pictures. Love you Jena!