Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Year In (Mostly) Pictures

In a few days, I will no longer be a resident of Owen Hall. It has been such a wonderful yet difficult year. As I look at the first picture of move in day, I almost feel like I'm looking at a different person. Yes, I mostly look the same, but only I can really know and remember what was going on inside my heart, and it's not something I really enjoy remembering. Though I finally had some friends by then, I still didn't feel like I belonged anywhere, not even in Alpha Gam really. I loved my friends and my sisters, but I always felt out of place. I was confused and didn't even know who I was. I was literally clinging to God to get through every single day. I cried more than I laughed. My heart was hurting, and I couldn't figure out why. I don't know exactly when things started to change, but I'm happy to say I am not that girl anymore. I have learned to define myself totally and completely in Christ, not in friends or a boyfriend. I have found joy in every circumstance. I feel like I hardly ever stop smiling, and most of the tears I shed are because something is sweet, not out of heartbreak and despair. I have some of the greatest friends a girl could possibly ask for. I don't know how I lived so long without them in my life. I have never felt the Lord working in my life so much before and I love it. I absolutely love spending time with Him; my whole day feels off if I don't and I am restless until I do. I am the happiest I have ever been in my entire life, and I can't wait to see what this upcoming year holds.

move in day

Athens to see baby Max

our favorite Sav face

noodle square

reading the last book about the Baxters

PIKE Halloween party

cheers for charity

fall sisterhood retreat

tacky family Christmas dinner
dying our hair (mostly mine) at New Year's Conference
bid day!

she didn't know it yet, but I was going to die if she wasn't my little
big/little reveal... round 1
then we added little #2, sara, to the family
spirit night

my 20th birthday in Destin for spring break

spring break

Feast of Roses

lapboard reveal...
I haven't slept in almost 40 hours at this point

spring formal

sisterhood retreat
preacher's rock

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