May 2017 Wrap Up

I know it’s July and May was 2 months ago, but here’s my very late May 2017 wrap up! May was a time for a lot of travel and the end of my 3rd year of college.

Munich, Germany (May 2-9): I traveled to Germany with my sister the week before my finals and it was SO worth it.

Naples, Florida (May 13-18): Flew down to Florida with two of my closest friends for a week in the sun.

Completed my third year of nursing! Bring it on fourth year. I’m ready for you!

Graduation: I didn’t get to go to the ceremony because I was working, but it felt like the end of an era. My first year core group leaders all graduated and I couldn’t be more proud or thankful. I had the rare pleasure of being with them for 3 years and will even be able to stay in touch with one of them in cville for my fourth year. God is so kind. I know that this means I am the oldest though and it’s time to step into that role. It’s exciting and scary, but God has affirmed me throughout third year of this change and I’m ready to go in head first.

Prepared for Thailand: Up until June 1st, I worked at the hospital to earn some more money for the trip. And by the grace of God, I reached my budget through people who supported me. So so cool to see God move through finances.

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Pre-Thailand Missions Trip

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In 5 days, I will be flying out of Dulles to Thailand for a month long missions trip. It feels surreal to even write this post. There were days where I thought, “God, I ask that you make a way because I can’t go unless you do. Here I am; willing to go where you send me.”

Going to Thailand has been on my mind this whole year, but I haven’t had much time to sit down and process the extent and weight of me going. I feel… anxious, inadequate, fearful. Yet at the same time, I feel expectant, joyful, thankful, humbled, and awestruck.

I am like a grain of sand on an endless beach. And my God is the ocean. So vast, deep, mysterious yet close and steadfast. I am so small in need of a great big God to carry out His call. Lord, I need you. And I am praying expectantly for…

  1. God to break my heart for what breaks His heart, during this trip. I want to die to myself.
  2.  Communication barriers to be broken and for the Good News to transcend both cultural and language barriers.
  3. One person to come to Christ.
  4. Guidance as to give-a-year location and His will for me after graduation.
  5. That we would be a unified team sold out for Christ and His mission.

Romans 10

Dear Savage Sisters

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There is so much I want to tell you, but I’m afraid words won’t suffice in expressing how much you guys have impacted my third year and how much I love you all. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and I’ve picked out 24 to help narrate my inner dialogue as I’ve had the privilege of meeting and getting to know each one of you. Continue Reading ->

Naples, Florida (May 13-18)

Food, fun and friends!

I left Charlottesville the day after my last final, for beach week in Naples, Florida with two of my closest friends. It was a spontaneous decision I made right after coming back from Munich and I know probably not the smartest decision, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

It was a week full of good food,

Oatmeal and apples for breakfast, pizza, fish tacos, soup/salad, and thai chicken curry for lunch/dinner, and ice-cream for dessert. Tasty icecream combinations included: black raspberry, coffee with chocolate covered espresso beans, toasted coconut, blueberry cobbler, and vanilla oreo with brownie bites. YUM!

fun and restful days,

We went to Tin City, chilled at the pool, lied out on the beach, played put-put golf, saw the sunset while we ate cheesecake, had late night talks, started a mini bookclub (Angelfall by Susan EE), and took pics on the pier.

and friends who make me laugh!

From the unexpected start of our adventure to making it out of DC alive, traveling with these two was so much fun. It was a blessing to spend time together and reflect back on first year core group, this year, and what’s to come.

Other highlights included: Talking to my friend Kellie about her wedding AND being surprised by my core group girls who facetimed me while at SICM! I just love them so much.

Munich, Germany (May 2-9)

May 2-9, 2017 I was in Munich, Germany on vacation with my older sister. We bought flight tickets over spring break when I visited Cincinnati and didn’t look back. It’s important that I reference the dates because I had a 8-page religion final paper due during my stay and two finals to “study” for when I came back to the states. That’s right, I took a vacation during finals week.

Why? Continue Reading ->

April 2017 Wrap Up

April=the last real month of school. It’s crazy to think how fast this semester has gone by. I am now a rising fourth year! Where did the time go? April was full of growth, surprises, and bittersweet transitions.

Elected Chi Alpha VP: My fellowship had elections for the new exec and I was nominated. My dear friend and role model, who was the previous VP of Chi Alpha, spoke upon my behalf. By God’s grace, I was elected as VP of UVA XA for the 2017-2018 school year along with a FEMALE President! I am so excited to serve in this new capacity and be a bridge between staff and students.

One of my current housemates got engaged: She’s a year older than me but graduated a semester early. It’s crazy to see people I am close to get engaged, but super exciting nonetheless! We celebrated as a house at Mellow Mushroom.

One of my old housemates got engaged: My old housemate/house mom got engaged at Brooklyn Bridge and I couldn’t be happier for her. I know both parties because her now fiancé was our neighbor. He’s a great guy. 10 out of 10 would recommend. Their relationship is so beautiful not because they’re perfect, but because they both pursue the Lord in their relationship which allows them to extend grace to one another and communicate when things are wrong.

Nursing Networking: I went to my first networking event and it was so stressful. Ugh. It was at the Dean of Nursing’s pavilion and I got to meet the nurse manager of the UVA Hospital NICU. I enjoyed talking to her, but it was so painfully awkward trying to sell myself. I hope this gets easier. I got her contact info and sent a follow-up email afterwards though because I’d love to work in the NICU some time after graduation.

Baptisms and Brazos: 2 of the girls in my core group got baptized!!!!

3.2 for 3.2: I ran the 3.2 mile (not Kilometer) run with one of my housemates and got to visit her hometown. It was my first time visiting VT and I get why people love it. VT is much prettier in person and has great open spaces. The community of Blacksburg was also a beautiful sight to see. It came together for the 10 year anniversary of the event and provided support for the participants. After running, my housemate and I showered/changed and ate lunch at Macados. The food was so yummy. We low-key put ourselves in danger when we drove back to cville though because could barely keep our eyes open. Thank you Jesus for taking the wheel.

New House Hangout: The Arrow 2017-2018 had our first house hangout where we painted canvases for our bedroom doors. I am so excited to live with all of them next year!

Picnic with an old suite mate: I ran into my old suite mate from first year three times in the same week. I’ve been meaning to grab lunch with her to see how she was doing. It was so great to talk to her about summer plans, comm school, and wanting more in life. She asked a lot of questions about Christianity and I was able to share a bit of my testimony. She thought I had been a Christian my whole life when in reality I was saved in college. It was cool to dispel those preconceived notions and share what it’s been like to walk in faith. Definitely keep her in your prayers! God’s doing some crazy stuff in her life.

Last one-on-ones: The girls I met up with this year are all so different, yet all so wonderful! I finished up our last formal meet-ups of the school year and cast a vision for what the next year will look like. I learned so much about God and myself from our meet ups and I can’t wait to lead the same group of girls next year as a 2nd year core group leader! My core group will merge with one of my good friends, who was in my first year core group!! AHHH SO EXCITED FOR WHAT’S TO COME.

Climbing Outside: I went to Elizabeth Furnace for the first time and got wrecked. Loved climbing outdoors again though. The weather was absolutely perfect. ❤

Last CG, MNL, and Semiformal of the year! : All the feels. Read more about it in the previous blog post!

SPRING 2017: Affirmations, Semiformal, Last MNL

This past week has been full of the feels.

LAST CORE GROUP

I had my last core group of the school year. We washed each other’s feet, did affirmations, and read the letters we wrote to ourselves at the beginning of the year. It was so beautiful. 3 people affirmed each person and I couldn’t stop rejoicing over what the Lord had done this past year. As a core group leader, I was blessed enough to see the fruits of my labor at the end of this year. And after leading my second year, I recognize how truly special this group of girls are and that only by God’s grace we were able to get this close to one another. It can take more than one year to start seeing the fruit. And that is OK! That was something I had to learn for myself and was expectant towards the possibility of that happening again. The hours spent writing each handwritten note during fall blitz, coordinating with bro/sis leaders, prioritizing one-on-ones, juggling 3rd year nursing, and continuously dying to oneself was and is all worth it though because He is worth it. He is worthy of it all. The three girls I discipled affirmed me and it was magical. It’s been a joy to see them tangibly grow in their faith and go on to share that with others.

My affirmations

Katie: steadfast love, from going from a non touch person to a “oh yay i get to hug laura”, pursing so well even when she didn’t want to be in chi alpha and do the same thing as nat, being the first person to offer to share her eno even being on the higher tree, being welcoming, challenging her faith and to do devotional time
Kyla: texting about mnl, low key guilt tripping me, being mom/supporter means a lot being out of state, opening up house to stay for sicm, being so welcoming and pursuing even when she didnt come out to mnl/cg in the beginning, meeting up fun
Jay: telling the hard stuff even when it hurts, being persistent, and knowing the first question I’m going to ask when she returns from summer break

SEMIFORMAL

We got our CG photoshoot done before semiformal by my lovely housemate Hayley. We took them in a garden and they turned out beautiful! Afterwards, we ate at Waffle House with our bro/sis core groups and then danced the night away at Semiformal. It was a beautiful thing to feel totally at ease dancing like a mom with my core group and beloved friends. I felt a surge of nostalgia come over me, when the fourth years went into the middle of the circle during Lean On Me. These were the first people who pursued me in college. They radically showed Christ’s love for me and the plans He has for my life. There are not enough words for me to express my gratitude for the class of 2017, which brings me to the last MNL of my third year.

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UVA chi alpha has a tradition of having the graduating fourth years walk in a progression like they would for graduation. This is a chance for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years to cheer as they take their seats in the front as the worship band plays some music. The class was split between the two aisles but I watched as Marcellus, Clara, and Debbie walk past me. I started to tear up. My heart so full of gratitude not only for God’s goodness in placing these people in my lives, but for the many hours they gave to pour into me. Marcellus was one of the first men in Chi Alpha who I became close to and showed me how valuable opposite gender friendships can be. Clara was my first year core group leader and my first mentor. She met up with me every.single.week. And Debbie who showed me how to love unconditionally and serve others well, even when it seems like no one is appreciative of it. There are many more people I could talk about in the class of 2017: Ashley, Jenny, Brian, Katherine, Hannah S, Sarah L, and Tyler K.

Philippians 1:3-11 “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you…” Continue Reading ->