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It’s a lovely Saturday and I am marveling in the fact that I don’t have to work and I’m not on duty today. HALLELUJAH!!! It’s not that I don’t enjoy working, or being on duty… it’s just that I really enjoy having a break, too! Today I was able to catch up with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while, cook, go to Kev’s work, and sit in Starbucks! Wonderful.

Anyway. I have made it a point to enjoy this weekend. And I have been enjoying, like I said! Yesterday, I took a little drive to the glorious Grand Haven. I am so lucky that I only live about 25 min from this

Grand Haven

It was a beautiful day filled with sun, peace, and quiet. I needed to escape my little world of Allendale for a bit and just take in some of God’s creation. Ever feel like you just need some fresh air? It’s so refreshing to go somewhere different than your everyday places and just be. It’s extremely hard for my mind to be at peace in the midst of everyday life. I want to be peaceful. And mindful. Live in the moment, right? Right, not so easy…I guess I learned that I need to take more moments like these. Even if there is that to-do list sitting on my desk, just getting longer.

Even when the rain falls, even when the flood starts rising, even when the storm comes. I am washed by the water.

(Hopefully the next time I go to Grand Haven, I will not have to wear my mittens. ;))

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So this may be old news… But I turned twenty one a week ago!!! I want to post a few pictures from my birthday because it was just so wonderful. After my trip to Philly, I went home to celebrate with my family. They are so good to me. My mom, dad, Jake, grandma, and Kevin gathered together in order to help me celebrate twenty one years of life. Goodness gracious, life is so good to me and I do not take it for granted. That’s why I love celebrating birthdays so much. Birthdays are so significant and so special.

I have a feeling that my twenty first year is going to be GREAT. 🙂

Well, I am back from my spring break mission trip… trying to get back into the groove of this school thing. Oh what a drag. Before I actually focus and get into school mode again, I thought I should post about my week last week in PHILADELPHIA.PENNSYLVANIA!!! This post may take me a hundred million minutes to write because I have so much to show and tell about my week in Philly!

So if you really care about me, you should read this whole post. 🙂 ha

I’m really going to tell you the complete honest truth (like always, duh).  The truth is that God blessed me with 9 wonderful strangers that became my community and family this past week. Truth is that I was so happy to be in Philly, a place that desperately needs more peace and light and love. You better believe that I had an awesome time. I’m not even being dramatic. It was a GREAT week.

Okay, so this week I was especially excited to capture some pictures in Philly. My group and I had fun, sharing my camera and snapping pictures of everything. By everything, I mean that when I came home, we had taken 992 photos!!! Whew! So in order to really tell you about my week, I have chosen some of my favorite pics.

Throughout the week, we did various work projects. My group worked in a thrift store, on an urban farm, in an elementary school, and at the simple way. We went all over the city, like we owned the place. Okay, not owned… but we all loved it. We stayed in a fantastic community house called the Shalom house, ate vegan all week, had a surprise birthday party (yay!), sang (and rapped) to Justin Bieber, got dreads. Yep, real wild. 😉

Until next adventures…

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

Yo yo, world!

Guess what?

Like most of the rest of the world right now (or at least the Grand Valley student population) I AM ON SPRING BREAK!!! Sorry to be redundant, I know a lot of people are clearly excited by the numerous amount of facebook statusus, and yes, I had to be one of those people to say it again!

I am pumped to be on spring break for multiple reasons but they mostly revolve around the fact that in a little over 24 hours, I will be in a van with 10 people I don’t know well… traveling to an unknown, mysterious place… getting ready to spend a week doing God’s work. The anticipation for the trip is here. I feel anxious, excited, a little nervous. But you know, I am happy to be at this point right now. I love waiting for something I know is going to be good. And I love packing! I love, love, love traveling!

Months ago, when I tried to decide which campus ministry trip I was going to go on, I just couldn’t decide. I just didn’t know where to go!

Now? Well, I still don’t know where I’m going. Pretty crazy right? Yep, and I don’t really have any indications either.

It could be somewhere like this…

or this…

Well, winter boots are not on my packing list. And neither is my swimsuit! haha!

One thing I am learning from this spring break trip is that it really doesn’t matter the location of where I am going. I am focusing on the intent of the trip instead. At the end of the day, I will be thankful for wherever I am. It is a gift to be able to share the love of Jesus Christ with the world.

So, I will be gone for the next week or so. And when I come back? Well, there will be talk of the place, people, and pictures for sure! 🙂

Again Jesus spoke to them saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12