embarking on a new adventure.

a journal of my adventures in independence in Ireland this semester...i'm challenging myself to make the most of each day by seizing opportunities and letting my passion for God shine - no matter where my journey takes me!
May 21
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home again home again jiggity jig..

"reunited and it feels so good…"

I’m so glad to finally be home. I had the most wonderful reunion with my family and friends. I got to spend three wonderful days with my lovely roommate before she heads off on her own international adventure and am convinced that we can now both survive the summer.

I’m still adjusting; reuniting with all the people I love and missed so much over the last four months is much more emotional than I anticipated. As much as I’m enjoying it, I have to be realistic and let myself have some serious time to reacclamate. So that’s what I’m doing this week - just taking it easy and enjoying my family and my house…yay for summer!

May 11
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I even get to see this beautiful face for a few minutes at the airport…say it with me…in 6 days!!

I even get to see this beautiful face for a few minutes at the airport…say it with me…in 6 days!!

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In 6 days, this beautiful face will greet me at the airport!

In 6 days, this beautiful face will greet me at the airport!

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Only 6 more days until my Madison!

Only 6 more days until my Madison!

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My beautiful little sister will be in my arms in only 6 days!!

My beautiful little sister will be in my arms in only 6 days!!

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In 6 days, I get an enormous Daddy-sized hug, from this guy :)

In 6 days, I get an enormous Daddy-sized hug, from this guy :)

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I get to have this back in my life in 6 days!

I get to have this back in my life in 6 days!

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the final countdown

"It’s the final countdown duhduhduhduh dadadada duhduhduhduh dadadadadadada…" You get the idea.

I’m going home in exactly 6 days and, let me just tell you, the anticipation is intense! I am so excited for my last week in Dublin. I have only 2 more days of forcing myself to study microeconomics, one day set aside for packing most of my stuff, and then 3 days with the one and only Ben Jones who is stopping in at the beginning of his “European Backpacking Adventure” of which I have dubbed his solo trip for the summer. I’m so excited to have a friend visiting in my last 3 days and can’t wait to show him all the wonderful things that I’ve discovered and enjoyed about this city over the last four months. And I’m glad that I can serve as a friendly face a free place to stay at the start of his adventure…

And then I fly home. Do I need to elaborate on that? Or can you feel the excitement radiating from your computer screen? 6 days people. 6 days and I get to be at home with my friends and family telling stories and sharing pictures and sleeping and cooking and WATCHING TV! I’ve been having food network withdrawals for the past month and its high time I parked myself on the couch with Momma in front of the wonderful Ina Garten or Giada DeLarentis…they’re calling me!

I could not be happier with how this semester is wrapping up. I have the best mix of emotions right now and am just taking it all in…every last minute.

May 10
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just wanted to share one of my favorite picture from April with you…i have had such a blast with these girls over that last few months!

just wanted to share one of my favorite picture from April with you…i have had such a blast with these girls over that last few months!

Apr 28
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surprise!

Yesterday I got a surprise package in the mail from my wonderful family. Oh, what a treat to open that little box and find so many goodies to get me through my last three weeks in Dublin! On the very top was a beautful little green sweater and a fun skinny yellow belt. I’m rockin’ that sweater tonight…we are going out to celebrate a birthday among us. My momma was so sweet to throw in lots of treats that she knows I love like dark chocolate and yummy teas. Elena threw in some jelly beans and one of her spring pictures taken at school…oh I miss that girl! It amazes me how much joy a cardboard box can bring :)

As my dad would say, “I LOVE MY FAMILY!!!” And I can’t wait to be in their arms again…soon enough.