Hello Sweet Cheer: August 2012

8.11.2012

fall semester, here we come!

     Right now I'm on a little break from reality!  I finished my summer classes, (all 4 of them, 12 hours worth) and my family and I are in San Marcos visiting my sister & brother-in-law for the weekend!  Yesterday was a chill day since Callie & Justin had to work, but today we are floating the river and I CAN'T WAIT!  After a crazy, jam-packed summer I'm in need of some major relaxation!

     Aside from that though, I'm pumped for the fall!  I'll be in McKinney until the end of next week & then I'll head back to Lubbock to prepare for a new semester!  The first foundation camp happened this past week, there's a second session next week & it's getting me way too excited for all the new freshman we'll get to meet in a few short weeks!

Me and my girl Ariel

     This semester is going to be drastically different from all the others I've already experienced at Texas Tech.  First of all, one of my best friends Ariel who lived with me since January moved home just a few weeks ago.  She'll be in the Dallas area for this school year, and after that who knows!  She's the person I basically spent every waking moment with (not saying that was healthy ;) hehe) for the past year so that's going to be a huge change.  Also, another one of my best friends & a sister who is so precious to me, Kelsey, got married about 2 weeks ago & is moving to Durango, Colorado with her hubby, Zack!  They left Lubbock yesterday morning & and made the long trek to the mountains!  I'm so excited for them to be taking this job in college ministry because I know the Lord is going to work in amazing ways through them.  At the same time though, Kelsey has been an incredible influence in my life.  She is an incredible woman of God who challenges me, loves me, teaches me, and does life with me.  I know we'll be friends for life but going from friends who live in the same town to friends who have to make an effort to keep in touch is going to be challenging.  That's the same thing Ariel & I are going through.  Change is good & exciting but definitely tough.  Another huge change is that one of my bestest friends & former roommate Malissa got married this summer as well.  She's been married now for over a month so we've been getting used to the changes in our friendship & it's been great so far!  She still lives in Lubbock with her husband so that makes it a million times easier to not allow these life changes to dissolve our friendship.  We still get to hang out a lot & I love it!

Sweet Malissa & I before her wedding rehearsal!

And precious Kelsey! She's the one moving to Colorado…

With her husband… :)

So friendships are ever-changing.  One friendship that will be changing for the better/returning to how it used be is my sweet friend Claire.  She's super precious to me & I'm so excited that I get to spend this semester with her!  


And I'm way excited about new friendships & people I've known that I'm just now starting to get to know really well!  Here are a few of those people…

 Kayla

 Madison

 Kyle (he loves me)

Jenna

Anyway, Jesus is way cool & I'm stoked to see what He has planned for this semester.  I'm thinking/praying about leading a girls bible study, so be on the lookout for an update on that!  I plan to blog a bit about what's on my heart for that!

Peace & blessings,

Mere

8.02.2012

summer is nearing its end & my family rocks!

Summer is almost over :(

It's officially August, therefore the Fall semester starts THIS MONTH!  I think this is the only time I've truly felt the meaning of the saying, "Time flies!"

This summer has consisted of…

My sweet sister Rachel married her love Andy!  Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw concert at Cowboys Stadium with my parents & little sister, summer classes galore (lots of studying), my baby sister turned SIXTEEN (wow!), hanging out at the leisure pool, I've attended EIGHT, yes EIGHT weddings, I've gotten to hang out with some sweet friends I don't usually see as much during the school year & I've even made a few new friends!  Summer 2012 was a huge success and it's not over yet!

Next weekend I'm headed to San Marcos to hang out with my PRECIOUS family :)  We'll be staying with my sister Callie & brother-in-law Justin!  I'm beyond excited to see them, float the river, do a little shopping & just spend some quality time with them after this jam-packed summer!

So I talk about my family a whole lot!  I realize this and I also realize people may not want to hear about them anymore.  Regardless, I'm gonna keep talking about them because that's just how great they are!  Here's a run down of my family…


Here we are back in May of 2008, when Rachel graduated high school!  We're pretty cute, huh? :)


Here's my daddy.  He's basically the coolest cat around!  He's super funny & I just love how great of a dad he is!


Next is my precious momma!  She's amazing.  I love her to death!


That's my sister Callie and her husband Justin.  They started dating right before I turned 12.  So I've known him for such a long time that it seems like he's always been a part of the family!  They both went to Texas State, Callie got a degree in Business Finance and Justin has his undergrad in the same plus an MBA also from Texas State.  They got married this past October and bought a house in San Marcos!


That's Rachel and her husband Andy.  They just recently got married and live in Waco, where they went to school at Baylor.  They're hanging around there for a while until Andy goes to grad school, at which time they'll move!  She has a degree in Journalism/PR and he has a degree in Music Performance maybe?  I'm not sure exactly, I just know he plays the trumpet & has a music degree of some sort!


Then there's me!  Not married, not engaged, just me :)  For now at least!  


There's my baby sister Camille!  She just turned 16 and is going into her junior year of high school! I can't even believe she's getting so old!

Anyway, I just wanted to show them off a bit since I think they're so great.  I can't even WAIT to see them next weekend!  I thank the Lord every day for blessing me with such an incredible, encouraging, and loving family! 

Who are you most thankful for in your life?  Do they know thank you love them so much?  Make an effort to figure out who is the most important and let them know!  (we humans aren't always very good at voicing how we feel)

Peace & blessings,
Mere