- Go and find the one for whom your love is selfless, someone who makes you helpless to change the way you feel. -
One last shot from Sarah and Josiah's special day in honor of sending this gallery off!
- a million dreams are keeping me awake -
Hey, happy 2018.
Things I learned in 2017:
• keep your eyes wide open. There's too much magic going on to blink.
• learning is important but people are more important. Than most things, actually. Including sleep.
• crazy things happen, like the kind you might only dream up in your head or the ones you think only happen to other people. And they aren't coincidence, they're God.
• doing scary things is as exhilarating as it gets, even when they're small enough to be normal to other people. Don't overthink.
• people are exciting.
Can you imagine 2018? I'm kinda pumped. I suspect I'm more starry-eyed than I thought.
The best stories are the ones we live, not the ones we read. To all my dear Wheaton friends, you are who taught me that over our first whirl of a semester; taught me to forget homework in favor of a Los run, to do the scary things like talk to people, to let go and join floor cults such as the Bowl Society, to embrace your true Hogwarts house, to just breathe, to worship more freely and together a God who stuns each of us in new ways every day, and to more fully live in ways that honor Christ. There are, after all, some things even better than what's in my books. Here's to the years we have in store.
Alright, sap out.
Let me tell you what it's like to have moments like these where the world slows to a snow globe and steals your heart 'till even my Illinois posses a hint of otherworldly beauty and we live and laugh in it. Let me tell you what it's like to have moments where the clock strikes past two in the morning and still you know these are the hours to be alive and awake, for who else could have made this moment except for a sovereign God who loves you enough to cause the snow to fall on a late night before finals as the whole campus celebrates another semester of classes down and throws snowballs at each other in the dark because college students are pretty much the biggest children ever...who puts you on just the right floor and within just a few weeks you've found people you will never leave; who gives you just the right verse for just the right moment; who places you in a room filled with voices worshipping God and seeking after rest in Him, a momentary glimpse into eternity; who does that?!? He stuns me moment to moment and now we're left breathless in the endless snowfall of His blessings. That's what it's like to be in this moment.
Also, an hour late, but happiest of birthdays to my lovely @lucykatebruno who is the cutest of hufflepuffs and makes me tea and snuggles with me when I need it and complains about core class with me. You're actually the greatest. Also, your namesake likes to stand in the snow under lampposts too. Call Ireland Mr. Tumnus basically.
- What if we could risk everything we had and just let our walls cave in? - @sleepingatlast
Let us dance with the things that make us fall in love, let us be us and no one else, let us find the people that become so special, we tumble into the risk of giving up our very selves for them and embrace it in full terror, the full terror of brokenness on brokenness that comes with love, knowing that we have the freedom to be a tangled mess if we are only ready to be filled by the one and only love that is NOT brokenness on brokenness, but beautiful wholeness on surrendered brokenness. This is together with Him. 'Scuse me, I just wanted to say hello and Merry Christmas!
The view after I wandered around for an hour alone in the woods while the sun sunk through to the layers of leaves, and my Vans (which I promised myself would never get dirty) got covered in mud and creek water. Somehow, my inexplicable source of data reached through the trees to my phone, where I miraculously was able to listen to music, traipse over to the wrong side of the river, trespass on really adorable cottages, and take the long and beautiful way back to my precious dirt road and the way to one of my favorite places on earth. Happy fall in Michigan, folks.
Missing you, Wheaton friends.
We spend the days wishing for something else, when everything we want is in the moments like decorating pumpkins with sharpies and taking deep breaths 'till the world collapses out of our control and into His, the only place it's ever been.
Don't let the midterms get you down.
Throwback to the first weeks of college when fall break seemed like an eternity away and now we are halfway through semester one and time never seems to slow down enough to treasure every moment as fully as it deserves, but at least we have photographs and run-on sentences to hold on to everything that has, in the blink of an eye, turned so precious, and isn't @lucykatebruno cute? She hates it when I say that, but I strive only to speak truth on my instagram.