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Things that happened before coming to California

So, last I updated I had met Tyler’s friend Alexa who was possibly looking for a roommate. Well, we had coffee and talked and she came over to look at the apartment, and…..WE ARE GOING TO BE ROOMMATES!!! Honestly I am so excited! We click and seem to get along really well! Plus she loves Jesus, and it has been evident in the small amount of time I have been able to spend with her. Looking back on this whole process I realize that with all the other girls I was usually settling for someone who didn’t know the Lord or wasn’t actively walking with Him.  I was just happy to have someone to occupy the other room and share half the rent with. But, as always, God had a bigger plan for my roommate situation. All of those other girls didn’t work out so that Alexa and I could meet and be able to live together! In the end I’m so glad that I waited on the Lord, and of course His plan was better than anything I thought of myself! So once I get back to Oregon Alexa is going to move in! I’m so excited!!

Other news: SUMMER SCHOOL IS OVER!!! The last week was a little rough with a final and then two essays, but I got them done! And now it is summer! WOOO!! I will say taking 16 units over summer was a little crazy and I would never do it again. But it was worth it to be able to graduate in the Spring! AHHH! Sometimes it still doesn’t seem real that I am graduating in less than a year. I still have no clue what I am going to do the next year. Either move back to SLO and work or go onto grad school. I have fall quarter to figure that out, mainly because I would have to apply to grad school by February.  So that will be something to think about and pray a lot about in these next few months.

Also, I found the church that I think is going to be my home church in Eugene! I am really excited! It is the church Alexa usually goes to, but the Sunday I was going she couldn’t make it. So I went alone, but as soon as I got there people introduced themselves and were very welcoming. The worship was great and the message was based in the word and focused on Jesus. Also a girl who introduced herself and asked if it was my first time asked if I wanted to go to coffee and get to know each other. It actually reminded me a lot of Calvary, and maybe that is a comfort thing wanting a church that is similar. When I left the service I was kind of bummed that I wouldn’t be able to go again for about a month (between being in California and Salem), so I feel like that was a sign that it is a church that I can become a member of and grow a lot in this next year!

Overall I am actually looking forward to fall quarter and all the things that the Lord has in store for me!

I don’t feel like writing my paper….so I am going to write on here

Thursday night going out to camp Harlow and the campfire was a really great night. There were skits (most of which were kind of inside jokes, so I didn’t totally get them) and songs, and worship. Overall it was really great night! There was this one presentation, it wasn’t really a skit because there wasn’t anyone talking. But it was like a visual representation of sin and the Gospel. A person put a chair with a sign taped to it that read sin. There was music playing and then a girl from the leadership team was up on stage. She would look at the chair and think about it, and then walk away, then look back at it. Finally she went over to and was looking at the chair and finally touched it, just with one finger, but she touched it. And she was stuck, she couldn’t take her finger away from the chair. She tried so hard, but couldn’t. Then her hand got stuck on the chair. After that two girls who seemed to be friends walked up on stage. They waved at her, but she stood in front of the sign that said sin, and tried to act as normal as possible. This process went on, until she was kneeling/sitting on the chair and totally stuck, heartbroken and crying. Then a man came up on stage. Slowly, little by little, he took her hands and legs off the chair. Then he took her place on the chair. Finally he threw the chair off the stage (it was outside, so he threw it onto some dirt) symbolizing the defeat of sin. It was just such a real and beautiful picture of Jesus coming and saving us from sin.

He died so that we could have life.

What a beautiful thing? I can’t think of anything more beautiful and filled with love. So much so that had tears coming down my face by the time he finally tossed the chair off stage. I wish I had taken a video of it so other people could have seen it, but I didn’t so my description will just have to do.

Also Thursday night I met one of Tyler’s friends who is on the leadership team out at Harlow and she is possibly looking for a roommate and a new place to live. So that is really exciting! She seems really nice. Talking with her it was evident that she has a fire and passion for the Lord. It was so awesome and refreshing to talk to another woman that has that fire! It reminded me of friendships from SLO, and that was just really great! Tomorrow I am going to go to the church she normally goes to, and then we are going to have lunch and she is going to come look at the apartment! I am looking forward to checking out another church down here, and hopefully getting closer to finding a home church. One other thing, she is part of a bible study of women who are really getting into the word and talking about what it is saying. I’m pretty excited to go check this out too, probably once I get back from California. But I really want to find a solid group of women to become a part of, because especially at the end of the year I was really coming to realize how important fellowship and community with other sisters in Christ is for my relationship with the Lord and just my life in general!!

These past few days I have been in pseudo-summer. Basically not having class or any commitments, but having school work to do. I think it might be worse than having class because summer is so close, yet so far!! Well now off to make it a little closer and work on my 311 paper

p.s. I fly into California in less than a week! And in less than a week Vince and Angela will be married!! So exciting!!!!

p.p.s. I am wanting some good books to read while on vacation! Any suggestions??? I think Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis will be one, but I have a feeling I am going to finish that and want some others to read! I am open to suggestions!!

Almost done with summer school! (and other updates about life)

I am approaching the last stretch of summer school! WOO! This week is going to be a busy one though! I have my thesis for 310 due Monday, 6 page paper journal about the readings for 310 due Tuesday, final in 310 Wednesday. Then next Monday I have a 6 page research project paper for 311 due, where I am going out to survey people. And finally next Wednesday I have a 5-8 page social issues paper comparing views of theorists for 310 due! I am hoping to have the papers done sooner, hopefully I can write the 310 one Thursday and Friday and then work on my 311 one over the weekend and be done Monday the 16th!!

Last night Ashley & Rachel (friends from elementary-high school) came down to my apartment in Eugene. It was really fun to hang out and make dinner! We made pizza, I must say my favorite was the BBQ chicken over the more traditional tomato sauce, pepperoni, mushroom, olive & onion. But it was nice to hang out at home and not be alone. I know that sounds really sad and depressing, but it hasn’t been all bad living by myself. I think being an only child was preparing me to live on my own for this summer. Also Gavin & I talk a lot or skype when I get lonely. BUT, I would love to talk/skype with other people and catch up on life : )

Speaking of catching up, I booked my tickets for visiting in August! I am flying down to Orange County August 20 for Vince & Angela’s wedding (which I can’t wait for! It is going to be so much fun!) Then Disneyland Sunday, which I am SO excited for especially because I have a FREE ticket!! After that I am going to be in SLO until August 31 when I am taking the train back to Salem. I am actually kind of excited to take the train back, which I normally wouldn’t be because it is a 22-24 hour train ride. But I am hoping it will be pretty with summer and the sunset. I am in no hurry to get back, so why not travel in one of the most relaxing ways?? Also it was half the price of a plane ticket out of SLO, so it is hard to beat! Can’t wait for all the fun things that I LOVE about SLO!!! Line dancing, farmers, the beach, Crusade, the drive-in …. not to mention the wonderful people who live there : ) Please let me know if you are going to be in town I want to hang out with you : ) ♥ ♥ ♥

Roommate situation update: God is sooooo good! Right now there are 4 girls (yes you read that right FOUR!) interested!! The first of the four came today to look at the place and meet. She seemed really nice and said she would get back to me early next week about her decision. The second one is coming early next week to look at the place and meet me. The other two have emailed me and we are still talking over email! I am really really really hoping & praying that one of these girls works out! I would really love for this whole situation to be resolved and the application process started by the time I go down to California! It would be so nice to not have to worry about that and just have a very relaxing vacation in California! I would appreciate any prayers for a resolved roommate situation.

Earlier this week as I was watering my veggies I noticed my green beans and broccoli have started growing! So I thought I would post some pictures. The green beans aren’t as small as when I first found them, they were such cute baby string beans! But the broccoli is still a little baby! It is just so cute!! Is it sad that I think baby vegetables I am growing are cute? Oh well, I think they are!

Green Beans

Baby Broccoli

I put my index finger next to it to give some scale of how small and cute it is!

These little yellow flowers have bloomed all over my cucumber plant!

I have been going to CCF, and it has been good and a nice way to get to meet more people. They are going through Colossians. This last Tuesday Joe, the intern who is speaking this summer talked about the gospel and what it means to have our life hidden in Christ’s. It was just a really great reminder about what God did for us by having Jesus live a sinless life & die on the cross to atone for our sins! Sometimes I think I do not remember this enough and how amazing God is with how much he loves us! Also side note, sometimes an old man named Bud comes to CCF, I would guess he is in his 70s or 80s. I think during the school year sometimes his wife comes with him too. He comes before worship and then listens to the message. Then afterwords he hands out roses from his garden to all the women. (He only does this when roses are in season) But he is such a cute old man! So for the past 2 weeks I have had a rose from Bud in a vase on my dining room table. This is my one from this last Tuesday:

One last thing, I was going through my music today on my iTunes because my computer was getting full and I don’t listen to A LOT of the music on my computer (I had over 5,000 songs!) Then I was just listening to random music and I came across a song called Come Save by Sarah Reeves, and have pretty much fallen in love with this song! These were some of the lyrics that really spoke to me:

Addicted to our pride
Come save
Consumed in self delight
Come save
Break us and free us from these chains
We desperately need your grace

You can listen to the song on YouTube here: Come Save by Sarah Reeves I would definitely recommend at least taking a listen. Also I am pretty excited to check out her other music!

Thinking of you guys often!!

p.s. I was thinking about music after I had written this post, and it seemed fit to mention another song I have been slightly obsessive about The Glory of It All by David Crowder Band (the title is a link to the song on YouTube). I know it came out a while ago, but it SO good! I just love the message of the song! These are the lyrics of the chorus:

Oh, the glory of it all
Is He came here
For the rescue of us all
That we may live
For the glory of it all
Oh, the glory of it all

Start of another term!

Before I write about the new term I am going to write a little about this last weekend.

So Thursday I went up to Portland and flew down to Sacramento. Gavin and Garret got in early early Friday morning. Friday Gavin and I went on a bike ride around his neighborhood. (For anyone that has doubts about my bike riding ability, Gavin can vouch that I can ride a bike!) That was really fun, but it was HOT! So we came back and swam in the pool for a while which felt soooooo good! Friday afternoon Gavin, Garret, Cody and I went to see Inception. It was really good, but it was very intense. It was non-stop action for two and a half hours. I would probably see it again once it comes out on dvd. But if you like action movies that also have a psychological story line and play with your mind and reality, then you would probably like Inception. Friday night Gavin’s mom made Indian food for dinner that was delicious! I can’t remember the names of everything that we had, but I want to get some of the recipies because they were so yummy!

Saturday was Gavin and Garret’s birthday. We ran a lot of errands and stuff. Brian came up for dinner, which was fantastic (steak, potatoes, salad, corn, peach pound cake, and homemade icecream). After dinner we went and relaxed in the spa which was so great!

Sunday Gavin, Garret and I got up early to drop me off at the airport and then they drove back to SLO. Lynn picked me up from the airport and then I came back to Eugene and just relaxed last night because I didn’t have homework or anything!!

Today is the first day of the second 4 week term of summer. Right now I  am enrolled in a SOC 311 Methods of Research. I had that class this morning at 10. It seems like it should be a good class. Instead of having a final test we have a research project. I am excited that I will get to come up with my own research concept and execute it because I didn’t get to do it in my stats class. I am also enrolled in SOC 399 which is on immigration in America. I am crashing SOC 310 at noon. This class is sociological theory, which will probably be kind of boring. But if I get SOC 310 I can take Sociology of Education in the fall! I really want to take this class so I am hoping the teacher will add me! Then I can drop SOC 399. Also kind of funny, a girl that I know through mutual friends from high school was in my SOC 311 class this morning. What a small world!

I’ve started looking at schools for my masters in educational counseling, which is what I want to do eventually. I haven’t decided if I want to go straight into it or take a year off. I keep going back and forth for a lot of reasons, but I have a little while until I have to decide what I want to do.

I should get headed to SOC 310 to try to get in!! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Half way through the term!

So it has taken me a while to update again. I guess you could say it is because I had a lot going on with school and was really busy, but really I was just putting it off. Anyway…

Since the last time I wrote I found a roommate and we got along great and everything. But then after we decided she would live here and apply to the rental company a few days later she emailed me and decided she needed to live some where less expensive. So that was a bummer and really frustrating. I’m just really exhausted by the whole situation and am ready to have it all figured out and done. But that isn’t really how it works. So as I am getting to know more people here I am starting to have more people to see if they know people who are looking for housing. I’m just trying not to stress about it and know that God has a plan and it will all work out. Sometimes you just have to be patient and wait on the Lord! Seriously as I was writing this another girl just called me interested about the apartment!!! God is so faithful and surprising!!!

This week was been busy! Half way through the term now. Tuesday I had music project due and then Thursday I had a music midterm. Yesterday I had a refection paper due online for my sociology class! So I was keeping busy busy! Next week I have a music paper due Tuesday, midterm in sociology Wednesday and then the week after that is the last week! The term is going by so fast! But that is what happens in a 4 week term!

Last Monday was my birthday, which was nice. Sunday I went out to dinner with my parents and Ashley. Then Monday Johanna and I went to dinner with here in Eugene and then to a really cute bakery. I went to class and had a dentist appointment, so those were kind of a bummer but oh well.

Tuesday I went to CCF again it was good we talked about prayer looking at Colossians 1. It is really nice to start getting to know people more and building friendships. Next week the girl who has been cooking dinner is going to be out of town, so I am cooking dinner! I have never cooked for that many people (between 25-30) so we will see how that goes. I think I keep wanting it to feel like Crusade and for bible study to feel like my old bible study in SLO, but it never will. It doesn’t really work like that. But it is good.

I am starting to get aquatinted with Eugene and able to find my way around the city. Yesterday I found my way to Home Depot and got some plants, herbs, and veggies to grow! I’m hoping they actually grow. We will see, but it will be fun no matter what! Even though I am starting to get familiar with the town it still doesn’t feel like home yet. I don’t know if it ever will. I guess I have been feeling kind of homesick recently, even though I am closer to home. Doesn’t really make sense, but I guess SLO is more home now.

I am pretty much moved in by now. I still have to bring my desk down and a dresser. So my room still has some boxes. It is weird living alone, I think it is part of what is making me more lonely. But it is good, makes me more motivated to go make friends!

I’m not sure what my plans are for the 4th tomorrow. I am heading back tonight, so I think I will be hanging out with the parents tomorrow. We will see what happens, but I’m sure there will be BBQ and fireworks!

I figured I would post some pictures of my apartment! So this is like a virtual tour!

As you walk up the stairs you see my little garden! I am trying to grow cucumbers, string beans, sweet peas, broccoli, and cantaloupe . We will see how that goes!

Welcome in!!

The laundry room is to the left as you walk in.

Standing in the entrance looking at the dining area and kitchen

The living room

The half bath downstairs by the living room

The kitchen!!

: )

Now up the stairs!

My room. Not quite done yet, but you get an idea

The full bathroom upstairs

So thats it! There is another bedroom, but nothing is in there!

Miss you all!! I’m hoping to skype with some of you soon! I miss your faces dearly!!!

Speed bumps in the road called life

So I have hit another road bump in the journey to find a roommate. The girl who was going to be my roommate didn’t get approved by the rental company, then she did. However, when she came to look at the apartment. I had not even thought about the staircase and getting a bed larger than a twin up the stairs. She is going to buy a new mattresses and wants to get a queen, but a queen seems pretty much impossible to get up the stairs. So, not wanting to wait 2 weeks to see if the mattress movers could maybe get it up the stairs and putting ourselves in a worse situation if it doesn’t, we decided it didn’t seem like it was going to work out. This was pretty frustrating because I am in a brand new apartment and my parents have put down the entire deposit and 1st months rent, so I feel bad for them. But, I know God has a plan and is in control and everything happens for a reason. With that I have started looking for a new roommate, and hopefully I will be able to find one soon! Currently this is my biggest prayer request, that God would provide a roommate and I wouldn’t stress too much about it.

Anyway, onto other things in life. Tuesday I went to a college group called Collegiate Christian Fellowship (or CCF) that is through the First Baptist Church here in Eugene. During the summer they have dinner before worship and the message which was nice. I got to meet people which was really great. One of the girls I met is a Sociology major as well, so that was really cool! They have a bible study tonight so I think I am going to go check that out. It was nice that as soon as I got there people introduced themselves and were very friendly. I think because no one recognized me they knew I was new. I don’t know how many times though I told people I’m a transfer student this is my first term this is why I am transferring…I think it was around 15 times. I think this will be a good place to build community. This summer they are going through Colossians, which should be interesting and hopefully very insightful. It is a lot smaller than Crusade, but I think that will be nice and make it easier to get to know people. But I will probably check out Crusade in the fall just to see what it is like here at the very least.

Next on the list of things to update about: school. My classes so far have been going really well. I’m done with the first week and there are three left for these classes. My Sociology class has been really interesting and somewhat confusing and challenging. Yesterday we talked about the “I” and “Me” and how we internalize the social interactions we learn as a young child. Mead’s theory about the social self was the basis for the discussion. Also how we have different “Me”s for different situations. For instance, you have a “Student Me” and a “Son or Daughter Me” and sometimes these are different and bring out different characteristics. The “I” then is free and creative and can pull out different “Me”s in different social circumstances. Where it gets a little trippy is when you start talking about the I that sees the “I” and “Me”. I won’t go into that because, honestly I don’t know how to describe it. But on the whole the class is really interesting!

Also I am becoming more familiar with campus and can mostly find my way without using a map! Don’t ask me for a tour of campus or directions though, I’m not there yet. The weather here is finally like summer weather, which has made the transition nice. I think it has actually been warmer here than in SLO the past few days. I have been walking to campus because I don’t have a bike yet so I have really been able to take in the warm weather (it is about a 15-20 minute walk from my apartment to campus) and actually I am sitting outside the library right now typing this, it is going to be a very nice evening/walk home. Speaking of the Library, which is named Knight Library reminds me of a comment someone made Tuesday night that UofO is Knight University. Referring to Phil Knight the Nike CEO. It is funny to look around campus and see how many building bear his name, but I guess when you have billionaire alumni who wants to see the university flourish that is what happens!

Anyway I guess I will wrap it up. I miss you all!! So much that sometimes on campus I will be like oh that reminds me of so and so from Poly or actually think it is a person from SLO until I remember wait I am in Oregon that is impossible. Maybe this is a sign I am loosing it, but either way I miss everyone lots. I know it will get easier especially once I get plugged into a group of friends.

Ok now I am really going to wrap it up! I hope you enjoy your weekend wherever you are!!

First day at UofO

So a lot has happened since I last posted! I am pretty much all moved in to my apartment, but still have to unpack my room and move my desk down. Other then that all moved in! It was weird and kind of creepy sleeping alone in my apartment last night. I think I will like it once my apartment-mate moves in. Which hopefully will be in the next few days!

This morning was orientation, which thankfully was short!! I also felt proud of myself because I pretty much knew everything the lady talked about because I had found the information already. I think that is a good thing because eventually I want to do what she is doing! So I am all registered for classes for the first 4 week term. I have MUS 125 Understanding Music from 12-2 today and then SOC 301 American Society from 2-4. Hopefully these will be good classes!! If not I guess I will be done with them in 4 weeks so they will be over quick!

It is really strange walking around on campus. I had to ask for directions a few times when getting to the building where they had the orientation because I didn’t have a map. Despite coming down here for marching band every year and just visiting Eugene I have no clue where I am going. (Probably should have taken a campus tour at some point, oh well) So I am just walking around with my handy map trying not to look too lost! I am actually in the EMU (the equivalent of the UU) and I must say they do not have very many comfy couches/chairs, much less any by plug ins for my lap top. But oh well.

It still hasn’t sunk in that I go here yet. Maybe it will once I actually go to class. Although, you would think it would have sunk in when I signed my lease, or moved in, or went to orientation; but, it hasn’t yet. I was walking here from the Oregon Hall (where I had orientation) and a man came up to me and introduced himself and told me about a ministry he is running down here. Which was cool. I think it was God’s way of reassuring me that I will find community here. There is a college group that meets on Tuesday so I thought I would check that out. I am not going to be down here for a Sunday for a while, so I guess finding a church here will have to wait until then, but they will still be here so that is ok.

Anyway this is really long and I need to get lunch before my noon class, so I am going to wrap it up. Hopefully I can find someplace to get lunch!