This Summer…


My Kids.
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I mentioned before that I thought this summer might fly by and it did! It’s gone already, but I’m kind of relieved… School started yesterday–my second to last semester–and I’m actually looking forward to it. More so than the last two semesters when I thought everyone was mocking me behind my back in class (so high school, I know!). But yesterday, as I walked around campus, I heard my name being called from every direction and I actually felt, well, popular? That’s never really happened before… But it was cool. I like knowing people and I like people knowing me. It makes me feel like I can say, “Yeah, man, I’ve got connections…” and it’d be true! Or something…

However, I cannot disregard the great summer we had. George and I celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary on August 4th, spending time in Atlanta and taking a few days off from work to relax. We also got to visit friends in Franklin,Tennessee (where all the major Christian music artists live, apparently) including Evan, a friend I graduated high school with, and the Reinfeldts, who have relocated there for the Tennessee Titans, which Mike now has a contract with. The Reinfeldt kids are the ones I babysat all those years and who have overcome amazing adversity through Elise’s battle with leukemia. She’ll be in remission for two years in November! She looks so healthy and beautiful. She amazes me.

These upcoming months will prove fairly interesting and eventful. One of my professors approached me for an independent research study which provides core class credit I need, along with a lot of other things that look great on a resume. I’ll be doing a serious photo essay about women who have suffered, or suffer, from domestic violence situations. It includes visiting shelters and safe houses and possibly a women’s prison! It’s going to be intense, but it’s also going to be really enlightening. Not to mention, it’s so close to what I actually want to do with my life–finding those amazing stories and producing some really incredible photojournalism. I’ll definitely post some of the pictures I take here for you to see. As things progress, I hope to build an online portfolio of some kind and all these pictures will definitely go there.

So while I’m still dedicated to working hard at Starbucks in their management team, I’m feeling more and more confident about pursuing the field of work for which I’ve pursued an education! Before, I actually thought Starbucks seemed most promising, but making drinks and putting up with customers isn’t exactly sounding awesome right now. God’s purpose for my life is more than a glorified barista…

I’m not sure how things will play out but I’m feeling really good about this school year. And for me, that’s a really great start…

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