movements

Already missing these two. Love them, their hearts, and their passion for others. God is so good. 😩❤️✈️ Now it’s time to wait on our hour and a half delayed flight… Should’ve just stayed👌 View Larger

Already missing these two. Love them, their hearts, and their passion for others. God is so good. 😩❤️✈️ Now it’s time to wait on our hour and a half delayed flight… Should’ve just stayed👌


Guatemala

I’m about to head to Wesley to have a big sleepover with the other 15 people headed to Guatemala with me in the morning. Tallahassee to Miami and then Guat. From there we have a 4 hour bus ride to the village of Chontala where we are staying and working and loving on the people.
Unexpectedly, I’m nervous. For what? I can’t put my finger on it. Maybe because I’ll forget something. Maybe because it’s my first international mission trip. Maybe because I’m afraid I won’t jump into things right away and miss out. Maybe because I’m leading worship and really haven’t gotten the songs down pat yet. Maybe because car rides sometimes make me sick.
I am actually looking forward to the culture shock. I want to feel things and see things outside my everyday, busy, and sometimes apathetic life. I want to write every moment down and how it made me and others feel. I want to have meaningful conversations about God with members of my team and with the families.
We were told a few meetings ago that one of the young women lost both her parents at a young age. I really want her to know that she is not alone. That I have been there. That I have the same struggles. But do I? I don’t live in Guat. I haven’t experienced what she has. But I want God to work through that and use me to give her peace if she needs it. And maybe she will teach me something too. Just like everyone else will, I am confident of that.
I want to remember how I am feeling now when I get back in 9 days. What a beautiful week it will have been. And of course, it will go by too quickly. It always does.


Today I’m thankful for my family, the people in my life that have become like family, Pittsburgh visits, snow, my friends near and far, FSU Wesley, opportunities, music, the past, the present, a future to look forward to and a God that will always remind me how truly blessed I am, how thankful I should be all the time, and that I am good enough to live this good life. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! View Larger

Today I’m thankful for my family, the people in my life that have become like family, Pittsburgh visits, snow, my friends near and far, FSU Wesley, opportunities, music, the past, the present, a future to look forward to and a God that will always remind me how truly blessed I am, how thankful I should be all the time, and that I am good enough to live this good life. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


This Florida (State) girl is “snowed in” so I’m taking the time to appreciate cable, Queen Latifah, journaling, scripture, coffee and quiet time. Tonight, I’ll be watching my pastor from back home on the Wheel of Fortune, Steve Price! 👌❄️😁❤️✒️☕️ View Larger

This Florida (State) girl is “snowed in” so I’m taking the time to appreciate cable, Queen Latifah, journaling, scripture, coffee and quiet time. Tonight, I’ll be watching my pastor from back home on the Wheel of Fortune, Steve Price! 👌❄️😁❤️✒️☕️


Depression does not always mean
Beautiful girls shattering at the wrists
A glorified, heroic battle for your sanity
Or mothers that never got the chance to say good-bye

Sometimes depression means
Not getting out of bed for three days
Because your feet refuse to believe
That they will not shatter upon impact with the floor

Sometimes depression means
That summoning the willpower
To go downstairs and do the laundry
Is the most impressive thing you accomplish that week

Sometimes depression means
Lying on the floor staring at the ceiling for hours
Because you cannot convince your body
That it is capable of movement

Sometimes depression means
Not being able to write for weeks
Because the only words you have to offer the world
Are trapped and drowning and I swear to God I’m trying

Sometimes depression means
That every single bone in your body aches
But you have to keep going through the motions
Because you are not allowed to call in to work depressed

Sometimes depression means
Ignoring every phone call for an entire month
Because yes, they have the right number
But you’re not the person they’re looking for, not anymore

— by “Alexandra” Tilton, NH (Teen Ink: November 2013 Issue)

Ironically beautiful and true.

(Source: stellines)


Oh my. White Chocolate Mint Martini made by Joe, the man showing his “best side”. What a man. And what a wonderful first night in Pittsburgh with my family 🍴❤️🍸😂 (at Tambellini Bridgeville Restaurant & Lounge) View Larger

Oh my. White Chocolate Mint Martini made by Joe, the man showing his “best side”. What a man. And what a wonderful first night in Pittsburgh with my family 🍴❤️🍸😂 (at Tambellini Bridgeville Restaurant & Lounge)