This last weekend was Easter Break and since I can’t go home to Minnesota, I went to Virginia Beach instead with a group of friends. We didn’t actually go to the beach because of the weather, but we stopped by for about 30 minutes just so I could experience the ocean again before I go back to the land of a thousand lakes.
While down in Virginia Beach I mostly stayed at my friend Adie’s house and met all of her family. Her family is hilarious, just like Adie, but they are also very sweet and hospitable. On Easter it was a little hard not being with my own family, but Adie's family took me in with ease. On the first night I stayed with my friend Jenna. A fun fact about these girls: Adie and Jenna have been best friends for over 10 years so they are a lot of fun! Jenna comes from a big family where she has 6 siblings, not including herself. Not all of her siblings were home this, but her three younger siblings were home and her new baby cousin.
Living far away from home is always bittersweet. Bitter because I can’t always go home, but sweet because on breaks I get to go home with people and deepen relationships. As the year has gone by I have become more comfortable with the distance that is between me and my family. I have become more independent and dependent all at the same time.
I can’t believe that my freshman year is over in less than a month. Seriously, it seemed like yesterday that I moved into my dorm. Looking back I can’t help but be so thankful for everything God has done and that I have been able to do! He has lead me in so many amazing directions and to so many people who have impacted my life greatly. But before I get ahead of myself, I still have 3-ish weeks to make memories, friends and most importantly, good grades (which is a struggle).
It is just a struggle to keep pushing through. I am not a procrastinator, but it has been a struggle to keep up with my crazy schedule, especially when the sunshine is so welcoming.
Leaving school will be bittersweet, so here is a list of the bitter and of the sweet:
I will miss
all my friends (you know who you are)
the Rot cookies
Johnnie Moore (but really)
the loft bed
The Muse, the White Hart, The Tea House, and Market on Maine
I can’t wait to
sing with my mom and sister
watch movies with my dad
hang with my brothers
not spend money (I need help)
see my friends from high school
go to Thursdays on First and the farmers markets
do laundry for free
drink Dunn Brothers Coffee, Spyhouse Coffee, and my mom's sweet tea
I love spring.
Partially because my birthday is on the first day of spring, but also because I love the sunshine! After living in Minnesota for the past 9 years, I have been anticipating warm weather in exchange for snowstorms. Unfortunately, I can’t have my cake and eat it too because last week it snowed. But on the bright side, Hannah (the best friend) and I made friends with a snowman.
Like I said before I love spring. The flowers blooming, the sun shining and being able to wear dresses all make going to class easier. I'm not sure what I will do if it snows again. You can never really know with the weather in Virginia.
In honor of spring I have made a playlist of songs all about sunshine. So while you are doing your homework outside make sure to listen to a couple.
Playlist: Here Comes the Sun
- Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
- Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
- Island in the Sun by Weezer
- Brighter than the Sun by Colbie Caillat
- Sun by Sleeping At Last
- Pocket full of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield
- Sunshine and Rain by The Icarus Account
- The Shadow Proves the Sunshine by Switchfoot
- Sunshine by JJ Heller
- Sun by Two Door Cinema Club
- Sail into the Sun by Gentleman Hall
- Sunshine on my Shoulders by John Denver
- Sun Giant by Fleet Foxes
This spring break I was invited to cabin just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. I went with 3 other girls and we had a blast sleeping in, eating out and laughing hard. Here are some places that we check out over break:
The cabin that we stayed at was 45 minutes away from Charlottesville and so we took a couple trips to shop and walk around downtown. My aunt and uncle own a chain of boutiques called Bluetique, so we visited the one in Charlottesville. We also went to an urban Mexican restaurant. It was cheap and delicious! On one of our other trips to Charlottesville, we went to the Urban Outfitters and a cute restaurant called Brookeville Café. Overall Charlottesville is a phenomenal place.
We came back to campus Friday afternoon, which was nice because I wanted to get settled in before school started again on Monday. That Saturday I met up with some other friends and we decided to climb Sharp Top to see the sunset. I ended up climbing in jean shorts and a pair of Vans. This wasn’t the best idea but I made it. If you haven’t hiked at all while you’ve been at Liberty, you need to. Being nature helps us to recognize Gods glory. Also, being on top of the mountain reminded me of how small I am compared to the rest of the world.
Overall I had a fabulous break. It was nice to get away but I am definitely glad to be back to my crazy life on campus. Here are some extra photos from the break.