sweet summertime.

Today represented so many things that I love about summer break.  The high was 83 degrees, there was a perfect breeze blowing, and my sister and I rode around town with all of the windows down and the music turned up too loud.  No schoolwork.  No stress.  Just fun.  What a wonderful time of year!  And just for your enjoyment, I’ve compiled a wonderful list of everything great about summer:

Catching up with friends.  I consider myself incredibly blessed to have friendships from high school that have lasted throughout this time when everyone has gone their separate ways.  Visiting with these people often leads me to see that I have changed a lot since high school, but I think it’s so cool that these people still love me for who I have become rather than simply who I was.  I also find myself missing my UNC friends like crazy, so I’ve been trying to keep in touch with them as well!  Two of my closest friends from school were in Italy for all of spring semester and they just got back- I can’t even describe how excited I am to see them THIS WEEK!

my Italy girls! can’t wait to see you, Melissa and Morgan!

Weddings! Speaking of change, I have three very close friends getting MARRIED, and two of them will be wives before school even starts back!  Two years ago, I never would have imagined that I would be talking about wedding venues and registries and honeymoons with these girls, but it’s been so exciting to see them meet the loves of their lives, and I feel like I just can’t pray for their marriages enough.  What an exciting time in their lives!  It’s a good thing I’ve loaded up my wedding board on Pinterest, because I’m sure they’ll need my input… :)  Two of the lovely brides-to-be:

In just over a month, I will be watching this girl get married! Congratulations Leah!

Natalie was one of the first people I met when I moved to a new middle school. Who knew I’d be in her wedding all of these years later? So excited for her!

Concerts.  Okay, so I always have this expectation that I’m going to attend a ton of summer concerts, and normally I’ll end up going to a grand total of one concert throughout the entire summer.  BUT, my friends Kelly and Morgan surprised me with tickets to go see Lady Antebellum in June!  For the past two years or so, I have wanted to see them in concert and I’ve never gotten the chance- Kelly said I mentioned that to her while we were in Atlanta for spring break, and her and Morgan decided to buy tickets for us to go- what thoughtful, sweet friends.  It’s going to be great- Darius Rucker, Thompson Square, and Lady Antebellum- you’ve gotta love country music. :)

So grateful for these sweet girls!

Vacation.  Every summer, my family takes a trip to the beach and it is always, without fail, a blast.  My mom has already started planning the trip for this summer, and I can’t wait!  Because I’m the oldest, our entire family still lives at home and we see each other every day so I think we often take it for granted that we’re all still around.  Going to the beach helps us to get away from all of our distractions and just spend time together as family… but don’t get me wrong, my sisters and I still find things to argue about at the beach too.

Miss Kate soaking up the sun last year at the beach.

Mission Trips.  Unfortunately, I’m not going on a mission trip this summer (one of the downsides to having a blog: writing a post about the importance of going abroad, and then telling everyone that you’re not going abroad).  However, I am just so impressed with all of the friends I have that are taking a giant leap of faith and going out of their comfort zone to spread the news of Christ.  My friend (and housemate) Jordan just left for Sweden, which is so special to me because I was originally planning on going to Sweden this summer after hearing about how few people know about Christ.  I got the opportunity to skype Jordan yesterday and I am so proud of her for having faith in God and trusting that He would provide her with everything she needed to go on this trip.  She has already started to develop friendships with people over there, and I cannot wait to hear how these relationships evolve over the weeks to come.  I have several other friends who are/will be in various places, including Kenya, East Asia, South Africa, Taiwan, London, and the list goes on- all for the purpose of spreading the news of Christ!  It’s absolutely amazing.

Jordan in Sweden! She’s even gone all European on me with these stylish outfits- fortunately for me, we’re sharing a closet next year. :)

Setting goals.  Since I’ve been home for the summer, I’ve gotten the chance to actually sit down and think about my sophomore year (the good and the bad) and set certain expectations for myself for this summer and for junior year.  One major thing that I realized is that I’ve fallen into this trap of thinking that school is just about making good grades, not actually learning new material.  It can be a dangerous trap, and I really want to make an effort to remember that everything I do should be done for the purpose of bringing glory to God, which means that it should be done wholeheartedly.  I’ve also made this long list of books (and by “long,” I mean like 7 books…) that I want to read by the end of the summer and made several other lists of goals, all plastered with bible verses that will (hopefully) spur motivation to actually get these things done.  But hey, anything is possible with God!

Since I don’t really have a picture for this, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite verses:

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” -Ephesians 3:20

Lastly I just want to say that for all of you who love summer as much as I do, it’s very easy to see these months as a time in which you only serve yourself.  Honestly, I have to make a much more conscious effort during this time of the year to pray often and with purpose because I get so caught up in the freedom of summer.  This post by John Piper talks about the importance of the summer mindset, and I would really encourage you to read it- it’s short and simple and to the point- just go read it, right now.  It’s way shorter than this blog post.

And I think that’s a wrap!  Have a great week everyone!

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