"The world is but a canvas to the imagination." -HDT

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


So, I'm way behind on posting updates on here and I'm doing my best to catch up.
But I'm taking a small break from updating about what's been happening these past months, to update you on the present times.

The other night, I was sent home from work due to severe pain in my abdomen. I went home and after multiple phone calls to the doctors, it was confirmed that I was internally bleeding in my right ovary again.  I have an appointment to see a specialist in January to hopefully find a treatment for this mess. However,  by the looks of it, things aren't looking to be in my favor. This is probably going to be something I have to deal with for the rest of my life.

There comes a point in time when you don't know what to do anymore, so you just sit and do nothing and talk to God instead. And you're hurting, and you're confused, and you're really scared.
And you start to think to yourself:

"I often wonder what God sees in me, why did He pick me to go through all this? I don't know why He thinks I can handle this, because I'm pretty sure I can't. I mean, He suffered for me, so I must suffer for Him, so it should make sense. He wants His named glorified but why pick me to be a living proof of His mercy? I'm not even that strong. I'm sure there's someone more fit to do this job better than me. Maybe someone with functioning ovaries? Someone who won't have doubt... who can actually sit up straight without being in pain, or someone who doesn't cry at everything. Someone...something... somewhere... not me. Why me?"

And when you get over the initial shock of things,
you start to see things in a more positive light.
Then you start thinking:

"But through all this pain and questioning, I know I'm only building a stronger testimony, something that can be told when other people have to go through this too, when they have to go through this alone. I can do this, I can be the walking proof that there is a God and He's going to use me in big ways. He's going to heal me somehow, someway."

So before you can sink back into your depression stage,
you text your best friend for prayer.
It goes something like this (not exactly, but to make the point):

"Nate, this is really bad timing but the internal bleeding it back."
"Kiddo, you're slowly killing yourself :( but now we have to talk about happy things! Um... how bout them poptarts" 
"I like poptarts... and Pokemon." 
"Do you like waffles?"
"Yes I like waffles! Do you like pancakes?" 
"No, because they have gluten and carbs...and we can't eat them."
"I bet in Heaven God's going to have a big plate of pancakes and waffles for us. He's going to say: eat my children and know that you will not be ridden with bad chemicals!" 
"Oh man!! In Heaven... I can belch and no one gets mad!" ...
"Do you think in Heaven we'll remember this pain...? Or only happy things?" 
"You know, I don't really know. I bet we'll remember the really important things, just so we could see how far we've come. But I know you won't feel this. Only feel the things that were used to Glorify Him!"

and the conversation continued that way for a good while.
Slowly turning from happy little comments about Heaven and all the things it'll have
(like angels playing accordions)
and into a more serious conversation.
A conversation that one might actually find scary at one point, but when you're in the state that I was in, it didn't matter, thinking of Heaven was a beautiful comfort. Since that night where we talked about Heaven, and since the start of this painful new chapter of my life, God's really laid a lot things on my heart.

(don't worry, I'm not giving up my blog, or my writing!)

It's time for me to separate myself from certain people, from stressful situations or events, and it's time for me to focus on... me.  I spend so much time taking care of other people, that I've literally reached the point where it's not possible for me to physically do it anymore. I have to stop saving everyone else, and start saving myself.

I have a lot of amazing "things" in my life, and I'm going to get through it.
I have a phenomenal God, who's bigger than any storm that I'll ever face.
I have a devoted best friend who never leaves my side, despite the hard times.
I have an awesome family and great little group of Christian girls.
I have Lawndale, my incredible church and church family,
and I have my Cru family.
That's all I need.

Being challenged like this, doesn't scare me like it used to.
I'm more blessed than I ever thought possible
and because of that I'm not so terrified of what treatments
or obstacles are now set ahead of me.
Even though I know there are a lot of scary things that could happen.
But God's got this in the palm of His hand,
and I'm going to be alright.
I'll continue my writing and spreading the Word
through my adventures from PCOS, and we'll see how God plans on using me.
And in the meantime,  if you all wouldn't mind,
keeping me in your thoughts and prayers,
it would mean the world to me.
I know the prayers work, I feel them work every second of everyday.
I love you all so much, my friends, fellow bloggers, and followers.
Thank you for all your sweet words and laughs that you've brought me.

Tonight I'm signing off with a song that isn't a worship song,
or a hymn, but instead a song that is just about as human
as I think any song can get.
There's something so real about this song,
as it's sung through the perspective of someone
who doesn't Biblically know what Heaven is about,
but has some idea about just how simple and beautiful it's going to be.
It touched my heart the moment I heard it,
I feel like this is real human emotion put into melody.

with love,

Christmas Decorating

As most of you know, 
there's nothing I love more than decorating, 
for anything.

So when Christmas rolls around,
I take major advantage of the chance at 
getting to go all out on decorating. 
This year, we locked ourselves away for 
five hours (yes, it took that long) 
with some hot cocoa, Christmas music, 
and a fully charged camera, 
and got to work decking the halls! 

Merry Christmas from the Three Stooges, 
yes we took a Christmas card photo, 
don't judge us and our need to act 
like a normal family sometimes.

This is more like it:
Tis the season to be...

Love in it's finest form

Nate insisted that we hang up Christmas lights. 
We have high ceilings... 
which meant Nate had to literally climb the bookshelf 
to get them up there. 
Not like this is a safety hazard or anything. 

hanging up the Christmas ornaments in our windows 

Nate taught us how to make German paper ornaments. 
It took a lot of time but it was totally worth it in the end. 

Because this was the end result! 
Isn't cool? 
All made of tissue paper, glue, and lots of time. 
But man, it was an awesome result! 
Maybe I'll post the instructions on here 
for you all try at home. 

This was the final result when all was said and done. 

The bookshelf was lined with garland and snowflakes. 
And no matter how hard anyone tried, 
we just could get the garland even. 
Everytime we have company and they sit on the couch, 
they always get up and try to make it even, 
but it's no use haha 

our Christmas ornaments and snowflakes
hanging up in the windows :)

The most epic Anya-fied wreath there is. 
Pink and sparkly! Love it!! 

So how did your Christmas decorating hold up? 
Any disasters or great accomplishments? 


Snow, snow, snow, snow, snooooow

There's nothing I like more 
than a fresh blanket of snow, 
hot tea, and gloved hands grasping a camera. 

We were lucky enough to get snow 
about a week before school let out for Christmas. 
I took advantage of having to take Mary-Beth 
downtown for a rehearsal, 
and spent my afternoon capturing the moments this 
more than welcomed snow brought the city 
of Greensboro. 

Have you all seen any big winter weather lately? 


Christmas Time Is Here!

Christmas means:

Italian dinners at Elizabeth's Pizza 
and dirty santa with the B-stud ladies!

Playing in lots of Christmas concerts! 
(look at my little bassoonies =D )

taking lots of family photos at any given time!

watching your best friend play 
in the lots of Christmas concerts!

visiting beautiful churches for Christmas services 
and once again... Christmas concerts :) 

what have your holidays consisted of, friends?


Turkey and Sand

My family and I decided to spend our Thanksgiving 
at the beach instead of at home. This has become a tradition 
for us, that every year we head to the shores and call it our 
temporary home for the holidays. New tradition? 
Eating fried oysters instead of eating turkey for our big meal, 
I suggest you try it, it's quite an enjoyable change :)

my beautiful mother and I :)

No lie: 
I got a bloody lip about 5 seconds 
after this picture was taken... 
I have such a nice brother. 

like daughter like father

The Christmas tree up and running 
at Broadway at the Beach, 
it's a beautiful sight. 

We drove all the way down the strip 
to hit up one of our favorite spots. 
No one's ever around here so it's perfect for
sunsets and pictures. 

Our annual Christmas card is always taken 
at the beach. And this was this years. 
My brother is sitting and he's still taller than me. 

We also celebrated my mom's birthday 
while on vacation. However, she hates the term 
birthday, so we named it Rose Day 
in honor of her name. 
Isn't this cake just amazing? 
I'm blown away by the bakeries in Greensboro sometimes. 

So how were your Thanksgivings, my loves?

Monday, December 20, 2010


There's been a lot of emotion going on between my group of friends and I, lately.
I'm not sure what to do with all this pint up emotion so I've decided to do what I do best.

It's always been a life goal to take my experiences and write a book about PCOS and the way God has moved through me and my struggless.
So today, I started that book.
And Nate is editing that book.
And together, our story is going to be told.

I'm a little scared, because it's taken Nate 30 minutes to edit just two pages so far...
we'll see what happens though, haha

Sunday, December 19, 2010

So What's Up?

I am so sorry for my leave of absence for over a month. 
I'm sure you're all wondering where I've been. 
You see, life kind of took over. 
And by took over I mean, kind of turned into a tornado of stuff. 
Stuff being a very nice word to describe what it's turned into.

so let us start from the very beginning, 
this has been my life since October:

it all started with the Lawndale Bonfire. 
It was a lovely time had by all, full of hayrides, 
roasted marshmallows, singing, and lots of laughs. 

Nate and I watched the boys play flag football all evening.
Due to the fact, I was a beast at Powderpuff Football
back in high school, Nate dared me to go play football 
with the guys. He then told me, he would join 
if I went out there (which is big for Nate, the football hater.) 
But we had to decline due to dinner being served... 

However, when we declined the invitation to play football, 
we didn't realize that it was actually for the best. 
The following night, without any warning, I started to have severe 
pains in my lower abdomen, right side, and lower back. 
Within an hour, we packed up the car, called my parents, 
tracked down Nate, and all headed to the emergency room. 
After an 8 hour long night of examinations, 
blood tests, and sonograms, 
I was diagnosed with internal bleeding in my right ovary. 
I was to spend a week on bed rest, 
and expected to be in pain for up to 5 weeks. 
However, despite all this, I had some amazing family and friends 
who helped me through this hard time. 
My dad drove to Greensboro to come with me to the hospital, 
my teachers were more than understanding 
(especially Dr. Burns, my bassoon teacher), 
my hallmates wrote out cards and stuck them to the door, 
and the girls brought me this beautiful bouquet of flowers. 
I am so beyond blessed to have these people in my life, 
to keep my spirits up when my body's feeling down.

MB stayed in the hospital with me all night 
and Nate and my roommate stayed until going on 4:00 am. 
Throughout the week, Nate special delivered my meals to me 
and MB and Chels babysat my bedrest, knowing I was 
too stubborn to actually remain locked up in my room the whole time. 
Nate has held me accountable to my treatment since our little adventure 
to the hospital and has even taken on a gluten free diet, 
so we both could stay off as many carbohydrates as possible. 
Talk about love right there, folks. 


After some recovery time, 
Nate, MB, and I headed to Westover 
to see David Crowder Band in concert. 
Talk about some worship, 
it was so powerful to see God moving through everyone 
who attended that concert. 
And may I add, 
my Bible is now signed by all the members of the band. 
Love! :)

Along with recent activities in Greensboro, 
a very special one happened back home
when my "little" brother got confirmed! :) 
I am so excited to see where God is going to take him. 
He has such an open heart and free spirit, 
the possibilities are endless. 
Can't wait to see how special his walk with Christ is going to be! 

We also took the time to head to Raleigh to see Lecrae
in concert. Yes, I did it! I can proudly say that I went 
to my first rap concert, and it was Holy Hip Hop, 

My high school was amongst the first in the nation to 
out on the musical, The Phantom of the Opera. 
Words can describe just how mind-blowing the performance was. 
Katie, MB, and I headed into Asheboro especially to see it 
on opening night, and it was so worth it. 
I am so blessed to have come from a high school that values the arts 
as much as mine. Everything about the performance was incredible
and I've never been so proud of my kids in the music department :)

However, on the way back from seeing Phantom, 
we had an unfortunate event occur... 
This little devil, aka a flying squirrel, decided it was going to
have a little too much fun with the girls who were fascinated with it's 
beyond adorableness (girls, as in Katie, MB, and I) 
After being pestered by Katie to climb down the wall, 
it apparently had enough and glided swiftly to the ground. 
Upon it's landing, Katie ran over to it with her camera to take a picture, 
and then all of the sudden... 
A blood curling scream comes from Katie as we all turn 
to see that the squirrel has decided to jump onto Katie, 
and climb up her leg.
I was honestly surprised the police didn't show up, 
I'm sure everyone on that campus heard that scream, 
and continued to hear her yell 
"I'm gonna have rabies now! I was just felt up by a flying squirrel!" 
However, after all was said and done, it led to a great laugh, 
and the squirrel rightly deserved the name Gerard, 
in honor of Phantom.  

Stick around! There are more updates to come! 


I'm sorry for my random leave of absence. Have you ever just felt like the sky is about to drop out at any given moment? Yes, that's my life has been like since October. But I promise you my friends, this week will be full of updates of what's been going on in my life, and I hope you all will enlighten me with what's been going on your lives as well. Until the next moment that I can post, here's a preview of what's to come....

Around the desperate hour of 2 am:
"We knew it was going to be hard. No one said walking with Christ was an easy task." -Nate
"Why aren't we normal, why can't our lives be normal? Why such problems?"- me
"Define normal and I'll answer your question." -Nate
"Fine. But I still don't feel this stuff happens to anyone else, but us. It's always us."-me
"Ha. Have you met anyone like "us" before?" -Nate
"Never." -me
"Exactly! That's why it's "us." Have you met anyone as real as us? Anyone who remains strong in like us? We'll pull through. We always do, kiddo." -Nate

See you all soon!
I've missed your lovely selves!

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