Saturday Night Disco Fever

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I named this blog post after my favorite nail polish color (pictured HERE), but literally this post is all about last Saturday [night]. Ryan married Justine and I had so much fun celebrating their life together, and catching up with so many college friends.

I got to town early (shout-out to my sister for road tripping with me!) and I was able to eat lunch with my good friend Kristen. I got to sit with a bunch of college friends at the wedding, and the reception was filled with more friends (special shout-out to the FAB FOUR) and great food and dancing.

I loved having such a fun Saturday, and I’m glad for all the friends I got to see. Elizabeth and I slept over at our friend Rita’s adorable apartment. I also appreciated the time I got to spend with Elizabeth and Rita, too!

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Here’s to happy and special Saturdays!

As it turns out, I never took a picture of the bride and groom! #fail. But on the bright side, I love this picture with my home-girl Hannah!

As it turns out, I never took a picture of the bride and groom! #fail. But on the bright side, I love this picture with my home-girl Hannah!

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I’m Glad You’re 23

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Happy birthday Megan!

Today is such a special day to brag on the Lord because he answered prayers and allowed us to be roommates. I’m so glad I don’t have to live alone and that I can do life with you, for such a time as this.

Clearly God’s timing is better than our own, because if we had it our way we would have already done the “roommate thing” in 2012. I’m so glad he had better plans for us, then and now!

I’m glad you’re here to learn “adult life” with me… And by “adult life” I do mean fan-girling at country concerts AND signing leases AND cheering on the Packers AND figuring out how to transfer internet bills.

I’m glad you’re a vacuumer and that I’m a dish washer. I’m glad you are clean but that we’re both OK with clutter every now and then. I’m glad you grill fish and eat tuna so I don’t have to feel weird about eating that stuff, too!

I’m glad you like running and Jillian Michaels and that you ask me about the gym. I’m glad you agree that Trader Joes has the best GF oats.

I’m glad you like Christina and I like Meredith. I’m glad you’re good with un-winding most nights with Grey’s anatomy, and I’m glad you don’t pick on me when I fall asleep and have to re-watch.

I’m so glad you’re in my life, Megan, and I’m glad to celebrate Age 23 with you.

Perfect occasion to re-live the memory of meeting Love And Theft, don't you think?!

Perfect occasion to re-live the memory of meeting Love And Theft, don’t you think?!

#ASMT14

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Two weekends ago, I took a road trip with my friend and former roommate Allison. We went to a magnificent Michigan wedding to celebrate two dear friends get married.

#ASMT14 = Allison+Sarah Michigan Trip 2014

-or- Allison+ Sarah Mitten Trek 2014

It’s interchangeable; brilliant, right?!

Allison and I spent Friday night with our friend Lette. She is hospitable and we had solid conversation and time together. Allison and I stayed up WAY past our bedtimes and it was so worth it. (You know it’s a special occasion when Allison and I stay up late.)

On Saturday, we had breakfast with Lette and Megan. Ever since Megan transferred colleges after our sophomore year, every single visit with Megan has been extra-special. Party foul of the trip: I accidentally deleted the one and only picture the four of us took together at breakfast. Boo!

Bonus points: Allison and I befriended someone named Coach Ryan who gave us a mini-photoshoot in our hotel parking lot.

Coach Ryan’s Photos > Self Timed Photos

One of my favorite things about Allison is, (1) she’s so NICE and also (2) we love so many of the same things. We both wanted to stop for ice cream on Friday (#culvers). We both enjoyed jammin to country songs (#AndJoelPiper #AndPitchPerfect). We always have plenty to talk about (#TheSuiteLife). And, we have a myriad of memories to reminisce about (#junioryear). As a bonus, Allison does NOT hate on my teeny-bopper-esque ways, like fangirling about Zac Efron and/or hashtagging 24/7. What a gal.

L-I-S-A

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I find it hard to describe Lisa because she has so much to offer to this world! One thing’s for sure, as of yesterday Lisa is 22. For lack of a better framework, here are a few things that make Lisa, well…Lisa:

Loving – Lisa has a wonderful heart. She will serve anyone and everyone, and she treats everybody with ultimate respect.

Inspirational – She does a lot. From running, and  staying faithful with her walk with Christ, to pursuing a career in nursing to playing significant roles in the lives to many people; everything Lisa does, she does well.

Selfless – I think this is the quality that really makes Lisa special. Lisa has such a servant’s heart and she would do anything for me. I know this is true because of all the support and the high level of care Lisa has offered to me. Lisa truly listens.

Achiever – Lisa has a good head on her shoulders. She puts in hard work and trusts in the Lord for the rest. She doesn’t limit herself; she just keeps trusting and living in faith.

I so admire this friend, and I’m so thankful to celebrate with her, even only in spirit.

Happy birthday  Lisa! I raise my coffee glass to you… cheers!

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Happy Birthday Brittany!

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Ohmygoodness today is a big one to celebrate! Brittany turned 22; of all people to celebrate Brittany should be at the top of everyone’s list.

I literally owe Brittany some major respect because she taught me (by words and example) that things are only as awkward as you make them. Here’s the thing:
1/3 of my readers have seen me in an awkward state
1/3 of my readers have NOT seen me in an awkward state
1/3 of my readers have never seen me in person*

Regardless, I used to be awkward 98.5% of the time and now that percentage has fallen dramatically.

But this story isn’t all about me! Brittany is also extremely talented when it comes to music. She’s a world traveler, a go-getter and “99.9% of the time she is SUPANICE” (I’m obv referencing this video).

B & I share some of my favorite memories! She went up north with me for Easter one year. We would go watch midnight premiers, and she’s a friend who I can always catch up with over a nice meal or in a dorm room.

*I made up the stats. I actually have no idea what my reader ratio may be from awk/not awk witnessing.

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Just look at her. Who wouldn’t want to be friend with this sweety & stylish lady!?

The Seven Semesters: #7

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Going back for my final semester was difficult in that I knew it was going to be for such a short period of time. I accomplished a lot in my final four months of college!

I mentored a wonderful group of transfer students. My group was great but they honestly didn’t need much of a mentor! Regardless I loved being partnered with my friend Hannah, and I enjoyed making some new friends for my final semester.

I planned my second and final homecoming! I actually came back a few days before FYF mentor training in order to get a head start on homecoming planning. Technically I assisted planning the event, but I really enjoyed the freedom and responsibilities trusted to me with this big occasion.

 

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We had some really fun times together, including Country Music Awards night, Friday traditions, and getting our hair done together!

I moved into an apartment with Victoria and Heather. I grew to absolutely love this home we shared.

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From #phil102c to Dunkin Donuts runs to other good times (like the Rend Collective concert!), I’m so thankful for all the times I had with these two.

I took a mini trip to Valparaiso with friends to see Trolls run, and to meet with my friend Megan.

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I couldn’t have asked for a better group! These guys are hard working classmates but also good friends.

I led a senior capstone team to raise awareness for Ruminate Magazine. I feel as if I hit the jackpot, as I loved the organization as well as my group.

Condensing this rich, full semester into a few paragraphs and pictures is a difficult task. Though these represent just a few highlights, I loved so many more memories from this seventh and final semester.

The Seven Semesters: #5

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If you’ve been following my Seven Semesters series, you won’t be surprised to know I was fearful and skeptical of what this next semester might bring. But I clung to the truth and truly saw that

when I have the least amount of control, God takes control and wonderful things happen.

I came into junior year with very low expectations, but it was hands-down-by-far fabulous.

[Side note: if you want to have background music while listening to this post, I’d recommend you listen to what I jammed to all year: Florida Georgia Line, the Pitch Perfect Soundtrack and Joel Piper songs including Gimme That Love Song and The Only One.]

First of all, my job kept me very busy at the beginning of the year. I didn’t realize what a large role I would get to play in homecoming, but I loved the extra responsibility, bonding with my boss, and seeing everything fall into place on homecoming day.

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My floor even called me “homecoming queen” and they encouraged and supported me so fully, that other people on campus thought I was legit homecoming queen! (We don’t, in fact, have homecoming court) Ha!

I went for round two of freshman mentoring. Man, this group threw me for a loop. Before I met these students, I prayed that they would feel comfortable to speak and get to know each other, and that they would have peace. I think God probably laughed at this request. My fabulous group walked in the door bouncing jokes off of each other. I’m so thankful for this group of students; I consider several of them good friends to this day and I loved their spunk and preparedness for college from the start.

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I think this picture accurately displays the enthusiasm and excellence going on in this ALPHA FYF group. But can I just brag about this group a quick sec and tell you that they’re all doing amazing things – some on campus, and some outside of campus? What a TALENTED group of leaders, smarties, and just genuinely nice people.

I was nervous about housing but I have to tell you that it was, legitimately, the bomb.com. My roommate Allison and I spent so much time together and we got along very well; I just love Allison because she is one of the kindest gals I’ll probably ever know. We would go on Tours of the Town where we’d visit, like, eight different places in one of our nearby towns. And then there was the time (I think we called it Man Night?) when we went to Menards, Wal-Mart and Nonna’s Pizza. I should honestly write a blog post about all the music we jammed to because we did a lot of that.

We had two wonderful sophomore suitemates, Anna and Kelly. I couldn’t pick either of these girls out of a crowd before junior year and I can truly say I felt so blessed living with them. Kelly is artistic, a dedicated runner, and a stylish shopper! She’s also extremely sweet, hard working and a dear friend. Anna is a smartie! She  also played softball and spent a lot of time with her teammates. She’s a beautiful, loving, and thoughtful big sister and I know her younger sisters look up to her so much. What a joy it was to get to know these ladies!

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10,000 reasons to sing praise to the Lord.

My RA Lisa was also theeeee best. While completing her most difficult year of nursing school, she took the time it required to take on the RA role; and she didn’t just do it- she did it well. Because Lisa prayed for and supported and loved me, she became one of my closest, dearest most treasured friends. I learned what a support system can do for my emotional health. And she showed me-by example- what it means to truly live for Christ.