A little smattering of unrelated things

1. There are some days where I miss this little girl more than words can express. I never thought I’d be one to fall in love with a specific child who I had previously never laid eyes on and have no prior claim to. But, when I walked through the door that day and planted a kiss on this little girl’s cheek, my life changed. I don’t talk about her very much, but there is literally not a single day that goes by that I don’t think about her and pray for her and remember that last day when she clung to me and I clung to her. Tears from my eyes dropped into her pile of little dark curls which were free to the air that day, because I’d stolen her in the middle of the weekly hair-do schedule. I couldn’t imagine leaving her, but I knew I had to.

And today is one of those days where my arms are aching to hold her, my heart is overflowing with love, my eyes can’t stay dry, and I just want to know where she is at this very moment and know if she’s being taken care of. Jesus, be with my little girl!

(this picture was not actually taken this morning)

2. I got up this morning while it was still dark outside and sat on the porch overlooking the little lake across the fence. A little mist rose up from the surface and I watched as the reflections in the water grew more visible as the sun began to peek over the far horizon. It was a beautiful time just sitting in awe of the Creator of the universe. I love Him, so much.

And then I went and crawled back into bed (actually, I crawled back onto the couch, since that’s where I’ve been sleeping lately). And I woke awhile later with a smile on my face. The aching in my bones and the pain in my joints tried to erase the smile, but it stuck like glue!

(pictures taken the beginning of this year by Lauren)

3. I think I have the cutest parents out there. And they’re pretty much the best things that have ever happened to me on this earth. Or, did I happen to them? Huh…perhaps they’re the best thing I ever happened to? Either way, confusion aside, I love my parents so much. And I have decided that as soon as I raid enough couches and collect enough pennies, I’m going to take my Dad skydiving. I asked him if he wanted to and he got pretty excited and told me the exact prices–methinks he’d been looking into it himself!

4. Check out these pretty little girls and handsome little boys. I think the cute gene must run in the family because, if I’m not mistaken, these are some of the cutest kids out there. I say “some” because this is only 5 of my 13 nieces and nephews…. ;) Also, while I am biased, I can admit that there are a TON of cute kids in the world. I won’t deny the facts. But, I just have to brag on these ones because I’m related to them.

5. I don’t have a picture to go with this one, but I just want to announce that on this past Sunday, I rode a roller coaster for the first time ever in my life. And not only did I ride a roller coaster, I rode the craziest roller coaster in Colorado 8 times….and 7 of them were back-to-back. And I went on the other ones at Six Flags multiple times, too. I think it’s safe to say that I loved it. I’m totally a thrill junkie when it comes down to it, and “I like being scared!” This is why me and Avy-Rosie get along so well…I can relate to that child on so many levels.

6. Ellerslie Fall Semester 2012 arrives in just two days! I always get so excited when a new class arrives. And this time I’m doubly excited. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say why publicly yet, so I’ll just mention that much and keep you all in suspense. But, let’s just say that I’m so thrilled for this weekend.

7. I have a feeling Mr. Carpenter would twitch if he read my writing today. I’m so overdoing the italics. *high five if you know the reference I just made*

8. Don’t mind my blog layout or any random changes you may see throughout the next little while. I messed up my previous layout and this one is just a place-holder. A place-holder that I don’t even like, I might mention. I’m going to try to get something up pretty soon that I like well enough to leave alone for awhile again, and in the meantime….ooooh! Secrets happening behind this here blog. Again, I’ll just leave you in suspense on that one, but I’m excited at what happens when my Dad and I put our heads together and plot about my blogging.

9. On that note (the blogging note): I think my parents are now fully aware of me having a blog. It took long enough. I even talked about it fairly regularly, and invariably one would pipe up and say “Eh? You have a blog?” But now Dad is helping me plot exciting things for the future of this blog, and the other day while Mom was in Tennessee she called me up and said:

“Hi Grace, I just met this really neat girl. She wants to write just like you do and do creative things with her writing. I called to ask you what your blog address is because I think she’d enjoy reading your blog. You’ll really like this girl, her name is Jessica. Here, talk to her!”

And then I was on the phone with a girl who I’d never met before. I love my Mom. ;)

But it was a great phone call, regardless of my being put on the spot like that–Jessica is a great girl, and I do love her already. Just as Mom predicted I would. Hi, Jessica! I don’t know if you’re reading my blog yet, but . . . I’m still so excited to get to know you! And it was a new experience to know that Mom was out giving my blog address out to people. I still somehow have the idea in my head that only the people that I know personally and who comment on my blog actually read it.

If you’re out there and you’re reading along right now, I’d be ecstatic if you’d comment. Also, I’d be intrigued to know how you found my blog–if the answer isn’t something obvious like “Grace, you gave me the address and called me every 30 seconds until I looked up your blog”….that doesn’t intrigue me. It causes me to twitch… But if you found my blog in some other way, I’d be quite intrigued to know how!

10. I shall now be wrapping up this oh-so-random post and heading off to get about 1000 keys made at Wal-Mart. Ok, not 1000, really. But I had 51 made the other day, and I have at least that many more to get made today…and, in key-numbers, that’s pretty close to 1000.

14 thoughts on “A little smattering of unrelated things

  1. Dearest Grace,

    I really enjoyed your blog post. :) I’m genuinely curious as to what this really exciting thing that is going to happen in the fall semester is. Really excited to find out now. I stumbled across your blog on facebook. I hope you’re doing well and I look forward to another post!

    In His Love,

  2. OK, you have me in suspense! I cannot wait to come to Ellerslie and see what this exciting and mysterious thing is!

  3. Thank you for sharing about your little girl! <3 She is beautiful! And she is in her Father's Hands! <3 Today I just kept thinking about the kids who I love so much back in Uganda. Wow, each day is hard to be away from them! <3 I know how it feels. Love to you! <3
    Amy P.

  4. I want to meet the new students too!!! I’m so excited they’ll be arriving so soon! Tell them ALL hello for me! (Okay, you don’t really have to. That might be exhausting and weird.)

    I love roller coasters. A lot. AND I want to go skydiving SO BAD (Did the roller coaster inspire you for that? be honest). Skydiving is on my list of things to do after France. And yes, I really am starting a list.

    I’m also excited to see what happens with your blog. And I can only guess at what the other exciting news is, and if it is what I think it is, then I think I’m excited too! :)

    Love you and miss you, Grace. Show up at my doorstep anytime!

  5. These kind of blog posts are so hard to comment on… because it contains so much and I have to decide which parts to comment on! Don’t do this to me Grace. No, I’m kidding, because I love it :). Your thoughts, random or not, always bless me.

    You captured my heart with the way shared about “your” little girl. I miss those early morning sunrises with the beautiful fog SO much, I didn’t realize how much I loved it until I left Colorado. Oh your parents are the sweetest people ever, tell your mom hello!! I love roller coasters (as long as I don’t think about it being so silly and impractical) – would you have guessed that?! I am SO excited for the Fall Semester, oh how I wish I could be there and meet everyone. You must share the reason for double excitement soon though… I do have a pretty good guess what it might be. And I would be doubly excited too ;-)
    Ok, and where did I find you blog?? Um, I can not remember for sure. Probably by Googling “Ellerslie Ludy Blog”. Hahaaa, not stalkerish at all.

    Well that should suffice as a pretty good comment.
    May your Friday be absolutely beautiful as you pour yourself out for God’s glory!

    (Hope the key making went better than last time… if I was there I would totally help you do all the random things you’ll do this weekend :)

  6. Dear Grace,

    I think I discovered you through Jade somehow…not her recent post about you..but a while back. Frankly, when I find sisters in the Lord who can write like you do, make me smile…take me into dreamland…cause me to fall in love with my Abba more and more…yes, that’s why I like you all’s blogs. And because Colorado is home in my heart…I moved away when I was 11…but Lord willing, (that would be italicized if I knew how to in comments) I will be home and attending Ellerslie in June next year. It has been such a journey. All that to say…I’m not sure what. :) Thank you for your heart for the Lord…thank you for sharing bits and pieces of your walk with Him. It’s hard to find kindred spirits these days…but when I stop to read young women’s blogs like yours I feel like I have..in a far distanced sort of way. Maybe one day the Lord will allow us to meet….your friends seem to love you VERY much….I can’t wonder why when I read your blog…

    Many Blessings. :) Since you asked us to comment I couldn’t help myself. <3

    In Him,

  7. I shan’t comment on how I found your blog…I don’t want you twitching on me now do I?? ;-) And I would like to draw your attention to the lovely lady’s post above mine! Do you see how SHE found your blog? Yep, that’s right! Oh, AND I love you and definitely think you need to post more…like a lot more. What am I suppose to read when I check it like 50 ( or 100) times a day and there’s nothing new?? I mean, it’s not like you’re that busy…what could you possibly have to do besides post new things to suit me? It’s not like we have a whole new term starting or new students coming or work duties to figure out or seating arrangements to…arrange…or any of the other things you imagine you have to do. Nope….Did I mention I adore your blog? Cause I do. And I’m now officially intrigued by all the newness about to ensue. Ok, I’m going now before this gets totally random and out of control.

    Love you!

  8. Yes! I get the Mr. Carpenter reference. I adore Emily of New Moon. Adore her. Now I want to go read those books again…

    I love your posts, Grace. They make me happy. ^_^ You make me happy.

    Also, I might mention that I am actually, seriously, considering going to Ellerslie next year. Of course, this is the third or fourth plan in a line of perfectly reasonable, exciting plans that keep getting spun around on me, and I have no idea what is actually in my future. As soon as I get all cozily excited about some plan everything changes! So for that reason I probably shouldn’t say anything, but I feel like saying, so I’m saying anyway. I’m praying about it.

    Love you, Gracie girl. :-)


  9. You don’t know me and I don’t know you but we’re sisters in Christ and thats all that matters. :) I discovered your blog through 1 of my friends. I always enjoy reading your posts! Keep it up! :)

  10. I just found your blog and love it! I found it through another blog I was following… which lead me to another blog… which lead me to yours. I love blog chases like that (especially when there’s something beautiful at the end of it, like this blog!). :)

    And I’m totally with you on the “parents finally acknowledging your blog” thing. I think it was when I went away to college that they figured out how to subscribe and even comment!

    I look forward to reading more of your posts, and would love if you checked out my blog (http://vividry-melody.blogspot.com) too. :)


    1. Melody! Thank you so much for the sweet comment. I love meeting new people through my blog…and yes, blog chases are the best. ;)

      I’m off to look at your blog now!

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