Finals and Christmas Break

With finals fast approaching I am starting to prepare and study before thanksgiving break.  Every year I stress myself for finals more than I need to.  I always end up doing better than I give myself credit for so this year I’m going to make sure I feel more than prepared for the finals week. I know I always feel the best when I know exactly what I need to be studying and when the day of each final is way in advance.

I have already marked my calendar for each final and figure I could start studying for the two that are on the first day a little before and during Thanksgiving break.  I am kind of excited to study for some of my finals because two of them is over my AP style of writing and I need to know those rules anyway for now and my future in Public Relations.

As soon as finals are over though, it’s christmas break! Which means I get to go home and spend time with my mom, go to texas and see the rest of my family, and then go to New Years Conference with a whole bunch of my brothers and sisters in christ.

For some reason, I have a feeling that this finals week coming up and the break after is going to be one of the best yet. So lets hope and pray for that! I can’t wait to relax in my living room by the fireplace decorated in a Christmas spirit.fireplace

Bible Study

Two weeks ago, some girls that I have just become good friends with went to Fall conference with me and the Campus Outreach group.  The point of the conference was for students to learn what it meant to have a relationship with God and to learn more about their faith and what it meant to be a Christian. The girls that I invited came and told me that they had learned more there than they had in their whole life , about Christianity.

After the Conference two of the girls asked me to do a bible study with them. My friend Alisha, who is on staff with CO, told me that she would help me lead the bible study because I have never done that before.

Last night we had our second bible study with the girls and it is going amazing.  I love seeing how interested and investigative these girls are about Christ and who he is. They are asking so many great questions and wanting to know more of the Bible.

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Some girls from bible study

I can only thank God for moving in their hearts and I only want to boast in him, because I know meeting these girls and doing bible study is all thanks to him and whatever plan he has for the girls.

Christmas Shopping or Crafting

It’s about that time where I should probably start Christmas shopping for family and friends.  I say this now because I have learned my lesson before about waiting until the last minute to buy gifts for everyone.  The kind of stress of waiting until the last minute was the worst.

I’m usually not one to procrastinate during the holidays because as you have seen in my other post, I get overly excited about the season. Gift buying doesn’t come as easy to me as it does others.  I  have to start planning for each person a month before.

Buying on a budget is tricky for me as well.  Because I am a college student I have a very strict budget.  I always want to get the best for everyone, but that is not always possible.  I have considered making some of my friends gifts as well.  I love making crafts from Pintrest for myself, so I figured it may be fun to give some as gifts . Plus, its great for my budget because all I have to do is buy some of the supplies.

DIY (do it yourself) gifts this year may just be the way to go for me. Now all I have to do is think of some craft ideas.gifts

Is it too early for Christmas music?

christmasHalloween just passed a few days ago and I am ready to bring out the christmas music and decorations.  I know that most of the public would have to disagree with me.  For some reason there is an underlying rule in our country that putting up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving is frowned upon.

I have never understood this rule because even though its not passed thanksgiving, the TV stations are already airing Christmas commercials and  holiday themed commercials. This is such a tease for me! I get so excited when I hear the holiday music playing in the background of a commercial on TV.

Another tease for me is how the department stores and malls put out christmas decorations for us to buy in the middle of october.  I won’t argue it though, because I love looking at all the decorations ahead of time. I just want to be able to start decorating myself.

Christmas and winter time is so joyful for me.  There’s just something about this time of year that makes me so happy and excited to be around family and at home. I have even asked my mom if we could start decorating this week, and I received a big fat no.

Hopefully my mom won’t mind if I ask to put up our christmas tree right after thanksgiving dinner.

World Series

Saturday night Busch Stadium was a sea of red shirts.  The Cardinals are facing the Boston Red Socks in the World Series this year and tensions are high.  Although I wasn’t actually inside the stadium to watch the game it was still an amazing atmosphere outside of it.  We were able to camp out and watch the screen from the outside and cheer our red birds on. There were hundreds of people yelling and cheering and making friendships over just the game.

The cardinals won on a technicality which left the red socks fans more than a little upset.  In my eyes, its still a win and I can’t wait until tomorrow nights game. I won’t be able to watch it from the stadium or even the outside of the stadium but you can guarantee that it will be on my TV at home.

I wasn’t always a huge baseball fan, but after going to the Cardinals games the past couple of years, I have really started to love the game.  It’s so easy to get into and the atmosphere of the game is my favorite part.  I am even able to watch it on TV without getting bored.  When I watch other sporting events on TV,  I can never make it to the end of the game, but its not a problem when watching the Cardinals.

Now all I can say is, GO CARDINALS!baseball

Fall Festivities

Fall is here and it is also one of my favorite seasons. Last weekend I went to Fall Fest in Evansville Indiana, which I talked a little about in my last post.  There were over 200 food vendors, which all contained tons of fried foods.  There was even fried koolaid, how that is possible, I have no idea.  My favorite food that I tried had to be the donut burger. It was a cheese burger with glazed donuts as the bun. I promise it’s a lot tastier than it sounds.

Besides all of the fun festivals that take place around this time of year, I genuinely just love the fall season.  The weather is my favorite part about it. I love being able to wear jeans with cardigans and scarfs. When doing outside activities you don’t get too hot or too cold.

Plus the trees start to change colors and it all just looks to beautiful and blissful. Halloween is also a perk for fall.  All of the TV stations start playing all the Halloween specials and shows. Halloween night is even better. I usually have a party with all my friends.  We dress up and hangout while passing out candy to little kids.

Fall truly is my favorite time of the year.  It just makes me feel really happy. fall picture

First Weekly Metting

Tonight is Campus Outreach’s first weekly meeting.  Campus Outreach was just finalized as an offical organization on SIUE’s campus about 3 weeks ago.  I am so excited for things to kick off.  We had our first event last week, which was a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. It was actually a great turn out.  Around 200 people in total showed up.  The team that won the tournament split the grand prize of $400.

 For our first meeting tonight, we are having Brett Barns, Director of CO STL, come out and speak.  The theme is Deja Vu. He is going to speak about identity and how when most college students come to college they expect to be satisfied and have a life changing experience but in turn most people are let down.  This will be the first time some of the students will hear the gospel  and my come to realization of their need for a Savior in their life.  That they will never fully be satisfied with out Him.

I’m a little nervous because we want people to show up, but we are just trusting that God will provide and is working in the hearts of students on campus and He will pull them to hear His word.bible

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