Wednesday, November 28, 2012


There was an awesome jumping spider in Kathryn's and my room for a few days. He* kept showing up different places around the room. I thought it was fun to find him each day, but Kathryn wasn't so enthusiastic about it. She was terrified that she was going to wake up in the morning to find him on her face. I tried explaining that he wouldn't want to be on her face any more than she would want him there, but she remained unconvinced. I finally agreed to take him outside, but I wanted to take some pictures first. However, my camera doesn't have the best fine focus and I don't know how to use it very well so the pictures didn't turn out very well. 

Anyway, he looked like this
with a slight smaller abdomen 

Also, his orange spot was much cooler and he started rearing his fangs at me :) I didn't get any good pictures of that either :( 

*For all of you science people, I know that it could have been female. I'm not skilled enough in identifying jumping spiders to be able to distinguish types of leg hair. I just decided the spider was masculine because spiders, particularly hairy, black ones, seem masculine to me. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012


So, you should definitely follow this twitter account because hymns have such wonderful theological depth and such eloquent ways of displaying the beauty of the gospel :)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

home is . . .

playing games :)

making Thanksgiving dinner :)

my dish :) 
[the rest of the pictures are all of my Mama's dishes]

. . . and, finally, most of the finished food . . .
. . . before it was devoured :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

home is . . .

standing at the picture window with my family watching a red tailed hawk in the backyard :) 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

home is . . .


a homemade birthday quilt from Aunt Kate :)
 (for Midget's 9th birthday)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

home is . . .

the wonderful smell of a fire constantly burning in the fire place :) 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

(gah) snow

Erie almost made through the Fall Trimester without snow . . .

. . .almost, but, on my last day in Erie (before fall break), it snowed . . .

. . .I think Erie likes tormenting me (and I also think I'm being far too dramatic about this), but I took some pictures so here they are . . .

p.s. I'm way too obsessed with my Dr. Marten's so I wanted to get them in a picture too :) They're cute and waterproof and durable and so much better for my back than the flat shoes I usually like wearing - definitely the best purchase of the year :) 


I walked out of a positively dreadful* Anatomy exam to find this text message from my grandmother:

"It was a dark and stormy morning, again, as a sleek and silver bullet** sped along the interstates on an urgent mission to rescue a fair princess from the rigors of acadamia and deliver her to the arms of her loving family. We're on the road."

...and people wonder why I adore my family so much :)

*believe it or not, this is not an exaggeration
**my dad's parents have a silver SUV

Saturday, November 10, 2012

frozen yogurt

Kathryn, Ali  and I took a trip to Menchie's yesterday to celebrate the end of dance finals and the return of some sanity to our lives. 
It was delicious.

You know you live with a dancer when... come back to your apartment and find that the ladder to your bed has become a leotard drying rack :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

yes, trying to double major is insanity

16 hours of sleep in the last three days . . .
2 hours last night . . .
more coffee . . .
almost done

 . . . looking forward to sleeping all day Friday and going out to dinner with friends Friday night :)

 . . . then rehearsal for an extra piece that I got asked to be in by one of the department's best choreographers, a final on Tuesday, a final on Wednesday . . . and then . . .


I haven't been home in three months and I can't wait to be home :) I'm eagerly anticipating sitting around the fireplace snuggled in a heap with my siblings covered in blankets and sipping tea while my dad reads a book or leads a family devotion :) :) :)
-and Mama will be there too of course :)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Bible Doctrine

I quite obviously haven't kept up with posting every day. These last few weeks have been absurdly busy. 
However, I just finished two dance finals today so I finally have a few free minutes and I wanted to post this :) 

This book has been so incredibly beneficial to me this week :) 

My dad gave me his copy of the book when I left for college which was so kind of him.
 He wouldn't let me leave for college without a copy of Bible Doctrine and a pocket knife :) 

I love having his copy of the book because I frequently find notes like this . . . 

Anyway, one of the guys who leads Bible Study (and has an incredible understanding of Scripture) was asked a question that he couldn't answer about the Devil. He was determined to find the answer so he asked the rest of the Bible Study Leadership Team. I brought my Bible Doctrine book to our meeting the next night. We were up until 1am researching the origin of angels and their purpose :) 

The next day my roommate asked why I was out so late and so I told her about researching angels and showed her Bible Doctrine. She was intrigued and spent the next 20 minutes reading part of the book. She then told me she was interested in getting a copy for herself :)

Today, my other roommate's boyfriend asked me about the Trinity again. We've had several conversations about it and we are going to talk about it again tomorrow, but I had to go at that particular moment so I handed him Bible Doctrine opened to the section on the Trinity. He spent the next half-an-hour reading the book as well. 

Thank you Lord for this wonderful book and all of the ways that it has been beneficial in understanding Your Word and glorifying You this week :)