Month: May 2012

Insta-Monday

Whew. This has been a crazy week. It has consisted of finding a duplex in Springfield, being sick, packing all of my belongings that have been filling my apartment for two years, driving home, unpacking all of those belongings, looking for jobs, going to a wedding, hitting up the drive-in, going to my future sister-in-law’s graduation, and going to yet another wedding. Like I said, whew.

I’ve decided that I’m going to start a blog series called Insta-Monday. I’m going to post my favorite instagrams of the week. Enjoy :)

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So many books. I have many more, plus all of Brad’s. A bookshelf is at the top of the list of things to buy for our duplex.

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So lovely to be home. Sitting on our back porch is one of my favorite things about summer.

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I’ve been wanting a new bible for a few years. I haven’t had a study bible since my Teen Study Bible, so I thought it was time for an upgrade. They even imprinted my name on it for free!

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Such an adorable invitation.

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First drive-in movie of the summer.

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9th row on the aisle. Can’t you see her?

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Heading to our 6th wedding of the season. Only one more before ours!

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What a fine looking best man.

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Thankful for this girl. Coming home brings old friends.

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The centerpieces at this wedding were absolutely adorable. Fabric flowers are so practical and cute. Plus the doilies added a touch of elegance. This wedding was totally Pinterested out, and I loved it!

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The best for last. My wonderful fiance serenading me. I’m a lucky girl.

Working Girl

The whirlwind of graduation is officially over and I have stuffed all of my belongings back into my childhood bedroom. It seems I have reverted back to 15-year-old Katelyn, living at home with no job and no real plans for the day-to-day. Actually, that’s not the real truth. I even had a job when I was 15.

Upon my arrival at my parents’ house, it hit me that I had done nothing to secure a job for myself for the next two months. I suddenly had a moment of panic just at the thought of being such an unproductive human being this summer. Even worse, I really hate asking my parents for money. “Hey I know I’m 22 and a college graduate, but can I have 20 bucks to go out to eat and see a movie?” Heck no.

So the job hunt has begun.

While scrolling through craigslist and working on the mountain of laundry that is turning my bedroom into an episode of hoarders, I’ve been thinking about my past positions of employment and it made me realize something.

I’ve had a lot of jobs.

Nine to be exact. I guess that may not be that many compared to some other people, but I think holding down 9 jobs since age 14 is pretty decent. I worked a lot in high school, and I managed to be consistently employed at at least one job, and often two, while in college. Do you know someone whose parent believes that “school is a full time job”? Maybe you have parents like that and you’ve never worked a day in your life. That sounds pretty nice at first, but honestly, I don’t envy you.

I missed a lot of school events, time spent with friends, and even sleep to be at work, but I gained a lot too. I know it sounds cheesy and like something your grandpa would tell you, but having a job creates responsibility and builds character. Someone is counting on you to be somewhere at a certain time to do a task, and if you aren’t there, consequences follow. Not only did I learn the generic name for Zocor, I learned a lot about people. People want to be heard and helped genuinely, even if you feel like you don’t have the time. I also learned how not to treat the lowly pharmacy tech or the girl refilling your drinks.

Getting a job isn’t easy, and sticking with a job you hate is even more difficult. I’ve had stressful jobs, fun jobs, and jobs I hated, but I learned something from them all. Value your job and work to be the best at whatever it is. You never know what impact the people you experience there may have in your life.

Four Years of Memories

I took my last final as an undergraduate this morning and my roommate has officially moved out of our apartment. Things are wrapping up here and I’m ready to begin my next phase of life. As anxious I am to get married, begin grad school, and become independent of my parents, the end of this huge part of my life has got me feeling nostalgic.

I was searching for a particular picture the other day and I got caught up in looking at the pictures I’d taken since in college. I have a great life. The Lord has blessed me with many joys this year. His faithfulness gives me security for the future.

Let’s take a trip through the past four years.

I was incredibly blessed to have the most amazing roommate my freshman and sophomore year. Bailey was the best example of a woman serving and seeking the Lord. I miss her dearly and treasure the times we shared in Beasley Hall.


I was just as blessed to have great suite mates. Steph had us constantly laughing and doing crazy things like coloring our hair in the dorm.

Some of my favorite weekends were spent in Licking, MO. They were filled with friends, food, games, fishing, and exploring.

I was lucky to get to spend time in Europe the summer between my freshman and sophomore year. We traveled from London, to Sweden, to Rome. It was a trip of a lifetime. I’m eager to return someday.

My sophomore year I took my first real road trip with friends to New Orleans and Dauphin Island. Flat tires and freezing water made for a memorable trip.

My junior year I began dating this guy. That summer I took an amazing trip to see him in New York City. We can’t wait to go back again someday.

I got to take yet another trip over spring break of my junior year. My best friend and I took on California, visiting Disneyland, California Adventure, and San Diego Wild Animal Park.

During November I traveled to West Africa with Freshwater Church to build relationships with the SS people. It was such an amazing experience and I think of and pray for the people there often.

This March Brad proposed and I said yes.

Life with Brad has been a whirlwind of joy, adventures, growing, and laughing. I have enjoyed reflecting on the past four years, but I am even more excited to see what the next four and beyond bring.

Hello Summertime

Summer is upon us and I’m trying to soak up my favorite parts of Bolivar before I say goodbye.

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3G’s (stands for 3 generations) is my favorite place to get ice cream in Bolivar. It’s family owned and occasionally has odd hours, but it really can’t be beat.

 

With summertime comes wedding season. Brad and I attended our first summer wedding this weekend. It was a beautiful ceremony and the reception was a blast. I hope our wedding is as joy-filled as this one. Here are a few of my favorite moments.

 

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My best friend gave a wonderful speech. So proud of her all the time.

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Graduation Gift Basket

It’s that time of year again and graduation is just around the corner! Brad and I are super excited for his sister, Heather, to be graduating from high school! Not only is she going to college next, but she’s starting this summer! It was important to Brad and I to get her something that she would really need and use as she heads of to college. We decided that a gift basket of some of the essentials would be the best way to go! Check out our basket:

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Umbrella: Everyone that lives in Missouri knows that an umbrella is a handy thing to have when you live on campus and walk to class. Plus the duck is super cute!

Three-hole Punch: This is one of those items that you always seem to need, but never have. I’ve definitely gotten my $7 worth out of mine!

Hand-Sanitizer: This is a great item to have on your desk. I feel like using hand sanitizer is kind of like brushing your teeth in the middle of the day; you just feel refreshed. It can also be especially helpful if you have community bathrooms and you don’t want to run down the hall every time you need to wash your hands.

Pens: Pretty obvious. You can never have too many pens.

Febreeze Air Freshener: My roommate and I used this all the time in the dorm and I use it now in my apartment. It’s nice to have a little spritz of smell good! And let’s face it, sometimes the dorm just smells weird.

Journal: I’m a to-do list kind of girl. Having a place to put notes to myself that is small enough to fit in my purse of backpack is extremely helpful! You never know when you are going to need to write something down.

Utensil Holder: This is found on any college student’s desk or nightstand and takes many different forms. I personally use a coffee cup that says, “Do All Things With Love”. This is where you keep all the keys to successful reading and paper writing: pens, pencils, highlighters, scissors, sharpies.

Insulated Cup: Keeping hydrating throughout your day is very important for anyone. My energy level really goes down if I haven’t had anything to drink. This cup is great because it has a lid and straw. You can take water, juice, or pop with you to class without spending money on buying a drink everyday!

Lint Roller: Another item I always seem to need but never have. It’s also a quick way to refresh a piece of clothing without doing laundry!

Bandaids: One incident of cutting myself shaving taught me to always have bandaids on hand. This item is usually bought by your mom and kept in the medicine cabinet at home. I never thought to bring bandaids with me to college until I really needed them!

Mini Stapler: I bought one of these my freshman year and used it ALL THE TIME. This isn’t high school anymore and teachers don’t always have a stapler for you to use. I carry mine in my backpack and classmates use it all the time.

Gum: Another obvious. You can never have too much gum. Plus it’s a great way to make friends! “Would you like a piece of gum?” “Yes I would! Let’s be friends.”

Tape: Similar to a stapler, I have needed tape much more often than expected. Tape can also be used to hang things up in that drab dorm room!

Mini Post-Its: I prefer min post-its because they are much more manageable to use in a book than the larger kind, especially if you are using a lot. Plus, a good sized stack of post-its can last you a really long time!

Nail Polish: Because who doesn’t like nail polish?

Good luck with your own grad gift buying!