Today was a wonderful day spent with lots of family. Since my family opens our gifts on Christmas Eve, I slept in this morning and then got up and "attempted" to figure out my new expresso maker. Let me tell you, it's a lot harder than it looks. It took me six tries and a couple of burned fingers before I even got one that was halfway decent. Hmm.. maybe I should stick with Starbucks?
One of my new year's resolutions is to start posting more pictures on here, so maybe I will start that tomorrow. Haha.
I haven't posted in a while because I haven't felt like I've had much to post about! But over the last week one AMAZING thing did happen...
Greenlee Elizabeth Colclasure entered the world on Thursday, December 17th, at 6:54 p.m. She was 8lbs exactly, and 19 3/4 in. She is PERFECT.
Summer was in labor for over 24 hrs and then had a C-section. They didn't give her an epidural until her 23rd hour of labor, but she never complained once. She is so happy and is going to be a wonderful mommy. I'm so proud of her. Life's a dance you learn as you go...
It seems like just yesterday, we were teenagers talking about the types of families we wanted to have and now we are old enough to start our own. At Summer's baby shower we were asked to write letters to Greenlee, I didn't feel like I had adequate time to write mine then so I hurriedly wrote something down, If I had more time here is what I would say:
Your mother was my very best friend in middle school, Junior high, and High school. We cheered together, vacationed together, competed in pageants together, and just experienced everything life had to offer. You can always ask me for stories about your mom and I will never hold anything back. I knew I would always have a good time when I was with her. We went through some incredibly difficult experiences together, but they in turn made us stronger women. This is my wish to you, that you will experience all life has to offer, the good and the bad, because all of these experiences have something to teach you.
I hope you...
Try everything once (everything that is LEGAL, at least)
Sneak out of your house at least once, but don't go too far because believe it or not your mom will know you have snuck out, even if you try your hardest not to make a sound.
Study hard and don't skip classes except for once a semester to go on an adventure with your friends, you'll learn more those days than you could have sitting in class.
ALWAYS wear your seat belt, and make your friends wear theirs too.
If you're going to drink, don't drive. Call your mother. I promise she won't lecture you until the next day.
Do what your heart desires, even if it scares you.
Apply to more than one college.
Never fear rejection.
Spend your money on stupid things, like new clothes, because one day you'll have bills to pay and you'll wish you had more clothes.
Don't worry about the popular crowd, I promise they never go far.
Enjoy compliments, but don't accept them at face value.
If you rely on popular culture's definition of love, you will live in a state of constant disappointment.
Plan just enough that you don't forget major commitments, everything else leave up to God.
Always return your shopping cart.
Wear bikinis while you can.
Don't spend too much time in a tanning bed.
The thing about makeup is you want to look like you aren't wearing much.
If you marry your first love, you will miss out on the unique pain of a broken heart. This type of pain allows you to love and appreciate that one you do marry so much more.
You shouldn't go from being someones daughter, to being someones wife, to being someones mother without being someone yourself. Learn who you truly are first.
Men, as a rule, are not good mind readers. The sooner you learn this the better.
Help your mom while she cooks, if anything at least talk to her.
ALWAYS give clothes away, NEVER sell them to a consignment shop.
Always choose friends over boys (the only exception for this is for your husband, but really he should never make you choose anyway)
Always be the first to say "I'm sorry" and never go to bed angry.
Cherish your innocence.
Wait to date, preferably until you are 16 but I'll leave that up to your parents.
Yes, the sun will still rise tomorrow morning even if there are storm clouds all night.
Most importantly, Love God above everything else. Seek Him every moment of the day. Grow a faith that is REAL to you. You can always trust in God and He will always be there when it seems no one else is. When you seek Him, you will find Him. When you find Him, we will give you the desires of your heart. He has a plan for you that is good, and noble, and perfect. You are His princess and He loves you more than anyone ever will. His love for you will never fade no matter what you do. Don't turn from God, He will never turn from you.
As of yesterday at 11:00 I am officially done with my fall semester. What a relief. This semester has been, by far, one of the most challenging, yet amazing semesters of my college career. I feel like I have really been stretched and in the end, have come out a changed person. A little of that might have been because of the classes I took, but I feel a lot of it has to do with how much my life has changed. Who I am has changed. For the better. Yes, much better. I feel like for once, I am finally getting a grasp on who I am as a person, and what I want out of life. Ok, maybe I'm not exactly sure where I'll be next year this time, but I know the ride will have been well worth it. God has an amazing way of bringing you to your knees, but it is during those moments that such sweet truth pours into your heart and soul. I have learned more about God this semester than I have in a long time. Never again will I sacrifice my relationship with Him for things of this world. I can't wait to see what God has in store. I know it won't be easy, but it will be worth it.
As for winter break, I look forward to hanging out with my family, spending much needed time with old friends, meeting Miss Greenlee Elizabeth Colclasure ( who is due to arrive tomorrow!), and doing lots of reading. Oh and there is still that one online class I have to finish. :( But for the most part I hope to rest and relax and let God speak to me through the calm before the storm of next semester.
It is so comforting to know that Christ has already conquered my world. He has great plans for me, and He knows where I'm going even when I don't. It's nice to know that I don't have to have even the next day planned out, I just need to listen for His guidance and follow where He leads.