Wow, I cannot believe how long it has been since I have been on here! Longer since I have posted! So many things have changed since then!!!
For starters, for anyone who is wondering, Mrs. Hughlene is still around. She is going down hill, having to be on an oxygen tank sometimes when she is very weak. However, her spirit and encouragement is still as bright and glorious as it has always been. I have seriously never met anyone like her before in my life. I thank God every day that she is still with us and that He has allowed me to know her. :)
Although Mrs. Hughlene is still with us, another wonderful lady whom I have known pretty much all of my life passed back in February. Mrs. Tonnie Simpson, one of our elder's wives. She was also a wonderful example to me and I miss her very dearly. It has been rough on her family and the church.
On a much better mood, for anyone who is my friend on Facebook, know that I have been seeing someone. His name is Adam and we met at Faulkner and have been very close friends for four years. I tell you now, if you have never dated someone you've been friends with for a long time who is also a Christian and has a Christian family, you do not know the glories of it. Sure, like all relationships, we get a little aggravated with each other (although in truth he being more aggravated with me than the other way around. He has such a sweet deposition I hardly ever get upset with him, lol), we have really enjoyed the passed few months spending time together. He calms me down when I get upset about stuff (most time silly things), teaches me to look at things a different ways, and helps me to stay close to God, and to be smarter in my every day decisions.
So.... :D I am very proud, excited, and happy to say that Adam and I are engaged! He purposed to me this passed Sunday evening! :) I've never been so happy and blessed in my life! I thank God every day that I have him. :) There is no set date at the moment, for he is trying to find a better job, but it won't be very difficult for him, seeing as he has a degree in Computer Science and has done a lot of computer programming and can fix almost anything referring to computers. He is very smart and very gifted. :)
God is very good.
There is a lady who is very dear and near to my heart. Her name is Hughlene Sadler, and she and her husband Dick are members of our congregation. Have you ever met anyone who when you see them, you think to yourself, "Wow. I need to be just like that!" Or, "I can really see Jesus in those people." ? Mrs. Hughlene, along with her husband Dick, are that type of people in my mind. For starters, they hug EVERYBODY. It doesn't matter if they just met you or have known you all of your life, they will give you a hug when you walk through that door. If you have never met them, more then likely they will hug you first and THEN introduce themselves. ;) Mrs. Hughlene is a very gentle spirited person whom I always feel comfortable enough to go to when I have problems and need prayers. She never judges or criticizes, or acts like she is better than me. She listens to me and calmly assures me that God is with me and that He will help me through whatever I may be facing. A smile is always on her face. She has the ability to brighten up a room just by entering it.
Her and Mr. Dick never sit in the same pew twice. Or, at least it doesn't seem like that anyway. They are always sitting with different members of the congregation and sometimes they sit with visitors as well to make them feel more comfortable. They sing out in services, they help with different church activities, they call people to check on them, they visit people if they are in the hospital, etc. They laugh with everyone and try to get to know everyone. Everyone is "brother" or "sis" to them. They treat EVERYONE like a member of their own family.
Mrs. Hughlene, like I've stated before, never judges anyone or criticizes people. If something is going on with someone, she usually says something like, "Well, this or that may be going on. We need to pray for that person." or something of the sort. She doesn't partake in gossip and she never slanders the name of the a fellow brother or sister.
I have never seen Mrs.Hughlene mad or upset. I've never seen her frustrated or aggravated. She almost always has the right thing to say at the right time. :)Mrs.Hughlene studies her Bible very diligently. In Bible studies, she is always speaking of things she may have come across or thought about recently in the Scriptures.
But, Mrs.Hughlene is human like the rest of us. Recently, she has been diagnosed with lung cancer. It isn't good or curable. The Chemo, she has 8-10 months to live. She is only taking the chemo, (in her own words), "To better prepare (herself) for Heaven and to encourage everyone to love God while (she) can." She has been on it for 2 months and has lost all of her hair. Sometimes she is so weak that she can barely get out of bed. It hurts me to see her in this sickness. For if anyone who did not deserve this, it would be her.
Mrs. Hughlene is going to be leaving us very soon, and I'm not sure if I'm ready for her to go yet. There is so much MORE that I could learn from her! Who will I go to after she is gone? Who is there that I can go to with ANY problem that I face, without worry of judgment? Who will pray for and with me as willingly as she did? Who will hug and hold me close when I need comfort? Who will rejoice with me as she has when God has answered my prayers? Tell me, Who? For I have never met anyone like her.
Yet, even in this sickness, Mrs.Hughlene is teaching me. She has accepted her fate and she is looking forward to going to Heaven. I need to be happy that she will be released from this pain of the world (and the pain of her sickness) and that she will be joined with her Heavenly Father.
Sometimes, when it is someone you care SO MUCH for, it can be very hard to let go.
which I am!
Classes are going okay. I am enjoying my Feature Writing, Book of Acts, and Lit classes tremendously. My Western Cult class is okay- just a lot of boring reading, but I'm getting through it. I Algebra. Lets not talk about that. I've got a tutor now, so hopefully that will help.
Chorus. New York trip coming in about a month!!!!!!!!! I'm SOOOOOOOOOOO excited! My parents are going to be flying up for a few days to see us sing in Carnagie Hall along with, hopefully, a couple from church. My friend Brian will, hopefully, also be coming up from Jersey. I'm excited. Its going to be awesome.
We have a HUGE service project coming up for ADPsi. Starting tomorrow, we're going to be setting up booths for donations to build a bench on campus in the memory of my friend T Hollis and Ryne. This project means SO much to me and I'm glad that we're going to be able to do it. I don't think it will take long at all to raise the money. Both T and Ryne touched a lot of lives and its only fitting that we put a memorial of them somewhere on campus. =)
We have a new roommate. Her name is Jessie and she's a sweetheart. She's been having some health problems, though, so I would appreciate it if ya'll could keep her in your prayers. It hasn't been too easy.
Well. I should go. I have an interview with the basketball coach this week and need to work on questions, etc and homework. Ya'll take care!
yeah. I'm going to die this semester...
8:30 - Western Culteral Heritage I
10:40 - Book of Acts
1:40 - American Lit II
3:10 - Feature Writing
8:30- Intermediate Algebra
10:00 - chapel
2-6 - Work
I am now Vice President of ADPsi.
We will be going on 2 chorus trips this semester.
I am trying to write a little on my book here and there.
Plus, keeping a little bit of my social life alive.
I'm home for the rest of the year. Finals went okay and slowly, one by one, I'm getting my grades back. Still waiting on one.
My Grandmother is in the hospital. They're going to have to put a pacemaker in. Prayers would be appreciated.
My uncle is also not doing well. Prayers would be appreciated on his behalf as well.
Although it is nice being with my family, spending time with Brea and Rand, and getting to see the wonderful people at church, I've been feeling a little depressed- I miss Faulkner a lot- and its only been a few days since I've left. I miss my crazy roommate,Heather, and going on wild adventures with her around Montgomery (and sometimes beyond), I miss her crazy boyfriend, Kit, and his roommates- Aaron and Zach and playing video games and watching movies with them. I miss my friend Shley and gallivanting around with her. I miss visiting my friend Nick and arguing with him- because its fun. I miss my best friend (well, one of them..) Kevin and talking to and hanging out with him.... I miss Chris Kelly's jokes, Tony's hugs, Holly's smiles, and I think I even miss being busy all the time.
I think it is funny how when I'm at Faulkner, I can't wait to go home, and then when I go home, I can't wait to go back to Faulkner. heh.