One last long haul

Somehow, I have completed four years at Pepperdine University, walked across a stage, and obtained a diploma. Whaa?

This means that, yes, I FINALLY completed my thesis, washed my hands of it, and turned it in! Thank you God! It also means that I took my last final, cleaned our apartment’s refrigerator, said goodbye to so many dear friends, magically packed (which is always the most stressful part of the year for me) my clothes in two suitcases which flew home with me and my stuff into my grandparents van for me to pick up after Connor and I’s wedding, and celebrated graduation with my future husband and my amazing family that drove/flew in. SO many things happened in quick succession that I’m not entirely sure where I am at the moment. But I do know that I am thankful for my time at Pepperdine, that Connor and I said our last airport goodbye yesterday, and that God has purpose for this last long-distance time. I’m ready!!! God has been speaking to me a lot about honoring him with everything, and especially with my emotions. I have to submit everything to God, including all my frustration that I can’t be with my Fiance everyday, my sadness that during the graduation chaos I didn’t get to say goodbye to some of my best friends, and my excitement for marriage. I have let these circumstantial emotions affect my joy in Christ. My joy in Christ and His love should not be bound by my material settings but transcendent and ever strong.

Find rest, O my Soul, in God alone;

my hope comes from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation;

he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

My salvation and my honor depend on God;

he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Trust in him at all times, O people;

pour out your hearts to him,

for God is our refuge.

Psalm  62:5-8

I am so thankful God is here and He has been my strength and my protector while I was away at college. I pray that as Connor and I enter into the next stage of our waiting process that He continues to be our strength and our discernment. Connor and I both know that anything we commit to the Lord will succeed and glorify Him. Knowing this, and knowing the good and faithful nature of our God, we are so eager to continually lay our relationship at His feet and ask for His perfect guidance. God is so good. =)

Here are some pictures from the last week:

A celebratory picture after a celebratory lunch after turning our thesis’s in. =)

I love my family! We took a quick trip to the beach Saturday after graduation:

We were doing our “ab flexing faces.” Apparently everyone else missed the memo.

we took a bajillion pictures, only one of which has both of us off the ground, but this one is my personal favorite jumping picture. It’s just too awesomely awkward not to share. heh:

God willing, the goodbye we said after this trip will be our last. We are so ready for no more goodbyes.

So now, three days after graduation, I’m sitting in Wagner, SD, on my families couch, watching basketball with my family, and missing my man. He’s currently sitting in my aunt and uncles living room in Colorado Springs, CO and talking to my uncle about the fort they are going to build in their backyard. And of course we’re texting – trying to stay in contact as much as we can because we are each other’s other half. While we need to be physically long distance a little bit longer so that I can spend time with my family and he can bring home the bacon, we are never far from each other in heart and mind. God is faithful. The end of this season is in sight! So let’s power through these last 67 days!!

Oh, and since you were probably wondering, YES I am wearing my super cute romper (that I talked about in my last post) in some of these pictures.

the best of intentions…

Yesterday I planned to study, study, study for finals and practice my thesis presentation. Instead, I spent the day with Kate and Casey doing some serious shopping. =) I finally found and bought my wedding shoes!!! They are GORGEOUS blush flats with some pretty gems on the front. Absolutely gorgeous. I also bought my dress for graduation – YAY. And…a romper. Yes, a romper. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to wear it all the time. It was the most comfortable, wonderful thing I have ever tried on.

via love culture

Mine looks something like that. But anyways, yes, yesterday was a wonderful day with two people I love very much.

Today, I’m going to pay for all the time I spent away from my books yesterday. It was totally worth it though. =)

1)  A perfect end to a perfect day of shopping.

2) The three of us showing off our rings before Casey’s last formal

The THESIS MONSTER is BAAAACK

Why did I choose an English major?
Couldn’t I just have been a hater?
Rhetoric has worn me out
I have no clout.
Plato! Lend me that divine inspiration!
Aristotle! Strike me with structural sensation!
Sophists! …just help me, please.
I only need a B!        (well..not really but it sort of rhymes)
It must dazzle and sparkle, this paper.
This paper of which I am unfortunate creator.
Victorians, why are there a ga-billion books about you?
I would like to smush you with my frustration shoe.

Library tonight again. Instead of cake baking. Lame. I keep telling myself I’m done. And then I re-read it.

happy friday!

This is how I’m spending my Fab Friday. All day. In the library.

It’s a good day to do it though because it’s Connor’s last day in Washington so he’s spending quality time with his family. They have family nights on Friday. Pizza, movie, and together time. That’s definitely something I want to keep going when Connor and I start our own family. (which is SO soon!!)

It’s funny to me that I always miss him more when I know he’s busy.  I am so thankful that we get to talk as much as we do. He’s my best fren.

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AAAAnd this is how I ended my day. Watching Bones and eating McDonalds with Casey. I haven’t had McD for soooo long…like 2 years or something…so go ahead and judge me, but it was AWESOME!

Ay, caramba!

Graduation is in 16 days. I have too:

1) Finish the whiny thesis that is always demanding my attention. For all the time I’ve spent looking at my computer screen in the library, researching, and rewriting this paper owes it to me to be finished. But, ohh no. It will be doing me no favors. So, my goal is to have all the organizational, blah-de-blahs done with by Friday night and to spend the weekend doing intense proofreading.

2) Get moving on my AWESOME paper about why we need  a better family leave plan in the United States. I haven’t started that one yet, but I’m meeting with my professor in an hour to talk about my progress. Yum.

So that will be brilliantly fun…in other news…Connor and I had a minor set back with Colorado-moving plans. He has been so stoked to jump in his car and have a good old fashioned, cramped, miserable, back breaking, butt flattening road trip (just kidding Dad, road trips are cool!). However, when he took his car into the shop to get everything tuned up he got the news you never want to get. His transmission was over it — done with the whole “trying” phase and kickin’ back into the “I do what I want” phase. And, as I may have mentioned before, we don’t have that much money (yet.) so his car cannot be fixed before he was supposed to leave on Saturday. But God is so good and He literally always comes through for us and this time, it was in the form of a plane ticket. So Connor IS going to Colorado Springs this weekend and he IS going to start his new job on Monday!! While he’s out in Colorado he’ll be living with some of my family for awhile and getting an idea where the safe and good apartments are for when we both move out there in August. We are both sooo excited for this next phase in our life! Only 86 more days!!!

Now. ONWARD THESIS BEAST! I will defeat you yet!