Category Archives: Life in Waco

Top 10 in Waco

fTop 10 Places I’ve made Memories in Waco:

1. Cameron Park– hands down favorite place in Waco. Hiking, running, swimming, hammocking, picnicing, longboarding, tortilla throwing, frisbeeing. The list seems endless with at least a dozen memories attached to each part.

2. the mountain:2F– First apartment, community group, dating relationships, [LOTS of] burnt toast, way too many stairs, open door, laughter and tears. These girls are the forever friends everyone hopes they will find in college (or life in general for that matter)                                                          

3. Antioch Community Church– from Life Group to Sunday Mornings to Awaken, I will never be the same because of the people at this church that chose to say ‘yes’ to God embracing all that He says and following Him with abandon.

4. Moody Library- reason #1 I didn’t make this list “top 10 favorites;” however, I spent more time here and made more random memories here than almost anywhere else in college. Embarrassed? no. Nerd? Maybe a little.

5. Cafe Cappucino– the memories are endless and the tradition runs deep.

6. Elevate– yes yes Elevate is a part of ACC, but having given 9 months to it, its necessary to include separately. {Refining. Crazy. Encouraging. Fire. Delight. Joy. Strength. Challenge. Support. Family.}

7. #crawford– George, coffee, blondies, and monsters. Shall I say more? How dearly I love the girls I lived with and the friends that dwelt in our home.                 

8. Baylor Bear Trail– there’s no telling how many times I have made this loop around campus over the years. Walking, fake running, and eventually actually running, all the while cultivating friendship and creating memories. Its not always the big things that grow fondest in our hearts but the consistency of the everyday that instills deep sweetness.

9. Baylor Science Building– reason #2 I didn’t make this list “top 10 favorites;” however, with almost all my classes here and the ladies at the cafe knowing my order, it had to make the list.

10. Homestead Heritage- sweet potato fries and butter pecan ice cream. And a few friends to accompany you of course. 

Dangit. 10 is not nearly enough. Because there’s also Mr. Sno, Common Grounds, XMAS on 5th, Special Needs Ministry, Sonic, TriDelta, Lake Whitney and sooooo many more. I have truly been blessed.

In all these you may see that it really wasn’t ever about the place at all, but the people that filled it, the relationships we built, and a sweet encounter with God in each.

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Elevate: a snapshot

I finished Elevate almost 2 weeks ago.

During the last class we reflected on the ways we have been transformed:


Beautiful Return

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you have read all about the Special Needs Ministry I helped with at Baylor. And the Spring Fling Dance we put on each year.

[Spring Fling 2011; Spring Fling 2010; Special Needs Ministry]

Special Needs Ministry was a highlight of most every week in college and the Spring Fling marks a consistent highlight of each year.

It was awesome.

But what was better than leading and serving with Urban Missions was going to the dance tonight.

The dance was just as fun as always though much better done than in past years. And I love that. Most of all I loved being able to see a team not only existing and maintaining what I helped start, but growing it. Its a ministry team that is increasing in my absence- the beautiful evidence that it wasn’t ever about me at all. Thank you Lord.


Disbelief

I am living in disbelief.

1. My car is totalled. (though in my mind its still parked outside)

2. I have been accepted to UNC-Chapel Hill. (however I feel as if I should still be waiting-i grew fond of it)

3. I am running a 15K on Saturday morning (it wasn’t so long ago that I DIDNT run)

I am sure you have had situations such as these whether the emotions are sad, happy, or overwhelming–its those times when life doesn’t seem real.

So I wonder at what point I will cross the threshold from disbelief to reality.

When I get a new car? When I move? When I am on mile 3, 6, 9 of hills?

In the meantime I get to taste of each a bit as I take in the rollercoaster of reality.

And it makes me even more grateful for a God who is consistently my reality.


Family

This is family.

Its a rare gift I have. These men and women that are family to me in Waco. And its a rare way we relate. We are spread between 8 jobs, 3 life groups, and a couple different educational backgrounds. Yet here we are: family. We are goofy and fun and faithful and encouraging. And each Sunday we gather to have family dinner: 8 of us gathered around the table to eat a home-cooked meal. And most every week all 8 of us  are present. That’s a rare privilege.

Oh and for just a moment I must boast… tonight was my night to cook. And Matt and I did a stellar job of making dinner if I might say so myself. Mexican of course: salsa, quacamole, rice, beans, and fajitas. (Thanks Juanita for teaching me so well!)


Waco Summer

When I start Elevate in a week I will have had almost 4 months of summer. Most of it here in Waco. Thank you Jesus.

As I launched into this season, I couldn’t help but think how weird it was that this was the summer that God asked me to stay in Waco. My longest summer wouldn’t be spent in an orphanage or investing overseas for months. It would be spent in Waco. However, my thought process was off. I wasn’t staying in Waco, I was going to Waco. Right where I was supposed to be.

It has been different than past years where I worked as hard as I could and crammed as much as possible into three months, pouring out all that I had such a beautiful chaotic way.

This summer I rested. Or at least began learning how. And I loved it just as I have every other summer.

As I have been processing the last four months God continues to speak Psalm 23 to me, bringing the words off of the page.

The Lord is my shepherd. He leads me, guides me, directs my paths, cares for me, protects me, runs after me, waits patiently for me, and tends to me. I shall not be in want. In Him I am secure. Because of the abundance He has placed in my life, I am content. In chaos and in quiet. In Mexico, China, Waco, or wherever else He leads me. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He. Makes. Me. If it weren’t for Him and his tender direction, I would not really rest. I would not truly enjoy (I’m weird I know) free time, sleeping in, nights at home, long runs, family vacations, and free days. He leads me beside quiet waters. And oh how refreshing they are. He restores my soul. Fully and completely. He doesn’t just refresh me, but he restores my soul, laying a foundation for the future.

This summer, this season of rest, refreshment, and restoration, it has been beautiful. And living in Waco, its been wonderful.

Now I’m just so glad I don’t even have to leave.


#crawford

 

Tonight is our last night at 1309A.

These women have blessed me abundantly.

We have laughed together, cried together, and prayed together.

Mainly we have just done life together.

And had a blast.

None of us can dance, but who cares.

We’ve celebrated Baylor homecomings over the years.

Done spur of the moment bike races.

Dressed up for formals and danced like fools.

Embraced the Baylor traditions we’ll carry with us for years.

Shared the bonds of sisterhood. Delta Delta Delta.

Sled on trashcan lids at the Waco dam with maybe an inch of snow.

Celebrated Megan’s engagement!

Supported one another.

Ate brunch at the Coffee Shop Cafe in Crawford, TX.

#crawford. its been great.