Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast."

Monday, August 30, 2010

Have you ever...

So today my mind has been all over the place thinking about random things.  I got a lot of school work accomplished during my "forced study break" but I was just thinking about things that didn't really relate to school... oops!  Though, I just have those days where I wish I could talk to God face to face and I could ask Him all my questions that have crossed my mind or that I wonder about and do not know the answers too.  I am sure when I get to Heaven one day He will be more than happy to walk with me in His kingdom and explain to me all the things I did not understand or have questions to when I lived on earth!

Have you ever...
 wondered why there are so many different languages in the world or where they all came from?
Or what other people from different cultures think about you?
Or how fast your hair grows in the span of a couple of months?
Or why people yell across the library at others instead of simply walking over and talking to the person?
Or how many people read the Bible?
Or what all your family and friends are doing in Heaven while you are still here on earth?
Or why you always get butterflies in your tummy when you start something new?
Or why there are only 24 hours in a day?
Or why people have different personalities and characteristics that make them who they are?
Or why people show Love in so many different ways?

I honestly do not really know the answers to the questions but these are just things I have been thinking about during the day--- random I know!  But, being at TCU on such a diverse campus you see and experience a lot of things and some days it just makes my mind wonder.... hmmmm.... I wonder why/ I wonder if...?

On a different note, it has been a good Monday.  I got to have lunch with one of my former beautiful roommates, Jillian.  It was so nice to see her and catch up with her and just laugh with her.  I miss that most about living at the dupe--- living with girls who are all so different but are so much fun!  Though, living with my hubby is awesome too and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Also, pray for Reagan he is sick :( He is going to the doctor early tomorrow morning because the over the counter meds are not making him feel much better.  Let's just say when my husband gets too involved in too many things and doesn't have enough time to sleep he gets a sinus infection--- so this is most likely what is happening right now because he is so darn busy!  So pray that he has time to rest and recover!

On a happy/butterfly in your stomach note.... my little brother Hunter started his first day of college at Blinn today in college station.  According to my mom he was a little nervous this morning which is definitely understandable--- I remember my first day and I was super scared!  So be praying for him this week and that he transitions well into college and stays on track with homework and studying!  I love you Bubba, Reagan and I are praying for you!! :)

Well I hope everyone has had a great start to the week!  Smoothie King is in my future for dinner since I have a night class that starts at 5.... a large protein shake sounds pretty delicious right about now :)

"Take time to absorb the world around you because there are so many intricate things we miss everyday."

Friday, August 27, 2010

My LAST first week of College---DONE!

So the first week is over, thank the Lord I have Friday's off!  I have definitely needed today to regroup, get homework and readings done, clean up the house, do laundry and plan the meals for next week!  I seriously do not know what I would do without a day off.

The first week of class went ok.  It is definitely going to be a crazy semester with 18 hours but I really think I am going to like all of my classes.  I had to drop my Tuesday night class because the professor was not very nice and I could tell we were not going to get along very well, so luckily I was able to get in the Monday night class I have been wanting to get into!  WOOHOO!

So, Reagan now has to do dinner for himself on Monday's and Wednesday's which won't be too bad!  Tuesday nights we will both be home together and Thursday's my sweet hubby has declared as our date night since he is now the FCA Chaplain for Timberview High school and will be gone for the next two months on Friday nights for football games... if they are home games I should be able to go with him but away games I have to stay home.  I am going to be honest, when I first learned about all this was going to entail I got a little upset because I felt like we were both just too busy and would not have time for each other but my husband seems to have it all worked out to where we have a night by ourselves and he is helping me around the house with stuff since I am so busy with school so that is definitely a blessing!

Also, I got a text from Reagan about an hour ago and today he started selling cars at Carmax.  He texted me to tell me that he had sold his first car today and the person also purchased a warranty package!  I was so proud of him and you could definitely tell he was pumped!  He is such a good salesman :)

This weekend has already been off to a good start!  Last night we celebrated our friends Karlie and Jace who just got engaged last night.  She was completely surprised and did not even expect it!  We met up with them at the Melting Pot for dessert and to celebrate... so delicious!

Today, I had lunch with one of my sweet TCU friends Megan!  She just got engaged last Saturday night so we had lunch to catch up, hear about the proposal and talk wedding stuff!  It was so much fun and such a blessing to see her and celebrate with her in this special time of her life.  She did such an awesome job being a bridesmaid for me and celebrating my special moment in life so I hope I can do just a good a job as she has done for me!  Love you sweet girl!!

Today I have also spent a lot of time on the phone with my best friend Hannah.  I miss her so much and I just miss getting to see her and her beautiful family and watching little Ava grow up.  I had a dream the other night that our families finally lived close to each other and it was the best thing ever.  I am so blessed to have her because she is my person that I can talk about "anything and everything" with!!  I love our talks--- and hours can go by and we are still talking away on the phone.  Love you so much Hannah and thank you for everything!

Well off to studying and reading I go!  I have quite the load to do today... UGH!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

"Perseverance-- the greater the obstacle the more glory you will have in overcoming it!"

Monday, August 23, 2010

um Summer could you please come BACK!?

So the fall semester is under way... and WOW it was freaking hot outside walking on campus.  Gross I know, but I was sweating today, it is just too dang hot!  I am ready for some fall breeze to head my way!
My Monday went well.  I really liked my nutrition professor-- she seems like she will be fun. 
Tomorrow is definitely going to be crazy!  I have three classes back to back and then a break from 4:50-5:50 and then a night class that starts at 6!  Tomorrow is going to be a long day!
I think tomorrow after my crazy long day more than ever I will want summer to be back --- during the summer I am not rushed to do things, we get to hang with friends all the time, and I love the staying up late and sleeping in part!!
I am already getting a little nervous watching my planner fill up with assignments and tests... YUCK!
Let's just say thank goodness this was my Last first day of School EVER... WAHOOO!
This morning my prayer was definitely God give me strength to make it through this crazy semester!
I told Reagan today I am going to need his help more around the house with chores and such... he just smiled, said he would, and promised me he would not let me lose my sanity this semester--- let's hope he sticks to that promise!
Well I am off to start reading for class tomorrow--- yes already.  Wow senior year you are here and the work load has already kicked in!  Wish me luck and lots of concentration!

"Today was a day I will remember but a day I will never have to Repeat-- I definitely love the sound of that!"

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I LOVE getting Ready for School

So I am not super excited about going back to school--- that means quizzes, tests, projects and papers.  None of that sounds fun at all.  Though, I am ready to be back on TCU campus, see all my friends, have lunch dates with lovely people, and experience my last year of college.  Holy moly... my LAST year.  These past four years have gone by way too fast and some pretty incredible changes have occurred over these fours years that have definitely made me a stronger person. 

I am ready for this year and most of all I love getting ready for the school year.  I love buying things for school like folders and notebooks--- I have no idea why but I love getting these things and then getting them all organized.  I love getting my agenda ready and organized, I know I am a dork and sadly my backpack is all ready to go for the first day of class on Monday.  I guess this is the planner part of my personality but if I do not have these things done ahead of time it puts me in a funky attitude and I just feel so unorganized.  Even more crazy, I already had a reading assignment to do for one of my classes on Tuesday.  I read the chapter today and it seems like the class is going to be really interesting, so I am excited to see how the teacher will conduct the class!  Yes I already read the chapter, do not make fun of me--- I like getting ahead!

Things that scare me/ make me nervous about my senior year:

1)I am a married woman now and that means I have to balance my time even better than before.  Luckily, my best friend Hannah has told me I will get used to it and get into a routine and it will all be ok.  She has been married for almost two years (October 25th will be their 2 year anniversary).  Not only has she been a wife, but also a mother to Ava and is in nursing school.  If she can do it all hopefully I can too!  Thankfully I believe her and know sooner or later I will get down a schedule that works for Reagan and I.  Seriously I don't know what I would do without Hannah and her awesome advice!  I guess I am not really scared about this-- just more aware that I need to manage my time the best I can.
2)I have to take 18 hours again this semester because my July summer school class got cancelled.  I am trying not to get too stressed about this and my classes seem to be really interesting this semester.  I am also trying to remind myself that I took 18 hours last Spring and I made my best GPA ever!  I have to keep telling myself take one day at a time and God will carry me through!
3)I have to commute to school.  It is only a 15-20 minute commute which is really nothing compared to what some people have to drive, but the one problem for me is I hate being LATE!  I also HATE finding parking at TCU for commuters--- it is ridiculous!  I know after the first week I will have a schedule down as to when I need to leave, but lets just say I hate unknowns and traffic is definitely an unknown.  Luckily Reagan has assured me that the times I have to go to class there is never traffic.... Lets hope he is right!
4)I am going to be in the real world in One year.  WOAH!  I am definitely ready to see how God is going to use me in my major and what my first job will be.  I have made some awesome connections with people this summer and look forward to seeing the job opportunities those connections will present me with.  I am also highly considering getting my online teaching certificate in the spring.  I have learned I have a passion for teaching children and loving on them and I would really love to teach once Reagan and I want to start having kids (which is no time soon) but I would love to have this certificate as a "fall back plan" even though deep down inside I would love having my own classroom and my own students!  It will be interesting to see what God has in store.

I am definitely ready to embrace this year.  I feel that God is going to teach me so many new things and grow me in so many different ways.  I am ready for the life challenges I know will occur.

I am ready to begin my last year in college, I never thought I would be ready but I am--- Thank you God for walking by my side these past three years.  I know you will be with me each step of the way this year and for that I am so grateful!

Today I will leave you with this picture of me and my best friend Hannah.  This was our Freshman Year at TCU.  We were roommates--- and because of our freshman year we became life long friends.  This picture is from an event our dorm, Colby Hall put on.  It was called Splatter Beat and it was a blast--- we were covered in paint from head to toe!  I will never forget memories like this.  Even though Freshman Year seems so long ago I will always cherish moments like these with the people I love the most! :)

"Beginning a new chapter in your life can be a scary thing--- allow yourself to be carried through by God."

Friday, August 20, 2010

My Little Brother is Growing UP

So my parents are in college station this weekend to take my brother to BLINN for college.  So crazy, I cannot believe he is going to be a freshman in college.  Wow how time flies and I feel like I am getting old!!! 

I think my parents are a little worried about Hunter because he is not very independent but I keep reminding especially my mom that he has to grow up sometime and this is his opportunity.

I definitely think it is both bitter sweet for my parents because they do not want to leave him at college station but they know it is time to "let him go."

So, be in prayer for my brother, Hunter and my parents as they leave him on Sunday to head back to San Antonio.

I think it is going to take Hunter some time to get on his feet at college but I have a feeling he is going to adapt really well especially since a ton of his best friends will be there with him.

On a different note, Reagan and I have no idea what we are going to do tonight.  My back is still really sore so continue to pray for that to heal and I am on a cooking strike for tonight-- haha so who knows what we will eat!

I cannot believe school is about to start-- woah!  Senior Year here I come!!

I am leaving y'all with this cute picture of my brother and I from the engagement party my parents threw Reagan and I in San Antonio.  Bubba I love you so much; stay strong while you are at college and know that I am ALWAYS here for you--- I LOVE YOU!

"Change is hard to embrace, but allow yourself to learn from life's changes."

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Life has been busy...

So it has been a while since I have blogged and I apologize for that, life has been crazy around the Farish House!

Last weekend we lead a DNOW for ARBC church in Garland Texas. Reagan and I had 11th grade girls and boys.  It was awesome to get to connect with those students and teach them about God's love.  One of Reagan's guys accepted Christ and that was a huge WIN that the whole group got to celebrate!

Since getting back home from that DNOW we have been busy getting ready for school.  Reagan is taking one online class at the seminary and I am in my Senior year at TCU and I will be taking 18 hours this semester since my July summer school class got cancelled!  So to say the least our house is going to be crazy busy this Fall!

Reagan is enjoying working part-time for Carmax and is loving being the Youth Leader at our church TCAL.  We are both very excited for the changes that occurring in the youth group and the new direction that the youth group is headed for the Fall--- the students our super pumped about meeting in home groups so it should be incredible watching them grow!

I am loving working with the Pre-K at church and loving on them-- they are so cute and so sweet!  I currently just became the Intern for our church for Pre-K and Babyridge, so I am excited to see how God is going to use me in those areas.

Reagan and I are not very excited to start school but I am so grateful this is my last year at TCU!  I am ready to get into the real world and help kids and families.  I am just so open to see how God is going to use me with my major in a job setting.

On a not so happy note, I somehow hurt my back on Saturday night and had to go to the chiropractor yesterday.  I had never been to the chiropractor so I was a little nervous and scared--- but I trusted the guy I went to, he is the chiropractor Reagan used to work for.  He was so incredibly nice yesterday.  He took a lot of X-rays of my back and we have to go back today at 3pm to talk about what he saw on the X-rays and how he can get my back better.  So be in prayer that God gives him the wisdom to help me.

Reagan is also off of work today since his mentor is not working today so it is very nice to have him home and to be able to hang out together.  We are loving married life and the time we are getting to spend together!  We are so looking forward to growing together as a married couple this fall and cannot wait to see how God will use us to further His kingdom!

This picture is from the DNOW we lead.  It was a super hero theme so Reagan made our costumes because I did not have time to.  He came up with SuperDude and SuperChick--- pretty creative!  He got us capes and everything!  Gosh my husband is super creative and so incredibly awesome! :)

"Today is a new day, so Embrace the Life God has Given You!"

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Just One of Those Days

So my alarm clock went off at 7:25 this morning-- definitely not a good start to the day.  I am a morning person-- once I get up and get into my routine but I do not like getting up that early on a summer day!!!
I had to be walking out my door at 8:25 this morning to drive 30 minutes to get to the mechanic so that he could take a look at my explorer-- or as Reagan would say "OUR" explorer.  I arrived at the shop at 9:00am.  My oil needed to be changed, something was wrong with my breaks, and my dash/stereo has been having issues. The mechanic said it would be a while, just my luck!  Reagan is out on work and could not come and get me so luckily a friend was able to swing by and come get me so that I did not have to sit there all day-- thank the Lord!

The mechanic changed my oil, fixed my front breaks, but could not fix my radio-- everything seemed to be connected fine-- so frustrating!  So, he sends me to Car Toys to see if they can figure out what is wrong.  By this time I am just now leaving the mechanics at 1:00 pm, it has already been a long morning.  I begin to make my 20 minute drive to Car Toys-- once I got there I could tell they were busy.  I kept thinking in my head this is not going to be good.  When they finally got my car in to look at it they could not figure out what was wrong.  In the end they decided that some piece was broken and they need to order a whole new one, so I have to go back Saturday morning for them to install it since they were missing one of the two pieces they needed to hopefully make my car work!

It is days like today that I am so grateful I have an awesome dad who took care of most of this stuff when I was in high school and some of college and that I have an incredible husband who when he has the time does all the car stuff because it is just so darn frustrating for me!  I just feel like every time I walk into a car place and they see that I am a girl they kinda just laugh inside--- I could be totally wrong about this statement but one thing I do know is that I feel totally out of place at car places.

All I can say is that after a day like today pure exhaustion has set in... from driving multiple places to get my car fixed to trying to understand everything they were fixing on my car was enough to make my head spin!

I need a relaxing night and I have no clue what is for dinner--- haha leftovers may be on the menu for tonight!

"Fact of the Day: Life is crazy and there is nothing you can do to change that!"

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Prayer is Powerful

Today I am in need of prayer.  My mind seems to be all over the place.  Today big conversations have to happen and my heart is hoping deep down that we get the answers we need for our family of two.  Today is one of those days where I feel like I have all the questions in my head that I want to ask, but my heart is telling me I need to be quiet and just listen.  It is days like this that I wonder if I will feel stronger at the end of the day?--the Spirit of God keeps reminding me Prayer is so Powerful, give Everything to Me-- all your worries, troubles, concerns, and fears.

While doing my devotional this morning God opened my eyes to His promises and all He has done for me--- all I can say is thank you God for taking my sin from me.  Thank you for always knowing my life before I do, and holding my hand as I walk through the uncertainties of life; God you are so so Good!

I sit here today writing this knowing that today is just another speed bump in life-- Good or Bad, God is going to see Reagan and I through.  We may not understand where life is taking us, but God knows.  I have learned more recently than ever-- do not try wrapping your mind around the Magnificence of God.  I have to tell myself daily--- if God wanted me to understand all His life plans for me than He would leave me in charge and thank goodness He doesn't!

So today if you think of Reagan or I just pray.  I can't tell you what the situation is that you are to pray for, but if God places us on your hearts and minds He will reveal to you what needs to be prayed for.  Thank you Lord for being the Leader of my Life.

In my life I have seen the Power of Prayer work and I know without a doubt Prayer is a mighty thing.  I have learned that Prayer can get you through some of the darkest and brightest times of life --- Prayer is our direct link to God, so remember to speak to Him daily-- He longs to hear from you.

"I am falling on my knees, offering all of me, Jesus you are all I need..."

Monday, August 2, 2010

I am Ready for this Monday to be OVER!

So being gone for a week at youth camp meant that chores built up around my house.  Being super sick on Saturday after getting home from camp on Friday means everything got pushed to today--- ugh.  Luckily, my husband is awesome and he went with me to the grocery store last night to get all our groceries; I think he was getting tired of there being no food at our house-- that is what happens when you do not go to the grocery store for 2 weeks!

Seriously though, I woke up this morning and I still don't feel very good at all-- it is taking forever for this Z-pack to kick in and I am on the third day!  So, needless to say I did not want to do the things that needed to be done around the house.  I started laundry this morning which has become a norm around our house on Monday's.  Then, I made my way to the computer to print off grades and class schedules so that I could get my scholarship money-- doing this meant that I had to get into my car and drive to the post office and quite frankly I just did not have the energy.  Though, Slowly but Surely I made it to the post office to mail my letters and scholarship stuff. After that little chore was done I headed to Target to pick up some things that we forgot last night-  Luckily Target did not suck me in today, I think my body was just too tired to browse.  Though, while I was there my brain wasn't really working and I got home forgetting TWO items that we needed.  I guess Two items is better than the whole list... right??  While I was out I also got some decorative stuff for our home... we had a couple spots in the house that were just missing something-- so thank goodness I found those beautiful pieces today!

Half way through the day, and all my errands have been run expect going to the passport office to change my last name on my passport.  Two loads of laundry have been folded and put away and the last load is in the dryer.  The house has been picked up but has not yet received its DEEP CLEAN--- I am going to wait till I am healthy again so that I can kill all the germs; PATHETIC I know.

I cannot wait for my hubby to get home-- 6pm please come sooner!  We are having lasagna, green beans, salad and garlic pesto bread for dinner, YUMMY!

Also, I am anxiously awaiting for my Kraft cookbook magazine to arrive in the mail-- it is taking for forever, along with the free cookbook I am receiving for subscribing for a whole year!  I am ready to make new yummy meals, so hurry up already Kraft!!

Prayers that I get better soon--- I am so tired of feeling YUCKY! 

UGH the passport office is calling my name.  For everything I have done today while not feeling good I definitely deserve a nap!!

"On those crazy days--- RELAX, take DEEP BREATHS, and Remember GOD is in CONTROL!"