Showing posts from April, 2014

The Five Year Plan

They say it all the time...

"This decision will impact the next four years of your life"
"This is going to be the best four years of your life!"
"This is the price for the next four years"
"*insert phrase here* four years of your life!"

They- adults, admissions counselors, professors, peers, etc- all tell you before heading off to college, that those next four years are kind of like a concrete plan. Those four years will be great, those four years will be filled with growth, those four years will be ____.

What they don't tell us, is that it is actually pretty rare to graduate in four years. Yes, I know plenty of people who have done it, as I am sure you do. And, I know a handful of people who have done it in less than four years. But if you change your major at all, transfer schools, don't get into a class, etc you probably won't graduate in four years. And I am here to tell you that it is normal and it is ok.

I went into college pla…

Once Upon a Cure

I don't think a single one of us can say we don't know someone personally, or at least know of someone who has been affected by cancer. It's a sad reality, but unfortunately, so many people in this world are affected by this terrible disease each and every day. Maybe it is you personally, or maybe a parent, a relative, a neighbor, etc. This list will go on forever, but I think that we can all relate to the pain and sorrow that cancer brings.

The hardest part, I think, about knowing someone who has cancer, is that you just do not know what to do. We cannot help them get the correct medicine to remove the cancer, we cannot guarantee a specific surgery or treatment will cure them instantly, and we cannot take all of their pain away in a snap. One thing we can do, is support those individuals fighting. Support them in their race, and the researchers in their race to find a cure.

For my family, we have known several individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer. I think an im…


Hello Everyone!!
I just wanted to do a very quick little post informing you about the future of glow like the moon!
I am going to try and make my posts a bit more regular so to speak. That way, you know when to check the page for new posts! My plan is to put up new posts every Sunday evening from here on out. There may be weeks where I post additionally on other days, but rest assured that every Sunday evening a new post will be up on glow like the moon. And this Sunday's post is going to be really great! 
Wishing you all a very happy Friday tomorrow and a lovely weekend! See you Sunday :-)

Also, I thought I would share one song I have been really enjoying lately- Lighthouse by Rend Collective. Enjoy!

April Showers...

From the moment we began pre-school this phrase became ingrained in our brains. As little children, our school teachers would utter the words each year as spring began to approach. As we grew older, we would find ourselves saying the same words, in hopes that winter was over, and that spring had arrived. Why did we say such a phrase so religiously? Each year, without doubt, we would say these five simple words without hesitation. But why?

Living in the Midwest, this statement can be defined in a number of ways. April showers can refer to a variety of weather patterns. Whether it be rain showers, snow showers, or even hail showers, all are evident numerous times of the year. And then again, showers (of any type) are generally not limited to any particular month. Hail has been witnessed in June, and snow can be seen in May. 
Like the phrase indicates, April showers will bring May flowers. The rain will come, but it will provide something better after it leaves. The bad will eventually g…

Easter Blessing

The year of firsts (as those who are grieving tend to refer to it as) is well underway. But just because it is underway. We have conquered Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Alex's birthday. But spring and summer will bring a steady stream of firsts. And some difficult firsts at that.
But, I learned a few months ago that we cannot judge life's circumstances by the sorrows and negative moments. Easter of 2014 could be defined as a depressing holiday without my sister. But where's the joy in that? Instead, I am choosing to define this holiday as one in which I remember that Jesus has risen, and that because of Him, my sister has been given eternal life. And one day, all of us will be given that gift of eternal life as well.

I am sure that if you went to church this morning, or even hopped on Facebook, you stumbled across, or heard many people shout the phrase, "He is risen. He is risen indeed!" So, with that said, how could I be upset knowing that my sister is celebrati…

Change your perspective

It's normal for us as humans to look for the negatives in any and all situations. Maybe not every single situation, but I think we can all attest to the fact that we have been in situations where it was easier to look for the negatives, than it was to look to the positives. Maybe it was on the last test you took. Or perhaps when your friend cancelled on the plans you two had made nearly a month ago. Or maybe, it was the unexpected death of a loved one. Whatever the case, I think we have all been in some sort of situation where we have narrowed in more on the negatives than the positives.
So, let's take a look at that list I just mentioned: the grade on the test you just took, your friend canceling plans, or the death of a loved one. Many will say that a test, or even plans are trivial matters. Then,  many of those same people will say that the death of a loved one trumps all other things. While I do agree that the death of a loved one is both significant and tragic, I also be…

A part of the story...

"More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." Romans 5:3-5
The other day I was scrolling through the photo roll on my phone and came across one that I hadn't seen in a while. Actually, the person in the photo was one I hadn't seen in a while.
This wasn't like one of those old Facebook pictures you were tagged in with a friend from 2008. It wasn't as simple as the fact that this girl and I hadn't talked in ages. But perhaps I would see a post on social media every now and then, we'd stumble across each other at the grocery store, or maybe she would write "Happy Birthday!" on my Facebook wall each May. No, this was different. 
I stumbled across a picture of my sister and I, taken approximately one yea…

Nothing beats the East!

Hello Everyone! It has been a little while since I have posted- spring break adventures occupied quite a bit of my time, and upon returning to school I have been bombarded with tests, quizzes, and papers galore! I am so excited to finally share my recent travels with you all, so here we go...

(This is going to be a pretty "picture heavy" post because I feel that is the best way to share my trip with you!)
Over my spring break, my parents and I went to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina for a few days. We went to a handful of great restaurants, explored via bicycle and kayak, flew above the Atlantic Ocean via parasailing, and zipped through the forests via zip-line! Oh what a marvelous trip it was!

This picture was taken just following our kayaking tour! It was super choppy out on the water that day so we definitely got our workout in paddling those kayaks!                                          

And what's a little vacation without quoting Bob Goff in the sand?!