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Coffee Talk Pt. 2

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When I wrote my first Coffee Talk back in January, I never thought it would've been as popular of a post as it was. You mention the word coffee and it causes a few heads to perk up, does it not!? That was by far one of my favorite posts to write because it talked about something that I love so dearly. Yes, coffee, but more so, people. People and their stories. Mmm, it makes this girl's soul so, so happy.

There is just something that I love about sitting at a table in a crowded coffee shop sipping on latte's (or iced teas in the hot summer sun) and swapping stories with a long time friend. Or perhaps it's with your mom or dad, cousin, or mentor. Coffee can bring so many people together, and I love that.

I stumbled upon a verse recently from Psalm 133 that reads, "How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!". I love that. I am such a firm believer in community, and in my life, coffee has played such a role in creating community.

Whether it…

Two Years

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"Suffering isn’t an obstacle to be used by God. It is an opportunity to be used like never before. Run toward the roar." || Levi Lusko

Two years ago, I woke up yesterday morning on what I assumed would be just another normal, mundane, August 23rd. Just a few hours after starting this day, life took a turn. Within moments, the life I had always dreamed of, anticipated, and hoped for evaporated right before my eyes.  Quickly after discovering that my sister had passed away, I looked to the Lor
d and asked Him why something so terrible had to happen to me. What had I done to deserve this? Why me? Why now?
The months and ultimately years that followed revealed the Lord in ways I never knew possible. I slowly learned that the only way He would allow such a tragedy to happen, was if He had a plan for what would happen next. I had to believe that He had a plan. And for the past two years I have clung to that promise so, so tight.

The Lord had a plan on that hot, late summer day. He…

Life Lately

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It's crazy to believe that summer is slipping away in just two short weeks. Two weeks from today I'll be back in the classroom, textbooks in tow, filling my brain with an abundance of new information. An overwhelming thought for sure, but I've always loved the back to school season.

Life lately has been a bit hectic. With fall approaching I've been trying to cram in every last bit of summer fun as I can. And by summer fun, I mean quite a bit of quiet, relaxing evenings after work because I know that come September my evenings will be filled with constant homework and studying for a solid few months.

As summer comes to a close, I can't help but think about the looming August 23rd. The anniversary of Alex's passing is on the horizon and the thought of that has put me in somewhat of a funk. It may be a bit of a subconscious thing, but I know it's been eating away at me at least slightly.

It's funny because I can think back to two summers ago and vividly re…

so many plans, so many dreams

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When you're 20 years old, the future is at your fingertips. You're right in the thick of college, and the possibilities for life afterward are endless. So many roads to travel, and so many trails to create.

Growing up, I had so many plans for my life. Senior year of high school I would have told you that I was going to attend a big state university, major in engineering, get married with my sister by my side as my maid of honor, start a family, and live happily ever after as that picturesque soccer mom. Yep, so many plans. But in the blink of an eye, those plans soon began to crumble. But with those crumbs, I dreamed up some new dreams. I created new trails and pathways and entered down never-before-seen roads. Those dreams and plans I once had drifted away, and new, better plans filled their place.

After Alex passed away, I learned so, so much about God's plans. I've went on and on about those plans before, and anyone who knows me personally knows that I am a firm belie…