Thursday, April 8, 2010
For instance, my love for writing has blossomed (while you wouldn't know because I have neglected this blog). But seriously, my writer's notebook is full of, what I would consider, amazing ideas for books, characters, plots and so on.
I have also learned that life is predictable, but God is not. Just when I think that I have it all figured out and I know exactly what I am going to do with my life, GOD steps in and shows me that my will and His will aren't always the same, and I have to trust God that he will lead me to where I am supposed to be. The author of Ecclesiastes wasn't kidding when he said in chapter 3 that there is a time for EVERYTHING!
I have also learned that I am not perfect. While this might come as a shock for some, it is something I have known but haven't really accepted before my time in grad school. I have learned that as I reflected on my journey, the events that have happened this last year, and where my life is going is that God is the only one who knows the answers and Jesus was and always be the only perfect human being. Francesca Battesttli wrote a song called Free to be me, and well I think she wrote that song about me and while perfection can be my enemy, when I trust God I am truly free to be me!
While Grad school has had its challenges, so will life and I can't wait to close this chapter of my life and open the next one..hopefully it will be called the adventures of a first year teacher!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
2nd: Andrew and Whitney came to visit for a pre-Christmas event. I must say that this year was much more fun when opening presents with Eden because she likes opening them and everything is a great surprise like she won a million dollars.
3rd: Robert, Amanda, Carden, and Jeneveve came for Christmas. They got here at about 1:30 in the morning and you should be proud of me..I stayed up to wait for them which is quite a feat for me, since my normal bedtime is 10:00! I had so much fun playing with Carden and Jeneveve! They tried on Great-grandpa's hat, and had more fun putting their faces in the air of the ball popper than putting the balls in the ball popper! I enjoyed listening to them babble with each other and having their twin talk time! They left the Sunday after Christmas and suddenly the house got much quieter!
4th: I committed a crime, but I wasn't the only one that did that this break..but we will get to that soon enough. So over the break I babysat for the McCoulloughs (I was their nanny one summer) and the girls wanted to go to Target. I never decline a trip to target and while we were their we looked at all sorts of Christmas things including the Christmas CD's. Well the girls had more fun pressing the different buttons and dancing in the aisles than anything. Well they kept listening to the Disney Princess CD so I thought I should get them that for Christmas, but I didn't want them to know. Great plan!!!! Well we got to the checkout and I was trying to get them on the other side of me so I could put the Cd on the conveyor belt, but the cashier decided to talk to the girls and we got all distracted and she told me the total and we paid walked out got to the car and I looked down. Guess what was in my hand...the CD...and I really had to think about whether I paid for it or not. I thought surely I did because the alarms didn't go out, but my total was a lot cheaper than I thought it was going to be so I checked my receipt...I SHOPLIFTED! I know it is bad and as I sat in the car I went through all my options and decided that I needed to go back in. So I got the girls back out of the car and went back into target..where the alarms did not go off again. With a red face I went to the customer service desk told the girl, who was surprised I came back, and paid for the CD. But it doesn't end there, I felt so bad that I put a $10 bill in the Salvation Army bucket....and I felt better. That was a first for me and hopefully it never happens again...lol..
6th: the prior note leads me to my last interesting thing that happened while home for Christmas break: My mom hit a mailbox.....I mean a full 360 swerve going about 5 mph and straight into a mailbox...don't worry no one was hurt everyone is fine but it made me laugh really hard because we left in a hurry....so technically it was a hit and run, which makes my mom a criminal too. But don't report us yet, after my dad got off work he went by the scene of the crime and turned us in...lol...ie gave them our number and told them to call us with the damage...Fun times!
7th: TAEYLN arrived the weekend before I came back to Searcy! She was born January 8th, weighed 7lb. 10oz and was 19 and 1/2 inches long! She is gorgeous, I haven't seen her since she was born. I was supposed to go home this weekend, but that didn't happen because it decided to be winter and snow, but I will see her in a couple of weeks!
Last but not least, I thought I would share a picture of what I have been doing during my LAST SEMESTER of GRAD SCHOOL!!!!
Well, that sums up the main points of this break so far, but I still have a few days for more adventures to occur!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Read, read, write, write, read, read, write, write, read, read, read, write, write, write, write, read, read, nap, read, read, road trip to Nashville, read, read, read, write, write, write, write, read, read, read, read, write, write, road trip home for baby shower, read, read, read, write, write, write, project, read, read, read write, write, write, read, read, read write, write, worry about my life, read, read, read, write, write, cable gets turned off, read, read, write, write, homecoming, read, read, read, write, write, corn maze, read, read, almost get a kitten, read, read, write, write, write, I think you get the picture :)
But seriously I turned in my first novel this semester..I call it a novel it was really just a case study, but it ended up being.....97 PAGES!! I wish it could have been an even 100, but I couldn't find three more pages of info to put in there...
But my life is about to get a little more interesting, this past weekend I got to meet Patricia McCormick, who is a very well-known young adult author, in fact we are now best friends. I say that because I was talking with her Friday night and she said, "Megan Venable," my first reaction was, she knows my name..then I realized that I had a name tag on...but we laughed really hard, so she signed my book "to the famous Megan Venable." Hilarious! And then on Saturday, she came over to my table and ate with me and told me that our little encounter Friday night will be her favorite story from the weekend! So..now we really are best friends..it doesn't help that he daughter is named Meagan too!
Also, this Thursday and Friday is the Arkansas reading Conference in Little Rock! I will be the first to admit that I am a nerd for being so excited, but I can't wait to see all the books, the classes, and listen to the keynote speakers! Fun Times, plus I get to hang out with the lovely Caroline who resides in Little Rock with her husband!
But it doesn't end there, then I get to go home for a few days and visit with my family, before we take a road trip down to Hooks, TX for Thanksgiving with the Venables!!! I know pictures, stories, and fun times will follow!
P.S. I can't believe I almost forgot..NEW MOON opens Friday too! You know I will be seeing that!!! Well, I will upload some pictures soon!! Until then Have a safe fun holiday!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
School started...BAM...that should explain everything..right...
But seriously, I thought because these classes would be a semester that I would be more relaxed...WRONG....honestly its not that bad, but I can definitely say I will not be relaxing in the back yard this semester. I like all my classes, there is just a lot of writing and reading for one brain. I think I will be writing a lot of around 250 or more pages worth of papers and reading over 1000 pages(in textbooks) not to mention the 25 chapter books...but nevertheless I will enjoy learning and reading. In fact the last few nights I haven't gone to bed until 12:30ish because I have been reading books that I can't put done!
Another exciting thing that has happened this last month is my Brother (mark) and sister-in-law (Renee) are having a BABY GIRL!!! That makes three girls and one boy(sorry Carden)! They are so excited and so am I, but the pressure is really on now...I'm behind on this whole marriage having kids thing...Oh, well I will have a class of 20 kids next year and that should suffice.
Another great thing that has happened..(lots of great things in this month) HOME BIBLE STUDY! I am so blessed to get to be involved with our Wednesday night home bible study. I enjoy the Collins, Fullertons, Paces, and City's so much. They are such an encouragement to me and to my week. I can't imagine my week without it! (Thanks D.C. for reading this by the way).
And probably the next thing that has happened this month...GLORIANA! We, being the whole house, decided that we needed a night off, so we went to a concert for Gloriana. They are touring with Taylor Swift right now, but on their nights off they do small concerts! They were really good, and I can't wait to see them again in a few weeks..that's right....we are going to a ....
TAYLOR SWIFT CONCERT!!!!! Again the whole house is going..it's kinda a birthday present to ourselves! I am so excited to go! I'll definitely be blogging about that...
Well that's a quick recap of a month...I'll try to do better about blogging more than once a month! Well until next time...hopefully soon...
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
When I got Robert and Amanda's house, the twins were sleeping, which gave Amanda and I some quiet time to talk and catch up! She was such a great hostess! When the twins woke up, I went up stairs with Amanda to get them...they looked so confused when they saw me behind Amanda..it was like a "where did you come from" moment. But as soon as I smiled and said..who wants their Nutmeg...they were all giggles and smiles! I loved spending time with them and Robert and Amanda! They have a beautiful house and I am blessed to have a place to stay when I am there!