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Christmas 2008. Me and Carol.

Christmas 2009

Oh the places I will go! 🙂

My schedule:

Dec. 11th- Christmas Party!! (where Carol and I will take our 3rd annual Christmas photoshoot! 🙂


Dec. 12th- Start my crazy month of busyness! I head to GA to a retreat place called Restoration Road. There I will spend a week by myself with Jesus…and my sewing machine! I am soooo excited to be by myself with the Lord!


Dec. 17th- Head to Atlanta, GA to catch up with my wonderful friends down there, and one of my best friends new baby boy, Josiah (who is due to make his arrival any day now!)


Dec. 17th/18th- Head to Florida for Christmas!! I will get to spend my days with my niece and nephews and parents and sister! I am very excited about this time with them!! And celebrating Jesus’ birth!


Dec. 27th- Fly out of Florida on a missions trip to Romania!!!! I have the awesome priviledge of going to Romania for a young adult conference over New Years! I will be helping out with the conference, teaching/ministry for 3 or 4 days. Then I will get to go to Bazna, Romania to visit the house of prayer there for 4 or 5 days!! This is going to be an amazing trip!


Jan. 5th/6th- Fly back into Florida, where Carol will be flying into as well and spending a few days with  me and my family!


Jan. 8th- one of my best friends, Josh, is getting married to his amazing fiance, Bekah!! (and they are in a contest to win a honeymoon at theknot <—click there and vote for them…their story is called Worlds Apart…it is amazing!)


Jan. 9th- drive back to North Carolina and begin a new and fabulous year!!!!! 🙂


Oh the places I will go!!!

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travelingThis is the team on the way over to Romania! Want to hear a funny story? While most everyone used the escalators to go up or down levels, I would race them and use the stairs, to see if I could beat them. Some of the stairs were incredibly steep. One time, I think it was in Paris, I was racing down the stairs. But the first person from our team was beating me down! There were about 5 more steps left before I was at the bottom, so I jumped them all to make it down first! Well I made it before that person, but I hit really hard and I had my backpack on, so I dropped to the floor. Totally involuntarily. There were tons of people all around looking at me. And it did hurt, haha, my knees had carpet burn!

team pursuitAll of us in Paris! We had a four hour layover, and the part of the airport we were in didn’t have chairs, or benchs. So we found this staircase, and it had a platform at the top. We played cards, ate each others snacks (Paris is EXPENSIVE!), and napped.

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Here we are again…this is the FUNNIEST picture ever! I think we were pretty tired by now…this is in Romania, but still one more flight to go!

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Katrina and I, first day of camp! We were put to work! 🙂 We were painting some pieces of wood that were going to be used for something…can’t quite remember what.

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Here are the game leaders!!  L to R: Me, Dragos, Claudius, and Jesse. See the paper in my hand? Basically I wasn’t a real game leader. I just kept track of the VERY important scores. One member from the winning team one an MP3 player. Which was a pretty big deal! 🙂

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I just LOVE this picture. Thats why I’m putting it on here…no story. We just posed for a picture! 🙂

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This is me with Persida. She is from Bazna House of Prayer. She is an intercessory missionary just like me but in Romania! There was a team from BHOP that were there leading the camp with us. They were AMAZING! God has anointed them so much! They had a HUGE impact on the campers AND the American team! They also were the ones that translated to us!

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I zoomed in on this picture because its really funny. I think the reason I look like this is because of BUGS! The bugs there were crazy!!! We were outside like 90% of the time, and the bugs were crazy!!! This day the leaders were together having worship outside…and I kept getting distracted by the bugs crawling and flying around me.

jenandiLike the 2nd or 3rd day of camp, inspectors came to inspect the camp to see if it was up to standard. So we had to evacuate the camp. All leaders and campers climb up this mountain and played games on the top of it! It was really BEAUTIFUL! This is me and Jen, you can see some of the mountains in the background.

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One of the days for games we did a MUD DAY! I didn’t play games usually because I was a game leader, but this day I totally had to participate! I can’t pass up MUD!!! This part of the game was to get as MUDDY as possible! It was SOO disgusting. My hair weighed like a ton, I could barely lift up my head, and it took FOREVER to get the mud and sticks out of it!

mud strength!

This was BEFORE the last picture. We had to put our hands in the mud pit, and our legs outside of it, and hit a ball with our heads through the OTHER players hands. Kirsten and I played against each other…this is my winning pose. Haha!

sadjenandmeWeek 1 of camp is over. Jen was heading back to America. We were sad. I think this is really cute.

groupweek1This is the last day. All of the leaders and campers of week 1! It was a blast!


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My last traveling expedition landed me in Vernon, NY. Never heard of it? Me neither! 🙂 I went to NY to visit my best friend, Allison. She just had a baby Feb. 2nd. Paityn Ashlie. She is so beautiful and precious. So I was able to fly up and visit for the weekend.

And of course, God is so faithful. I didn’t have the money to go the Tuesday before I left (which was a Friday). I called my best friend and left her a message telling her that I couldn’t come because I didn’t have the money. And then God gloriously provided that night around 11 pm. I had the ticket the next day, only two days before I left to go. And the ticket price wasn’t outrageous, and it was cheaper then it was last year when I went! God is so AMAZING!

So I flew in to visit my best friend whom I love so much, and always refer to as “my best friend” and I sign cards and notes to her as “your best friend”. I love it! Here are some pictures from the trip!

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My best friend’s family owns quite a few four wheelers as well as 79 acres of land. So we had the most fun ever combining the two! We went four wheeling and it was MUDDY! We wore rain boots and coveralls.

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We got stuck quite a few times. This is the result of pulling and pushing each other out. And when I tried to push one out the tires just splashed the muddy water all over my face! But it was so much fun! We even rode the four wheelers down a creek and up the bank.

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This is PAITYN and me! We had lots of fun together. I got to feed her, and change her diapers and change her clothes and hold her and rock her to sleep. Oh it was so great!

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This is my beautiful best friend and mother of Paityn! I love her so much! We have been best friends since we were in 9th grade. And that was 9 years ago!! Before she was dating or married or having babies.

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I thought this one was so cute because she is yawning! I love it!

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The end of this year we call 2008 is looking like it will be an exciting one for me!

My traveling starts on the 20th. Where I will be driving to my parents house of Florida for Christmas.

On Sunday the 21st I will be going to Busch Gardens, in Tampa, Florida, with my sister, her husband, her two boys and my two nieces. It will be a lot of fun! I can’t wait. I will get to play in all of the kids park, and I won’t look weird because I will actually have kids with me! 🙂

From the 22nd until the 24th I will be running around getting in all my visits with friends.

The 24th we will go to a Christmas Eve service and then we celebrate Christmas that night.

Christmas day will  be a day of relaxing with family.

Off I drive back to North Carolina on the 26th. Last time I drove back here, my car broke down and delayed me by a day. This cannot happen this day. I will leave early in the morning and hope to make it back that night.

Because the 27th through the 2nd I will be in Kansas City, Missouri! I will be at the OneThing Conference. A group of 15 of us are driving out there the 27th. It is roughly a 15 hour drive. Then the conference starts the 28th and goes until the 31st. We will be staying until Friday so that we can get some time in the prayer room at IHOP-KC.

When I get back on the 2nd, I am then getting in my car and driving an hour away from where I live here in Burlington to visit my wonderful friends the Sloanes! I am going to be staying with them for the weekend to catch up.

Then back in the prayer room!! The 12th starts the Immersed Consecration!! Where I will not be going anywhere basically for 4 months! Woohoo! I’m really excited about this time and what God is doing here at IHOP-AC.

So these are my traveling days ahead. I’m sure there will be many posts about my trips as well as many pictures! So look forward to more!!

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