Wednesday, October 22, 2014

48 Hours of Impact

My alarm went off at 4:20 this morning. Although it shocked me a bit and my first reaction was not to just jump out of bed, I knew why I was waking up so early and it was worth it.

Students at Moody get to be a part of a Moody Radio event called 48 Hours of Impact. For 48 hours, Moody Radio is helping to launch ministry leaders (= us students) during this live, on-air event. They asked students to volunteer for time slots to answer phones to receive donations towards our tuition. What a privilege to get to talk with people who are so generous.

Moody is a tuition paid school thanks to donations from people like the ones we talked with this morning. I honestly don't know if I would be able to go to a school like this if it weren't tuition paid, and I know that's true of a lot of people. Moody's goal in having our tuition paid is for us to graduate without any debt, so we can go straight into ministry.

THANK YOU to anyone who gives towards our tuition. If you'd like to donate in these next 48 hours, you can either call 1-800-600-9624 today or tomorrow (and talk to a Moody student or Moody grad!) or go HERE to give online.

It was so fun being a part of this today and it just reminds me of what a privilege it is to go to Moody and get to study God's Word every day.

I never thought I'd be answering phones at a call center. My mom will testify to the fact that usually I'm quite squeamish about talking on the phone with people I don't know. But today was sweet. Yes, my hands were cold because I was nervous, but I loved getting to be a part of this and get to hear the voices of people who directly support us students here at Moody. So thankful.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Getaway to Goshen

I had an absolutely fantastic weekend away at a fall retreat in Goshen, IN. In a couple words: farm, fires, fellowship. And also strengthening friendships, lots of animals, and a Saturday that stretched on forever, in the most wonderful of ways. We got to have a morning church service around the campfire on Sunday before driving back to the city. The weekend could not have been better.

We stayed at the house of one of the guys on our brother floor. His family was so fun to get to hang out with too, and I am thankful they opened up their house to all of us!


This group is fantastic.

A huge thank-you to the Miller family for hosting us. They were a joy to get to know, and the most generous hosts to offer their home to a bunch of college students as a place to rest. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Like I said the other day, I got to take Kate's senior photos this past week, and the weather, location, and subjects could not have been more perfect. It's hard to choose favorites, but here are some of them! Kate and her mom are the most joy-filled, fun-to-be-with people and I loved an excuse to spend the afternoon with them.

Both Kate and her mom are dancers. It's something they cherish and love!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lincoln Park Beauty

Amidst Missions Conference with all its sessions, seminars and interactions with wonderful people, I got to take Kate's (college) senior photos today! Although I'm still working on them, here's just a glimpse. Her mom was in the city as well, so the timing could not have been more perfect for these photos. We had such a wonderful afternoon together!

I also got to see a new place in the city that I've been wanting to go to for quite some time. Honestly, I never realized how close it was to campus. This place is a dream and made me giddy today. What a little sanctuary, yet overlooking the city.

Oh the places to discover in Chicago. It's neverending. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Yellow, Orange and Gray

Today is the start of Missions Conference, and the end of midterms! Woohoo! I so look forward to this week at Moody and all that it brings - stories, God's Word, calling and fellowship. 

All day I have been soaking in this absolutely perfect fall day - it's been raining since this morning. I've heard a couple people say that it's a miserable and sleepy day, but for me, it's just splendid. The rain brings rest to my soul and it's comforting. Probably because it reminds me of home, but also just because it's calm and restful. 

I'm thankful we have a fall in the city.