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Ch-ch-ch-ch changes!

I’m into what I hope is my last year at UWEC. It has been an amazing ride! I thoroughly enjoyed walking around campus when school first started feeling as if I could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

It’s starting to fade a little now that I’m more in the swing of things. This semester has been a lot different than others I’ve had in the past. I have some art classes I really like. We get to make greeting cards using Adobe Illustrator. It’s a lot of fun! I don’t have any actual journalism writing classes right now, so that’s different too. imagesCADPCETN

The months seem to be flying by! I know that even while graduation feels far away, it’s getting close to October already… And soon it will be 2015! And that blows my mind too.

I often wonder, especially now, what I’ll be doing when I graduate. If I’ll move out of the area for a job or if I’ll still be where I am now. It’s exciting to think about, and a little scary at times too. Life is a mystery. I’m thankful I have God to help me in all situations. Letting Him take charge is the best thing I could ever do.

And on another note, I get to visit the orthodontist. I never thought I would see the day! But after a visit with my dentist, I was told I should maybe pay the orthodontist a visit. I still have some baby teeth in my mouth (crazy, I know) and they are starting to cause some crowding…

So I have all kinds of interesting sort of changes happening right now even. I’m thankful for new adventures!

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Dessert laughs

It’s true. I never thought I would say it, but I actually had some dessert misunderstandings when I was in France.

Thankfully, everything I had was beyond AMAZING.

I fell in love with these yummies.

I fell in love with these yummies.

One night when I was at my host home, we were served a delicious looking pudding sort of dessert. I opened the top of it right away and immediately shoved my spoon in it several times in an attempt to stir it. My host mom gasped a little and asked what I was doing. I told her I was stirring it, and she laughed and told me that wasn’t how it worked. Thankfully for me, my roommate was right there to explain to our host mom that a lot of people from where we live like to stir pudding like desserts before we eat it. Our host mom told us we were supposed to tip the jelly dessert upside down, and it will stay in a nice little mold. Because I wanted to do it the right way, I shook the dessert from the cup. Since I had stabbed it with my spoon several times, the contents went all over my plate in one giant mess. I took a bite of it right away and said how much I liked it. And it was good! We all had a good laugh.

One night when I was working on my interviews, I went and had a cake/pie like dessert with a kind older woman. She was talking to me in French about the dessert and also about duck liver, which my host mom said is a delicacy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Blogging in France!

Behold, readers and followers, our student blog from France!

Nice, France

And my individual stories so far…moving_to_france

World War II memories

Puppies in France

I hope you enjoy these!



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What happens in France…

France has been a lot of fun, but there have been many little mini challenges along the way. These are things I now realize aren’t even as big of a deal as I made them. Thankfully, my wonderful roommate Sam cheered me up as the days passed by and told me everything would be just fine. And the crazy thing was, she was right.

Some things didn't change.

Some things didn’t change.

Within the first week, my Droid phone stopped working. I couldn’t get it to do anything. I tried plugging it in, hitting the on button… I literally tried everything, but nothing worked. Sam reminded me I thought I wasn’t going to be able to use it at all, and that helped. Our first day in Nice, I burned my shoulders to a horrible degree… We left the house in a rush and I forgot to put on sunscreen. I saw someone in our group using some at our meeting, but I missed the opportunity to ask for it. At the end of the day, my poor shoulders had taken quite a beating. I was in bad shape. Eventually, they healed, but it took a while. I only just started wearing tanks again here.

I bought a fairly expensive converter for the trip and it didn’t work when I tried to use it here. I think it might have been too heavy or I wasn’t doing it right. Sam generously borrowed hers to me and also lent me some shampoo, conditioner, and even toothpaste as I realized I didn’t have any of those things. It was just me and my toothbrush.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tip #15

If there’s one thing I’ve learned while traveling this month, it’s that you have to go with the flow. If you don’t have a plan, just stick with your group or traveling companions and have fun. Be smart and mindful, but try to be relaxed and enjoy what you can. Observe and be on your toes. If things don’t end up the way you planned or if you miss something, take a deep breath and learn what you can from the experience. Push past it and go on. Traveling will teach you a lot, especially if you’re gone for a decent amount of time!

In Rome with a jean jacket on in hot weather. Going with the flow!

In Rome with a jean jacket on in hot weather. Going with the flow!


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Back in the game, French style!

I made it! It has been over a week now, but I’m in Nice, France on my reporting trip. Life has been an incredible journey over here in Europe. I remember when I first got here, I was worried about time changes since France is about 7 hours ahead of Wisconsin, but I adjusted faster than I thought I would. I barely slept on the plane ride… Probably only 3 hours or so in and out. I forced myself to stay awake when I landed which was extremely hard the first day.

Can't believe I saw Sylvester Stallone's hand print in Cannes, France. Incredible!

Can’t believe I saw Sylvester Stallone’s hand print in Cannes, France. Incredible!

My roommate, Sam, is from Canada. She is quite fantastic and has been saving my life since I got here. I burnt my shoulders horribly our first full day here and she gave me some cream to put on it. She has also shared her cookies, shampoo, conditioner, and other odds and ends with me as well. I also live with another girl from Switzerland named Larissa. She is very nice as well and she speaks very good French. I had 2 other roommates from Wales, but they left to go back home a few days ago. I miss them a lot. They were only 15 years old… The sweetest and bravest girls I know. Emma was a little picky with food at times, but she was a doll and always made me smile. I feel sad when I wonder if I will ever see them again. Having them around made me feel at home in a foreign country in a host home. Read the rest of this entry »


Think about this

Dearest followers and readers, hello!

School is at last coming to a close. It’s been an incredibly busy end to the semester, but everything has been most fruitful. It was amazing what God did for me in the past weeks. I had a hug weight lifted off my shoulders when one of my teachers moved a project deadline for my class to give us some extra time. That made all the difference in the world! Between preparing for a mock trial court case and writing a couple of group papers and giving presentations, I was so relieved to have some due dates moved around.

My mom and I talked for a while when I came home for the day, and I ended up only studying for a test I had today for a little less than an hour. Luckily, I was able to get up this morning and spend some time on the material, but I didn’t get as much studying in as I wanted. When I was getting ready to leave for my test this morning, my mom commented on how calm I seemed. I thought about that for a bit, and it occurred to me that I did feel good. I felt relaxed. I knew worrying wouldn’t help. It would only make things worse.

Tonight I was on Pinterest for the first time in what has been a while, and I found this…



I smiled when I saw it. I read it quickly, but if you let it sink in, it has a lot of meaning. So do that. Let it sink in. And let it go. Give all of your worries to God.

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Walk by faith, not by sight

I can honestly say I never really knew what it meant to walk by faith until now.

For a long time, I thought I was walking by faith. In my heart, I knew I wasn’t doing exactly that. I assumed I knew how my life was going to turn out. I had it planned out in a way, not to a “T,” but I certainly had my expectations.

Instead of taking every day for what it was worth, I spent a lot of time thinking about the future and worrying about keeping up with people my age. It seemed really important to walk-by-faithme at the time.

Over the course of a year, all of the plans I thought I had suddenly don’t seem real anymore. For the first time in a while, I feel I honestly don’t know what the future holds for me. I find it funny that I thought I could actually predict what would happen in my life. And now I’ve come to this place where I understand how important it is for me to walk by faith. Because none of us know what the future holds, why in the world would we try to use our eyes to guide us? Our eyes can be deceiving and play tricks on us. Mine did. While not knowing what the future may hold is frightening, it isn’t nearly as intimidating if you hold on to God. God will give you the answers you seek. The answers no one can give you.

This subject has been on my mind and heart a lot lately, so I wrote an original poem about it for my English class called “Clay Eyes.” I hope you enjoy it! Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m a grown up now

Dearest readers/followers… WOW, what an adventure February was!

On one of the crazy snowy days in February, I was going around a slippery corner. Of course, I was going turtle speed, but the other driver coming around the corner was not. She ended up slamming into my driver’s door. I was very shocked and frightened, but I thankfully wasn’t hurt. It took me a few moments to catch my breath and move out of the way, but it all ended up being ok.

Lucky for me, the car (his name was Roy) was getting old and had a lot of miles on it. My parents were a little concerned the transmission was going to go out. Not only that, but after the accident, my driver’s door was smashed in pretty good.

Near the end of the month, my dad and I went to Onalaska to get a new used car. It was quite an adventure, and by the end of the IMG_20140305_125722day, I was exhausted. But I’ve now ended up with a 2009 Ford Fusion. And I named it Stella. I really love the car. I feel grown up, because I have to make payments on it. I also had to get set up with insurance. It was kind of a tiring process, but after it was taken care of, things started to calm down.

After all the crazy stuff that happened to me over the summer and into the fall, I applied to go to France on a journalism/multimedia trip. I was accepted into the program, and I couldn’t be more excited for that adventure. I’ll be with other students from my school along with one of my journalism teachers. Not only that, but I get to take French lessons every day! I didn’t think I would be getting on a plane again as soon as it now appears I will be, but I feel this will be the good experience I’ve always wanted. I can’t wait!

One big lesson I learned during the month of February is this: Some people end up being crappy and mean, but even with these experiences, I’ve learned something from it. And so, I don’t consider my encounters with these people a waste of time… If people don’t want to be your friend, it’s their loss. You can only do what you can do. Don’t chase after people who don’t matter or don’t care. Along with this, I’ve been trying to focus on trusting in God. Resting in His peace. I have a couple of difficult classes this semester, and at times, I wonder how I will ever make it through. But I don’t need to concern myself with this. Of course, I need to try and I need to work hard, but God doesn’t deny us of our needs. If something doesn’t work out, it’s because He has better plans for us. And do we trust that? Can we trust that? We need to try.

I say, bring it on, March! The sun is shining today, and the weather feels warmer than it has in a while. A new leaf is going to turn over.

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Are you waiting for those lemons to turn into lemonade?

Once again readers, I’m so sorry for the delay in a post. Life has been changing constantly since I came back from Puerto Rico. I often wonder what God’s doing with me…what His plans are.Fresh Lemons and Lemonade

A lot of times, it’s hard for me to see what good will come out of a bad situation. My friend Teresa said something to me that struck my heart strongly and changed my thoughts on the rough patches in life. She said to me…Wouldn’t it be horrible if there wasn’t a purpose for all parts of life? Or if bad things didn’t happen for a reason?

Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes life gives us lemons. But haven’t you noticed lemons can be used to make lemonade? Just a add a little sweetness. Read the rest of this entry »

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