Friday, April 18, 2014

5 Things: Wildflowers and Dust

1.) It's springtime, which means that the wildflowers have come out.  My favorite flower is the bluebonnet, and I'm thankful to attend university in a town where these beautiful flowers blanket the roadsides almost wherever I drive... and sometimes even in my own backyard!

2.) Almost every day, I feel a twinge of homesickness for my hometown.  Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love being in college.  I love my home here, my friends, and my university.  Not a day goes by (except maybe during finals week) when I don't thank God for letting me go to school in such a beautiful, friendly place!

But I love my family and friends back home so much too, so I always have a feeling of being torn between two beautiful places.

Not this week.

Severe dust storms hit during the spring.  My Facebook feed is often covered with shocking photos of the sepia-toned sky.

Photo credit to NewsChannel10

On days like that, I am thankful for the rainy spring weather and blooming flowers in my college town.

3.) My sponsored son, David, used to be the coolest four-year-old on the planet.  He lost that title when he became... the coolest five-year-old!  Happy birthday, sweet boy.

4.) My house has a "Kenya Corner."  In that corner is our "David Jar."  (My roommates and I like to name things.)  We are trying to save a little money to buy David's family a pair of goats.  Goats are huge to help the status of a family in an impoverished country.  They provide milk, meat, and they have babies that the family can sell.

Usually I put my pocket change in the jar at the end of the week, if I have any.  Recently my roommates made a rule.  Kelsey and Kendall love chocolate (Sammy and I do not), and to get ready for summer, they have committed to eating only one piece of chocolate each day.  Any more and they must put a dollar in the David Jar.

It looks like David is will get his goats in no time!

5.) It's been a while since I've shared a picture of Jack.  One of the saddest parts of being away at college for months at a time is not having dogs to come home to at the end of the day. 

What's been on your mind?

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