Thursday, December 30, 2010

The end of a decade, but the start of an age.

As 2010 is coming to a close, I am reminded of a conversation I had with a good friend and mentor of mine a couple weeks ago. She asked, "If you could describe how 2010 has been for you in one-word, what would you say?" It didn't take me very long to think of a word to respond with- I chose "growth."

2010 didn't start off as I had hoped. I dropped to the D&F list at school for the first time in my life, due to problems outside of the classroom. I began, for the first time, to experience being persecuted for my faith. But God was with me through those trials, and the year got better. I was able to attend Prom as a sophomore, and the summer was the best I've ever had to date. My Junior year has been magnificent, I've met so many truly wonderful people, and experienced the privlidges of being an upper classmen, along with my school's football team winning the Class 6A State Title (GO FALCONS!!!) With all the outer changes in my life this year, it would have been impossible to come away from this year without a new mindset. Through it all, I was able to discover things about myself....

Truth is of the upmost importance to me. If I can't be real with someone, and trust that they appreciate who I am, even if we don't agree on everything, I do not need to have a close relationship with that person. I would rather act on the truth and have it hurt me a little, than plaster a fake smile on my face and pretend like nothing is wrong. You should never change the things that make you you to please another person. We were put on this Earth to please God and God alone, no one else. If someone doesn't support you, uplift you, or doesn't agree with things that have made you who you are- they never had your best interests in mind anyway.

And with that... I will let some pictures do the talking, since they are worth a thousand words anyway :)

Last Day of Sophomore Year

Babysitting the twins

Winter Jam


Sweet Sixteen Surprise

Serving at Young Lives camp

Challenge 2010

Summer Days

Summer Nights

Kansas City trip

Ending Summer

The Football Season that produced undefeated State champs

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 Premiere

The Holidays