Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Dollywood

And Also over fall break, I went to Dollywood for the first time, as mentioned in my pervious post. We planned this for months but it ended up being something that we just went with. 

On the way there we jammed out to Taylor Swift, or course, and some throwbacks to the 90's. We got there around noon and rode the little train shuttle thing from the parking lot to the ticket booth. We bought our tickets and hit the rides! 
The first ride we came to was a huge wooden roller coaster named the thunderhead. The lines were short since it was a weekday and we basically got on as soon as we walked up. After this ride, I was basically done for the day. It hurt my entire body and it scared the mess outta me. Needless to say I didn't ride any more roller coasters, I stuck with the "kid" rides. 
After the kids rides, I had the genius idea that we should ride a water ride in October. Keep in mind, it was about 60-65 degrees but my friends agreed. WE WERE SOAKED! And I was miserable but we still had a blast!! It was a great time & I would love to go back! 

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Have you ever been to Alabama? Yeah. Well I have too, but this past time it was completely different. The trip itself was different. I went on a road trip to see my very best friend & I drove! In high school, I would have never even considered driving myself and here I was not only driving myself, but also a good friend and my nervous puppy. The total trip there was four hours but the drive was so worth it because I GOT TO SEE NY BEST FRIEND. 

At the beginning of August, Jessica moved to Alabama to start school. For those of you who know us, this was tragic. We are hardly ever seen apart and now we live four hours away. It has been one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. Not having my best friend by my side physically has been so challenging and every day there is something new. Back in the day, I would just go to her house whenever I wanted or was sad but now it's not that easy. So this trip meant a lot. 

Saturday, we arrived around noon. I was so excited to see her it was crazy! 
This picture was actually after she gave me my birthday present but it basically sums up how I felt all weekend. When we got there, her dad (which is like my second dad) had brought us doughnuts and had fresh coffee. Then she toured us through her new house and we got settled in. After the house tour we took a tour around her new school, which was beautiful. 
On campus, we met up with her brother (another great friend of mine) and afterwards headed to the local mall to get pretzels, lemonade, and chickflia. Later that evening, her mom (basically my other mother) had made us a home cooked meal. We laughed and caught up and shared stories around the table for a long time. When story time was over, we headed to boo at the zoo, which come to find out is actually for little kids but we made the most of it because we were together. 
We also toured downtown at night because according to Jess, that's when it is the prettiest. Unfortunately, I did not capture the beauty of the lights on the water but it really was gorgeous. 

On Sunday, we got to visit where they go to church. It was a very small congregation but it was lovely all the same. After service, we headed to a local buffet and man it was delious! Once lunch ended, it was time to head home. This was probably the most depressing point. After Mackenzie plugged the address into the gps and I backed out of the driveway, big tears welled in my eyes (as they are now) because I don't know how long it will be until I see her again and I didn't want to leave my bestie behind. 

Everything happens for a reason though and I cannot wait to see you again soon Jess! I love you with my whole heart! 
Xoxo, Rach 💜

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Firsts

In life there are a lot of "firsts". Like your first date or your first kiss or your first big girl job. And then of course there are also little firsts like first time to camp or first time waxing your eye brows. 

The past two weeks have been full or firsts for me. Some bigger, some smaller, all equally as awesome in their own little way. Two weeks ago, I had wiped the bottom of a toddler for the first time. This wasn't the most fun thing in the world but it's still a first & I know it's just the road to many, many more. That same day, I went swing dancing for the first time. This was a little bit more adventurous. I really have never danced for fun like that before and it was something I would definitely like to do again. 

I also recently drove myself and a good friend down to Alambama. This was our first roadtrip and I know it won't be the last. It was quite the experience to drive four hours as the adults. I had to choice of when to stop, where to stop, and the music. On the way back, we got into a huge traffic jam which was also a first for me. I mean, I've sat in them before but never as the driver with a nervous dog in the car. It was one for the books! I can't wait to take on more road trips in the future. 

The last "first" thing that happened to me in the past couple months was my first trip to Dollywood. It was SO much fun! I have to admit though, after riding the first roller coaster I was done and was more the happy to move to the "carnival" type rides and food!  

Overall, these "first" have each taught me a new lesson. I've added notches to my belt of life and I'm thrilled to see what "first" will be next! 

Adventure is out there--- xoxo, Rach

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Long-suffering

  For the past month or so, my mother and I have been doing weekly Bible studies on Thursdays. Usually one of us picks a short book or a chapter to focus on for the week and we sit down on Thursdays with our Bibles, notes, and coffee to discuss what we each discovered in the material. I always learn something for myself and through listening to her but this week a particular word stood out to me: Long-suffering. 

  This is a word we see often throughout the Bible. In some versions they use patience but personally I really like long-suffering. The definition of long-suffering is: enduring injury, trouble, or provocation long and patiently. To me, long-suffering is a more in depth word for patience. The word itself explains its meaning, to suffer long. A lot of times when we think of patience we just think of having to wait for something without complaining, whether it be a short or long period of time but the word long-suffering indicts that we will suffer in different areas for a long time. 

  I loved this weeks Bible study with mom. It was over the fruit of the Spirit. As Christians, we are to wake up and thing of these things daily: Love, joy peace, long-suffering, gentleness, meekness, and self control. This is so challenging to always be all of these things, but my goal from now on is to wake up and love that today God gave me another day to live and show His love to others. I will try my best to have joy in all circumstances. I will pray for peace in the whirlwind of life. I know I will suffer long until Jesus comes back because I am a Christian and we suffer in the world as we struggle inside our own bodies with sin and in the world. It's like a constant war. The battle is between giving into sin and to withstand the temptation and lean on Jesus. I will do my best to be gentle with others, to be meek, and to have self control when it comes to favorite sins, as well as with being a diabetic. It is a daily challenge to chose the right choices for my body physically and Spiritually. 

Galatians 6:9- "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."

  Often times, we grow weary in our lives and give up our hope but we are to be long-suffering and to wait for in time we will reap from our good deeds. 

Stay faithful-- xoxo, Rachel 


Friday, October 2, 2015

SCALES

The Tennessee Supreme Court came to Cumberland this Wednesday. They held three trials. The first two sessions were for high schoolers all over the county. There were a ton of schools from Nashville, Murfreesboro, and other surrounding cities. My high school even brought a group, which was cool. The third session was for the college students. It was supposedly the most important or something or another. It was about trying to reopen a case for a man that was put on death penalty back in 1988! They are just now trying to claim him as mentally insane and get him off death row. The whole time however, the lawyers were talking about another case too. It was great that they chose Cumberland to hold the trials at, but I was so confused the whole time! My friend was having to tell me most of what was going on, lol. After the cases were over, my friends and I went to sonic and celebrated half priced blasts. Sooooo yummy. I love ice cream & friends too of course ;).