Friday, August 30, 2019

A year

It's been a year since one of my friends killed himself. 

Is the hurt gone? no. 

Do I still miss him? yes. absolutely. every day.

Do I still cry? yes. sometimes. 

Have I learned much? yes. too much. more than I ever wanted to. 

What have I learned? I've learned what it's like to grieve. I've learned how to cling to God and my church, and get through hardships together. I've learned to care more about every person, man or woman, young or old, apparently happy or sad. 

I've done things I never thought I would do in my life. Only a little while after Levi died, another man killed himself. and another. and another. Suicide was all around us. I walked into a Police Station with food and said "I'm sorry your comrade killed himself." I hugged a dear adviser and said "It hurts. I know. I wish I didn't. But it does. And here's how we're dealing with it." I've written a speech for a class about suicide, only months after it happened to me. I've argued for life. Your life. It's worth it. I promise.

-A Letter from Levi-
Do not stand by my grave and weep.
I am not there. I'm not asleep.
God's gift to me was just my soul,
That takes no space, and leaves no hole.
My body, made for strength and joy,
That did not grow much more than boy,
Is not what put the life in me.
I did not need my eyes to see,
Salvation to my Father's home.
Here I stand, and not alone.
My Father is forever God,
My family is great and broad.
My mother is my sister here,
Like all the saints that hold me dear.
I am, like all God chose to save,
Not buried in a six-foot grave.
I live! I live like Jesus does,
An unbound soul, not like I was,
Confused and anxious, brain and heart.
Now I cannot from truth depart.
I made mistakes I can't undo,
I robbed myself and others too.
All these sins my Savior knew,
When he said "I'll die for you."
He followed God the Father's plan,
Was born and died as God and man,
And rose again to lead the way.
And now I see him every day.
I worship like I never could,
Just like how I know you would.
Do not stand still in memories,
That are as changing as the trees.
Their rise and fall is seasonal.
They break and die the same as all.
Your bitter tears will dry so fast.
I'm telling you: this too shall pass.
Look up. You'll see that I am safe.
Look up, and also live in faith.
Do not stand by my grave and cry.
I am not there. I did not die.
- Caleb Streblow

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Eeeeeek. I haven't posted in about nine and a half weeks????? You may be wondering if I made it out of camp alive.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Hey.... it's been a while hasn't it?? 

I've had my senior recital and graduation reception, written TONS of thank you notes and organized the many gifts... you guys were generous. Anyway, I've also counted the weeks until I move out---and it's only ten! I've got a lot to do between now and then, so wish me luck. I start my second job on Monday, and I have a wedding this weekend and next, and college orientation in there somewhere. I'll be making the trip to that on my own, so I'll get used to the drive and hopefully not get lost. Oh, and find the coffee shops along the way. :) I've also got an intense ten-day music festival/camp/kill-yourself-doing-what-you-love-thing in July at my college campus, so I'll actually get to live on campus for a bit. 

What have you been up to? I'd love to hear!

Monday, April 29, 2019

    I went outside to gather spring-time pictures, and I was not disappointed. When I didn't see anything to take a picture of, I just sat for a minute and looked around, and what do you know, I noticed something I hadn't seen before. 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Why I am going to college, Part 2

This isn't so much about why, as in how it's all working. But I had to keep with the theme, ya know. 😉 Oh, and I got this posting idea from Victoria Lynn's blog. 


Monday, April 8, 2019

Why I am going to college, part 1


    I think it's safe to say that in most Christian circles it is either considered wrong for girls to go to college or that they only go to find husbands (otherwise called an M.R.S. degree). However, I think there is another category

Monday, March 25, 2019

Hello everyone! It's been just over two years since I started my blog, and I thought it was about time I re-introduce myself to my readers and say hello to the new readers... so here goes!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

   Hi guys! It's been a bit since I posted, but this post has been behind-the-scenes for a while now. I know I mention work a fair amount, and not always positive things, so today I thought I'd share some of my favorite things about working at the bakery. 

Monday, February 25, 2019