Life Lessons

. Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while! I’ve been super busy lately. School is starting, and it feels like I don’t have a spare minute to breathe.

This weekend is college orientation, it’s currently 12:05 pm, and I have to wake up at 6. So let’s hope that goes well haha. Sometimes I just can’t sleep because I have a lot of stuff on my mind!

It’s been a while since Bryce has been gone, and it’s been pretty hard not having him here when I’m stressed or need someone to talk to. His presence is definitely missed right now in my life. Sometimes you don’t truly appreciate people until they are gone. Bryce defiantly brought some craziness to my life, and somedays were a bit hectic. But he makes me more fun! And reminds me to let loose sometimes. So now I have to remember to give myself some chill time to let God take control of what the next step should be. I downloaded the Sandboxx app so I could write him some letters, and my second one is on its way. I’m really excited for him to get my letters! I pray that they will be a great encouragement to him.

It’s approximately 1 month, 5 days, 23 hours, 51 minutes, and 24 seconds until he graduates bootcamp. It’s crazy how slow the days go by, but how fast the weeks go by. Next week will already be his third week! So everyone who reads this, please pray that Bryce will be having a great week and pray that he will grow in his faith during this hard time of life! I’m sure he would appreciate it! It’s hard not having a boyfriend to talk to, but I’m thankful I can be here and support him through it all.

I’m also thankful that I have been super busy the past couple weeks! I started my high school classes, taught my first seminar on the book of Daniel, randomly joined the volleyball team at my high school, and am beginning my college orientations. Classes start Tuesday. I’m super nervous about them! Something that I’ve struggled with is putting God first in these busy and hard times. Lately I have been resting on the fact that attitude is everything! If I stay positive, everything will work itself out.

Something else I keep thinking about is how God breaks us apart before He builds us up to who He wants us to be. Through these past few weeks, God is making me so strong. I am learning that faith is like working out a muscle. While you are doing the workout, you think it’s the worst part. You don’t think you can get through it. You finally finish it, and you feel so happy it’s finally over. But then it isn’t over. You still hurt for a few days afterwords. You have to climb some stairs, or pick up some textbooks and the pain comes back again. But after those few days past, your muscle is brand new. It’s strong again. It’s rebuilt, and even better than before. Sometimes the pain of life is worth the results we find at the end, and that’s a concept I’m going to accept as a truth in my life.

Be praying for me this week, everyone! – Cami

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My Back To School Goals

Hey everyone! Today’s blog post is going to be my goals for the upcoming school year. I start school on Monday, so I need to have some things to motivate me to do well and have some drive! So here are a few of my goals!

1. Make two new friends

2. Workout at least 5 times a week

3. Only drink water & pack healthy lunches

4. Get all A’s

5. Start a girl’s bible study at school

6. Have a positive mindset

7. Do devotions everyday

8. Always have a book to read just for fun

9. Be nice to others and an encourager

10. Blog at least 3 times a week

11. Get a job

So, those are my back to school goals! For those of you starting school, what are your goals? Let me know! I really like school because I love and value learning. I also like to be busy and have a schedule. Enjoy the rest of your summer or the beginning of your school year! – Camille

Saying Goodbye ( for 8 weeks )

So, today’s the post I’ve been planning for and dreading ever since March. Today was the day that Bryce left for the Coast Guard.

After crying every single night the past six months, the day that I thought my life would end is finally here.

At the beginning of me and Bryce’s relationship, we sat and watched the stars. I saw my first shooting star with him laying next to me, and suddenly I knew a new chapter of life was starting. Months of happiness in a dream like state occurred. Bryce and I are seriously a power couple. We have so, so much fun together. He’s my best friend and my love!!

However, all good things like that come to an end at some point. A few nights ago we were swimming and we watched the stars again. It was the closure I needed for that chapter. However, the stars remind us how small our problems are and how BIG God is.

Changes like this change us. They shape us into who we are meant to be. They hurt, and most of the time we don’t want them. But they are essential. I’d be lying to you if I said I was doing okay with him leaving. Night after night of crying in the car together and day after day of hugging so tight because we didn’t want the moment to end. But time goes on. We can’t stop it no matter how hard we try.

So, today I said goodbye to my boyfriend and my best friend. The person who I spent literally all my time with and made every single summer memory with. I said goodbye to one chapter, but am saying hello to the next. I’m so proud of Bryce. He is strong, and he is so brave. I’m praying for him 24/7 because I know things will be hard for him.

I could’ve told him not to go and I knew he wouldn’t of. But I didn’t want my selfish desires to interfere with God’s plan for Bryce’s life. So I let go for a while. We are two people who love each other so very much, and that’s enough to make things last. If we are meant to stay together, it will happen. You make your own choices in this life, no one can make your choices for you except God.

So be praying for Bryce and I. Things will be so hard for him at bootcamp! And I’ll be at home missing him all of the time. I’ll continue to update you all on this journey. The good, the bad, and the ugly. But all I can say is that I’m so proud to be a military girlfriend. It won’t be easy, but when I see Bryce again and get to hug him close I will remember why I’m waiting in the first place.

New York City

Hey friends! Today I wanna take some time to talk about my missions trip! I travelled to New York City and I had an amazing time.

The theme of this trip was to learn how to pursue the passions God has blessed you with. God uses our passions and our spiritual gifts to fulfill the purpose He has for our lives. Another main lesson for the week was moving onward in our faith. It is so easy to get stuck in one place with our relationship with God, but we need to always keep going. Sometimes we will find ourselves on the wrong path, but Jesus will always welcome us back with open arms.

Something I took away from the week was only going after things that really make me feel inspired. I don’t wanna be the person who does what everyone else does anymore. That’s something I struggle with a lot, and I’m just ready to become the person Jesus made me to be. During high school, I think a lot of people try to fit in the mold or be a certain way. This school year, I want to really focus on who I am supposed to be.

Anyways, my trip was amazing. I have a love for a new place, and New York City is breathtaking. I worked at a soup kitchen all week and it was very eye opening! Everyone was so thankful for our volunteering and it was such an encouragement to me. It reminded me to be thankful for all the blessings God has brought into my life even if they don’t seem like a big deal at the time.

So, now I’m just going to share a lot of pictures down below that I took while I was sightseeing! Thank you for tuning in, and I hope you enjoyed my blog today!