Fill In on Faith Vol. 1

     Dear friends, I cannot explain how sorry I am for my month long absence!  Today I’m doing the first of what will likely become a sporadic series of life updates, something I’ve decided to call “Fill In on Faith.”  This post is going to tell y’all about what I’ve been up to recently and how my life is going, as well as spill a few pieces of exciting news!  Enjoy!

     To start, the main source of my busyness this semester was lacrosse season.  For those of you who don’t know, I play on my high school’s varsity girls lacrosse team.  While I’m definitely not the best player on the team and honestly don’t get played a ton in actual games, the sport is still a huge time commitment considering I attended daily practices from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and typically had one or two games per week.  My team had an amazing season, only losing two official games in all!  We had a lot of impressive and unexpected wins and despite my only minor contribution, I’m really proud to be part of something so big.  Girls lacrosse has never been a particularly successful sport at my school and we’re genuinely shocking our classmates with our accomplishments.  We ended our season with a loss at the state semi-finals, and while we were disappointed that we didn’t make it to state this year we’re still proud because that is the farthest our school’s girls lacrosse team has ever made it in the playoffs!  We celebrated an amazing season with a dinner at a player’s house on April 29th and, like any other time that our team is together, it was a blast filled with countless laughs.

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     Continuing on the topic of extracurricular obligations, while it might not sound like anything special, yearbook distribution day was quite possibly my favorite day of the school year.  Getting out of class all day to hand out the book I’ve poured my heart and soul into in seventh period every day this year while wearing matching tee shirts was so much fun and receiving compliments on the book made all of those long Saga Days (our yearbook is called Saga and “Saga Days” are the Wednesdays we stayed after school until 5:30 p.m. from October to January to do some extra work on the spreads and eat pizza) so incredibly worth it.  In other yearbook news, I’m going to be a co-editor-in-chief next year!  I’m so honored and ecstatic that my yearbook advisor asked me to work with one of my best friends, Evan, as co-editors of the entire yearbook and I’ll also be the section editor of clubademics (school club and class spreads)!  We commemorated a successful year with a staff feast at one of this year’s co-editor-in-chief’s houses, where we shared lots of delicious snacks and funny memories.

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     Next, let’s talk prom.  My school’s prom was April 21st and I had a great time with my best friends and date!  My date “promposed” by surprising me with a poster and roses one Saturday in March while I was at work.  We went as friends and part of a group of four total couples (including my best friends Cammie, Evan, and Sarah Grace) and while I’ll be the first to admit prom definitely isn’t the “night of nights” that High School Musical and my older peers hyped it up to be, it was still a lot of fun!

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     It’s no secret that I’m super involved in YoungLife, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I recently completed Work Crew training and applied for a spot on Work Crew at Saranac Village, a YoungLife camp in New York.  I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that I will be on Work Crew at Saranac Village for second session (June 23rd through July 21st)!  I just found out last week that I will be a tawashie, which means I’ll be on the housekeeping team all month!  Going to a YoungLife camp for Work Crew is completely voluntary, so I won’t get paid and I don’t have to pay to be there.  If you’re going to Saranac Village during second session for Work Crew or as a camper let me know, I’d love to meet you!

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(This photo belongs to YoungLife’s Saranac Village website but please look how pretty it is!)

     Speaking of YoungLife, I spent the weekend of April 27th through 29th serving at YoungLife’s camp in Brevard, NC, Carolina Point, for Family Camp Weekend.  This was my second time participating in my area’s Work Crew Weekend at Carolina Point (read my post about last year’s here) and the trip was just as fun as last year.  Even though the work is exhausting it’s so worth it.  Serving for the weekend made me so excited to serve at Saranac for a whole month!

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     Last, and probably least interestingly, I’m finally through with my AP course load!  Yesterday I took my last AP exam and I could not be more relieved that they’re all over with.  In case you’re curious, I took AP English III (Lang), AP Environmental Science, and AP U.S. History this year.  Junior year has been a tough one for sure but the end is near!  Since my schedule includes three AP classes and a study hall, the only exams I’ll have to take during my school’s actual exam week are Spanish III (my last high school Spanish!), Pre-Calculus, and Yearbook (which is really just a grade we receive for spending the long period actually working ahead on next year’s book).  I’m relieved that now I can channel all of my energy into Pre-Cal because our current content needs all the focus I can give it!

Thanks for reading!  Consider yourself filled in on my life.

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