Monthly Archives: November 2010

Forest Grove in a nutshell


In the past few weeks there has been so much going on that I haven’t had the chance to just sit down and write. 

November 13-15 I went on a retreat to Seaside with PCF. Definetly by far one of the best weekends I have had here. A time to get away from all the stress at school, physically get off the campus and go somewhere I had never been before. There were times of worship, teaching, and just plain crazy fun.  One of my favorite parts of this wekeend was the first night we got there…after everyone had settled in and gotten all their stuff together, we were just hanging out and a group of people started playing guitars and drums and just singing. Can you guess who joined in? Me 🙂 I haven’t had many chances to sing here, apart from in church and just in my room…so whenever there is a chance, I’m there! It was cool to just sit there and even though I didn’t know some of the stuff I would just sit there and listen. I feel at peace hwen I sing, and especially this night I did…I was calm, which was something I hadn’t been at moments in the week prior to the retreat. The teachings, I really listened…I was open to what was being said to me, and wanting to do something with it more than just listen. I wanted to bring it into my life and truly embody what they were talking about.

The week prior to seasdide, I was all over the place….trying to get everything done in the time that I had, which never seem to have enough time for. But this week was full of hang out times and “adventures” with my friend Shelby 🙂 This week was definetly a blessing for me, as is my friendship with Shelby!

This past weekend:

Friday night: one of my favorite things in the world that I haven’t had many opportunities to do while I have been here so far…babysitting!:) I love hanging out with kids, for those of you reading this who don’t know me(little bit creeper status 🙂 )…I babysat for a family in from the church that I have been attending here. I met my friend Shelby at their house…after walking through the pooring down rain desperately trying to make sure that my labtop did not get wet… and that my umbrella would not be turned inside out by the insane wind! We had an awesome night! and I do miss it so much! (so for those of you reading this who know me, and have a kid…I come home in 3 weeks and will most definetly be up for some hanging out with my favorite little kiddos!!:)

 Monday: Crazy day..classes and more work on the paper. As usual, I was invited to work with Amanda in her room. So we did, worked talked and had dinner before I had to go to class. Then class came…OT spoke, I was so excited! As soon as I got out, it was back to the paper…worked on it for a few hours. Then the snow came! Throw on the rainboots and sweatshirt and run outside 🙂 It was a fun experience and I am so happy that I get to live with snow!! Occasionally at least. Back to the paper…work for a few more hours. Melt down. I had been going through that day on 4 hours of sleep, the essay was kicking my butt and I was exhausted. Thankfully I have an amazing friend who pushed me through and gave me the positive words I needed to hear:) You know you have a real friend when they are only 4 hours of sleep as well, and still offer to stay up all night with  if that’s what you need. I was up till 4:30 AM writing.

Tuesday: power throught the last few pages of my paper, write my second paper, 3 pages. and psych take home exam. I finally finished and spent my night doing absolutely nothing!

Now it’s the day before thanksgiving, it’s freezing here! I leave at some point today to go and stay with Refuge. I’m not going to be at home with my entire family(friends included) but I will be with the people here who accepted me into their family. My hopes for this break, as there will not be a whole lot of people around, and I don’t have too much to do…is that I would take these times of emptiness and spend them in time with God. I want this week to be a time where my reliance and dependence grows, and the relationship is made stronger.

xoxo sarah