Saturday, October 27, 2012

I'm supposed to be a grownup...? NAH!

When you move away from home to a new place, surrounded by people you have never met, and new responsibilities, you would think that life might get a little more "adult-ish." But let me tell you I am fully enjoying my time of being a crazy fun girl every chance I get. :)

 My two friends Austin and Cody (who just happen to be twins!) are two of the most fun guys I've ever met. They bring out the inner kid in me and we have many abnormal adventures that bring a smile to my face whenever I think about them.

A few days ago, we got off campus and went into Waconia for a late night snack at McDonalds. But the fun part came when you went to the city park and played on the playground. We used our imaginations and played silly games that probably made us look like we were five-year-olds in nineteen-year-olds bodies. It was a blast!

And last night, we went on a night walk down to the lake on campus. We ran around like little kids, played games we made up, sang beautiful songs completely off key!, danced like no one was watching...I hope no one was watching!, and enjoyed God's beautiful night sky. :)

After our fun at the lake, we ran to the coffee shop to get something to warm us up. But we didn't run like normal teenagers. Nope! We ran like zombies :) Oh the crazy things I do with these two!

Today, once my lazy friends finally wake up, we will be getting off campus to have some fun, people watching at a mall for a class project. I already know that we will be have a great time being ridiculous together.

Oh! And not only, do I have a great time with these guys doing stupid crazy fun things, we are starting to have a daily bible study together to encourage each other to draw closer to God.

I love these guys! <3 They are my big brothers here at Crown!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

What are you up to Lord?

The events of this week really make me wonder what God is doing.

1. I have had a complete attitude change this past week towards difficult relationships with my fellow students. Super cool!

2. I LOVE MY VOLLEYBALL CLASS! It is such a great start to my day. And I throughly enjoy being a goofball and waking up everyone in it! (It's at 8:00am so most people have just rolled out of bed and shuffled into the gym)

 3. The last two days I've been in a emotional funk but I asked one of my floormates, Emily Clarkson, to pray for me and she did. (while she held my hand!) Today has been a much better day! We have become prayer buddies and whenever we see each other we stop everything and pray for each other right there.
 4. I finally got back into my bible reading time last night and GOD IS GOOD! He refreshes me and gives me peace through his word. I don't know why I always wander from him...
 5. I made my mom a FB....haha! She wanted to be able to see what was going on in my life so that will be interesting! I wonder if she will ever really get the hang out it. Good thing she still has Manny at home to move her into this technological society we are living in.
 6. I rocked my 5 page research paper on vaccinations and now I need to get started on 10 page one on same sex marriage...not too excited for that one. Hmm...10 pages...20 sources...Ugh. Not the coolest thing about college but I WILL conquer it.

It's been a very eventful week but that's not even the beginning of it. 

Everyday I realize more and more that there are so many hurting people all around me. It breaks my heart to hear the struggles that some people here are going through. I have been given the opportunity to be an encouragement but sometimes it's so hard.

There are moments when I have no words to suddenly make them feel better or give them hope or a way out. It's so difficult when all you want to do is help someone and all you can say is... "I have no words of advise but I'm really sorry that you are going through this..."

But as my mentor Gwenn Hovestol taught me, maybe just showing you care can sometimes be enough. She didn't always know what advise to give but she always showed me she cared by showing her love both through her words and actions. <3

And so I choose to continue to trust God even through uncertainity.

Lord, I know you are working here at Crown. I pray that you would continue to open my eyes to your goodness even in the midst of the pain and hurt that the evil of this fallen world brings. Remind us each of your ever-reaching kindness and love.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

I'm still truckin' away!

I truly feel like a college student now. The work load isn't too bad but it's definitely reaffirming that I am in college. I've taken 3 exams already and done well on all of them! :) I know both my mom and dad are super proud of all the hardwork I'm putting in and it really is paying off. The newness of the college experience is sort of worn off by now but I still love it here.

It's so peaceful and beautiful at Crown! Especially now as the colors are changing!

                                               Photo compliments of my roommate Chloe!

 Yeah, sure there isn't much to keep you entertained when it comes to activites or fun places to go nearby but that's fine with me. That just makes you more thankful for the times you get to go on an adventure off campus. Speaking of that....tomorrow me and a few friends get to travel to Maple Grove and go to a Tenth Avenue North concert!!!! SO EXCITED.

I'm really starting to appreciate the little things in life such as a warm fireplace, honest friends, getting mail!, and a good nights rest. :) For the past few nights, our little fridge in our room has been making strange squealing noises at the most inconvienent times...(1am, 3am, and 4am) And while I don't particulary enjoy being woken up by it every night, it has created some funny moments and even more bizarre dreams... :D

As I continue to work hard and enjoy each moment here, I look forward to seeing everyone back home at christmas break! I will be journeying back up North for thanksgiving but most likely won't see anyone except for my wonderful family. So until then, please keep me in yours prayers and if you ever want to write me a letter it would make my day!

My address here is:

Kera Kilde
Mailbox #189
8700 College View Drive
St Bonifacius, MN 55375