Monday, May 21, 2012

Jeremiah 29:11

Well it's official. I graduated from the University of Memphis, Summa Cum Laude!! I am so thrilled that I have reached this point in my life. It has been a long 5 years, but I can truly say that I have had the most amazing college experience here in Memphis. I had the most amazing weekend with my wonderful family and friends.

I started the weekend off with an amazing photo shoot with my great friend and sorority sister, Kelly Ginn. I wanted some pictures around campus to celebrate the occasion and so I reached out to Kelly who just started her own photography business. Kelly made the shoot so much fun! She is a true natural and that became even more obvious when I saw the pictures! Here are a few so that you can see for yourself!

In front of the fountain on campus! 

Love my sister. 

The new tiger statue on campus. 

My absolute favorite :) 

If you ever need photos done for ANYTHING, check her out! Here is the link for her facebook page: Kelly Ginn Photography

Then the next day was graduation! I spent the morning with my parents & my sister at the hotel just relaxing. Before the ceremony, I opened a few gifts from my parents. Here are just a few pictures of the gifts!

I love my new ipod arm holder for when I workout!

My 5th grade class from student teaching. 

My 1st grade class from student teaching. 

Then we left and met my two best friends, Anna Claire & Meghan and went to the forum. We stopped and took some pictures on Beale Street before heading into the ceremony.

Anna Claire, Me, & Meghan 

Then we all went inside for the ceremony. The ceremony was very long, but it was actually very nice. Micky got several shots during the ceremony.

President Shirley Raines

The Forum 

Walking across the stage 

Outside after the ceremony.
Once the ceremony was over, we went back to the hotel and relaxed for a little while before the party at Old Venice. Old Venice is one of my favorite restaurants in Memphis, so Mom & Dad rented out a room there for us to have a party after the ceremony! I was so blessed to have many of my wonderful friends and family there to celebrate with me!

Cupcakes from my favorite Memphis bakery, Muddy's 

Micky & smile less Matt 

My amazing photo book that Micky made for me!!!

My Aunt Weezy!! 

Sisterly love 

My second family in Memphis, The Hatleys

Ms. House & Ryan came from Shelbyville for the party! 

Shea, Me, & Kate 

My love, Meghan 

My little brother Daniel. Daniel and I both grew up in Shelbyville and went to school together. Ever since he moved here to come to school as well, we have kept an eye out for one another. He truly treats me like his sister and I love him like family!!!

Our cute little family. Micky, Daniel & me.

Two of my professors, Mrs. Cummings & Dr. Meredith 

My other half, Anna Claire. 

Anna and I went to Europe together last summer and are going to be roommates in July.  

My Aunt Weezy & Mom, best friends. 

My amazing friends at the party. Anna Claire, Me, Meghan, Laura, Micky, Matt, Erin, Charlie, Anna, John, and Steve. 

I am seriously so blessed with the best parents in the world! They made the party so much fun. I am extremely proud to be their daughter. 

Friends since freshman year. 

Now the poplar question at this time is always, "So what's next?" To be completely honest I have no idea!!! This is why this blog post is titled, Jeremiah 29:11. This is one of my absolute favorite bible verses. It constantly reminds me that God has a plan. We just have to put our faith in him and he will provide.

This is very hard for me at times since I have been known to be quite the control freak. However, I am taking this time to spend with my friends and family. Also, I am going to make the most of this summer. I have already started a weight loss journey and lost a total of 20 pounds so far. This makes me so excited! I have found a new love of running and try to run each morning to get the day started off right! I am also hoping to take a few trips this summer including the beach and maybe a few road trips to visit friends. Whatever this summer may hold for me, I know that as long as I put my faith in the Lord everything will work out for the best. I am going to try to be better about blogging as well this summer, so stay tuned!!!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Graduation Countdown

Officially only 9 days left until my graduation!!!! I am so excited! I know it has been FOREVER since I have blogged, but it is mainly because I have been working so hard this semester to ensure that I reached the magical date: May 5th, 2012. After the many stressful moments of organizing lessons, preparing for observations, long nights studying for the various Praxis exams, and completing my never ending TPA assignment, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, in a way I am going to miss it all! I have loved both of my student teaching placements this year (1st and 5th grade), met some amazing professors, and really made some great friends throughout this experience. It all just makes me that much more excited to have my own classroom in the near future. 

I am going to make it a priority to blog more this summer so that I can share all the memories of my first summer as a college graduate. There will be plenty of fun events to blog about: graduation, Micky's birthday, my new apartment, my birthday, and many other summer events. 

Well, that's all I have for now but I promise to be back soon!!!