Senior Year

Let’s go back to the fall of 2009, when I was a cute freshman, in an Elmira College beanie. All the new students had to wear one during orientation, and I was proud to do so.

Sitting next to me is Wendy, my very first roommate.

She made me nervous at first with her intense love for cows, but soon became one of my closest friends on campus and in the world. She is kind, caring, hilarious, and is basically Chummy from Call The Midwife.

Wendy is a nurse, and is going to impact so many lives here in the US, and around the world. (Even if she doesn’t know it yet)

Just writing about her makes my heart hurt because I miss her so much. Maybe one day she’ll join Caleb and I when we live overseas. *Wendy, if you are reading, this is a big hint.*
ELMIRA freshman

My Major: Speech & Language Disabilities

My Interests: Finding a boyfriend, looking at wedding dresses and engagement rings online, Nutella

FYI: (I wasn’t as shallow or uninteresting as this list makes me out to be, I just can’t remember what all of my interests were…)

My Goals: I think at this point it was to become a Speech Therapist, and to eventually travel the world with my rich musician husband. I thought a lot about becoming a Globe Trekker host.

Fast Forward five years: the fall of 2014. 

I am now a Senior at Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, PA, donning a pair of sparkly diamond rings, and unnecessarily huge frames. Scrunched up next to me is one half of my pair of roommates; Milo, the cat. This picture accurately shows his distaste for me & my camera. 

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My Major: Early Childhood Education

My Interests: Building incredible Lego creations (haha), blogging, baby carrots, yoga, and spending great amounts of time with my husband & Milo.

(I also really love yard sales, taking naps, and going to bed at 10 p.m. I am an elderly person.) 

My Goals: To finish school next May, quit my wonderful job at the YMCA, and move to South Korea to teach English. Eventually, Caleb and I want to enter into full-time missions with Wycliffe Bible Translators as a teacher & a businessman.

Today, as I sat in 1 out of the 3 remaining classes of my Undergrad with Professor Aspito, I was inspired and encouraged. If you met this woman, you would understand why…it’s hard to be near her and not feel her passion for education, and for each of her students. I mentioned her in another post that you should definitely check out.

Before we delved into our syllabus, and started a lecture on teaching Social Studies, she began class by giving us a verse for our Senior Year.

It happened to be the perfect verse, and one that I needed for today, tomorrow, and for all the other days when I’ve wondered when I’m going to reach “the place.”

Sometimes I feel like Phoenixville is Egypt, and I’m working my way through papers, and long days at the YMCA to get to the promised land.

“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” (Exodus 23:20)

I think back to my first day of college in 2009, and how little I knew about where I was going in life. I think about all the times when God protected me, and guarded my life, my purity, and my heart.

He brought me to Peru and stirred up my love for the people of South America, and gave me a desire for full-time missions. God provided the finances, grace, and patience I needed to get to and through all of these places, and you know what?

He’s not going to stop now.

God is going to bring me (and Caleb), to the place He has prepared.

And not only has He prepared the place, but He is constantly preparing usChanging and molding our hearts so that when the time comes, we’re ready.


9 thoughts on “Senior Year

    • I remember someone saying that the Old Testament was boring….but there are SO many gems like this one.

      It’s definitely a verse that I’ll be coming back to over and over again.

  1. Love this Kelly! Can’t wait to see where the Lord leads you guys! And, you go to Valley Forge?? I went to North Central 🙂 I kinda wanted God to call me to a school in like, warmth, BUT He had other plans 🙂

    • Thanks for all the blog love!
      I can’t wait to share more as God leads us. And yes! That’s so cool! 🙂 when did you graduate from North Central? ( I probably could find this in your info page, but I thought I’d ask)

  2. I graduated from North Central in Dec ’00. with a degree in Theatre 🙂 I ended up just getting my Associates from there, BUT I wouldnt trade the experience for anything. Hope you enjoy your Senior Year!!

  3. You went to Valley Forge! How cool! I came this close to going there in the fall of 2005, but ultimately decided to go to Zion Bible College (now called Northpoint). It’s kind of funny, because when I took the tour at VF, the tour guide took me to this abandoned building on campus and told me that a lot of students had reported demons in there and that really freaky supernatural things happen in and around the building and my mom and I were like …. “Um…ok?” Hahaha.

    • OH MY GOODNESS. Would you happen to remember who was your crazy tour guide?? That’s definitely not good marketing….haha that is hilarious….and sad, because you could have been a Valley Forge alum! The school is actually becoming the University of Valley Forge in a couple of weeks, so that’s pretty cool. 🙂 I do know a few people that went to Zion.

  4. This is really encouraging stuff. It’s great looking back and seeing God’s faithfulness. This encouragement is what drives me to continue trusting Him. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing Kelly, and please don’t stop sharing what’s on your heart!

    • Thanks for the kind words Sam. 🙂 I’m so thankful for what God has done, and I’m excited for what He’s doing in your life too!

      We definitely gotta Skype soon! I’ll make sure Caleb signs on and gives you a call. 🙂

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