February 13, 2016

Ahh, Why Do I Love This



I Just Do -


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Is it the fine bone china pattern? Is it the pretty silver spoon?  Could it be the tea table with the beautiful linens, the anticipation of what's to be served along with tea?
Perhaps it's just a lazy Saturday thing -

I just do! That's all.

Tea for me-
And You, And You-
That Makes Three..
For afternoon tea
With me.

February 09, 2016

Notes From Abby in London -

I have officially made it to a new decade-

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It is so cool to me to be able to say I celebrated -

turning 20 in a different country.

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Tuesday's class was cancelled, yay! Monday night  a few   international kids went out to celebrate- two girls were turning the big 21!  We stayed until midnight to ring in my 20th birthday as well, which was very nice. My friends surprised me with birthday presents which was  sweet & thoughtful.  ( a TON of chocolate; they just know me so well )

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Tuesday night we attended a Manchester United game which was absolutely amazing! My friend Amanda has been a die hard fan for years now, and this was her first time seeing a game live at the home stadium. . The  game atmosphere was just unreal.  We won 5-0 as well! I guess us Americans being there was a good luck charm :)
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FINALLY I  had my first class (my parents were starting to wonder what they were actually paying for). a small class, only about 25-30 students, and all girls. We have about 50 minute classes back home, so sitting through a 2 hour lecture got a little tiring after awhile.  We only have 7 lectures for this class, then an individual paper and a group project for our grades  will be due  the beginning of May. This is  very different than the American school system. Tomorrow, I will have a field trip for one  class to look at 10 different venues in Manchester. , I am excited to see what my other classes have in store!


This Saturday, the international society is taking a trip to the North Lake District.   I am very excited for that! When my parents used to live in England, they always talked about how beautiful that area was.
Next week  Amanda & I are off to Amsterdam for 4 days!

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Thanks to everyone who wished  me a happy birthdayl! I have been enjoying every second of this wonderful opportunity & can't wait for everything still to come.



Abby~


February 06, 2016

P R A Y I N G IS -

PRAYING IS
Like Breathing

There is a permanent connection between me and the God I serve-

Praying is

[for me]

N O R M A L

[like breathing]


Praying is
Healthy

Praying is
Sometimes talking aloud
Sometimes...not

Prayer is
Sometimes Quiet
Other times...desperate
Crying Out.
Sometimes Pleading
Other times just
Opening up, spilling out


Sometimes standing tall with arms outstretched toward the heavens
Other time kneeling, vulnerable
Or face down in total submission
Emptying one's self out
empty- defenseless-
though not defeated.
PRAYING  IS  NOT
routine
for an audience
to impress anyone
Not even God

Praying is Getting Real
Shedding layers of pretense

Praying
is Necessary..for God's children...for me

Sometimes
No words needed

Just breathing ...barely
And leaning softly into
my Creator

My Lord, really...