Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy Birthday... I mean New Year

1 more hour, and this girl is officially a twenty-three year old. One year older, and hopefully one year wiser. It's funny having a birthday on New Years Eve, because not only can I reflect on my year as a 22 year old, but I can reflect on the year in general too. 2011 brought a lot of ups and downs. Probably more than ever before in my 23 years of life.

I moved away from Corvallis in 2011.
The last time I will live with my bes fren Adriana Jasso was in 2011 (and she got engaged in 2011!!)
I fell in love in 2011 for the first time
My brother got married in 2011
I became a Portland State Viking in 2011
I ran my first 1/2 Marathon in 2011

I have so much to look forward to in 2012! I pray it is a year that I can grow closer and closer with each day to my patient Heavenly Father. That I learn better how to have patience for others. That I think less about myself, and more about those around me. That I may be a better friend, daughter, sister. I look forward to 2012, and here are some reasons why:

I will be a college graduate in 2012
My best friend is getting married in 2012
My brother and sister in law might get pregnant in 2012
I will God willing run my first Marathon in 2012

Happy New Year my friends may you stick to your Resolutions! But also I pray that in this year (if you haven't already) you find a relationship with our living God. 2012 will bring ups and downs, that's just life. But if you have Jesus, you can get through anything! Be safe tomorrow everyone.

Love and the New Year Ahead,


Saturday, December 24, 2011

In Remembrance of You

The eve of the birth of our Savior. What a humble spirit our Lord has, that he would send his son to the womb of a young woman. A woman he had great favor for. That this Son called Jesus would be the Savior of the generations to come. That by him we find eternal life.
Working in retail during the Holidays is always a very contradictory experience for me. Thousands, and thousands of people come to the Nike Employee Store to shop for gifts for their friends, loved ones, and I would say a lot more for themselves typically. But during this Christmas time how easily we all forget why it is this Holiday was to be celebrated in the first place, or worse, people don't know why, or don't care, or do not believe. I pray that on this day, and tomorrow we would take to heart the remembrance of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who saved us from ourselves. It drives me up a wall having to be careful about my "verbiage," when talking with customers. They tell me to say Happy Holidays, or Season's Greetings, but I want to scream from the Mountain Tops, Merry CHRISTmas!! That all who were created by him, would know the importance of December the 25th, and would share it with their families, their children, their friends.

Luke 2:14
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." 

Thank you Lord for the gift of free will, I choose YOU! I choose relationship with you, Lord will you grow me each and every day that I may learn more what that looks like. That I may be a woman more like Mary with absolute trust and loyalty in you and to you. Happy Birthday. I love you.

Love from my heart to yours on this Christmas,

-Katie Gwen

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Burning Fire

One week til Christmas my dear friends, and I am curled up next to the most beautiful fire while my parents wrap Christmas presents, and I listen to Reggie snoring inbetween the crackling of the fire. For those of you who understand the beauty of a "Christmas Break," and to those who no longer have Christmas break, well this one's for you.
Christmas Break is so nice and relaxing. I'm not working that much so a lot of this break has been spent with some good R&R. Watching some favorite Christmas movies, hanging with my mama, reading, lots of time on pinterest, and spending time with friends. I love Christmas shopping and I am getting so excited for the actual day, but so much of the excitement of Christmas is wrapped around the build up. In Church this morning Evan Wickham sang a song off his new Christmas Album. It was a song about Mary. It was such a beautiful song that I started tearing up, (what's new?). The song just reflected on the strength of Mary, and her relationship with the Savior of the World, and how he was Sent to rescue all of us. What would it look like if we all started acting more like Saved Children of this world? If we didn't take our salvation for granted, and woke every morning with an incredible feeling of thankfulness for he rescued all of us sinners. Thank you Lord for coming to this world to set us free, and save us from our own filth and problems. Thank you for family, friendships, love, may we keep those we love the most close to us this Christmas, and bless those around us who need help this Season!

Happy Christmas,


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

All that Glitters

Life is short right? Perhaps it's time for some Glitter in my life, God willing of course. The things in life I look most forward to. I am so blessed as it is, and with recent events in my life, I am really understanding that nothing is promised other than my salvation the love I receive from my Father in Heaven, and hardships in this mortal life. Here's a look at some fun things I want to do before the Good Lord Calls me Home, if it is in His will...
 (Please note these photos are actually in order)

These are just a few of my favorites, or the ones that are most attached to my heart. Also on the list though: Become an Auntie, Have a career I am proud of, Run a full marathon, Be proud of my cooking abilities, Be financially stable all my adult life, Make Jesus Christ known wherever I go. Just a few of my "Bucket List Items."

What is on your Bucket List?

Love and the Little Pieces of Glitter


Monday, December 12, 2011

Inspired by Pinterest

This lovely project I found on Pinterest. What fun it is to make Christmas presents instead of just buying them. I encourage you all to Do It Yourself! It didn't even cost that much at all, and took care of so many friends on my Christmas list. What projects have you been inspired by this Holiday Season??

Love and Cookies


Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Soon to be Mrs. Campbell

Take a journey down memory lane with me won't you?
It is the 6th grade. Rumors were spreading that there was a new girl moving into my neighborhood. She was my age, and she was from California. My best friend Lindsey lived up the street from me, so I wasn't particularly in the market for a new friend. I had heard from another friend that this girl was pretty cool, but I wasn't sold until I met her.
I remember I was shooting hoops outside on my driveway and this girl came up to me. She introduced herself as Katie. Two Katie's in one neighborhood, I wasn't so sure. However... this girl was special. Not only did she play soccer, and basketball (two of my favorite sports), she also was a singer, dancer and she knew how to handle a Razor Scooter like you've never seen any other 12 year old handle one. I was sold. All it took was one afternoon. Quickly Lindsey, Katie and myself were inseparable.
Throughout middle school Katie became lovelier by the day. I think that is how I would best describe her anyways. She is just lovely. She radiates beauty in the simplest of ways. Always elegant. Into high school Katie was an even more lovely version of her younger self. Always kind to others, and always put others before herself. Her senior year of high school she met a boy named Tim.
Katie and Tim started dating that year, and all the way through college. Tim at the University of Washington, and Katie at Oregon State University close to me. Katie and I stayed close through our 4 years in Corvallis, even through when she went to France to study abroad. Tim and Katie's love only grew, until this past June when they were engaged to be married!
Katie and Tim have not lived the typical relationship of two people in love, about to me married for Tim was diagnosed with Bone cancer in August. As Katie stuck by Tim's side, they decided an early wedding would be best. I am proud to say that this coming Saturday, December the Tenth, my lovely and dear neighbor from down the street will be a married woman. I am also honored to be standing up in her wedding as a Bridesmaid. Tim and Katie's love story is inspiring in the ways they have trusted and continue to trust in the Lord. They know that whatever they have before them, they will handle it together as Mr. and Mrs. Campbell.

Katie: I am in love with your spirit, your honesty, your friendship, your courage and spontaneity in life. I am so proud of who you are, the woman you have let God mold you to be, and the wife you are about to be. Never forget to keep the Lord in the center of all that you do, and respect Tim with all you have. I have no doubts for your marriage, and I know the Lord will bless this marriage. Thank you for your friendship as a single woman, I can't wait to see what the Lord teaches you through marriage.

All my Love,

-Kaddie Sue

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Get-Away

With 3 finals down and 1 to go, I told myself it was okay to watch a Christmas movie for a short break before hitting the books again. I decided upon "The Holiday." I do love it, and all of a sudden I wind up wanting to talk like a true Brit. Sometimes at work I will pretend with customers that I have an accent, almost always a British one. I probably shouldn't do that but whatever, I'm a goof, its what I do. Also from watching this movie I got a bad case of wanting to get the heck outa here. The whole movie is about going on Holiday far away from your home to escape your loneliness at Christmas time. I don't feel I have a bad case of the "lonelies," but I would like to get away for a bit. With the stress of finals nearly over, and with the small amount of hours I am receiving at work now, it would be nice to escape for a few. Go snowboarding, read a book, relax and soak up the beauty of winter. Above is my pretend get-away cabin, come escape with me!

Love and Holiday