Just a bunch of nerds making a scene outta life and our excitement about Happy Hour after a LONG work week.. I might be a little ‘too thrilled’..
El Sol on Friday evenings has become our ‘happy place’..
This lovely lady.
She loves Jesus and politics.
My constant saving grace as I step into the bigness of it all.
At one of our many ‘work social events’
Grateful for my dancing partner :)
Supporting the #iwanttowork campaign..
encouraging employment for disabled young adults who want to work
[Flat Rock Trail at Colonel Denning State Park]
Petrified of heights and rattle snakes..
So I trek 1,200 feet above ground and ignore the sounds of rattling from a distance.
Slightly over 4 hours.
This view though.. worth every moment..
(Warning: Photo doesn’t do justice on the sight beheld)
Night before the wedding when the groomsmen decided to crash the bridesmaids room and we had smudged eye make-up on our faces and were in our jammies ready for bed.. (or so we thought)
..and then I refused to move to take pictures because of my lack of pants and stubbornness to get outta bed.. haha.. and they crashed (literally) on top of me attempting to sleep (boys.. meh)
Our view in the morning of the wedding as we were getting our hair done..
Hair done. Check!
Morning sleepy faces.. pre-getting dolled up
Dolling up on her special day
Blessing and praying over the couple
Mr. & Mrs. Manuel Mathen
..all the best guys! To many, many more years of joy and love.
Over the weekend, I went to Jim Thorpe with friends to go white-water rafting. I am by no means adventurous and this was HUGE for me. My best friend on the other hand is an adrenaline junkie and the bridesmaids decided this would be an appropriate bachelorette outing for her adventurous self.
It started off amazing — there’s nothing more therapeutic then being in the heart of nature. The water was calm, the sun was out, and there was a smooth breeze.
Shortly after, it went down-hill. Real quick. There was a four boat pile-up, in which our boat was one of them and everyone in our boat got tossed into the water. Let me disclaimer that I can’t swim (I know!) .. and even with a life vest, I couldn’t get my body above water because the current kept pulling me under. I was stuck under the boat. In those brief moments, a few things come to mind..
I’m going to die.
God, I’m not sure if I’m ready for this.
My dad’s going to kick my ass.
God, if I need to die this way, so be it.. but please help.
A guy in a nearby boat stretched out his oar and I held it for dear life in order to keep the water from pushing me under. My answer to prayer it seems. I looked around immediately to see if the other girls were alright. I saw that everyone was safe and rescued and I breathed a sigh of relief. I stayed on a nearby rock and wouldn’t move. When you experience something so frightening, all you can do at that moment is process the shock. I kept hearing people scream my name to jump in the boat and I refused. I couldn’t move. Eventually, I snapped out of it and attempted to get into the nearby boat.
During the close-to-5-hours on the Lehigh River, our boat tipped over again and every girl was ready for dry land.
My body is literally covered in black and blue bruises — from my feet (which makes it hard to walk) to my back to my arms. I’ve got some nasty shiners on my legs that completely disgusted my co-workers this morning.. haha.. I like to call them battle scars at this point! Being slammed into rocks at high speeds is never easy on the body, so I’ve been on pain medications for the past couple days. I’m hoping the bruises go down dramatically by the time of my best friend’s wedding or it won’t be a pleasant sight to behold.
All that to say, we get the ‘bridesmaids of the year award’! I love my best friend and I’m grateful for her life, but I will never ever EVER go on any white-water rafting expeditions in the near future. I’m fine not being an adrenaline junkie. I’m even more grateful that God saw it fit to let me live through that chaos.
..before the adventure
..after the crazy day, we decided to clean ourselves up and go out to dinner (we earned our drinks that night!)
Bridesmaids (tanned and still recovering from the daytime events)
We love you Grace and can’t wait to walk down that aisle with you. Admit it, you have the BEST-est bridesmaids ever. No more crazy life bucket-list adventures!
After a loaded first week of all things legislation.. getting to wrap it up over drinks and grub with these two was great. Our conversations are always so random, yet so full. I love that I never feel outnumbered either, being the only girl in the trio.. although, the dynamics are nothing short of hilarious when you combine a “right-wing”, a “left-wing”, and a “confused-wing” .. such good people.
Today was our official photo day — my cheeks ached by the end of the morning. It should be interesting to see the professional proofs once they come in, these were just a couple taken via phone.
They wanted us to take a photo located at our representative’s chair and Martina White is my newest representative from back at home. She’s the youngest Republican female elected in a predominantly Democratic region. I’m definitely looking forward to connecting with her about her journey and her plans to enhance Northeast Philadelphia.
This week has been a lot of adjusting and absorbing — of both personalities and information. I absolutely love that we all have such unique backgrounds – english, history, pre-med, poly. sci., and public health. It leads to diversity and a lot of brilliance in one room, honestly. To many, many more weeks ahead and the chaos of budget season..
I didn’t sleep a lick on Sunday night, so ignore my seriously puffy eyes
My first day at the House was amazing.
I have an incredible team and honestly, I’m pretty blessed. I cannot wait to work alongside them and grow leaps and bounds. They are creative, brilliant and passionate.
The older man photographing my I.D. had me cracking up. The coordinator of the program told me that this photo was true to form of who I was.. ‘ball of energy, wit and laughter’. Wait till he sees me in the mornings… (welp!)
There are a couple representatives I have been eye-balling for a while due to the work they do for human trafficking in PA. I cannot wait to connect with them in a couple weeks! So many questions..
They’re not even ready for the madness that occurs in my head.
I can’t say I am half of the time either..
At times like these, I’m grateful that the Lord one-ups my plans for my good and His glory. Tons of uncharted territory and room to create a presence for years to come. Here’s to a summer full of moments and memories..
Choosing to be brave, for Him.
(Btw — it’s Election Day, and I’m off.. so go and vote!)
I came across this photo from the semester and I am missing these two..
My partners in crime.
Many late nights have been spent at the library, the grocery store, at coffee shops and pubs with these two..
Our library dynamics are pretty funny — Henry refuses to sit on the same floor of the library with us because we apparently are ‘distracting’ and every once in a while he’ll grace us with his presence. Melody and I refuse to sit too near each other for the same reason. Different tables, but they’re connected. Haha – we’re all near each other, but not. Silly complex.
See you both in a couple months so we can do this all over again..
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Few remaining photos from my time in Philly this week…
Love you Anita .. and our sleepy faces!
Barnes and Noble with family
Grace’s bridal dress fitting with her family .. her second-to-last fitting.
Wowza .. time flew!!
June 13th is right around the corner.. she will be the most beautiful bride, ever.
Clearly, little Mia was not having it.
She refused to look at the camera when Jess was snapping away.
Poor thing.. little people problems *smiles*