Sunday, August 24, 2014

August 2014 Letter


Dear Family,

            I’ve decided I’m now going to skip the formalities of properly addressing people as “friends and family” or “ladies and gentlemen” or blah blah blah. Titles are seriously overrated, don’t you agree? And if you’re receiving these letters, you are family in some way to me.
            Wow, here we are! Sophomore year of college! It’s pretty crazy to think that I’m already here, even more grown up than I was a year before (and hey, a whole year older to boot!) and I still feel just like the baby I was when I first came. That baby has learned to walk on her own and eat solid food, but still has so. far. to. go. The first two weeks of school were a whirlwind. I got moved in early, and from then it feels like I’ve hardly had a moment to catch my breath. Since I’m a rather structured person, that took quite a toll on me, so much so that I found myself laying on my bed pleading God for peace.
            “I don’t know how you’re going to do it God, but I know I need You. That’s pretty much all I’m certain of right now.”
            My roommate and I are all moved into our dorm now, and I was able to take a moment last week at put together our gallery wall, hang lights, and make our room feel more like home. Home. What a bittersweet word. I wonder if you’re original home ever stops being home? They say home is where the heart is, but there are days when I miss those lemon yellow walls, the comfy couches you sink right into, the counter I always bang my hip on, the view of the mountains from my bedroom window in the waning sunlight, and my mom’s voice from the kitchen reminding me to pick up my shoes because I left them by the back door again (sorry mom!). Home. I miss you, and at the same time I’m so happy to be back.
            Can you believe it?! I’m actually excited to be in Tulsa! Who is this person and what has she done with Sydney??
            But in all seriousness, it’s very interesting to have your heart devoted to two places.
            I attended the Hillsong concert last night with my best friend Jes, and it was incredible. Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE Hillsong? If you have not, I recommend you check out some songs by them on YouTube. A couple favorites are… This I Believe, Love Goes On, Tear Down the Walls… basically anything by them will bless you, or at least encourage you. (Seriously, if you need recommendations, I could talk about them for days, I’d be happy to chat!)
            That’s all I have time for today, but I’ll be back soon! Be sure to keep up with the blog (findingsydneyblog.blogspot.com) where you can get more updates and hey, pictures!
            Have a great week!


-Sydney

Saturday, August 16, 2014

sleepovers, cookies, and kinda sorta scary things


the other night my roommate decided to go camping and i didn't want to be home alone (sad face emoji) so i spent the night at a friend's apartment. it was gloriously wonderful. we decided to watch supernatural, which is apparently a super popular show with this generation and like, the coolest thing every and if you haven't watched it you're not-so-cool.
whatever. i digress.
anyway, it's about these two brothers that hunt restless spirits or something. and i know it's tv drama and totally fake, but in between covering my eyes for 50% of the show and squeezing sarah's hand/ squealing like a little girl, i was pretty freaked out.
note to self: stick with disney.
now i'm off to make some cookies because i haven't in a while and there's something about a cookie that screams "hey, welcome home."