Thursday, June 27, 2013

#ERC2013

From orientation in Birmingham, AL, to a mission trip in Maryville, TN, I have spent a lot of time in a car/bus already this summer. Despite the long hours, I wouldn't change it for the world.

On the mission trip at Eagle Rock Camp, ERC for short, God did some amazing things in my life and in the lives of everyone on the trip. The whole week was VERY busy and we were all running on little sleep, but everyone made the best of it and shared God's Word to those little children and special friends (adults with disabilities) on the mountain. I am just soo excited to share how God worked in my life throughout my senior year and while at ERC.

So rewind to the beginning of my senior year. I (somewhat reluctantly) decided to join yearbook as the photography editor. Now my school is pretty small so it wasn't a hard task. However, we had a really small staff so for each deadline we had more pages than usual. As we were brainstorming theme ideas, we had to come up with a few as a homework assignment. Without really giving it much thought, I came up with the theme "Salt and Light." The yearbook staff loved it and it became our theme for the book.

A couple of months later, my youth pastor did a series on Salt and Light. I got so excited because it was our yearbook theme, but I couldn't share it with anyone...we were all sworn to secrecy. As graduation was approaching, my class went on a senior trip to Seattle, WA. One of the speakers spoke about Salt and Light. At graduation, one of the speakers spoke about Salt and Light yet again. At this point, I knew God was wanting me to learn something specifically from the passage Matthew 5:13-16, I just didn't know what.

The week following graduation, I went to orientation at Samford. (( I am soo pumped about going to Samford guys! )) But, I did began feeling a little anxiety while registering for classes, asking myself questions like, "Is Pharmacy really where the Lord is directing me?" I began to think of the things I want in life such as a family of my own and trying to figure out (on my own) how all of that is going to work out while also having a career.

While at ERC, multiple times a day, Salt or Light would be brought up during my quiet time, songs, prayers, speakers, etc. It was all really exciting and somewhat overwhelming as I was seeking clarity. God began showing me though that Pharmacy IS where he wants me. As we were singing the song "Remedy", by David Crowder Band, I just felt the Lord confirming Pharmacy for me, as he is the ultimate remedy, but medicine is an earthly remedy. From there, He also began showing me that he wants me to use Pharmacy to minister to unreached people groups of the world. Within our family groups, we were each given a country with unreached people groups and the stats regarding the number of unreached people. It broke my heart to see the number of people that are unreached. Sometimes the only way to reach out to these people is to minister to their physical needs...where Pharmacy comes in for me.

I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for me as I head of to Samford to pursue this calling. I encourage each of you to be Salt and Light to everyone that you come in contact with. Don't hide your faith, let others see what God is doing in your life. And SHARE it!


Friday, June 14, 2013

What a CRAZY week!!

Well, since I last posted, I have been to Birmingham, AL, and back and I am packing again today for a mission trip to Maryville, TN. Orientation at Samford was Monday and Tuesday and it was AMAZING!!! What a tease though!! I wish I could go ahead and move in! We spent the night in the dorms and I was fortunate enough to be able to room with the roommate I will have in the fall! I can already tell that we are going to have a good year together. There were many information sessions at orientation, some exciting...some not, but I also got to register for classes!!! I ended up getting everything I wanted! Wednesdays and Fridays I am done by 10:30!!! Everyday I have an 8 AM class, which isn't what most people would want, but when I get to Pharmacy school it will be the same. I mean, in high school I had the same thing, so why change now?! Now I have my afternoons to myself :) and my sewing!! Or schoolwork I suppose...

Anyways, I also wanted to catch up on posting pictures from the Instagram photo challenge. (( if you want to follow me...my username is @hduncan013 )) Here they are!! Sorry for how many there are...it's been a while.

Day 5: personalized mason jar (painted an "H")
 
Day 6: Coffee Cozy!!! Be looking for these when I open my Etsy shop!! I just bought fabric for them and they are sooo cute!! I used a Starbucks coffee sleeve as a pattern.
Day 7: Paper Bag Skirt- probably my favorite thing that I have ever sewn!! I love how it turned out! Inspired by Sew Caroline :) I just added pockets and made it fuller. Great tutorial though!!
Day 8: Makeup pouch in SAMFORD colors!! Can't wait to get up there!!
Day 9: Knot Flip Flops also in Samford colors! (( can you tell I am excited?!? )) Tutorial from The Mother Huddle.
Day 10: Jeans to shorts!! Such an easy refashion :)
Day 11: Fold-over clutches :)
Day 12: Handwarmers (( even though it's summer )) Gotta get ready for seasons in Alabama so I better start preparing! Inspired by Armommy.
Day 13: Something Drawn...I CANNOT draw so I featured a drawing from my 4 year old niece :) I found it in my suitcase when I got home from visiting her!
Day 14: Washi Tape Storage (in your craft space) So easy and so cute and...once again in Samford colors :) Tutorial from Design Sponge.


Be back in a week from tomorrow!! Pray that God uses us in awesome ways in Maryville, TN!! Thanks guys!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Three Things Thursday: Week 3

Hey guys! So sorry I missed last week but I got back from my senior trip to Seattle, WA, at 2 AM Thursday morning, so I basically slept all day and completely forgot to post! Today for Three Things Thursday I want to share about 3 of my favorite things from Seattle! The trip was so much fun and I loved getting to do one last thing with my class. I am already missing everyone so much! But...I cannot wait for orientation at Samford on Monday and Tuesday. AND...Sunday, I finally get to meet my roomie and her family in person!!! I seriously can't wait for what the future holds.


1. The Space Needle


The view from the Space Needle was gorgeous! And there weren't too many clouds in the sky when we went so we could really see the city. I love our complimentary group shot from the Space Needle! These girls mean so much to me!! 

2. Warm Beach Camp 



 We stayed at Warm Beach Camp during the trip, but we also helped them out around the camp from raking to clearing trails to building fences and picnic tables to gardening. I spent about 7 hours one day raking...my hands were about to fall off, but in the words of the camp director, we were "keeping the path to the cross clear." All the staff were so welcoming and the food was wonderful! God is doing great things at Warm Beach Camp and I am so thankful that I got to be a part of that. After we helped out around the camp one afternoon, we had the opportunity to do the high ropes course. Can I just say that it was one of the scariest yet coolest things I have ever done?! I really didn't think I could make it at one point, but the encouragement of my friends helped me move forward.

3. Pike's Place Market



Pike's Place Market was..umm..crazy!! Going to the 1st Starbucks was AWESOME. Although I don't drink coffee, the Chai Tea Latte and the Passion Tea Lemonade are two of my favorites. I love tea and Starbucks has a good variety. While there, I got a new Starbucks tumbler that I absolutely love!! The flowers everywhere in the market were gorgeous!! All the vendors were so unique and had such a variety to offer. Oh, and lunch at the Pasta Bar was great :) I highly recommend it! 

Have any of ya'll been to Seattle, WA? I would love to hear your thoughts about it!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

#HANDMADESUMMER

Hey guys! Long time no see, right?! With all of my graduation craziness I haven't been able to post anything recently. Now I can officially say that I am a high school graduate!!! I still really can't believe it! Well, over the past week or so I have traveled with my class to Seattle, WA (photos to come soon!), I have graduated high school, and I began a photo-a-day challenge on Instagram through the blog Sew Caroline! This challenge includes all things creative, from sewing to gluing to other handmade things. If you want to follow me on Instagram my username is @hduncan013! I have already completed Day 1 through Day 4 so I will share those on here right now! It's not to late to join the challenge, just upload your pictures to Instagram and use the hashtag- #handmadesummer.


Here are the daily photo prompts :) Can't wait to work on some of these!


On DAY 1, I made some rosette earrings! They were super easy and quick to make and are a perfect way to use up little scrap pieces of fabric.


On DAY 2, I made some coasters to go in my room. My future roommate loved them so much that we are planning to make some coordinating ones to go in our dorm room :)


On DAY 3, I took a previously painted canvas and hot glued buttons in the shape of a "K" for a graduation gift for a friend of mine. While gluing the buttons down, one accidentally fell on my thumb and now I have a nice-sized blister there :( I really love how this one turned out! Inspired by Sew Caroline's post HERE


DAY 4's Bows hold a special place in my heart. I began an organization, Bows for the Broken, about 2 years ago to raise money for impoverished children through Compassion International. Their mission is "Releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name." Over the summer, I will share more about my organization through Fancy, Fun, and Free Me's "Missional Mondays." Keep your eyes out for that! Also, check out our Facebook page HERE and message us if you want to purchase any bows!!