College!! :)

Guess what???  I got accepted into Moody Bible Institute for the fall of 2013 semester!!  ^__^  I am overjoyed to get into the college of my dreams (and the only college I applied to)!  I will be studying TESOL and Bible as my double major.

Flowers a friend gave me when she heard I got accepted!!  :)

Flowers a friend gave me when she heard I got accepted!! 🙂

I’m excited to get my teaching and Bible degree there because of the school’s missions focus. 🙂  Uncertain about my future, I thought to apply to college and then, if that wasn’t God’s will, apply for a one year teaching English as a paid teachers aid in Taiwan.  This open door, however, makes my path clear (for the next four years, at least).  Thank you, Lord!  I trust Him to continue to guide me.

Do you remember the talking dogs in the movie Up?  In the middle of a conversation all of the sudden they would yell, “Squirrel!” and be completely distracted.  College pops into my thoughts like those squirrels hopped by the dogs.  I don’t think about it constantly, but very frequently.

It will be a huge change in my life and in my family’s life.  I’ll be gone (except for holidays and breaks).  My next oldest sister will be the eldest child at home.  I’ll have to figure out my own schedule, food (depending on what college plan I use), and everything else.  I’ll most likely be in a two person dorm room.  That does not bother me at all considering I currently share a room with my six year old brother.  He will miss having me in his room, but when I leave our three year old brother will move into my place.  So, I think he will enjoy having his only brother in his room. 🙂

Another ‘fun’ task will be figuring out what exactly I can/should take and what to do with all the rest of my stuff that I will not have space to take with me. :p

I think the things I will miss most will be my (technically) six bookshelves and all the books stuffed into them.  Now that my space will be more limited I discovered I have a ton of stuff.  By stuff, I mean: books, clothes, decoration ceramics, more books, CD’s, folders with assorted papers, stuffed animals, piles of books, more papers, craft supplies, and finally a couple more books. :p

A couple of evenings ago I looked around my room thinking, “This will no longer be my room in seven months time.”  Sad thought.

So, even though I am super excited to be going off to college, I’m definitely scared of all the new things it will bring.  In seven months, I will turn to a new and blank chapter of my life.  I’m setting some goals for the remaining remaining months.

1) Start a daily morning quiet time (i.e. Scripture reading/meditation/studying/memorizing and Prayer time).  Right now my quiet times are in the evenings and sometimes I forget to do it at all.  I want to change that and have a good habit formed by the time I enter Moody in August.

2) Go through my stuff and be ruthless with the trashcan and and give away pile.  Not that I expect to narrow my stuff down to a half/dorm room size, but I do intend to get rid of stuff I will never use anyway or I’ve only held onto for sentimental reasons.

3) Start a ‘Moody’ list and begin to think through what I’ll need, what I already own, what I don’t have yet and need to buy, and what I’ll want.

4) Focus on more RL (real life) friends and friendships (especially with Sarah H., Kathryn, Amber, and Elizabeth).

I think that is all for now.  I hope you’ll join me as I begin this new adventure!

I will continue to update my blog regularly.  I’m aiming for one post every week by Thursday (i.e. I post on Tuesday or Wednesday).  That way you can simply check my blog every Thursday and immediately know whether or not I posted for the week. 🙂



  1. January 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    So excited for you! Great things to come. You can always take photos of sentimental items before you get rid of it, so you can keep the sentiment but get rid of items 🙂 hehe.

    Do you have an ereader? Might be a good thing to have on campus, and also a way to get your book fix without the weight.


    – Kacie

    • Lysbeth said,

      January 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Thank you!! 🙂 That’s a good idea! (taking pictures) I’ll have to do that. 🙂

      No, I do not have an ereader. I am considering getting one. I already have kindle software on my computer and over 100 books (free downloads). So, I’ll probably go with a kindle. What do you suggest?

      xoxo 🙂

      ~ Elizabeth

  2. January 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    P.S. I just looked it up on the map to see where Moody is in Chicago…and whoa! You are going to have so much fun being close to Navy Pier and the Magnificent Mile! Chicago is a great city. Bring a hat. And a scarf. 🙂

    • Lysbeth said,

      January 21, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      😀 Yes, it is near some cool places in Chicago! Thanks for the advice! 🙂

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