At long last here is the awaited room tour/moving video. The weekend before this last one, my roommate Rachael and I (and our new roommate Mikayla [we invited her to join us]) moved from Horton (and Sigma) down to Hart. Here’s a little video of our moving process. Initially we were planning on just speeding up the whole thing and putting music to it since we realized nothing we say in the first part is of great importance, but chipmunk voices are just so much fun! and what better song for a video about moving than “Movin” by Group 1 Crew. If you have any questions about either dorm feel free to give me a shout at email@example.com.
This weekend has been insane. INSANE I TELL YOU! Friday was Grandparents Day so my grandpa came up from San Diego. Had a great day just getting to spend time with him and his adopted grandkids (aka my best friends). Saturday brought about pure chaos as Rachael and I packed up all our belongings and moved to Hart. Hart is known across campus for it’s community, and we want to live here next year. When housing opened up a room change we decided to move now. We took plenty of video footage which I shall be editing in the next week here and hopefully have it up next week. Oh and did I mention that Biola Bound started Saturday night as well? AHHHHH!!!! Thankfully our Bounders are super sweet/chill. They’ve been such a joy to host. My weekend isn’t quite over yet… off to the library! I have half a SIM paper to write before noon!
AMBASSADORS ATTACK! :D Today was our wonderful boss, Michelle’s, birthday. Last night after work we ambushed her office to leave a little bit of a surprise for her. We had a blast making it look all celebratory! Thank you for everything you do, Michelle. Hope you had a wonderful birthday! :D
For the past week or so this song keeps popping up in my classes and in chapels. So here I am sharing it with all of you (or if you prefer: y’all). I hopped on YouTube to find a version of the song I liked and stumbled upon this one by Sufjan Stevens. I love how simple it is. We were talking today in Bib Interp about how prayer first and foremost is between you and God (corporate prayer does play a role in our lives, but it does not come close to prayer’s main purpose). Listening to this song just felt like a genuine talk with God rather than the big emotional songs we’re often used to. The pictures of African animals just added to the whole thing because 1) I love Africa and 2) I think it’s uber cool how God reveals himself in nature.
Before I shut up I wanted to just add in this explanation of what it means to “raise my Ebenezer”:
Samuel placed a large stone at the place where this restoration began. He publicly dedicated it as a monument to God’s help, God’s faithfulness, God’s eternal covenant. And as the people got on with their lives, the stone stood there, visible to all who passed that way, a reminder of judgment and repentance, mercy and restoration.
The Ebenezer stone represented a fresh beginning, a reversal of course for God’s people. It also said something important about God: his mercies are everlasting; his covenant is forever.
I just Googled “my Ebenezer meaning” and that’s what I got. If you have time to research it in greater depth and feel the need to write a paper about it… you are well on your way to being a university student! Congratulations! Now take a few minutes to just sit and marvel at God’s beauty and share this moment with him.
Welcome to my little world. This is where I will be living every weekend this semester (with the exception of Easter break). Every week for Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation (yes, that is the name of a class) we are required to write a Scripture Interpretation and Meditation Paper (AKA SIM). Bib Interp is a challenging course to say the least. Not so much because the work is difficult, but because you have to be trying REALLY hard to not hear God speaking to you. The class is pretty much what the title implies; we learn how to study the Bible and how to grow in Christ. I have Prof. Drew Sodestrom and would highly recommend him. He is super passionate about the class and has a strong desire to see us as students grow spiritually.
So as part of this growth, I shall be taking advantage of our beautiful library and nifty lil cubicles (yes, I did just use the word nifty). Now that the most difficult part of my SIM (walking from my dorm to the library) has been completed, and now that you all know what I’m up to, I do believe I shall begin studying Proverbs. Have a lovely day folks!
Sooo… Chai Lattes… wonderful things. I had a meeting this morning at 9:00 so of course I grabbed a chai latte from Common Grounds (our wonderful campus coffee shop). Upon returning to my humble abode, the combination of Rachael and caffeine resulted in this beautiful video. So when you get to university and find yourself needing a boost of energy and a bit of entertainment, grab a caffeinated drink, an amazing roommate, and a webcam. Oh and some Mario Bros just for kicks. I promise you can make it through your higher education as long as you’re willing to laugh at yourself.
I’m not really sure if this picture falls in the the “International”, “Creative”, or “Lazy” category. I guess we’ll toss it in all three. I walked into the room the other day to find Rachael eating peanut butter with a chopstick… just one. As with laundry, in our room dishes get left until they absolutely must be done. So being the resourcefully lazy person she is, Rachael chose the chopstick over washing a spoon. I can’t judge though… last night I made mini corn dogs and used a measuring cup to get them off my tray that I made out of tinfoil. :) Some say necessity is the mother of invention. I beg to differ, College is the mother of invention (that and lazy people).
As a kick off to Biola’s annual SCORR (Student Congress On Racial Reconciliation) conference we had a night of live music in the caf. Here’s a clip of Biola’s gospel choir. Unfortunately I only had my phone with me so the sound quality isn’t the best. Oh and little shout out: Oscar is up there in the red shirt. He is an amazing co-worker!
So since yesterday was apparently Valentine’s Day (well actually now that I look at the time I suppose it was really the day before yesterday, but I have yet to go to bed ergo it is not yet morning. Welcome to the life of a college student) I suppose I shall do a Valentine’s post. In celebration of my first Valentine’s day that would be celebrated as just that rather than Singles Awareness Day (S.A.D.), Steve and I went to a Peruvian restaurant near campus called Mario’s. Steve is a MK from Peru so this was a special treat for him and a new experience for me. Due to the fact that I don’t speak Spanish and have no clue what genuine Peruvian cuisine is, I let Steve order. That was an excellent choice! If you come to Biola make sure you try the lomo saltado. Once we got back to campus we dropped in at the soccer field for the Biola Valentine’s Day pillow fight. I now pronounce V-day to cease to be Singles Awareness Day but rather Good Life Awareness Day! (you can figure out what that acronym spells all on your own… I have faith in you.)
So right off the bat I’m going to clarify that Biola does not sponsor “un-choreographed” school dances. We do however have a dance group called XOPOC, and we allow students to dance for fun. K now that everybody’s clear on that :)… So this guy on campus (Bryce) has been doing swing dancing for 5(?) years and this past Saturday decided to do a swing workshop in the Horton conference room. Had an absolute blast learning some basic swing moves and a bunch of crazy lifts and dips. So so sore after about 4 hours of that, but so much fun! Such a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.