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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Remeniscing Israel: Jordan Float

* Reminiscing Israel // memories from my semester studying abroad in Israel. See all of them here.
All prepped and ready to swim in the river where Jesus was baptized and a blind man was healed from leprosy! He [Naaman] went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy {2 Kings 5}.

The Jordan is, for the most part, a calm little thing, but at points along the way it can be pretty strong-willed. So you can probably guess where our professors opted to have us start our river journey. . .where the current is the strongest, of course!
As soon as we plopped our innertubes on the water, the gushing waters dragged us into the side of the bank where the trees had long, tangly branches, just perfect for trapping unsuspecting people. While others found their footing or somehow navigated themselves out from the trees, I found myself completely submerged underwater and couldn't get up, or breathe. Thankfully, a kind soul came and pulled me out of those crazy waters. Near death experience in the Jordan, ✓!

Fortunately, it was pretty smooth sailing from there on out. Just floatin' along!
And to think, of all the rivers in the world, Jesus was baptized in these murky waters.

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. . . As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased."
{Matthew 13, 16-17}

 After the float, we compared bruises. Shallow bank + rocky ground = wounded knee. 
It was worth it :).

Monday, June 3, 2013

Dorm Room DIY

I'm no DIY {do-it-yourself} expert, but I love attempting a decorating/crafting scheme every now and then.

So let's do some DIY, dorm room style!

The wonderful thing about a dorm is that you can run wild since nobody really has expectations about how a dorm should look. Pretty much anything goes! So even if my DIY ends up looking not-so-hot, it's ok!

1. Photo collages are great if you want to display a whole bunch of photos. Anyone else have a hard time narrowing down pictures? I made these collages using Picasa {a free photo editor from Google}, printed them out on paper, and stuck them in a frame.

2. Magazine files are perfect for maintaining those random papers that accumulate from who knows where. Just toss the mystery papers into a file, and wallahhh, a clean desk! The file on the right has a bunch of folders in it, one for each class.

3. Wrapping paper as wall paper adds some color to a stark white room. Plus, it's so easy and so inexpensive! The wrapping paper cost $3 at Homegoods and is adorable to boot. All I did was cut the wrapping paper to fit inside the shelf, and used scotch tape to adhere it to the wall.

4. Because I'm a string light fiend, I already had those gigantic lanterns. Rather than hang them from the ceiling {which dorm policy doesn't allow, hello fire hazard}, I hung them from the top of the shelf using command hooks. Easy peasy!

5. Wall decals dress up a wall, but don't cause damage or involve nails. Perfect for dorms!

6. This was a plain white cup that I wrapped in a scrap of wrapping paper. That wrapping paper keeps popping up everywhere, huh?

7. Hang jewelry from the wall using tacs {or tiny command hooks}. Double functions as a jewelry organizer and wall decor.

8. Plain ol' cork boards are great, but patterned cork boards? Even better! Simply wrap the boards in a fun fabric and attach with a stapler.

Happy decorating!