Wednesday, April 28, 2010

watch this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuZ-8EZXK4Y

so rich in mercy.



But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead.
(It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)
For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.
So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.

God saved you by his grace when you believed.
And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
For we are God’s masterpiece.
He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:4-10

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

10 days



I cant believe that in ten days, my parents will be here. in rome.
my bags will be packed. my apartment on viale trastevere will be empty and clean.
my finals will be over. and I will be getting on a train...and leaving Italy.

who knows when I will see this place again.
when I will get to walk down the streets that have become my home. and feel alive. in this place. maybe never. but thats okay. i am lucky enough to have breathed this italian air just once in my life. lucky enough.

it is such a bittersweet time. saying goodbye to these experiences. this season of my life. this "thing" i have looked forward to for so long. i am so glad it came. so glad it happened.

but with the bitter comes the sweet. and the sweetness comes in the next month.

i get to hug my dad. i cant wait to hug my dad.
and i get to see my momma. she is the BEST momma.
and travel with them for 2 weeks. just the three of us.
more than being excited about seeing europe, i cant wait to be with them.

then i get to get on an airplane, and go home. to texas. home sweet home.
and give my sisters hugs. and kiss my little niece. i cant wait to hear her say "pease" and "hi marny!" ooo i cant wait for that. for her little pig tails and her giggle.

i get to eat mexican food.

and drink starbucks with my best friends.

and go to church. i cant wait to go to church. oh my.

and go to the lake. and ENJOY my family.

and go to waco. and give my roommates hugs.

and visit jilly in nashville. i cant wait to be in nashville.


so many things have been learned since ive been here.
so many.
mostly that i should never take anything for granted. and how fleeting the THINGS we have are.
its my family. and my friends that I should spend my energies on. its people. that i should love. i hope forever my life will be less and less about the stuff. and more about YOU and life, and loving people.

and its God that I should serve. its God that i do serve.

my life is happening. i am in the midst of it. and I cant wait to see where the Lord takes me in this next season of my life. He is so creative. and He knows knows knows what He's doing!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Past Month

April has been a whirlwind.
And I am here to tell you allll about it!

Since we last spoke I have experienced so many bright things, spent time with such great people, and seeeen the world!

HERES SPRING BREAK:
Over spring break I got to travel to 6 countries with my friend Caroline.

1. We started off the trip in NICE, France. Can you say PERFECT? it was perfect. I have decided that if and when (if) I move back to Europe, it will be to Nice. no doubt. After some yummy Indian food and a beautiful day at the open air market munching on fresh baguettes, olives and strawberries, we headed to...


2. PARIS. oh paris paris paris. We had less than 24 hours to spend here. So we did what the french do. we ate fondu. at a restaurant smaller than my CLOSET. wine served in baby bottles and loud loud loud everywhere! what an experience!


3. MAASTRICHT. because of train dilemmas we had to bypass our little stop to Brussels :(... but thats OKAY because I got to see Kenzie, Natalie, Courtney and Stephanie sooner! I was able to spend threeee nights in the sweet little town just enjoying my friends. definitely the best stop of the trip! Definitely!


4. COLOGNE. starbucks & cathedral. thats really all I have to say. because they were just so awesome...

5. STRAUSBOURG. is it france? is it germany? who will ever know. This tiny little town right on the border of germany and france (officially part of france) is so unique. we got to stay in a LOVELY hotel (a little treat on the trip) and have mornining tea. it was just a treat. sadly not ONE picture was taken here... because it was raining the whole time we were there. :(


6. LUCERNE. OH MY GOODNESS. Switzerland is NOT overrated. it is everything everyone says it is. and more. it is the most breathtaking, awe inspiring, breath of fresh air place in the WORLD. i will go back very very very soon!


7. LAKE COMO. first of all, being back home in italy was exciting. I finally understood (kinda) what everyone was saying. i felt home. what a cool thing. to be in Italy and feel home. lake como was beautiful. the weather couldnt have been beat. I am excited to go back there with my parents SO SO SOON!

8. Rome. I LOVE ROME.


EDINBURGH AND LONDON:

2 days after getting home from my whirlwind trip through Europe I hopped on a plane and headed to the UK. After landing at 10:30 pm in London, Paige and I raced to catch our night train to Edinburgh, Scotland. Lo and behold, this "luxury night train" was a BUS. 10 hours. on a bus. great.
But Scotland was BEAUTIFUL. I felt at home with my PEOPLE. the SCOTs!
After two days of shopping, sightseeing and relaxing, paige and I headed back on another night train (upgraded to 1st class cabinsss!) to LONDON to meet up with JEN and HILARY! << the lights of my life!

London was a JOY! barring some slightly scary and interesting hostel issues it was a great time. Dinner at Covent garden, LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL!, Easter sunday service at Westminster Abbey. So much greatness packed into one weekend!

PRAGUE:

Only 3 days after getting home from the UK, Paige and I hopped on ANOTHER plane to Prague. it was a fairytale. it was like disney world, but cooler. go to prague. you wont regret it.

Then! My maastricht friends CAME TO ROME!

SO MUCH FUN! i got to show them my home. my life. and it was fun. love it! love them!

THEN: VENICE! its a world on water!


and NEXT weekend: Cinque terre!
Cant wait to tell you all about it!

Only 17 more days of living in Rome. saddest number every. and the most exciting at the same time.
Only 17 days until I get to give my parents the biggest hugs.
Only 17 days until I get to travel to amazing places with my great parents.

So much excitement to come.
i am blessed beyond words. blessed blessed blessed


marcy :)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

im back :)

So. its been a WHILE.
laptop crashed.
bought new laptop.
internet out in apartment.
its been rough... ish.

therefore, the blogging has been limited.
but, in this past, well, month i have been up to some VERY very very exciting little things.

spring break whirlwind backpacking trip to france, belgium, the netherlands, germany, switzerland and italy.
yes. it was awesome. awesome awesome awesomeeee.


easter weekend in the UK!
2 days in Edinburgh, Scotland, and 3 days in London, including a Easter sunday service at Westminster abbey. beautiful.


Italian opera and cooking classes back in Rome. best. thing. everrrr.

Prague!
3 days.
magical.
so magical.


3 days with some bright and happy visitors. 8 great friends studying in Maastricht showed up in rome. and I got to show them my home. and laugh with them. the best.



It has been a BEAUTIFUL. ADVENTUROUS. wonderfully CHALLENGING. and BLESSED APRIL.

Venice this weekend. :)


pictures to come from this past month and i love you ALLL!
MARCY