Monday, February 27, 2012

one week until break...

Well, today has me in my room sick a fever. :(  We are not positive what I have, other then extreme exhaustion.  Leaving for break on Friday is much anticipated. Prayers would be appreciative that I feel better by this evening.  I really need to go my history class since we don't meet for another month, and we take an exam then.  We shall see what happens though.

This past week felt quite eventful.  We got snow on Sunday (I have pictures to show, but no energy to get out my camera and put them on today, they are sure to come though).  For the first time in a long time, I agreed to join some friends in playing in the snow.  We have a steep hill behind our college gym, and so we all trucked out there in the 7 inches of snow and had a blast.  Many snowballs were thrown, many quickly finding my face.  It was such an enjoyable time to get some fresh air, do some physical exercise and enjoy some time away from the books with some good friends.  By the end of the storm, I believe we had 8-9 inches of snow.  I made sure to tell Sarah all about it!

Another big part of my week was tournament on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  In those three days I got 18.5 hours of work.  I enjoy working the concession stand at the tournaments because it is much less boring then working a regular college game down at the gym.  The difference, the high school tournaments have parents, who have money (unlike college students).  We also offer a lot more-Chick-fil-a sandwiches, chili cheese fries, nachos, pizza, pepperoni rolls, in addition to our regular drinks and candy.  In one day we can easily make well over $1000.  We stay quite busy and there is little time to do homework.

I had a bio exam on Friday, which I feel went well.  I had studied with a friend last week and that helped me out tremendously.  So while it took me a long time on the test, I feel I could get it, I just had to think through every little detail.  Tests can be kind of fun when you know what you are doing, haha.

I have continued to keep busy with observations, and loving it.  I have been observing math in a third grade classroom and love how this teacher plays so many review games where they are learning without even knowing it. I look forward to going to her classroom twice each week.

On Friday night we did a Girl's night.  The women RAs plan on each semester.  Last semester was our C Celebration, and this semester we decided to do something much simpler.  We had a Mary Kay party at the beginning and closed it off with watching a chick flick, sipping Root-beer/Orange floats, and eating popcorn.  We had to chuckled that our C Celebration went so well (with it having so many details and planning put into it), and our simple evening of make up and a movie, everything was going wrong.  I went downstairs to pop some popcorn and had to walk through the gym to get back up to the room when a basketball game flying at me making me spill a bowl full off popcorn all over the floor.  The second thing was that the projector that we had checked and had worked for the first five minute of the movie, the bulb blew.  We definitely all made memories.

Church was so good yesterday morning as Pastor Pfleger reminded us that discipleship is not a choice, but rather a command.  We cannot avoid that fact, and how sad it is if we are.  That is deliberate disobedience.  It sure convicted me, because while I try to impact many lives, am I taking one young lady under my wing and intentionally discipling her?  I am ashamed to say, no.

Well, my energy level is quickly depleting.  I trust you all will have a great week.  I am going to focus on getting better so I can go home and get much needed rest and get some health things ironed out and allow my body to heal.  Don't forget to smile...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

a more fun side of college life

What a wonderful weekend this has been, and it promises to be a fantastic day tomorrow too.  Today we (by we, I mean the guys, haha, so technically it isn't "we") were walking around in shorts and t-shirts, and tomorrow evening we are to get 5-12 inches.  Aah, I do love West Virginia.  I made sure to breathe deep today and soak up as much sun as possible.

Thursday night was my Valentine's Party for the girls on my wing.  Thanks to a care package full of goodies from Gram and Gramp Meigs, we had fun candy, and homemade cookies.  I had found a recipe for cake batter dip, and we pigged out.  We played a game of Valentine's Feud (the two teams were less then 5 points was a close game).  After a few announcements, I shared some quick thoughts on the famous passage, 1 Corinthians 13.  It was a great night.  I so love and appreciate the girls on my wing.  They are all teaching me so much.

Friday involved a regular day of classes, president's chapel, and work in the evening.  My afternoon though was very productive in studying for biology (mitosis, meiosis 1, meiosis 2).  It is such fun when I can understand things, and with my teacher blood, making mini posters helped me a lot too.  I tried to catch some extra sleep, considering I have been exhausted this past week.  Aah, sleep is such a wonderful thing!

This morning was a somewhat relaxing morning.  I did some reading in Set-Apart Femininity and then had a wonderful quiet time with the Lord.  A reminder from the proverbs came about the love of understanding and wisdom.  I then work on some budgeting financial stuff, and then got ready for my day.  Lunch was a fun time.  We had a new (meaning never having sat with us before) faculty member sit at our table and she looked at me and said "watch out, these guys are crazy", and one of the guys laughed "oh, she knows...she knows".  Haha. I will say I enjoy the comradeship we have at our table.  I appreciate them all very much--we have many laughs, many good, and many very odd conversations.  Good times are shared with those dear friends.

After an afternoon of history homework, I went to babysit for the married student's Valentine's banquet.  I was in with the infants.  They were SO much fun.  Makes me miss Annette all the more though.  Immediately after that I headed over to the guy's dorm (tonight the guys dorm was open between 6-11:25 for female visitors to watch movies...don't worry, you had to have special permission to close your door.  All rooms with girls present were to have their door wide open with lights on) to see what party I could crash.  I stayed in one room for a while where a bunch of my friends were hanging out.  I find it comical the difference between a guy's and girl's dorm room.  A girl is all about scent and the walls being covered with pictures and posters.  The guys are all about the thrift store couch and a TV as big as they come, haha.  Their walls are plain and they may have a few blankets on their bed, but no sheets (now no, this wasn't all of them).  After crashing the parties, I returned to my room where I snuggled in for the evening and watched Christy.

I have stewardship this weekend (meaning I have to stay on campus all weekend) and so I will be staying home from church tomorrow.  I am looking forward to that time of quiet to spend with my God.  I hope you all enjoy your time with God, and time of fellowship.  Take care.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Valentine's Day!

First of all, I would like to wish a specific Valentine's Day to those "Valentine's" in my life (perhaps that is a little corny, but oh well)...

 My Dad

My big brother, Scott (my other brother is married, so I will let his wife have him) 


I am so blessed to have each of these godly men in my life.  

Yesterday was an amazing day in terms of mail.  I got care packages and a letter from my grandma!  How special it was to feel so loved and special.  Thanks to those of you who contributed to that.

I wanted to do something special for my girls to show them how much I do love and appreciate them.  I was trying to find something fun, maybe tasty, and something my wallet could afford for 11 girls.  I found this great fudge recipe and tweaked it to make it Valentines focused.  I made my girls strawberry fudge with Valentines confetti.  It is very sweet, but isn't that how fudge is supposed to be?  

Above all else, Valentine's Day really brings to mind the perfect love every displayed--God sending His Son.  I am so thankful for that gift, and am thankful to claim Jesus as my #1 love. I trust you have a blessed day remembering Christ's love for you, your love for Him, all those dear loved ones around you!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

a snowy Saturday

The snow here this morning is beautiful.  It has for sure brightened my day.  I sit here with a cup of coffee in hand working on a paper.  My paper discusses the different views concerning the interpretations of Genesis 3:16b "Your desire shall be for your husband,and he shall rule over you.Also on my list of "to dos" today includes studying for my History exam on Monday, doing my take-home math exam due Monday, take my Music quiz by Monday, and work on some biology homework also due Monday.  I also have high hopes to get my laundry and dishes done today.  Tomorrow I anticipate making a special treat for my girls for Valentine's Day.  All that to say, I am enjoying the snow very much and hope you have a wonderful Saturday.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

updates on the life of a college student

The update is that I am happily (not always) busy.  I don't know what is different about this semester, but I feel things are happening so much faster.  This time last year I took an entire semester to write a lesson plan.  This semester, I have already done two and I am like three weeks in.  Reality is, I won't 2-3 months to write a lesson plan ever again in my life, but it was nice while it lasted.  My classes just feel to be a bit more intense this semester.  Which when I really think about it, I like it that way.  I don't want me classes to be flaky and easy.

My favorite class this semester quite possibly is Teaching Math.  The professor who teaches this class is an A+ teacher.  She spent several years teaching high school math, and this is her third year on the ABC teaching staff, and I have loved her since my first morning of classes my freshman year.  She knows how to portray the topic at hand, and her main focus is to help us as students out the best way possible.  She bends over backwards for us all the time.  If something is working, and we aren't learning from something, she takes the time to teach it a different way.  She fluctuates her schedule for what is most convenient for her. I love having her class first thing in the morning.

On top of regular classes I find myself busy with meetings (whether it be RA, Mission's Conference, Jr/Sr Banquet...), observations, Practical Christian Service and church.  I love each of these areas of my life, but they tend to keep me quite busy.

RAing is going very well this semester.  I am continuing to learn so much, but I feel I know my girls better this semester, so there is a fun relationship with the girls on my wing.  I have been able to have many very good conversations already, which is what I love!!  I also love the connection this brings to me with the other RAs.  They are amazing examples for me, and I so enjoy learning from them.

Mission's Conference planning never ends. We go year round.  Hands down, this has been the best experience I have had in college.  While it has been a ton of work, I love it.  Currently we are evaluating this past year, and working on making the needed changes for next year.  We will soon start planning for next year...theme, speaker, committees, etc.

The Jr/Sr Banquet is put on by the junior class...that's me. I am chairman of the Niceties Committee which I have been told basically overseas all of the other committees to make sure everything comes together.  We also are the ones who do the behind the scenes planning, and set up the evening's schedule.  I am excited for this time, it should be great evening of honoring our seniors.

Observations haven't picked up too steady year.  I will have 20 hours for Teaching Math (with two of those me teaching), and I have like 7 hours for Teaching Music, plus teaching two lessons at my teacher's pre-school (I teach with my friend Kari on February 28th, be praying!).

For my Practical Christian Service, I go to a local public school and work in their after school program as a tutor.  I generally have the same kids each week and I love it.  I feel like a teacher when I go there, and they run over to me "Miss Hewitt!" "I got an A on my spelling test!" "May I please read to you?" "I want to you to help me on my math homework"  Nothing warms a teachers heart more then being wanted and needed by her students.  I have a love for those children and love teaching them, and seeing them learn.

My church family here is wonderful.  Going to church throughout the week is my highlight.  On Wednesday nights I help in the 2s and 3s.  Tracie is the teacher and we have been working together for all 3 years, so we team teach very well.  One thing that has been hard is watching the kids I taught the first year or last year graduate into a new class.  It is hard watching my little ones grow up.  I have some fun new ones though.  Tracie and I just love watching their "pretend".  A few weeks ago, one of the little girls started "talking on the phone", "Daughter, you must come home.  We have an emergency!!"  I asked, "what is the emergency you all are having?"  "There is a fire in our home!"  Hearing this, one of the boys runs over to the play kitchen/home and yells "somebody get my ax."  We took this as a training moment that if there is a fire, we must get OUT of the home, and we must call for help.  I love their imaginations though.

So all this to say, while my life is busy, I am loving it!  Being with and around children is clearly what the Lord has for so instead of fulfilling credits, or doing a job, I am simply doing what God has called me to and what I love to do!

Currently, the prayers on my heart have been about summer plans.  I ask you to join with me in praying that the Lord provide a summer job for me.  I am currently looking a teaching opportunity.  There are still some "missing links" though in seeing this become reality.  I would absolutely love to do this, but I want to make sure this is what the Lord wants me doing, and not just me fulfilling my own selfish desires.  Also pray that the Lord fill in those missing links if He has this teaching job for me.

Enough of my blabbing...I am eager to see what the Lord has in store for this week.  Please email me with how I may be praying for you (I don't just say this out of habit, it would be a joy to pray for you).  So drop me a quick note.

Recent quote I have been chewing on...Have you PRAYED about it as much as you have TALKED about it?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Are You Sleeping?

We have been dealing a lot with the song Are You Sleeping? in our Teaching Music class.  Last week we had to rewrite the words.  I was rewriting the words at 2:40am.  They came out as this....

Bekah Hewitt, Bekah Hewitt, 
Are you tired? Are you tired?
I am so exhausted, I am so exhausted.
Yes I am. Yes I am.

My teacher gave us this great example to use the tune for roll call at the beginning of class each day....

[teacher] Sally Brown, Sally Brown, 
are you here, are you here?
[student] Yes, I’m here, yes I’m here,
here I am, here I am.