January 2, 2009


this post could be really long or really short. i'll aim for somewhere in between. if i had to choose one word to summarize 2008 i would choose unbelievable...
2008 was an unbelievable year for lots of reasons. for starters, i graduated in May...GO HEELS!! four years goes by faster than i would like, but it was good to go back and visit over break. Hubert and Leslie have been such a blessing in my life and i'm thankful for the chance to go back and visit them while i was back in NC.
*with dad during a lull on a rainy graduation day*
*out to dinner with Hubert and Leslie for graduation*
in 2008 i was also blessed with the opportunity to take several trips with friends and make lots of fun memories together. we celebrated 2008 at Disney World and watched the sky light up over Cinderella's castle in the Magic Kingdom. then we took a cruise for Spring Break and had unbelievable amounts of fun and ridiculously awesome food.
*ringing in 2008 with Ally and Shea in Disney World*
*dressed up for the Captain's Dinner on our cruise*my trip to Viet Nam was probably the most unique experience of 2008 and another unbelievable opportunity to use volleyball to broaden my perspective. the world seems just a little bit smaller now. it was confirmation that anything is possible.
*on a Mekong River tour in South Viet Nam*
*some of the 6th grade kids from camp*
the chance to be at the Institute in Branson this fall has also been an unbelievable blessing and i know i will only grow to appreciate this time more and more as i grow and move on with life.
*view of our putt-putt course at kauai*
during christmas break i was able to spend quality time with lots of family over Christmas break. we had a lot of laughs and it's always fun to kick back and goof off with more Brinkleys and Swanns.
*with Kenzie, Gator and Anna at Mimi's on Christmas day*
*one of many photoshoot pics with Anna and Whit*
*goofy faces with Cam, Vic, Maddie and Anna*
New Years was also unbelievably fun. i spent a few days in Chattanooga, TN with some awesome, awesome friends. we had fun catching up, laughing, goofing off, and hearing how the Lord has challenged us this year. so fun to share friendships like this!!
*being supported by Ali, Lindsay, Melis, and Ashlee*
*ringing in 2009 with our sparkling grape juice*
i'm ready to be back in Branson now and get started on another great year, beginning with another 4 months of intentional study and time at the Institute. what a blessing!! i have high hopes for 2009 and a peace about where the Lord will lead me after this time of preparation. i'm not sure where that will be yet, but i have no doubt that He has more unbelievable things in store for me in the months ahead. please keep praying with me. you are my warriors, and i love sharing this journey with you.
'Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.' -Ephesians 3:20-21

making 2009 one for the record books,
bekah <><

live for Jesus. laugh uncontrollably. love unconditionally.

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