My Trip to Boston

Well, this is a little overdue (ok, a lot. Several months XD), but better late than never, right? 😉

At the beginning of November, my dad had a work thing-a-ma-bob in Boston, and so my mom, brother, and I decided to tag along!

When we first got there, my mom, brother, and I headed to see Harvard. Now, most people today say that this school was not started by Christians…#false. In Building Godly Nations by Stephen K. McDowell, he says,

“Started in 1636 by the New England Puritans to train Godly ministers, they thought the greatest curse that could come upon the land would be an impotent, ignorant clergy. Even while struggling to survive as a colony they undertook this task.”

Interestingly, McDowell continues with an excerpt from some of the rules to be observed at the college.

“Rules, and precepts that are observed in the college: 2. Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life, and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life, John 17:3, and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.

And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of him Prov. 2:3.

3. Every one shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day, that he shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein, both in theoretical observations of the language, and logic, and in ability; seeing the entrance of the word giveth light, it giveth understanding to the simple, Psalm 119:130.”

Fascinating isn’t it? Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and John Quincy Adams all attended Harvard to name a few.

I bring that up, because when we visited Harvard, we noticed something very interesting.

image-6I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture, but engraved on the arch is a phrase that says, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

John 8:32, “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

They may try, but you cannot deny the incredible impact that Christianity had on our nation.

But yeah, we thought that wasimage-8 so cool 🙂 Another really neat thing that we got to see, was a printing press – that actually worked! Y’all, I thought I had patience, but the guy working there said that if you dropped it or messed up on ONE letter, you would have to re-do the whole thing.

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Bless the people back then who had the patience to do that lol 😛 Cause I’m pretty sure I would not haha.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE sweets…and chocolate. So when I saw this in our hotel, I pretty much was celebrating. Who doesn’t love truffles???

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Does that not look so good? 😉 And I will confirm your assumptions, the chocolate covered strawberry and the chocolate truffle I tried, were absolutely delicious!

Lastly, the REAL highlight of my trip was getting to see my best friend, Laura! She lives up north, so image-15we don’t get to see each other a lot (shoutout to all my TPS friends who will understand this! 😉 ). She and her mom drove down so we could get together for the day. Being the shopping-loving girls that we are, we headed straight for the mall.

Now…in a hysterically sad turn of events, we are both directionally challenged. And I am ashamed to say that we wondered around this mall for quite a bit, trying to find this nail salon before giving up XD

But that’s ok! Because after that, Laura and I went to Sephora. This was both the best decision and worst decision of our lives, because, I have decided that Sephora is the Hobby Lobby of the make-up world. They have a bunch of AWESOME deals, but you end up spending a ton of $$$ because the deals are so good.

image-17Therefore, when our moms wondered in, we probably looked like we had been caught red-handed lol 😛

Oh, and in the picture on the left, we had gone into a chocolate shop where they show you how they made chocolate back in the Revolutionary days. It was so cool! And yummy.

I had such a great time in Boston! I honestly did not realize how much there is to do there, and hope to go back someday and see some more of the history!

~ Southern Dreamer

Dancing with the Stars Tour

For Christmas, I received two tickets to the Dancing with the Stars tour at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, on New Year’s Eve for my mom and I.

I was so excited!!! I love watching the show, and honestly was completely surprised! My parent’s are not exactly known for thinking THAT much in advance in terms of presents XD But I was so glad that they did!

The only downside was that Derek Hough would not be there…

But I still had an awesome time! The Fox Theatre is GORGEOUS and we had awesome seats! Here are some pictures from it – sorry for the bad quality, the lighting didn’t really like my iPhone camera lol.

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The first picture, I believe, was a dance from the movie La, La Land (which I really want to see). It was so pretty! The second was of an argentine tango.

They sort of did the show in a way, that you learned more about the lives of the professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars. One little tidbit I didn’t realize, was that so many of the male dancers are from Russia! They also had Laurie from the Olympics – and who won the last season of DWTS – as part of the show.

And here was the opening number! SO GOOD. Loved it! (Sorry it’s not a live click video, it wouldn’t let me copy and paste it from Instagram).

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~ Southern Dreamer

Journal Entry ~ Stars

Have you ever met a famous person? Well, for me, the answer to that is yes. To give a bit of context, I’ll start out by saying that my mom has a…knack for finding famous people. Or maybe I shouldn’t call it a knack, more of if she sees them, she’ll take the initiative when other people might be embarrassed. And, in all truthfulness, it can be a bit…embarrassing. Especially for my introverted self. However, the pros – in my opinion – out way the cons, so I’ll usually push through it.

For my thirteenth birthday, I went to the Dove Awards at the Fox Theatre in downtown Atlanta. My parents, brother, and nana came along, of course! It was amazing – definitely something I’ll always remember. But one thing I recall quite specifically. As we walked in to the main area, there was almost a “red carpet” thing going on. Professionals were taking pictures of the singers and artists, and there was a clear point that normal people were not supposed to come too close.

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Kari Jobe and I! The lighting is weird, because our camera was messing up xD

Being my mom, of course, she found a small area where no one was standing by the roped off section. I walked over there with her (as my dad and brother were slightly mortified), and who came up? Mandisa! We chatted with her for a little bit; she was very sweet. Then, we saw Kari Jobe. Now, I had told myself a list of questions I wanted to ask her, if I had the opportunity to meet her. But when I did get to meet her, I completely forgot every single question I had planned on asking!

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Hollie Cavanagh and I!
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Joshua Ledet and I!
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Skylar Laine and I!

Another time I was able to meet a famous person, was at the American Idol tour. I loved watching American Idol, and was really sad when the TV show stopped recently. But before that, my mom and I drove to Nashville – one of the stops on the tour. I was so excited! The music was awesome, but it wasn’t completely over after! Tons of people, like my mom and I, gathered around an area where the top ten contestants of season eleven would come out to greet, sign, and take pictures with the fans. Definitely a memorable event!

 

There have been a few other occasions, but those are the ones that I was most excited about. Now…if I can only convince her to somehow get me to meet Taylor Swift…