Happy New Year!

So this year comes to an end and a new one begins. 2016 has been an amazing year for me.

In January I got to go to Missions Fest Vancouver with my grandparents and see my favorite Colombian missionary.

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February meant Teen Camp with church, and I had an amazing time hanging out with other teens, listening to the messages, fellowshipping, playing games, and making new friends.

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March and April as I neared the end of my time as a college student, I learned the joys of not procrastinating. Somehow I waited until my very last quarter at college to discover how freeing it is to get homework done right away. Although I had always (well, almost always) gotten everything done on time and done well, it’s a lot more fun to do other things while you don’t have to think about the homework that you still have to do. Homework first and then everything else actually turned out really great.

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In May I graduated from high school.

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In June I graduated from community college with an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree. During my last month of school I also learned a lot about standing up for what’s right even when it means everyone hates you. I had to learn to focus on what is right in God’s eyes, not the world’s eyes. Just this morning I was reading in Galatians where Paul says, “For do I now persuade men or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10) This verse is one of my favorites because it’s a reminder that I don’t have to please everyone. There’s no way I can please everyone. This is hard for me because I hate conflict. I love to make people happy and if I even think that I might have inconvenienced or irritated someone, it ruins my whole day. I need to remember that what matters is that I’m pleasing God.

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In July I got my first full-time job, as a nanny. I also got to visit my cousin and best friend Elijah, who was staying with our grandparents in BC for a month or so. We hardly ever see each other so I was really excited to find out he was so close!

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In August I turned eighteen, and even though it was raining and we were camping on my birthday it was the best one I’ve ever had. I also got to see my favorite Aunt, Uncle, and cousins, when they came to stay with my grandparents in BC for a few weeks. It’s Elijah’s family, so again, I hardly ever see them. It was really fun to spend time with them, and to meet my cousin (and best friend ever) Arianna’s fiance.

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In September I moved to New Zealand. I went bungee jumping for the first time!

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In October I did some nannying for a few weeks. I found a great church here in New Zealand and made some amazing friends.

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In November I voted for the first time! This election was crazy and I was prepared for Hillary to win, so I was a bit shocked for a week or so when the reality set in that Trump will be president. He’s who I voted for and I’m so glad he won over Hillary, I had been preparing for the worst and hardly daring to hope that we could get a conservative Republican back in office. Since I’m also learning to stand up for what I believe in regarding politics, I’ll tell you why I voted for Trump. I tend to shrink back and change the subject when politics is brought up, but I don’t think that’s right. So here are my reasons. Trump supports the second amendment, which protects our right to bear arms. He plans to fight ISIS. He will tighten the immigration process and will not reward people who illegally come into our country. He will fight for our veterans. This is just to mention a few of the reasons why I support him. Also, his Vice President is Mike Pence. Pence is against abortion, and supports defunding Planned Parenthood. He supports traditional marriage. (Source) These are things that the world says are ‘rights’ but the Bible says are wrong. I certainly don’t think that Trump and Pence are perfect, but I can get behind them and support them because of the stands that they take.

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December held my first Kiwi Christmas, which was definitely a different experience than Christmas in America.

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(Gotta love Pinterest, that’s where I found this picture)

In this coming year I’ll be visiting Australia, seeing Scotty McCreery in concert, returning home, and maybe even going to Bible college. I’m so excited to see what God has planned for my life in the next few years!

Here’s to the end of one year and the beginning of another.

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