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I couldn’t believe it! I had finally done it! I had graduated high school! School had been great overall. Yes, there were hard days when I felt like stuffing myself in a locker, but for the most part, it was a great experience. But I was so excited for this next chapter of my life. I had been accepted to Liberty University! Now, when I say “accepted”, I mean, I acknowledged that it was where I was going publicly because since my sister and brother went there and my dad was on the board of trustees, it was kind of a non-negotiable. I don’t actually think we had ever talked about it. It was just known that that is where I’d go. But who cares??!! I’m going to college! I had my letter of acceptance and knew that I’d be majoring in musical theater. I even knew who my roommate was already!

Kasey and I had known each other our whole lives. Both of our dads got their seminary degrees at Southwestern and our moms were basically inseparable when they lived in the same town. Now, that they didn’t, our phone bills were very regularly sky high because Debbie and mom would spend hours talking about legitimately nothing.

There was a slight eclipse to all the sunshine, though. Kasey and I didn’t particularly like each other and I wasn’t actually too keen about the idea of living with her… I don’t remember technically agreeing to live with her. Again, it was just assumed and I don’t think ever verbally confirmed. Oh well! Whatever! I was going to college and a less than perfect roomie was not going to dampen my enthusiasm.

All that was standing in between me and total independence was one last amazing summer and it was jam-packed full of “lasts” with my friends. There would be the last summer camp, the last mission trip, the last Sunday School class, the last time Lex and Kenz and I would have a sleepover, and the last summer that I would be considered as part of the youth group at all! It would be a summer filled with mixed emotions of complete euphoria, confidence, anxiousness, sadness, restlessness, joy, and gratitude. I wasn’t sure how I was going to handle all of the emotions I knew I would feel those next few months.

On top of all of the crazy things that were happening that summer, there was a bit of a wrench thrown in my joyful summer with my friends. Well, it was less of a wrench and more of a sledgehammer. No a huge boulder….like that boulder from Indiana Jones that is rolling toward Indie within inches of his ever escaping feet. You can see that look of absolute terror on his face because he knows this massive rock has the ability to completely decimate him. Indie had made it all the way inside this cave to search for some artifact. He had solved puzzles and survived booby traps, and overcome obstacles and, right before he could snatch his prize, he was met with this object that could completely derail his plans. Jordan was coming to work at McGregor as a summer intern for the Worship Ministry… BOULDER! This was going to be interesting.

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I'm Kayla. Mom of two, wife of one and new New York transplant. We're a family of four fumbling our way through our new normal in Manhattan! We're excited to learn as we go... we can't mess this up too bad, right? :)

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