Thursday, January 27, 2005


I just wanted to share this picture I had lying around. I took it last year on campus when I was practicing for my photography class. I think this is the first picture I ever developed myself. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, January 26, 2005


I have been working on my graduate applications since this past summer. Even though I am only applying to three schools, it's been more work than you could believe. But the good news is that I mailed out two of them today! It is such a relief, as I am also very close to being done with the third one. So it's out of my hands right now. They either like me or they don't, so we'll see. I know that Auburn will let me know if I get an interview by the middle of March. It's kind of scary to think about and especially sad to think that I have to leave Pensacola and my church and my friends. Such is life I guess...
Keep praying that it will work out the way God wants it to. I am confident that He will show me where He wants me to go in His time, because I sure don't know right now. And then there's the roomate situation and a place to live and a way to pay for it all. There's a lot of factors so it is definitely going to be a God thing for it all to work out. I love you all and thanks for your continued prayers.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Ever Wondered?

Ever wondered what it would feel like to sit in a 1 hour 15 minute class in completely drenched clothes? Ever wondered how uncomfortable and miserable it might be? Well I don't have to wonder any more!! So if you would like to know the answers to the previous questions, please read on. I'll try to keep the story short and precise, which is usually difficult for me.
When I saw the rain, I considered just skipping class, but I decided not to (don't ask me why). And as soon as I stepped out of my car, I no longer had a dry piece of fabric on me. So as I was walking through the rain, I considered just turning around and going home, but I decided to press on and suffer through it (again, don't ask me why). And as a result of trying to be a good college student, I sat in a cold, frigid classroom with wet jeans and shoes. Did I learn anything more than if I had just stayed home? That's a mystery we may never know!

Wednesday, January 12, 2005


This is a picture I took after the hurricane at the Gosselin's house. I loved how bright and alive it looks. I wanted to share it with everyone. I also wanted to put this verse here because it is just a great reminder of where our priorities should be. Peter says that we as humans and all the glory we may achieve on this earth will eventually die, no matter how beautiful it may seem. It will mean nothing after we are dead. We should have our eyes set and fixed on eternal things, such as spreading the gospel and loving other people. I also just wanted to capture the incredible creation that God has given us to enjoy while we are on this earth. So don't forget to stop and take a look around you at the exquisite beauty God has given us.

"All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever" - I Peter 1:24-25 Posted by Hello

Monday, January 10, 2005

Carolyn's First S'more- look at the joy on her face! Makes you wish you were a kid again. Posted by Hello

Austin the Elf Posted by Hello

This is Ryley- my cousin Nina's baby- He's so unbelievably adorable Posted by Hello

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Something to think about

"Every day I live I am more convinced that the waste of life lies in the love we have not given, the powers we have not used, the selfish prudence that will risk nothing and which, shirking pain, misses happiness as well" - Mary Cholmondeley

I wanted to put this quote up because it really struck a nerve with me. Sometimes I am scared to take risks or scared to get hurt because of what I have experienced in the past, but this quote calls that fear "selfish prudence". And being the studious person that I am I looked up the definition of prudence just to make sure that I knew what it meant. Mr. Webster says it is "wisdom applied to practice, caution; distracted by forethought". So I think there is such a thing as being too cautious and Mary C. says that the lack of taking a risk results in a life not truly lived. I don't necessarily think that if you don't take risks that your life means nothing. My life purpose and meaning lies in something so much greater, but she does make a point. Sometimes we are so scared to love or take a chance or make a change that we miss out on something so incredible that would really make life awesome. I haven't really thought this all out maybe as much as I should before I tried to tell you all about it, but there it is. It's a thought in progress. Maybe it says something to you.

Friday, January 07, 2005

You're not hallucinating...this is a new post!

I know that some of my family have been checking my blog and have been disappointed because I haven't really been keeping up with it. So my apologies to all of you. It's amazing how busy life can get sometimes and before you know it, months and years have gone by. I will try to do a little better.
So, Christmas was great but way too short. Thanks Hurricane Ivan. But I got to hang out with my family, my friends, go camping, win my first game of poker, shoot fireworks, make smores, almost see snow... It was quite eventful. It was really good to see everybody and just catch up with everything.
Well, as most of you already know, I am in the deathly long process of applying to graduate school. Remind me to never do this again! Either Auburn, Georgia State, or Florida State will be the lucky winner to get me :) I just can't believe graduation is coming so soon. And I'm going to have to leave Pensacola, which I have really grown accustomed to. But change is good for me and it builds faith, trust, and character. Even in the uncertainty of where I will be next year, I can fully trust that I'm in God's hands. He's never let me down, only proven to me over and over that He's right there with me. Most of you know that I don't always like the unknown and the uncertain, but believe me when I say that I much better at handling it now than I used to be. God has taught me so much and I have grown tremendously since I started college and for that I am so incredibly grateful!
I'm putting this poem on here because I wrote it last year when I was in another uncertain time. I had just moved to Pensacola and I didn't have a major. I was going to have to choose pretty quickly and I was getting pretty frustrated and worried. But God quickly reminded me just to simply wait on Him. And so that's what I did and He came through for me in an awesome way. Now I'm on my way to being a School Psychologist. I hope that it speaks to you in some way or at least reminds you to trust Him and wait on Him when your path is uncertain and His will is unclear. He hasn't forgotten you, he's listening to you. He won't let you down!

I Will Wait
Christina L. Castelin
Sept. 15,2003

I’m so frustrated and so confused
I don’t know what to do
I pray and think, think and pray
But I hear no reply from You

Why is it so hard, Lord,
To know and do Your will?
Why does it seem like a secret
That no one can ever tell?

I don’t have the answers
I must depend on You
To lead me where I need to go
And show me what to do

I praise You for Your presence
And that You care so much for me
You care about what path I choose
And I can’t tell You what that means

Take these worries and these fears
That plague my mind each day
And help me to be quiet, Lord
So I can hear what You have to say

Please lift this burden from my heart
And help me to trust Your way
I know You’ll show me in Your time
Until then I will wait