Aug 29, 2013

I moved!

New name, new city, new job, and now a new blog. You can find me here!

Jul 29, 2013

Sweet Sally G

Sally, seated in the middle of all of her girls.
Our beloved Sally Giauque passed away last week. This morning, many of my sisters will gather in Toledo to remember her life, and I will be remembering them all from afar.

The self-proclaimed "guardian" of Kappa Kappa Gamma, she fiercely protected our name, and taught us to be better women in our etiquette and our attitudes. In many ways, Sally was my Hillsdale grandmother. She was ready with hugs whenever she arrived, she always checked in to make sure a certain young man was treating me right, and she patted my hand at the dinner table when discouragement over my Anatomy and Physiology grades became tears that I couldn't hold back. "They are not who you are—you know that and I know that," she said.

Sally had shoes for every outfit, and an outfit for every occasion. I remember her little red flats with pink bows for Valentine's Day, and her stunning blue-and-blue outfits. Of course, Sally G was more than her classy wardrobe. She was intent on teaching us manners and on preserving tradition.

Sally graduated from Hillsdale, married a Hillsdale graduate, and served our school and our chapter for over sixty years. Sally Giauque taught me that there are many institutions greater than ourselves, and that the ties that we enter into require love, respect, nurture, and lifelong dedication. We must give to that which has made us and given us so much, just as Sally gave her life to Kappa Kappa Gamma and to her girls in Kappa chapter.

When I wear my badge now, it will be over a heavier heart. This woman's constant presence taught us so much, and she will be dearly missed.

Sweetheart, sweetheart of mine and sweetheart of KKG
Sweetheart say you'll be mine, mine for all times to be
Say that you'll love me when we're gray and old
Say that you'll cherish this dear badge of gold
Sweetheart, sweetheart of mine and sweetheart of KKG

Jul 22, 2013

June's Memory

Not too much longer now.

Jun 21, 2013

Need and Love

I am coming to find that the greatest gifts within this world are those pictures of God and His relationship to His children. Again and again, God reveals Himself to me through concrete, earthly examples that I can see and understand. He doesn't simply give us words about Himself and then requires our reason to grasp them. He gives us pictures and life that is permeated by images of Himself.

Long-distance engagement has been very difficult at times, but it has also revealed more things about my heart and the way I think than I knew or expected. I am coming to realize that I have a tendency to want Travis to need me, and I am certain of his love when it feels like he needs me to exist or to love him.  It comes out in small ways, such as when I want a phone call so that I am sure that he needs me and therefore still loves me. I think this is a typical tendency in women, to desire security and certainty through feeling needed and being assured that their spouse isn't going anywhere because he needs her.

This thinking, and its sinful arrogance, struck me yesterday. It also provides a powerful understanding of our relationship with Christ. Christians are always told that God doesn't need us, or anything else. We hear that he is not "served by human hands, as though he needed anything," (Acts 17) yet we easily think and act as if he needs us. It is hard to believe that His love is freely given, overflowing, and without end. Yet how much more of a miracle is God's love when we realize that He doesn't need us, yet He chooses to love us fully and completely. Security comes when we believe in His love for us, and when we trust His character to love us as a gift, not because He is in need of us.

In a small way, Travis' love—although imperfect—can reflect this truth. When I stop and think about it, I don't want Travis to love me because He needs me. Far beyond that love is the love that reflects Christ and His bride: a love that is unmerited, freely given, and unceasing. We trust and love God by believing in His love for us. Belief is a trust in God's character as "gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love." (Psalm 145) In the same way, I best love Travis when I am quick to believe the best of his character and intentions towards me.