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Tuesday, June 25


Like many of you, I was so sad when I heard that Google Reader will be gone soon.  I've sort of been in denial, but I guess I can't avoid that ominous little message box forever. I'm making the full switch over to Bloglovin' and if you are too, please come by and find me! :) 

For those of you who asked, we've all been doing well and little brother is plumping up daily ;). I'm currently working on a post sharing a few baby tips from this pregnancy that I'll be finishing up soon. (Don't worry though, this blog isn't turning into a baby blog!) 

Until next time,

Saturday, June 8


Dear friends, sorry for the lack of posts lately! Baby #2 finally arrived (yay!!!) and we're taking some time off to just enjoy him. :) I shall be back to blogging soon.

Meanwhile I'd like to leave you all with this hymn:

In the secret of His presence
How my soul delights to hide!
Oh, how precious are the lessons
Which I learn at Jesus’ side!
Earthly cares can never vex me,
Neither trials lay me low;
For when Satan comes to tempt me,
To the secret place I go.

When my soul is faint and thirsty,
’Neath the shadow of His wing
There is cool and pleasant shelter,
And a fresh and crystal spring;
And my Savior rests beside me,
As we hold communion sweet;
If I tried, I could not utter
What He says when thus we meet.

Only this I know: I tell Him
All my doubts and griefs and fears;
Oh, how patiently He listens!
And my drooping soul He cheers;
Do you think He ne’er reproves me?
What a false friend He would be,
If He never, never told me
Of the sins which He must see.

Would you like to know that sweetness
Of the secret of the Lord?
Go and hide beneath His shadow;
This shall then be your reward;
And whene’er you leave the silence
Of that happy meeting-place,
By the Spirit bear the image
Of the Master in your face.

Friday, June 7


It feels like it was just yesterday when I was walking the streets of Guadalupe at UT Austin.  I remember those first days of undergrad - the excitement of being on my own and living in a completely different part of the country plus meeting so many new friendly faces there. Those were some of my best years where I got to meet my husband, make lots of lasting friendships and enjoy the Lord with a wonderful group of Christians. 

The not-so-exciting memories though were all the books I had to buy for my classes and the crazy amount of money spent on them that could have paid for much better things - like bubble teas or Chipotle burritos. Yes my mind always thinks in terms of food... ;) Every semester I'd accumulate piles and piles of books - most that were never used again. Being the "purger" that I am, I would usually try to sell them back right away to our campus bookstore - even if it meant just getting small pocket change in return. Every semester I dreaded the hundreds of dollars that went to these books alone.    

When Campus Book Rentals first reached out to me, I immediately thought, "Why didn't they have this when I was in college???"  I was really impressed by their awesome service that made the renting experience easy and stress-free. They have one of the largest selection of books in the nation and their site was extremely user-friendly. Key benefits included:
  • 40% - 90% off of bookstore prices
  • free shipping both ways (7-14 days)
  • 30-day risk-free returns (include shipping)
  • permission to write and highlight in books
  • flexible rental periods
  • live customer chat service
  • overnight shipping available on select titles

Make sure to also check out their new program called Rent Back where students can rent out their own textbooks and make 2-4x as much cash. 

Operation Smile

Lastly, Campus Book Rentals is also currently partnering with an amazing organization called Operation Smile. They are donating over 1,000 life saving cleft surgeries to children in need. So for every book rented, a portion will be going towards this cause!

* This post was sponsored by Campus Book Rentals, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.