An Internet Gem.

College

Before I share the newest, most amazing and addicting site on the entire internet, here are four things that have been going on:

1. I found out today that I’ll be stretching my PR muscles once again by teaming up with Bugs4Christ for another awesome project. I’m sure I will dedicate a post to that later.

2. I’ve eaten around seven avocados in the last two weeks. Guacamole basically runs through my veins and I’m happy about it.

3.  A tree fell across our street and into our yard at around 5 a.m. on Sunday. It caused a transformer to explode not too far from my window, and I was pretty convinced that I was going to die. Thankfully, nobody and no cars were hurt, but I wasn’t a fan of being woken up to the ear-splitting sound of a tree falling and snapping numerous power lines.

4. Speaking of our house, we finally gave it a name- The Penthouse. The name has a long back story, which I may or may not type up later. Naming houses is a sort of an RUF tradition in Athens, so it’s a big deal that we finally came up with a title.

NOW for the internet gem. I recently stumbled upon FOUND, which is a National Geographic blog. Nat Geo is possibly my favorite magazine on the planet, and I was pretty much ecstatic when I found this.

What is FOUND? I’ll leave it to the site itself to explain:

“FOUND is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives. In honor of our 125th anniversary, we are showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past. Many of these photos have never been published and are rarely seen by the public.”

Basically, this blog showcases a bunch of unpublished, beautiful Nat Geo pictures. I’m drooling.

I was going to share a few links to my favorite pictures on the blog, but I can’t choose. They are all marvelous. So please, just go explore the beauty of FOUND.

K

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Island Life 2013.

Travel

As promised, I decided to take a getting-ready-for-school break to post some beach pictures!

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I’ve been vacationing at Saint Simon’s Island since I was an infant. It is my first beach love. I’ve been almost every year, so this beach is has become a central part of my summer. It’s relatively close to home, and is very peaceful compared to many of the gulf beaches I’ve visited.

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We have several traditions that are crucial for a successful King vacation. One is to make a “Dribble Castle,” aka, a sand castle heavily decorated by dribbling wet sand.

An ariel shot of this year's castle, complete with a moat.

An ariel shot of this year’s castle, complete with a moat.

Another tradition is to visit Barbra Jean’s for some insane seafood. I’ve actually have had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Barbra Jean herself, since she started her chain of four on SSI, and enjoys hanging around the original restaurant. Barbra Jean is pretty neat, and she is an incredible cook. Her crab cakes are famous and they are one of the most delicious dishes I’ve ever had.

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Barbra Jean’s

Pictured top left is pumpkin bread (my family’s favorite) and jalapeno cornbread. Top right is she-crab soup, which is deliciously creamy and spicy. Below is the famous crab cake (cue singing angels) with a side of squash casserole.  Needless to say, this year’s meal at Barbra Jean’s was phenomenal as usual.

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Although I’m sad that beach time is over for a while, I’m very ready to move into my newly-rented house in ATH, and I’m even a little excited about starting new classes. Coming soon: a very grown-up update from my new place of residency!

Sunset in Paradise

Sunset in Paradise

K

The 7-Day Restoration.

God, Relating Publicly

For the last few months, I’ve been a part of  a very cool project. Bugs4Christ, a nonprofit ministry I work with at home,  decided to restore a junk car in a week. Before they began working on the rusty 1972 VW Super Beetle in February, they felt that they were to auction off the car to benefit a local children’s home. So selfless. So cool. I’m close with a few of the guys who work with this organization, and was asked to write a press release for the project so the community could get involved.

An actual press release. For an actual nonprofit. And an actual campaign that glorifies God.

Naturally,  I said yes.

I didn't take this!

The Before. Note: I didn’t take this!

I wrote the release and bio, organized media, and sent everything out. That’s all I can take credit for. It’s a God thing that people actually started to publish it. Websites, radio, print. The project even got its own TV spot when a reporter filmed an on-location story.

In the shop.

In the shop.

The restoration was finished in March. This summer, the Super Beetle went on auction. The car was also entered into Y U Buggin, a big VW car show in Atlanta. Out of all the vehicles there, the bug won Best of Show, the top award. A few weeks later, the car was sold to the highest bidder with all proceeds going to the Children’s Home.

The After. I DID take this

The After. I DID take this!

Last week, the project came to a close with the presentation of the Beetle to its new owner. The auction winner arrived at the Bugs shop, gave a check to representatives from the Children’s Home, and drove the bug to its new home in Atlanta. The give away was beautiful and joyous, though I think everybody involved in the project was a little sad to see the car go after such an incredible few months with it.  However, now thousands of dollars are going to help children in need, all because a few guys decided to restore a junk car.

I needed this opportunity so badly, even though I didn’t know it. I’ve always struggled with trusting God 100%, and this project has reminded me that if He’s called people to do something, it’ll happen, and it will be spectacular.

The (very happy) new owners

The (very happy) new owners

I’ve been given a gift. Something amazing to put on my resume, a real, published project for my portfolio, and experience that will help me throughout my career. I’m also helping an awesome group spread God’s love through giving. If that’s not job satisfaction, I don’t know what is.

(NOTE: please check out the Bugs4Christ Facebook page to see more pictures of this project, as well as other awesome projects these guys are working on) 

– K