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User Image rachel_simons Posted: Nov 19, 2017 12:05 AM (UTC)
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Find someone that will look at you the same way Lily G looks at her completed homework.

Thankful for my library friend this week. Trying to remember these days in the library are coming to an end......

Not sad about it honestly.
Today is my anniversary of being @theoaksonline.

When I decided to make this my church home four years ago, I never could’ve imagined all that God was going to do.

During my time here, the Lord had pointed out so many things in my heart I needed to fix.

He has given me the deepest, most rich, lifelong friends.

He has given me people that have taken me in and treated me like family.

He has given me the most amazing small group students.

But most importantly, he has given me a forever home.

I may leave this place one day, but for today, I am so thankful that I am here.

Fall Retreat 2017 was a great way to spend this weekend, and a great reminder why I am so glad for this season here at The Oaks.
*BRB. crying because I only have two more days left leading worship with Russell in chapel.*

It’s fine. I’m fine. We are fine.
User Image rachel_simons Posted: Nov 6, 2017 8:02 AM (UTC)
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To the man who put a spirit of travel and adventure in me.

To the man who taught me boldness and compassion for the lost.

To the man who showed me what trusting is and what I­t­ isn’t.

To the man who gives more than he keeps.

To the man who is always willing to share his wisdom.

To this man I say:
Happy birthday dad.
I love you with my whole heart and will always be grateful for all of the things you have shown me. Praying this is the best year so far.

Daddy’s little girl
Seriously, this weekend.

I was able to baptize two of my friends last night @oaksyoungadults.

Josie, I love you so much and I’m so thankful that you have allowed me into your life, to love you and cheer you on. Your heart is so big, and this step is just one more step to all God has for you. Forever proud to call you friend.

Lyndi, when you walked into my life a few years ago, I never thought that I would one day have the opportunity to re-baptize you. You have a fire inside you that will no doubt take you every where the Lord has planned for you. You encourage me and push me forward, and I’m so thankful the Lord made us sisters. Always remember, “lift up ones heart to the Lord.”

The Lord is doing cool things y’all.
In fall of 2013, I was given the opportunity to lead worship for Campus Days here at SAGU.

Now fall of 2017, I am finishing my time here with one last late night worship.

Every semester that I have had the privilege to be apart of this, I have seen the Lord do something so unique, new, and tailored made for each group.

This semester, the Lord did it again and his presence was so sweet and reassuring of the promises that he has for us.

Though I’m sad this chapter is almost over...
I’m so thankful for my time here and for the opportunities to lead.

Thanks team for being the best and for making this a late night I will never forget.

Next stop:
My final chapel week next week.
Cue tears now.
User Image rachel_simons Posted: Oct 29, 2017 9:39 PM (UTC)
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Today was the best day.

In my 24 years, I’ve never baptized any one, and today I had the privilege of baptizing TEN!

Going public with your faith is HUGE, and I’m so proud of everyone who made that decision today.

Ps. @gillian.magruderr you are the cutest. So thankful you are in my life.
User Image rachel_simons Posted: Oct 21, 2017 12:19 AM (UTC)
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When your soon-to-be sis makes a better pie than you.
User Image rachel_simons Posted: Oct 15, 2017 3:18 AM (UTC)
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Also, big thank you to my family for coming to hang out with me today.

They braved the heat just for me. 💕💕
My biggest influence has came from them, and I am forever thankful.
Home by definition:
a place where something flourishes, is most typically found, or from which it originates.

A place where one flourishes.
That’s what SAGU is for me.

Who I am today, compared to who I was four years ago, proves that “flourish” is an accurate word.

This place is a place of growth.
Learning who I am, and who I will be.

Thankful for a place to always come back home too, even when my time is done.

From freshman princess to now a senior princess, sagu... you have been good to me.

Thankful for all the friends that have made this home along the way.

Happy Homecoming Y’all
User Image rachel_simons Posted: Oct 14, 2017 7:34 AM (UTC)
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9 semesters strong of friendship.
7 semesters strong of TCH 2gether.
Endless memories that will forever live on in our hearts.

These are my friends whom I love.
I trust them, which is huge in music because when you trust those you play with, you play better.

I can definitely say,
I am better because of them.

It may be the last time we all are together to jam out at TCH, but the jams will continue for us.

This love for y’all will forever be “burnin up”
User Image rachel_simons Posted: Oct 9, 2017 5:46 AM (UTC)
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My Tehya girl.

Being your small group leader for the past three years has been one of my biggest joys.

You love so well, your heart is so pure, and you truly want to hear everything the Lord is saying to you.

I'm so excited for what the Lord is doing in your life and I cherish the fact you include me in your journey.

Love you forever nature nugget
Tonight was perfect.

Four years ago, Tylor became family to me.

Now four years later, he gave me a new best friend and sister in Hannah.

All the new friends and old, coming together for this incredible couple was just, perfect. Simply perfect.

This night will now always be one of my favorites.

Congrats my forever friends.
User Image rachel_simons Posted: Oct 5, 2017 3:44 AM (UTC)
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I love you sweet Claud.

You have been an answer to prayer in my life and I love getting to watch the Lord use and grow you.

Greater things are yet to come.

Honored to call you friend.
User Image rachel_simons Posted: Oct 3, 2017 7:15 PM (UTC)
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"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
Proverbs 27:17

My sweet friend.
I love getting to be around her every day, doing what we love.

The anointing on her life is so huge, and I'm glad I get such a close seat to see the doors swing wide open for her.

Blessed am I to have found a forever #faithfilledfriend.
User Image rachel_simons Posted: Oct 1, 2017 1:15 PM (UTC)
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When you realize that she isn't a little girl any more and immediately regret your decision to pick her up because you aren't strong enough.

I love my Addie girl.
So proud of her and the goal she made yesterday!
User Image rachel_simons Posted: Sep 30, 2017 6:11 AM (UTC)
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I love my sweet friend almost as much as I love this fall weather 🍁
Some may have walked away feeling defeated, I am walking away with my bear paw held high.

Our boys played good tonight, and will only continue to get better.

Just a reminder..
It's 10:28 and OU still sucks.

User Image rachel_simons Posted: Sep 23, 2017 6:38 AM (UTC)
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Last Collinstock with my first SAGU friend 🕺🏻💃🏼

I love my Lyds
These girls. It's going to be a good year of small groups with them.

Third year in Hype and I love it more each year.

So excited to see how God uses my sweet junior high girls 💕