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Finals, Spring 2012

Here’s how I survived Finals, Spring 2012 (If you have any desire for prints, re-use, etc. please notify me. Being my photography, I own the rights, and do not want anything reproduced without my permission.):

Tani quickly realized I was going to spend 90% of my awake time at my desk, ignoring her, so she survived by spending a lot of time snoring on my lap as I studied. When she wasn’t on my lap, she was on a decoy paper I had on my bed (as in a sheet of paper I WASN’T using for studying).

Speaking of Tani, I had dreamed up a project that would prevent her from sitting on my alarm clock, changing the volume, etc. I wasn’t going to actually complete it during finals time, but I was antsy one day, and got ‘er done.

One of the evenings when I was simply sick of studying I took a quick break to head over to Old City Cemetery, in hopes there would be raindrops of roses, since it had just showered. I was in luck.

This wasn’t my only trip to Old City Cemetery – another day I went in hopes of swinging. Again, I was in luck!

When the two weeks of torture were finally OVER my roommate and I treated ourselves to pedicures.

The sunset tonight wrapped up these past two weeks in a beautiful way.

I am so glad finals are DONE and I am free for the summer.

Now I’m off to catch a late movie at the dollar theater!

~Amber Joy


I’m a 3L!!!

Finals are DONE.

It is summer break. I can read whatever I want.

Oh, and most important of all, I am now a 3L!

That is all.

Update on life and photos from the past two weeks coming soon.

~Amber Joy

Barristers Banquet 2012

Last night was our Barristers Banquet (AKA Law School Prom without the dance). Everyone looked gorgeous, and it was four hours of lots of laughs (and good food).

The 3L’s put on quite the program, complete with creative videos and hilarious impersonations. The guest speaker was General Suter, the current clerk for the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a great man of God and had lots of good stories from SCOTUS and also from his time in the service. (He retired as Major General when he began clerking at the Supreme Court in 1991.)

It was a beautiful evening!

~Amber Joy


Today I finished two big projects – a rough draft for a paper worth 80% of my International Human Rights grade and a Discovery project worth about half of my Law Skills IV grade. It feels SO GOOD to have finished both.

To celebrate I went shopping for a dress for the Barristers Banquet. Ready to spend big bucks I found a dress that’s perfect for $15!!! Another big sigh of relief for not spending a lot of money and still getting a classy, formal dress.

On a completely different note, this afternoon my neighbor’s rooster interrupted my work, taking my thoughts straight to the DR. I miss it, but I’m getting back into the routine of every day life.

Also, I realized I forgot to share a link to Rick and Becky’s blog. There you can find stories about their ministry in the Dominican Republic and more specific ways to pray for them.

I hope you had a lovely Wednesday!

~Amber Joy

Dealing with culture shock

I’ve decided that every time I leave the US, the harder it is to come back. I am so in-tune to the culture of Latin America, the culture shock of coming back is never easy.

Honestly, I am not thrilled about being in the States right now. After talking to my dad I realized there are a few reasons why this trip back seems so much more difficult than others. First, my trip was only a week – the shortest time I had been out of the country prior to this trip was 2 weeks. My brain, body, and heart were definitely not ready to leave after a week. Second, the older I get, the more clear it is what I need to be doing in the future. The difficult part is waiting for that future to come and trusting in God’s plan for my life. Third, I just flat-out love life in the DR. It’s way better than law school.

So, yep, I’m bummed. I’m trying hard at getting back into my normal Lynchburg routine, but it’s difficult. One thing that made my life a little brighter was finally being reunited with my cat, Tani. The vet isn’t open on weekends, so I had to wait until this morning to pick her up from boarding. She’s happy to be home, and I am glad to have her back. She’s contently purring on my lap, completely sprawled across my legs. That’s nice.

The bridge in Los Calabazos

I kind of feel like I’m crossing this bridge right now in life. It doesn’t appear to be all that safe. It’s risky. You never know which boards are secure and strong and which ones to avoid. Crossing it, however, brings thrills that can’t be experienced anyway else and joy that comes in being brave and making the journey successfully. Law school is something I would never have anticipated being put in my path (and also something I would not wish on my worst enemy). But God called and I answered. During my trip, every organization/mission I spoke with said that having an Spanish-speaking teacher by trade that also knows the law would be a great asset to their work. Even so, I still haven’t seen all the pieces fit together. It’s difficult to feel called to the missions’ field, and yet be stuck in school, acquiring loads of debt. All I want to do right now is be in the DR, but, God will provide, and all will be in his timing.

I continue look to my favorite verses for encouragement – Habakkuk 1:2-5

How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.
The Lord’s Answer: “Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”

~Amber Joy

Why I am thankful I learned Spanish

Remember that article I wrote about Invisible Children of Latin America ( That article is just the tip of the iceberg. This semester I will be writing two 25 page papers – one for my International Human Rights class and one for a contest on “A Christian’s Response to Human Rights.” When I wrote my article last spring, I uncovered no new research. It was all dated 2007 or earlier. I knew that in order to be successful with my papers this semester I had to have something new.

In 2007, when I first discovered the issue of Invisible Children of Latin America, I contacted UNICEF and got some information not available on the internet. I went back in my files and tried contacting the same women I was in contact with 5 years ago. Both emails got returned. BUMMER.

Knowing the children of Latin America need an advocate to get the word out, and also because I like research, I did some digging on the UN’s website and found contact information of a few employees at Latin America’s regional UNICEF office. The page I had gotten their emails from was all in Spanish, so I was unsure what language use. I therefore decided to write in both English and Spanish, out of hopes of getting a more prompt and thoughtful response. I also included a link to my article. After the email was sent, I didn’t have much hope. Who would take the time to answer an email from a random student in the US?

Today I received a response. It was an extremely thoughtful and helpful email written in Spanish, making me so, so thankful that I had 1)thought of composing the email in Spanish and 2)taken Spanish classes beginning in 4th grade. I had always seen the use of being fluent in Spanish when I travel abroad, but never imagined it would be a key to my academic research in law school.

Ana, the woman who responded to my email, first thanked me for providing a link to my article (!!!!!), then gave me current information that I had not yet uncovered from this past November, and also let me know she forwarded my email to the man in charge of the birth registration movement. Once again, God has provided above and beyond my limiting expectations. (

I have already read through some of the information Ana provided, and I know God is going to continue to do amazing things through my papers this semester.

~Amber Joy

Thursday is the new Friday

I love Thursdays. When I get out of class at 1:30, I always feel such a sense of freedom – not because I’m done with class for the week, but because Fridays (and Mondays) are 10 times better than Tuesday through Thursday. On Tuesdays I have class 8-9, 10:45-11:45, 1:15-2:45. Immediately after class I go to work, usually until 6:30. On Wednesdays I have class 11:30-12:30, 1-2, 3:45-5:45. On Thursdays I have class 8-9, 10:45-11:45, 12-1:30, then I go to work 3-5:30. Those long breaks between classes STINK. It’s not enough time to go home, but I hate studying at school. I’m getting used to it, but feel my time gets wasted none the less. My Mondays and Fridays are so much better – I only have class 9:30-10:30, 11-12, and work 3-5:30. No long breaks, enough time in the morning to feel rested, and a break for a real lunch before work. Ahh. Plus, after work is done on Fridays it’s the WEEKEND! Always a good thing.

Have a wonderful Thursday, looking forward to Friday and the weekend!

~Amber Joy

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