JaNae and I said that one weekend this fall we must take a trip to Philadelphia. And seeing that the year was almost over, the first weekend of December we decided had to be the day. With just a backpack and a bus ticket, we met at Port Authority on a cool Saturday morning and headed south. The two hour ride was just long enough for some chatting, some studying (JaNae), and some planning of our day in Philly. By the time our bus pulled into downtown, we had our plan of attack -- first to a festive Christmas village set up in the iconic Love Park. Cabin-style booths were decorated with boughs and berries and vendors sold everything from bratwursts, pretzels, and cider to knit crafts and paintings. It was cozy and adorable and perfect for a spontaneous lunch. We took the requisite picture with the Love sign to prove we actually did make it to the City of Brotherly Love, but I was quite disappointed it wasn't bigger .... JaNae laughs but I had imagined a huge sculpture big enough to sit on, not a tiny display that you could almost miss! We walked a few blocks to the Comcast Center to see a holiday display of music and lights, and then meandered back through the city -- in and out of an outdoor skating rink, the Macy's holiday displays, and the Reading market.
Eric and Sharon Kloter, also from Rockville, were in Philly for the weekend so they picked us up downtown and we all met up with Ben and Michelle and Cami for dinner and a night of games. We had to initiate JaNae into Muggins with Uncle Ben (quite amusing -- tensions were high) and play the Wiegand favorite, diminishing whist. The night went way too fast and so did a nice Sunday at the Philadelphia church; and then we were riding our bus into NYC with the sun fading into the skyscrapers. JaNae and I grabbed dinner in Grand Central before catching our respective trains home and back to a regular work week Monday. It was fast and fun and hopefully just the beginning of our weekend travels together!
Last weekend I decided to have a girls night at my place. I sent out an invite telling the Rockville girls to come for hot drinks, Christmas snacks, and talking about what God has taught us this year. I had fun setting up a hot cocoa bar in my kitchen and stringing lights through the garland on my windowsill, lighting vanilla candles and tying gold ribbon around. It was so fun for me to show the Rockville girls my place for those who haven't been over before, and for us to have a cozy and quiet chat about our faiths. I feel that God has taught me lots in this last year, but one that stands out is how He must be my All in All: if I depend on any one, any thing, any place, any church, any job, anything to fulfill me besides Jesus Christ, I will be disappointed. It must be Him and only Him.
I'm a twenty-something from the Pacific NW making home in new places as I follow where God leads.
My intent is to show Christ's love to the world and use business to solve some of the social problems we face: hunger, illiteracy, healthcare, economic hardship. For now, I'm in a stage of learning. A little adventuring, a few books, some good friends, and a whole lot of prayer and life runs on.