My weekends have been busy, which has been great for adjusting. But then again, it does make it feel like I'm just out here for a trip so as the visitors slow down, it is harder to think of Rockville as "home".
My second weekend out here was Rockville's invite-a-friend, which was an awesome weekend with a lot of good friends (and new ones) out here.
First time to the beach ... no it's not the Oregon coast but it is beautiful in a different way
SG Friday night at Crystal Lake
I had to head back up to New York on Sunday night for my second week of training and was disappointed I couldn't spend more time with Kenz since she was staying a few extra days. With a little scheming, there was a spontaneous girls trip down to meet me in the city after work the next day. We had a blast seeing the sights and getting pizza at John's of Times Square... one of the best pizza places there is! Great memories and quite the adventure for all of us to figure out the trains to get us each home.
The next weekend I tagged along with a group going to Philly for baptisms to surprise my aunt and uncle. It was great to be in Philly again after so long and see some good friends there.
Then Anna came to visit and we decided to tackle Boston for the day. I drove to a commuter station outside Boston on Friday night and took a train downtown, where I met Anna who had taken a train from the airport. We were both pretty pleased with ourselves for figuring out the train schedules to get us where we needed to go and actually ending up at the right hotel. ;) We spent Friday night catching up and planning the highlights to see the next day. Saturday we started early and got smoothies for breakfast before walking through the Quincy Market and a bit of the Freedom Trail, climbing to the top of the Bunker Hill monument, enjoying lunch and pastries in the North End, and seeing the swan boats in the Boston Public Gardens. We covered a lot of miles that day and had a blast doing it. We realized that we've probably only spent three hours together before this weekend, and have just talked on the phone. Some people you just click with. Or to borrow Anne Shirley's words, are just kindred spirits ;)
Through the streets of Boston, somewhat following the Freedom Trail.
Exploring the harbor early in the morning.
A decadent Italian pastry shop in the North End.
The famous Swan Boats in the Boston Public Garden ... no, we didn't get to ride them (there was a thunder/lightning warning), but we did get to watch an amusing wedding party across the pond.
That Sunday I invited a group of girls to go out to dinner with us and then back to my place for dessert. It was a great way to end the weekend and get to know some of the Rockville girls better.
Just last weekend was the Labor Day invite and I can't even write about what a blessing it was. To catch up with dear friends and strengthen new spiritual friendships and be challenged in faith was all wonderful. And seeing Silvertonians across the way in church and at SG made it almost feel like home ;)
We almost got all of the Silverton girls ... me, Wendi, and Erika included ;)
A mini Haiti reunion ... almost the full team.
I'm headed home in a few weeks which will be great, and I'm anticipating the weekends will slow down a touch. Which will be good. I love all our visitors but also want to invest in new friendships here. Already I've been overwhelmed by the hospitality shown to me and friendships starting. God has clearly gone ahead of me and is walking with me as I take each new step. And that is all I can ask for.
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.