Two weeks ago I was home sick. I had a weekend full of plans that I had to cancel to stay holed up in my apartment with a box of kleenex and cough medicine. But it didn't turn out to be too bad. I slept in on Saturday and made pumpkin french toast, then walked to the library to get some fresh air and a new supply of books to keep me occupied. Sunday I called in to Rockville in the morning and made another batch of scones for the freezer. I listened to Silverton's afternoon service and then took an afternoon walk. My area has really gotten beautiful in the last few weeks.... The colors are phenomenal.
I'm doing a Bible study with a small group from church and right now we are studying James. Last week was about suffering working patience, and that we should take joy in that we have trials. I shared that a trial I had anticipatory joy for was moving, because I knew that I needed it. When I got my job offer I knew it would be good for me -- it would push me to see a new perspective, to grow in faith, to depend on others. Five years from now I'm sure that I'll be thankful for how I've grown, but right now it's hard to be joyful as a whole. I certainly find joy in the little things -- like the photography walk I went on above, enjoying the fall weather, or remembering names in church that I've been struggling over, or singing at SG -- but it is still too new to be joyful about it all the time. I find myself missing home and family more these days, maybe since the busy rush of summer and September are officially over and the season of holidays has begun. Life really is all about family and friends; nothing else in this world matters. The holidays (and being so far from home) make you see that.
I'm thankful I can count the weeks until Tiera comes to visit for Thanksgiving! We are already scheming about what to do and where to go for the days we have together where we don't have to work. It feels like the world is in our hands -- we could hop in a car and go so many places in just an hour or two.
Just two days ago I got back from a quick weekend to Ohio for an invite. On Saturday we dressed in rainboots and sweatshirts and raked leaves for older people in Rittman -- while of course having fun and the taking requisite leaf-pile pictures. The catch-up conversations I had with Anna and Emily and Alyssa and many others were completely worth the many hours of driving and few hours of sleep. So blessed to have this.
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.