A couple of months ago I got the random idea to invite a bunch of girls whose dads were either ministers or elders just for a weekend of fun, spiritual talk, and relating about our dads. There are a shocking number of girls in their 20s who fit into this category and I only knew a few but had heard of more through my parents' church travels.
We ended up having a lovely weekend with a ton of adventure at a nearby challenge course and some great talks. Though a bit hectic since it was late in the term, it was a needed weekend of fellowship and making some great new friends!
Sunday evening after taking some to the airport, Tiera, Alisia, Anita, and I enjoyed a beautiful evening hike at the gorge. One of my favorite places in Oregon!
Life around here has been BUSY. Last week was finals and I'll admit I'm not sure I made it to bed before 4 am a single night that week. I've had a lot of back-and-forth from Wilsonville to Corvallis these days as I'm trying to spent lots of time at home and still wrap things up at school, but I think I've finally made one of my last trips down there for a while. In the past week, I've snuck in some rollerblading with Tiera, enjoyed the last of our backyard strawberries, packed up my apartment, successfully finished my junior year of college, got a research grant for work this summer, and (barely) started packing for Nicaragua. I've been so blessed with the way things have fallen into place. When I was asked about summer plans today and if I had ever thought any of this would happen, I couldn't help but think of my plane ride home from South Caicos last December. It hit me hard that moment, on a long evening flight finally by myself after 3 months of not, that it had been an unimaginable semester and I had done so many new things and met so many amazing people, and that never again in my life would I have the opportunity to do something like that.
Well, here we are. Joke on me apparently. It's probably good that I didn't know God's plan then or even a few months ago, because I would have had more time to doubt. And become seriously worried. The way life has been going here, I've had only time to get excited and work on logistics for being there and a tiny bit of time to get nervous.. thank goodness!
For now, I'm hoping to slow time for these last 3 days before I leave and soak up time in my nice bed and eating good food and enjoying non-humid weather!
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.