It’s been a whirlwind! But to catch up on the past couple weeks…. after Chicago I headed back to Eureka to spend a week with my sisters visiting Grandma (main event), stealing cookies from the nursing home (close second), playing Bingo, stocking up on CDs from the Et Cetera shop (I actually found some good ones… and for $.50!… can’t find that in Oregon), going to DQ (quite frequently actually), bringing Grandma burgers from Hardee’s, swimming/hot-tubbing/gabbing at Uncle Merle’s, taking my 97 year old great aunt out to dinner (where she jumped out of the Suburban and gave us all heart attacks!), and re-learning to drive stick-shift (didn’t kill it once!).
Friday morning I drove to Fairbury to meet up with Abby (gotta have some time with this busy girl!!) and go to the conference. I’d never been to one before and since this was a (somewhat rare) time I was actually in the area, I knew I wanted to go. And oh my word I was blessed to be there! There is something about being there and being surrounded by a church family so large you can’t even comprehend it all (almost 1,200 in attendance this year), tied together by faith and love that is only made possible by Christ, all singing for the same purpose and with the same joy… you can’t get that awe-inspiring feeling from the recordings. And I appreciated all of the thoughts spoken as well… so encouraging and so relevant for our walks with Christ! Just a few inspirations I want to remember…
That whole day… what a blessing!
That weekend was my cousin Leah’s baptism which was great in itself– taking me back, reuniting with Magdalena friends and cousins, just being together as a family (all 6 again!). I had some really encouraging conversations that weekend about God’s direction in my life, and about different experiences in the mission field. A lot to think about… please pray for me! Thank goodness He has it all in control but sometimes it seems too scary to just make the leap and trust.
And finally,,, after church services on Sunday, we picked up Papa Del’s pizza (for anyone who has not tasted this, you are missing out on life) and headed for UTAH. Let’s see, about the drive..: of new CDs, sunglasses, sleeping, cherry Dr. Pepper (for some parties who actually can drink that stuff.. ewwww), ipod playlists, snazzy iphone photography, laughs, counting the rumble strips (3 strikes and driver is REPLACED ;), loving the family, mountain driving, and did I mention sleeping?? With 5 drivers we did a lot of trade-offs in the time from 4pm Sunday to 10am Monday when we arrived. And because we were just so fresh after 0 hours of good sleep, we decided to hike at Arches (National Park) before we crashed in the hotel room. Genius, right? But then we were warned by a ton of signs that hiking without water = death and there was no water around, so we decided to come at a better time (as in, not peak 100 degree heat) after we had slept. So the whole gang crashed for the next 13 hours and then were ready to start hiking! National parks here we come… Arches, Bryce, and Zion.
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.