Last month went by in a blur with lots of traveling, family visits, and holiday festivities. So basically the next couple posts are a tour through all the major east coast cities and what they look like this fall.
In the beginning of November, Mom and Dad took the DC rotation and I drove down to meet them. Friday there was a fire drill snafu at work so I ended up leaving around 2 PM for an afternoon drive on the Jersey Turnpike, talking to Tiera and Kendra on the phone and enjoying the setting sun as I passed NYC. I listened to an audiobook as I drove through Delaware and into Maryland with the moon rising. Mini roadtripping solo is actually quite fun. On Saturday we took the metro into DC and walked through Georgetown, admiring the row houses and shops even in the drizzling rain. We stopped at a recommended bakery for quiche, hot drinks, and pastries which we leisurely enjoyed before going to the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts to see a play. While we may have gotten quite wet in the rain and we certainly didn't do everything we wanted to, it was a perfect day. You realize as you get older that it's not about doing everything, but doing a few things meaningfully. And same with life.
We spent Saturday night with my aunt and uncle near Baltimore, then Sunday at the DC church - such fond memories of that house. In 2009 our family lived there for a month as the caretakers. Every day Mom and the girls would take the subway into the city and tour museums, visit the zoo, and walk to city parks while Dad worked. Then he'd join us for adventures on the weekends. We saw so much of DC that trip and I have a million memories of sunburns, bunk beds, cleaning the church house, reading books in the backyard, learning all the train stops on the red line, walking the Capital Mall at night, and finally packing it all up and driving back home to Oregon. One of my favorite vacations.
On Sunday we were reminded that it's not about us. Sometimes we want to do the service but not be a servant. We need to be submissive and allow ourselves to be used, and be nameless in that work. That lesson was speaking to me directly. I have such big plans and grand ideas but I need to remember sometimes that God will orchestrate my life in His way, and the work I want to do is all His work - not mine.
Mom, Dad, and I ordered pizza after church and I got on the road soon after. The next time I'll see them is in San Francisco for Christmas!
Baked and Wired -- you must go here if you visit DC! As the line indicates, it is delicious.
Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
View from the roof of the Kennedy Center - if this was a wider photo, you could see the National Mall, Washington Monument, and Arlington National Cemetery.
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.