Well shock of shocks guess who is sunburned again?? But of course it is all worth it for the wonderful weekend I just had! Invite-a-family 2013 was a whirlwind of cloudless skies, dune hikes (AGAIN!!.. I should be a fitness climber or something), beach walks, picnic food, berries, wet feet, sandy cars, lots of laughs, AC caravans and beach takeovers, volleyball (or watching ;), bonfires, singing, and lots of talking! It was a ton of fun to get to know some other sisters and find out mutual connections (like we might be vacationing together next weekend??!); plus you can never have a bad conversation when walking the beach! Except you may get asked if you are missionaries, apparently. But that might be due to the fact that we were 160 ACs in number, taking over a huge part of the beach with our swishers, volleyball net, football zone, deep-sea fishers, swimming kids, sunbathers, and of course, fellowshippers of all ages! I guess we were a bit intimidating. Wonderful chats with new friends and great heart talks with close friends soon to be moving away;( Love where I am in life right now, and no matter the struggles I have such a support group! Need to remember this!
Sunday morning was EARLY for church since we served and there were so many visitors. I always like serving though (not that I’m doing anything), and I tried to zip in and out of the kitchen to have some friend time too. It was also such a blessing to have 3 visiting ministers — in all, a GREAT day in church! We heard that we are called to HIS purpose, and sometimes that may mean we are called to eliminate things from our life– not that we really want to, but He is asking us to so we can better serve Him. That really hit home, as did the point when we heard that we are not to fit God’s plan into our ideas for our life; it is HIS plan that we need to live by. I feel sometimes like I’m just asking God for the ok on my own ideas and this is not what I should be doing!
And a special shout out to Taylor in the photo above… WHAT AN AWESOME FACE. I need to learn how to do such things. Plus, she has taught me that Rockville is pretty cool and no, they are not snooty for saying “aunt” funny (whoops! did I say that?). I need to go there! It’s been on the list for ages but I really want to make it happen.. cool people, awesome history, Cape Cod, NEW YORK CITY… Anyway, us Silverton girls are going to be saving our pennies because we made a pact with Taylor that this group would be reunited again in Rockville August 4th, 2014 (how did this happen? I really don’t know. But it better!).
After the dinner and singing on Sunday a group of the “young people” headed over to Wendi’s for volleyball (again, watching ;), bonfires, and great chats. Pretty much we solved the world’s problems. Well, some of us at least talked about our life problems and the quandary of being an adult. Sigh. Why do we have to grow up sometimes? (Mostly in regards to the idea of a job and limited vacation time).
But life is pretty peachy right now so I can’t complain one bit! I get to leave Thursday to meet up with my new friends from Kansas, go to friend’s wedding this weekend, possibly head to Chicago with a bunch of girls, then spend a week with my sisters in Illinois, go to the conference and be refreshed on God’s plans for our lives, go to my cousin’s baptism the weekend after, drive all night to Zion National Park, spend a week with my awesome family wearing matching sweatbands and baseball caps and laughing our heads off while we go four wheeling, hike The Narrows, and tube down rivers. Seriously. (Except maybe about the sweatbands and hats…still under consideration ;). What a blast!
And today I found out who else is going on my Caicos program because it is a little more than a month away! Plus, my dive slate, mosquito net, and scuba parts came today. And Kendra’s headlamp for flying and 10 foot iphone cord (why do we need this? I don’t know). Seriously, our house is like a party with how much cool mail we are getting these days. Kendra and I ordered about 50 things from Amazon one night (really.. you don’t want to know) and the list is pretty crazy! Life is SO GOOD!
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.