9/25/13

moments of adventure

Some of the 'gifts' from my gift-list, as of late.  Also some random pictures of life since leaving Canada, in no particular order.

  

2932. Linda's sweet cards, one for each day of my first week...  And another to be saved "For a sad day"

2934.  Discovering the park up the road with Heidi

2935.  Stringing pearls together....  =)  (There will have to be a follow-up photo of our creation sometime!)

2936.  Sharing a coke with Heidi before she got on the bus

2937.  Becky's fresh bread


2940.  Finding the little Saturday farmer's market at the end of the road (complete with 10-year-old busker, cafe, and train station)

2942.  Audrey Hepburn movies free online =)


 2944. Whipped cream in my coffee

2945.  The AOC songs ripped from youtube on my mp3 player

2946.  A sweet "do-not-open-until" card from Heidi to help make my birthday special

2949.  How everyone at church seemed to know it was my birthday

2951.  Two cakes!

 2954.  The perfect breakfast smoothie

2957.  The old CCEF building

2958.  The way Mike Emlet's whole face lights up when he smiles


 2961.  Scrapbooking all over the kitchen
(good thing my land-lady was on vacation!)

2962.  The smell of roses after rain

2963.  Playing the J.'s piano


2968.  The Jersey shore twice in one month!  

2969.  Nathaniel telling me I should hold him

2971.  A lovely Sunday afternoon at the E.'s, crammed with interesting people and good conversation



2975. A Mark Dever sermon and crocheting

2977.  Conversation on the way out of class



 2981.  How life-savingly helpful my random-purchase not-white whiteboard turns out to be

2982.  A free venti Starbucks latte for my birthday, and how the Starbucks has a whole upstairs that is perfect for studying

2983.  Saturday night Bible Study!



 2985.  A lovely Sunday walk through the graveyard with Willow, Ellie & Autumn

2987.  Caroline & Michael with their accents and British English



2988.  The little girl crying in the hall because her mommy was in class and how when I stopped to talk, she talked my ear off

2991.  Chicken penne rigato with spinach and parmesan

2992.  Kitchen conversation with my landlady

2995.  Watching counseling in action and how love slows to walk through each painstaking detail...  And the hope in the reality of it all

2996.  The first day of autumn, and how new seasons roll in like the tide...  Flooded with grace and light




9/14/13

settling in...


Just a few pictures for fun:  

 The night I moved in. 
 These flowers were waiting on the dresser in the empty room, with a sweet note from Anna J, who had stopped by that afternoon.  What a lovely welcome!  I just wish I hadn't been too tired to notice that my one quick snap of them was terrible quality.  Ah well.  

And today, more or less settled in:
 
 Still a couple things to do, like hang up my calendar (and eventually a few more things on the walls, yay!) get a bedskirt, and finish crocheting my crazy colored blanket that you see in the bag on the floor.  I'm getting there, but there are so many little things to do between class and class-related things...  Life is good.

9/8/13

living out God's thoughts


I am here! 
 Last Monday I left Canada and headed to the States to begin a new season of life.  =)  I'm studying at CCEF for at least a year, and Heidi drove down with me to help me settle in.  It was nice to have almost a week of sister-time before she gets married...  The week felt like a bit of a whirlwind though.  We arrived just in time for supper at our friends' house, spent the next day shopping, Wednesday went to the ocean and then another family had us over for dinner on our way back, Thursday spent the morning with wedding preparations and then the afternoon visiting, and I had my first class that evening.  (!!!)  Friday we stopped by Heidi's former landlady's place for lunch, hit the thrift store and spent some time exploring on foot before driving downtown for Heidi to take the bus back home that night.  Oh, and there were things to do for the wedding inbetween most of the cracks =)  Saturday I mourned the absence of my sister a little, and also discovered a cafe/train station with a weekly farmer's market in the parking lot at the end of my street, did errands and watched an old Audrey Hepburn movie.  

Today was my birthday.  I'm twenty-three today.  I was pondering the matter of ages and I think there is a trend at the end of the summer that everyone asks about your age and the ages of your siblings (because of school starting?  More changes?  I do not know) and it just so happens the majority of our family's birthdays are in the fall.  This means I say "I have one nineteen-year-old brother, one turning seventeen, and one turning thirteen."  I was starting to say "I'm turning twenty-three" too.  All that rambling to say it doesn't feel weird to me when we all do turn twenty-three, seventeen and thirteen because I've been talking about it for a while.  

I wasn't expecting today to be much out of the ordinary because my family is all up at the cottage where our cell phones don't do too well and I didn't think my friends here knew it was my birthday but I was pleasantly surprised by a phone call from most of my family before church, and then at church Anna J seemed to have notified the whole congregation that it was my birthday!  =)  I even ended up with two cakes, one from her daughter and one at the parsonage where I was invited for lunch.  It was a lovely day.  

I'm looking forward to my two classes tomorrow...  I would like to meet some new people from class.  Thursday's class there were students from Florida, India, England, Canada (one besides myself!) China and a few other places I'm forgetting - all that in a class of approximately 17 people!  There is a young Irish couple attending my friends' church who are also from Westminster, too.  I love their accent =)  It's fun to start making connections.  I'm so excited to just LEARN.  I've been a teacher for three years, now the tables are turned.  I love it.  I love the stuff I'm learning and I love having interesting people around to study and learn from too.  I pray that the things I take in, in this year/year-and-a-half, will be things I can turn around and share for the rest of my life.  And I pray that I will have the courage to take the opportunities that are there - or hunt them down, if they don't seem to be there.  It is easier to be alone.  It's tiring to be friendly to people you don't know that well.  But I've been learning that life in Christ is life in community.  (For example...)  And I've been so blessed, especially this past year or so, by random and not-so-random relationships in my home church.  Which I definitely miss.  But I know what has been can never be erased.  Sometimes I've wished it could be.  But I think I'm learning, little by little, how much better God's plans are than mine.  He decided, before the beginning of time, that we would have seasons in our lives, people in our lives, each for a time to teach us and bless us.  If one never ended, we couldn't fit them all in.  I remember John Piper talking about how we weren't made for separation.  How closing a chapter of life hurts because we were made for beginnings.  And he reminded me that the good things that end, only end temporarily.  A new heavens and new earth mean an eternity of beginnings.  Can you imagine, we will be remade to be able to withstand that much glory?  All this to say...  I think it means I need to invest in eternity.  In my everyday moments.  To feed on the Word and talk to my Lord instead of to myself, to love others, even imperfectly, to seek wisdom and trust the future to the One who fashioned my days "when as yet there were none of them."  I've lived 8395 of those days, and He has been perfectly faithful in every one of them.  He hasn't told me how many more I have, but I know He will continue the work He has begun.  
Thank You, Lord!




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