I hope everyone (if anyone is reading this) is having a good summer.
Lots of "news" not necessarily news... but like the opposite of olds.. like, new things happening... get it?
I have been spending my days at the Marian Clinic, a non-profit health clinic that serves the uninsured.
And have been spending my evenings dabbling around Topeka.. Wishing I was running, painting, and reading every night.
Oh and catching fireflies.
But mainly, accidentally falling asleep on the couch or staying up past my bedtime with fun friends. The later one not being so bad!
To be a little more specific.....
The beginning of the summer I was a first time coach for Girls on the Run! What precious girls.
Also at the beginning of the summer I went with some pretty cool peeps to Colorado for Young Life work week. They really are pretty cool. So is Colorado.
I've tried some new recipes... Usually, it's whatever I have in my cupboards that I can mix together in the most complimentary way possible... But sometimes it's thought out. Like this, I really want to try this...
Gluten-free is tough to cook around.. But there are some yummy options out there!
This is Jordan and me on the Forth, our first holiday together. hehe. After this picture was taken, I nicknamed him "scruffy." Not really. :)
By divine intervention, actually, because a friend wasn't able to.. I was able to run in the Color Run. I'm sure you've heard of it. I initially didn't feel like signing up because around the sign-up time I was just about to run 26.2 miles in a marathon.. But, months have passed aaand 3.2 miles was enough huffin and puffin for this girl. The Color Run was super fun, especially doing it with ladies I love!
There you have it. Just a few "news" of my summer so far. :)
Not to mention... [which is such a silly phrase] My best friend got married. I've never lived away from my family and Wichita friends during the summer. I'm playing on a softball team for the first time since I fractured my jaw (I was like 8, but still) I had an early morning Tuesday bible study (which I always showed up too late to get coffee beforeee bible study, figures!) I shamefully and shallowly have been watching The Bachelorette this season, only because my friends do it. No, I would not jump off a bridge if they did. Well, I would try & save them. I've only been able to watch 1 of my brother's baseball games. The crazy little blonde girl we adopted years ago is now sweet 16!
And, peace feels good.
Oh I'm sure there's others I can't think of...
Summer has been good to me. Glad there's a little over a month left!
It has been over a year since I last posted. Wowzers that seems like a long time! If I remember correctly, I think I was battling a little bit of uncertainty & indecision.. What's new? :) I believe it was regarding my decision to stay at the school I had just transferred to that semester. I slowly was becoming established and balancing all things new and I think I was tired of working so hard at it. But then, I felt a peace about staying. And I am so glad I did. I knew I would look back a year from then and feel a little silly about my current problem. Isn't that how it always works? We are in the middle of going through something so heart-wrenching we can hardly see what's in front of us. We get tangled in the unknown and the aching hurt. We feel as though this is the worst it could ever get. But then, we realize, maybe a little later than we would like.. that the outcome turned out okay. That all the stress and heaviness wears away, and we're left with an outcome. Whether it's one that hurts but makes us stronger or one that happily went our way. In the end, it all works out. In the end, we look back and it all makes sense. It may be a year later, it may be a day or a week. So I look back a year later, and I am thankful for provision. And right now, when I have a heavy heart about a matter of the heart, I am comforted that it all works out in the end. I hope I remember that tomorrow.
To be honest... I am not sure what this blog will consist of. I can tell you it will contain a lot of fragmented sentences and probably a lot of contradictions. I am at a place in my life where I am unsure of a lot of things. But, I am sure of the sure things. Those that are true, and noble, and good, and right, and honorable. So I will think upon those things.. I am not a traveling musician, I am not a new wife or mother. But I am an open book. Ready to dive in. And this, this uncertain time... Is just a mere chapter. Or at least I hope ;)
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."