The thoughts below were written while I was watching the sunset you see here.
The weekends that are filled with family and friends are some of the best. And some of the hardest. Not too mention when those fantastic weekends are near the holidays. I think most singles would agree that the holidays are the worst.
They are the best because of laughter, dancing, and smiles. They are the hardest when you are single or missing a family member. Because, it's during those times, that you want someone to be sitting next to you on the bench watching the sunset. Or you want someone in the seat next to you singing whatever song on the radio with the windows down. You see the silhouettes of coupes on the bench by the water and wish it was you.
And as much as I can confess that I've wanted all those things that I just said above, I can feel the sweet Lord wrap His arms around me tighter and say, "All in My time, child."
And the only reply I have is, "Okay, Lord. I'll trust You."
Follow Me :)
If you need me this weekend, I'll be staying here in this bed, when I'm not reuniting with friends at a coffee house or a wedding. I'm so thankful for wedding weekends that reunite me with some wonderful people. They are simply the best.
Also, remember when I said I didn't really feel like an adult? Not the case for today seeing as I rented a car, for the first time, to drive out of state and I'm staying in an even bigger city than my own. Today, I totally feel like an adult.
Now, excuse me while I go jump on my bed.
Follow Me :)
I'm at that age now where the group of people I belong to are no longer the college kids, yet not a wife or a mom. I fall into this hodge podge group that is often classified as young adult, career, or young professionals. And I don't feel like any of those either.
I'm not exactly settled into a career, seeing as one job just ended for the summertime and in a week I begin my summer work. Yes, during the school year my job is full-time and provides me with benefits. And my summer work is very similar to my full-time job. But, it just doesn't seem like a career. I have my Bachelor's, but I don't have a specialty, nor have I gone back to school to further either of those things. My work is simply kids. Yet, is it a career?
Which leads me to believe that I'm also not a young professional. Who I imagine are the ones that dress in business casual everyday, have leather briefcases of some sort, go out to lunches, and put everything on the company credit card. Definitely not me either.
Then, there is young adult. Which I guess technically by Erik Erickson's definition, I am. And probably perfectly describes where I'm at in life, but yet, I don't feel like an adult some days.
Sure, I pay my own bills. The place I rent is in my name. I have a credit card. I have a credit score. I live in the city. I have a commute to work. I've joined a church without my parents. I have health insurance in my name. I manage my own money.
Yet, some days, I feel like I'm just playing "adult." I feel stuck in between two worlds. Stuck between who I was in college and who I'll be in 5 or 10 years. I know the steps I'm walking now are paving the way to that future, but my eyes are blind to that future. I have no idea where these steps are leading me.
And maybe that is the Lord's plan all along. To keep me blind to that distant future so that I'll keep my eyes open to what steps are in front of me today.
All I can ask is that, through the transitions, through the steps, through the blindness, He lead me.
My place is found in Him.
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"
Follow Me :)
Designing | Ways to spruce up the apartment. I've been loving articles and pins lately that deal with getting the most out of your small spaces. Right now I'm thinking of more ways to get plants and flowers indoors. I have a random hook in one corner of my room as well as two in the kitchen. My plan is to get some fun succulents to hang low. I've started with this one, just have to get a longer chain so it is actually eye level and able to be seen.
Enjoying | Two weeks of vacation! My school year job of teaching has ended and I have two weeks of vacation before starting my summertime job. These two weeks are going to be filled with relaxing, spending time with my parents, seeing a friend get married, reuniting with friends, and meeting my new niece for the first time! I can't wait!
Ordering | Since I'm thinking of ways to spruce up the apartment, there is one particular succulent that I have my eyes on. However, the only way it seems I can get it is by ordering it online through Home Depot. I've never ordered plants online before and I've been checking out the reviews to see how it's turned out for others. Has anybody ever ordered plants online from Home Depot before? Any tips?
Celebrating | The birth of my new niece, a friend getting married, my roommate graduating college, the beginning of summertime, a new haircut, a new phone that works (hello iPhone 6!), and the hints of God answering prayers.
Tasting | All the yummy and scrumptious food that I love to splurge on, because starting next week I'm beginning the Whole30. I know a few of you have gone through the Whole30 before and I've been reading your posts on it like crazy. If you've completed the Whole30, I'd love any advice, encouragment, warnings (ha!), and to know what your favorite thing you ate during that time was. If you are in the middle of the Whole30 or about to start, I'd love to be an encouraging partner for you. Let me know down below or shoot me an e-mail.
What are you currently up to?