Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Maryland Daybook on New Year's Eve.

Outside My Window
The Maloys' backyard. I'm in the living room where I spent countless hours as a high schooler.

I am Listening to
The toaster oven ticking. It's quiet! I'm the only one home :-(.

I am Wearing
Jeans, cream sweater. About to go to the Wolfs' for New Year's.

I am So Grateful for
People who have loved me long and love me so hard and so well.

I'm Pondering
How I can feel so completely glad I live in Oregon and also so completely long to be with the people here more often.

I am Reading
Living into Community by Christine Pohl, who wrote Making Room. It focuses on four practices: truth-telling, promise-keeping, gratitude and hospitality. Clearly written, inspiring and convicting.

I am Thinking
Happily about how cozy tonight is going to be: stopping by a couple small gatherings and then most likely tucking myself in well before midnight. I'll see you in the morning, 2014.

I am Creating
Plans in my mind to make Hannah a unicorn-applique dress. Don't tell her. I'm super excited.

I am Missing
Newberg people + pace!! And people here preemptively.

Towards Being Faithful In This Time
Asking Him to help me use this break well, to see the people that I'm supposed to, and to love my family well. And trying to trust that it will happen. Breaks and trips home are gifts; and they are also difficult for me to know how to do. Almost always.

I am Hoping and Praying
Thanks for this time. That this semester goes better than last.

One of my Favorite ThingsMemories.


Lindsey Domer said...

So glad to have met you last night. :)

Mahaishis Kusuma said...

keep blogging.
you are a great writer. :)))

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