Let me know what you think! I wouldn't be surprised if it takes us another three years to do this again! Ugh!
In other news, Drew & Carrie arrive in less than 48 hours!!!
I spent two days in
First, my Baylor classmate, Jaime, generously went to work a little late and met me for an hour Thursday morning. Talk about an hilarious exchange as we tried to catch up on over six years of life after Baylor in about an hour! We tried to describe our significant others (which was quite a task—really, how do I sum up Greg in a few minutes?!), talked about our career paths, life in
Thursday evening after a fun hotel happy hour and getting to know some of the conference organizers (who are also my account reps for our office's recruiting software) a little better, I took a walk over to meet Amy and baby Audrey at Chuy's. Even though the walk was definitely one of those "heat misery" moments, it was a beautiful little hike along the
(Stolen from the Douglas' blog -
See more pictures of Amy & Audrey here.)
My conference ended at noon on Friday, and I scurried to meet Baylor and First Woodway friend Sarah for lunch near the Capitol where she works. Again, it was a crazy hour of playing six-years catch-up. I was thrilled to hear about Sarah and Jon’s preparation to be part of a church plant in
Wow! What a blessed two days God gave me in
If you’ve made it this far, I just have to share a couple pictures of the Hyatt Regency in
- Summer Thunderstorms. To my amazement, the last 2+ weeks have had almost daily thunderstorms. I even had to find shelter walking home from work once last week due to hail! And it hailed again today. I admittedly love these summer thunderstorms though I do lament the problems the excess rainfall causes to many basements, gardens, etc. Over my lunch break today, I sat by a window and simply marveled at our creator God who not only designs these majestic displays but is so much more magnificent Himself than even the most glorious thunderstorm!
- Kettlebells. Among the random things I saw on television while staying at the Providence Biltmore a couple weeks ago was a brief clip on the benefits of kettlebell workouts. It's effective; it looked fun; I was sold. So I randomly found time to purchase my 15 lb (the approx. recommended weight for non-athletic woman) kettlebell last week, and it truly is a ton of fun (and a ton of work). Youtube has been my friend in finding new ways to use this weight. Now I just need to work on adjusting my eating habits. Why is it that I felt less guilty eating a big bowl of ice cream a few hours after I used the kettlebell? Shouldn't it be the other way around?
- Two great books. A few weeks back I picked up a good book at B&N which I have almost finished -- Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels. It is quite introductory, but as I was just looking to infuse some additional encouragement, accountability, and tidbits of advice from a seasoned and respected brother, I have found it wonderfully beneficial. My greatest take-away thus far is the encouragement to make time for solitude and stillness to actively listen to and speak with the Lord. The second book is one I picked up tonight at B&N by John Stott -- The Living Church. I'm about a third of the way through, and I love his word picture of a biblical church in a culture moving from modernism to post-modernism. Living in Boston and working at Tufts, I find Stott's reminders of the Church's mission refreshing and much-needed. Relativism and tolerance are preached excessively in my world, and I struggle with knowing how to live the life of Christ authentically here.
- Babies. Some of you know how deeply I long to start a family with Greg. It's funny how that desire seems overwhelmingly strong and urgent at times and at other times I'm able to live with it somewhat passively. Well, the past week has been exclusively the former. I'm sure that's been somewhat influenced by baby Eden's recent arrival, but it's also surfaced much as Greg and I have been seeking God's leadership for life post-graduation. I find it sad how I sense my need to be listening to the Spirit so much more when major life decisions are looming...but if this will help me grow more in my commitment to deepening my relationship with God, then I'm thankful.