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I left my family, my friends, my comfort zone and moved across the country. I'm learning to love and rely on God in a whole new way.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Spring in DC

In the movie "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"  the song sings, "and then one day it's spring".  Growing up in the Pacific Northwest I thought I knew what that meant, but I was wrong.  Here it did seem to happen overnight.  One day I'm running in the midst of naked trees and dull brown ground, and then next everything is sprouting leaves and the ground and trees are covered in lush green growth.  I'm in awe of Spring here in the District.  I am amazed at the differences and the beautiful spring weather.  Yes, it's probably the nicest weather I'll have all year, but I'm not complaining, nor am I dreading the incredibly hot summer....I'm just soaking up the wonderful warm weather as it is now.  Sunny and warm at day, raining and thunder storms most nights.  Beautiful. 
Life here is routine now, and I forget to enjoy all the subtle differences as I was when I first moved.  They don't impress me the same, even though I still notice them.  For example:  The lady in starbucks cant understand me when I say Caramel.  I say it in two syllables, not three.  I don't say Car-a-mel.  I say Car-mel.  Wrong, or right everyone here says car-a-mel.  It cracks me up. 
Anyway, my job is great, and moving here was the best decision I've ever made.  It was even more confirmed when my family visited in March and had the opportunity to see my life here.  My work family, my church family, and my friends.  What a wonderful time I had. 
Life, with its busy mundane tasks and its unexpected twists, is so great.  God gave me such a good and specific task, and carrying that out is oftentimes harder than expected, but worth it.  Glorify Him in everything.  Every struggle with my girls, every morning, noon, and night, every hug, every word out of my mouth need to reflect Him and His grace and mercy.  How do I show that my life has been changed by Jesus' work on the cross?  Love.  So, my job is simply to love.
Happy Easter.  I love celebrating that God sent His son to die, and that He died a death he didn't deserve, taking the punishment for my sin, but that he didn't stay dead.  He rose again.  He lives.  And because He lives I can have life through His work on the cross. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


I'm sure everyone can agree with me when I ask, Where did January go?  it's already the 9th of February.  I can't believe it.  
Nothing much new or exciting here.  I had a fantastic return and enjoyed my first hockey game ever with my friend Sandra.  I was given tickets by a total stranger sitting in the doctors office.  They were supposed to be for his client that never showed.  At first I saiid no thank you, but as I thought about it, I realized it was a good opportunity.  We had a blast.  Hockey is fun to watch.  It's like basketball or soccer, except that they beat each other up. 
My dearest cousin Hilary had her baby girl on the 21st of January.  Annie Christine Marston.  I'm so happy for both Tim and Hilary.  I can hardly believe she is here. 
My life has hit a new normal.  I've got a set routine, and am making lots of friends.  I'm so happy that I made the move, and also that I was sent so many people to love me and take care of me here in DC.  God is really good, and I'm so glad that He lead me here. 
Hopefully I'll be able to write more soon.