Field Trip!

This afternoon I got to babysit for Elijah! We try to always make it a party, so today we took MARTA, the “choo-choo” down to the Varsity for dinner. This worked out great because Elijah loves trains and milkshakes! A couple of things to note before viewing these pictures:

1. Yes, he touched things I don’t recommend touching at the MARTA stations, on the MARTA, and at the Varsity. Yes, I threw up a little bit in my mouth. And yes, I washed his hands about a hundred times throughout the event.

2. The face that he is making that looks like he is upset is actually him saying “cheese.” He was actually happy the whole time.

3. Once he had the Varsity hat, it didn’t come off until he went to bed!

Being A Michigan Fan…

I have been a Michigan fan as long as I can remember. We have had our ups and downs, but in general they are a good team. This season has started out a little rough…to put it mildly! But does that mean that I should stop supporting my team? Every time I wear a Michigan shirt, I get hassled. What’s that all about? What team hasn’t had their share of bad losses?

So let it be known, I will keep wearing my Michigan shirt, keep putting the flags on my car (yes, I have the car flags) and keep cheering for Michigan!

Hail to the Victors!

Change Is Never Easy

I am in an interesting stage of my life. Once again, I had everything all planned out and it all changed. It’s been a hard time for me. A sad time. Even though I know that the changes are good, every day I have a continual heavy sadness on me. I want to go back to what I know, but God is taking me somewhere new. I know that the sadness will not last forever, but right now it’s a very real thing.

As I was reading my Bible tonight, God really spoke deeply to my heart about his faithfulness. I might share more about that time later on, but right now I just want to meditate on it and savor it. Even though I learn through God’s word, it’s not every day that I feel God speaking in the way that He did tonight.

After that awesome time with Him, I picked up a Henri Nouwen book that I am reading called The Inner Voice of Love. It has a bunch of short entries in it and the one I read tonight applied directly to my life. As I was reading it I was saying to myself, “That is me right now!” It was really encouraging to me as I venture out in this new chapter of my life. I thought I would share it with my faithful readers!

“Enter the New Country” -Henri Nouwen

You have an idea of what the new country looks like. Still, you are very much at home, although not truly at peace, in the old country. You know the ways of the old country, its joys and pains, its happy and sad moments. You have spent most of your days there. Even though you know that you have not found there what your heart most desires, you remain quite attached to it. It has become part of your very bones.

Now you have come to realize that you must leave it and enter the new country, where your Beloved dwells. You know that what helped and guided you in the old country no longer works, but what else do you have to go by? You are being asked to trust that you will find what you need in the new country. That requires death of what has become so precious to you: influence, success, yes, even affection and praise.

Trust is so hard since you have nothing to fall back on. Still, trust is what is essential. The new country is where you are called to go, and the only way to go there is naked and vulnerable.

It seems that you keep crossing and recrossing the border. For a while you experience a real joy in the new country. But then you feel afraid and start longing again for all you left behind, so you go back to the old country. To your dismay, you discover that the old country has lost its charm. Risk a few more steps into the new country, trusting that each time you enter it, you will feel more comfortable and be able to stay longer.