In August we led the first youth retreat at our church's new campus. Our kids are the best in the world. We had a blast!
I got to go home over Labor Day - I hadn't been since Christmas and it was SO good to see everyone.
I reunited with some of my dearest friends on earth...
Got a new hairstyle...
And stayed in a cabin deep in the woods with my family.
|I was in charge of dinner every night. We went all out.|
Sue, my littlest, took her first plane ride to come back with me and visit. She turned 13 while she was here! I feel old.
|Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cake per her special request :)|
|Tigger had the worst withdrawal when she left...|
|What a little beauty :)|
Our youth group keeps growing...
And getting closer.
(Also, WE MOVED!! Check out the before and afters above)
I discovered my new favorite cake recipe...
And a fall soup that is out of this world. More on that later.
I met my hero last week, and she was everything I dreamed of: warm, sweet, funny and so complimentary. Pioneer Woman, I love thee.
I've been on a serious bread baking kick lately. I discovered a no-knead, three-ingredient basic recipe that has endless add-in possibilities. I learned the hard way how NOT to remove the lid from a 450-degree Dutch oven, and bear the scars today. But this crusty deliciousness is so worth it.
|Lemon, rosemary and cheddar|
|Cranberry, orange and almond. Slay me.|
Changes on a broader note:
I quit work at the library in September when I was offered a job at a local pregnancy center, where I've volunteered weekly since January. I now work part-time as the Office Manager and a spiritual counselor. Not a day goes by when I'm not praying for clients, reading Scripture with them, telling them about God and helping them find God's purpose in whatever crisis they're facing. I could not ask for a better job and I am SO grateful.
Nathan now commutes almost an hour each way to an extremely demanding job, and he's studying non-stop for the GMAT. His dream is to get an MBA from a top business school. I have found such joy in picking up all the extra responsibilities around the house so he can be free to work and study. Every day I learn anew that God's grace is sufficient, and He is more than enough!
What our life will look like a year from now still remains very much up in the air. I miss my family more every day. I want to be closer to home, but more than that I want God's will for Nathan and me. Any place that God has not called us to would be miserable indeed. I am learning to embrace with joy every season that I'm in, and live every day to the fullest - not missing out on a single bit that God has for me here, and now. With the election I am reminded of the uncertainty of the future. It is enough to simply pray every day, "Your kingdom come, Your will be done." No matter how our circumstances change, I want to be nowhere else but in the center of God's will.