It’s been quiet here this last month. For good reason. And so, in no particular order, I share:
Instead of going on a full-blown job hunt, I utilized the help of several temp agencies. I met with consultants at both on a Monday and by Thursday one of them called me back with two different job opportunities. The first one was actually for the following Monday-Friday, 8-5. And the second was the next Friday/Monday. The first job was incredibly boring and by the end of the day I was antsy and very ready to leave. One of the days I actually worked for about 10 minutes of the 8 hours I was there. Fortunately all this free time allowed me to get lots of reading done. Remember those books I said I wanted to read a few posts back? Well, I read (or tried to read) most of them. Here is what I read, with a few “fun” reads mixed in.
Oh man. Some of the ideas in the more theological books were fascinating and quite heavy. I’m still mulling over them and will hopefully share more in depth about my reflections on what I read. There were two books that I sincerely tried to read but just couldn’t get into. One was not pertinent to me and the other had such flowery language that I couldn’t figure out what the author was trying to say, or if he even had a point.
4th of July was a blast. Our good friend David and his roommate Jamie came up for a visit (and they brought our couch up with them!!!). We weren’t sure if there was going to be fireworks, rumor said that there wasn’t enough money to put on a show but apparently local businesses decided to donate and we got to enjoy a pretty spectacular fireworks show. And I say spectacular because we had one of the best views in the house. The show was put on over the bay and we were able to find seats right on the end of the pier. Dude. Here’s one of my favorite shots of the night:
I took over a hundred shots from our spot and got a lot of really neat bursts/reflections. It was one of the most amazing firework shows I’ve seen, even though it was about 15 minutes shorter than I’m used it. Goodness do I love water and what it can do for a picture. It was great to see David and Jamie, hang out, knit (I taught her), and geek out (the guys did plenty of that). Can’t wait to live closer.
My cousin got married. This meant that we were able to see my dad’s side of the family, some of whom I hadn’t seen in over a year and a half. It was a beautiful wedding, my dad officiated it (he was amazing), and the location was beautiful. I had never been to Laguna Beach and was blown away by its otherworldliness. Seriously. Driving through the town was amazing (I might have been slightly euphoric at escaping the 100 degree heat in L.A.), and the backdrop to the wedding was spectacular. It was also the first wedding Jason and I attended as a married couple. It was nice to see it from the other side.
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
I’ve been mulling over this verse a lot. I’ve taped it to the steering wheel of our car because driving is the most frustrating experience ever. I find that I am the most annoyed at mankind while driving. So I need this reminder the most in those situations. I feel like God’s been telling me, through many different people and mediums that the people He created are a part of Him. What would it look like if I treated them as such? What if I viewed each person as someone who is created in His image? I think my world would be a much better place and that’s what I keep reminding myself.
I’ve also been thinking a lot about how blessed I am, in so many ways and by so many people. I feel like I’ve had a pretty easy life, I’ve never gotten really sick, broken a bone or had to have stitches. I’ve lived for 8 months in Japan and made two lifelong friends through that experience. I have been blessed with true love at an early age and have even gotten to pledge my lifetime to him. My first job pretty much fell into my lap and pushed me towards a goal for school. God led me to the university I just recently graduated from, in an area that is so full of His natural beauty and a community I fit so well in. And lately I’ve been thinking about what an amazing community of believers I’m surrounded by, from all walks of life and a huge variety in beliefs and backgrounds. Specifically I have a wonderful group of women that surround me, examples of what it means to be godly in this day and age. I have examples of motherhood and passion, grace and wisdom, that are embodied in women of great faith and boundless love. I am so blessed to have them in my life. So I thank you, Bethany, Rachel, Anna, Valerie, Holly, Alexis, Serena, and all the women (and men) who have shown me what it means to live for the Lord, to live with conviction and humility, while still holding on to who I am, and helping me become. You are wonderful examples and my love for you runs deep.
Lastly, in the vein of blessings, I have a job. Right now it’s only part-time, but it has a huge potential of becoming full-time and benefited. While I was in between the temp jobs I got a call from the hospital and was interviewed the next day. . .and hired the day after that. This last Monday was orientation and tomorrow is my first day on the job. I’ll be a “registration specialist” in the ER, admitting people into the hospital. It should be pretty exciting, and while I’m nervous, I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my life. I’m ready to jump in and go. But before I do that, I must sleep. Therefore, I bid you adieu.