Sunday, September 20, 2015

six on sunday.

It's been a long time since we've gathered. Too long. Life has been extremely busy with the ending of summer and beginning of the school year. For weeks I've been thinking I can't wait to make it back here again, but time simply hasn't allowed. A few blogging friends post "Five on Friday" which I love... its a great way to catch up and get a little snapshot of life. But the reality of posting on Fridays is far too great of an expectation for me to meet. So here we have Six on Sunday. Here's where we've been and what we've been up to in the past few weeks.

1: I have officially declared it fall in our home. Although it is consistently 90 degrees or above in the outside world, my heart longs for fall. So inside we have fall. We have warm, fresh baked muffins, and harvest candles burning. We watch football on Saturdays and Sundays... perhaps with a pumpkin ale. I make dinner in the crockpot and wear the colors I only wish the trees were. Fall is one of my favorite seasons and I will not let this Texas heat let it slip by.

2: A few weeks ago, we received our wedding photos!! I was elated to share with our parents and now to share a few with you.

I just can't get enough of them...

Let me also take a second to thank those of you who traveled near and far to be with us on that day. We are forever grateful for you and the ways you love on us.

3: Our small group and church have been journeying through a new study together called Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. Roy and I read the book with our intern class a little over a year ago, but there are still so many lessons that are falling on me fresh. This week I've been meditating on the idea that we are called to live slowly. I read the following in a devotional...
Jesus moved slowly, not striving or rushing. He patiently waited through his adolescent and young adult years to reveal himself as the Messiah. Even then, he did not rush to be recognized. He waited patiently for his Father's timing during his short ministry. Why is it then that we hate "slow" when God appears to delight in it?
These words really struck me and I felt a conviction in the way I've been moving through my days. The honest truth is that from the moment my alarm rings at 4:50am to the moment I lay my head back down, I am rushing. Rushing to take a shower and fix breakfast. Rushing on my drive to work. Rushing to get the kiddos to use the restroom and make it to specials on time. Rushing to teach all that needs to be taught. Rushing to get home, make dinner, spend time with my hubby, grade, read, eat... You get the picture. It's all a big race against the clock. My body is never at rest, let alone my mind and it's catching up to me quickly. This isn't what God intends or asks from us. He calls us to slow down and feel his presence. He calls us to focus on one thing at a time and allow the Holy Spirit to make our moments sacred. He wants us to live slowly and I'm trying to learn what that looks like as a young teacher, new wife, and long-distance friend.

4: Tomorrow marks the beginning of our fifth week of school and the fifth week of living the trailer park. Not literally, but that's what I like to call the clump of classrooms outside the main building. Our school has about 1,450 students, which means the entire fourth and fifth grades are in temporary classrooms. Life isn't too shabby in the trailer park except when it rains or our technology falls short, but we make it cozy.

5: Some might consider this just another part of fall, but I believe it belongs in its own entity. In the past few weeks, we've welcomed FOOTBALL SEASON. Being the diehard Packers fan that I am, last Sunday could've been compared to Christmas morning. The excitement couldn't be contained. It's a little harder this year living in a different land where the Packers are quite as loved as they deserved to be, but I can still find a few who share in my love. One of course is my husband. Others include random folks at the grocery store repping the green and gold and my favorite students who will discuss the game with me on Mondays.

6: Roy and I also started leading Young Life in the Katy Area. Last Monday was our first club with 91 awesome high schoolers. We are so excited to be doing ministry again together and can't wait to see what God has in store for us with our high school friends this year.

Thanks for stopping by to catch up. I hope you have a blessed week and can take a little time to live slowly.

Wedding photo credits go to the sweet Madeline Harper. Check out her site here.

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