As I sit here starring at the blank box in front of me that is waiting to be filled with many fun updates the only words I really want to write is "I want to go home" or perhaps "I want this place to feel like home" and so perhaps it is better to say it and not ignore the elephant in my office. Have I mentioned that I don't really take to change well? And in the past week I have moved and started a new job? Oh, and my husband starts school in two weeks? I didn't fully grasp how much I would miss our friends and family - not to mention Rochester in general and that little house I love (and still own). And so I have struggled ... to be thankful for the relationships and memories and to remember that we are supposed to be here. And so now that I have said it, I can ask you to pray and move on.
(By the way, I think they should call PhD school something other than "school" because it doesn't really fall under my definition of "school". Maybe I'll come up with some other options ... )
So ... um, do you want to see some pictures of the greatness of the last month?
FYI: if you ever have the conversation with your spouse (or yourself) if it would be better to take some time off of work and travel with family and friends or move right away and start making money, always choose the first option. you wont regret it.
In and around Beijing with the Brenna/Butz family:
We ate amazing food and hiked up some really old steps
We sweated and found and bartered for treasures
We played Mario Cart and Pandemic
We relaxed and celebrated
We laughed and loved
BWCA (Boundary Waters Canoe Area) trip with 5 amazing ladies
|a portage trail|
|Lake One to Hudson Lake, about 21.5 miles paddled and 1.6 miles portaged|
We packed smart and portaged once
We problem solved, navigated and improvised
We slept on an island and had our own private lake
We threw our food up in trees at night and napped in the afternoon
We basked in the wonder of fog rising off, crystal clear water and fantastic stars above us
Murder Mystery Party, last days in Rochester
|LOVE all their faces!|
Thanks guys for an amazing time!
First days in Franklin
(I hesitated to call these "Loki's Adventures" because that seemed too crazy, over the top - dog owner-ish)
|his place to hide|
|looking for a park that overlooks the lake|
|hot and happy|
I have much to be thankful for.
Now I am going to read my Bible with my dog in my lap before going to sleep next to my husband.
And that is a darn good definition of "home"