Contents of my backpack for a 3+ month trek around Europe:
5 shirts, 3 skirts, 1 pair yoga pants, 1 pair sandals, 1 bathing suit, 1 ziplock bag of toiletries (including just the barest of essentials, not even conditioner made the cut), 1 guidebook, 20 packs of instant oatmeal (we didn’t realize what lifesavers these would be and had Jen bring us reinforcements when she met us in Spain!), a few protein bars, a raincoat, and a first aid kit. Seriously.
Contents of my Costa Rica bound suitcase: My snoogle pillow (it’s six feet long, but helps the prego back pain enough that I can actually get some sleep), pilates bands, five paperback books (deadweight in every “how to pack light” article I’ve ever read), five hardcover books (even worse!), two boxes of Hostess 100 calorie cupcakes, other healthy and protein-filled snacks to help with the Itsy Bitsy's development, all sorts of extraneous toiletries including three different types of sunscreen (no ‘washable 5’ sarah and jen- haha!). Also, there’s a notebook for making lists, my Bible, journal and travel journal. And two beach towels. And possibly snorkel gear. Oh yeah, and I tucked a couple of swim suits, sundresses and a pair of flip flops in Adam’s suitcase.
So I guess there is a similarity in all of this: I am totally fine with leaving the country for 3 months (or 10 days) with only a few things to wear! It’s good to know that I can travel light if I so choose. And maybe even better to pack an entire suitcase of non-essentials just because I can.
Though really, the most glorious part of all of this packing (and comparing) is that the countdown until we lug my brimming-with-extras suitcase to the airport is just 11 hours. Sunshine here we come!
ADAM GOT INTO DENTAL SCHOOL AT CU!!!
This wild and crazy, swirly, twirly four year path has led to the dental campus three miles from our house.
And in the 'glorious middle' of this journey, the Lord has taught us about stewardship, surrender, patience, trusting Him, His provision, more about patience, and more about trusting Him. I can honestly say, I wouldn't trade the last four years of limbo for four years of control and our own way... not for anything! We are going into this next adventure with thankfulness and knowledge that, even though NONE of this 'makes sense' by worldly standards, the Lord shows His glory and His provision best in these circumstances that just don't line up with the way that seems most logical. We've seen it before, y'all. And we can't wait to see the Lord's hand in the next steps of this surprising, detour-filled journey.
And now the best news of all: if you have been waiting for the opportunity to get your very own diamond studded platinum grill, you can start your countdown. Dr. G., master of the platinum grill, will be making his grand entrance into the field of dentistry in a meer 4 years. It'll take you that long to finance one, so start saving your pennies.
On Saturday, I am headed to Aurora Public Library with the mission of finding a few (or perhaps more than a few) beach books to tote along to Costa Rica for our babymoon next week. Some of my favorite beach books in the past include: The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks (thanks Jen!), Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin (thanks Trish!) and Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella (thanks Kiji!). I am also not opposed to more serious books (think Secret Life of Bees or Kite Runner)… And, actually, a few years ago I took the Francine Rivers Mark of the Lion series as a trio of beach reads to Mexico (though, the relentless teasing from Adam about the cover of A Voice in the Wind was enough to make me regret it… I tried and tried and cannot find a picture of this winner of a cover online, so apparently he wasn’t the only one who thought the ‘romance novel-esque’ portrayal of Atretes was a little much.)
Anyhow, I have been scouring the internet for lists of beach book recommendations, but haven’t come up with anything. Or actually, have come up with a gluttony of information… but I have no sifting mechanism to help me decide whose list to trust.
That’s where you, dear friends-who-I-can-trust-their-judgement, come in… what authors and titles should I be on the lookout for on Saturday? What are your favorite beachy reads? Like I said, I’m pretty much up for any chic lit, a serious book or two, and perhaps even a more cheesy Christian novel thrown in for kicks (one without a shirtless Atretes on the front, please). Don’t worry if you have ten (or more!) to recommend… I’d love to have a list for future snowy-with-cocoa days and poolside retreats (there will be tons of those this summer with a newborn in tote, I’m sure!) Thanks friends!
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord taketh away, may the name of the Lord be praised.” JOB 1:21
As Adam and I have been reading through the book of Job this January, I have been so convicted and humbled by his example of unceasing worship in the most dire of circumstances.
I keep coming back to the first chapter and the way Job responded to the news that all of his wealth, and the lives of his ten children, were all taken in ONE DAY... he ripped his robe, shaved his head, and worshipped the Lord!
I, on the other hand, am such a grumbler! I petition the Lord when I’m worn out by long days at school, complain when the flip house doesn’t sell on my schedule, look toward heaven with sadness (or anger!) when our plans for dental school don’t fall into place exactly as I’d hoped. May these verses be deeply imprinted on our hearts, and may Adam and I respond with worship in each circumstance, regardless of how close or far it falls from our hopes or expectations.