I know, I know... My commitment level towards keeping you sweet west coast folks posted on my east coast adventures.. I gotta admit, it's wavering! Basically, summer has been awesome. So awesome that I've innately decided that it's better to live it in the moment and reflect on it later, ya know?
Basically, God is good and life is beautiful. I'm learning so much just by being away from familiar places and faces.. not to mention all the people I've met here that have been pouring in to my life directly and seemingly indirectly.. God is so faithful and I see that so much through the community He's surrounded me with here. At the end of every day I'm simply grateful for this season of life where God has become my closest friend, primarily I think because I'm literally away from the friends who know me inside and out and this separation has forced me to run to God as to the only one who really "knows me." I'm experience Him as "home" in a way that I don't know if I'd experience if I was literally at home in CA right now. His ways are so much higher than ours and it's so sweet to get an occasional glimpse into His ways, His story, His purposes.
A few (of many) noteworthy things about the South. 1 // People honk their horn here more than anywhere else I've been before (besides Ukraine, but that's a different story altogether). 2 // Traffic here is generally terrible. For example, today it took me and Courtney an hour and a half to drive 6 miles to run an errand... only to arrive to the place being closed for the day... Oh, fate. It was hilarious. 3 // I've witnessed more thunderstorms this summer than in all of my life combined. Love it. In my humble opinion, thunderstorms are one of the most beautiful displays of God's greatness. 4 // PCC is a beautiful gathering of a family that seeks to magnify the name of Jesus in everything... so thankful for the Church that is so alive worldwide. 5 // The idea of "Southern hospitality" reminds me a lot of the Slavic hospitality that I've grown up with. It's beautiful. However, I will admit I've yet to treat my friends to any ethnic Slavic dishes. 6 // It's starting to look like autumn here and I. Love. It. Pumpkin spice lattes, cozy scarves, and comfy boots... come on now.
How has your summer been? What's been a highlight? What have you learned?