The Unknown

I'd been putting the blog off during the work week, and not just because it's been busy. It got to the point where I actually wrote "blog" in my planner, to be checked off today like a much-needed therapy session and with the affirmation of a week well documented. Do people do that? Should blogging be prioritized? Perhaps only when writing is much cheaper than a therapist.

On this Sunday afternoon I can step back and survey the damage - the last full week of January not sifted through a sieve with care, but choked down rather like cough syrup, with a distinct aftertaste but the understanding that it will only make me healthier, stronger, more alive. It was a week that I entered with questions and expected answers. And yet, at the end of the day, I find myself with a laundry list of questions that had been avoided; questions that had been buried in the recesses of my mind and labelled, "Nuh-Uh. Don't Even Start." Questions like, "Where will you be in December?" and "Is it realistic to assume that you'll find an entry-level job in New York City?" 

It's been a week of important phone calls. "Important" in the sense that their outcomes could change the path of our future. "Important" in the sense that they led me to work on 3 online applications for a total of 5 1/2 hours on Friday, which brings me to a grand total of 14 applications completed in the last month. And I'm weary, but I know that few things worth having come easily. 

At church this morning, our pastor spoke on the verse in Luke that tells us: "Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!" (1:45) The verse is a response to the virgin, Mary, after she was told that she would have a child, and that child would "be called the Son of God" (1:35). Mary didn't know how the promise would be fulfilled, but she was blessed because she believed. Mary didn't say, "I'm not so sure about this. Can we go over the logistics again? And can you make sure my parents don't disown me? Let's discuss what's in this for me."

I haven't been called to the divine office that God had for Mary, but I can learn something from her response. Though I don't know what the next year will hold, I trust that I have a God who is faithful, who is just, and who places people in our lives who abate our fears and remind us of His love

This weekend, in spite of a week that came at us with the appearance of an ill-fated storm, we celebrated the latter, joining with friends to welcome the wonderful, opportunity-filled unknown

Melissa, Rebekah, James and Andrew came over for dessert after Gordon's operetta on Friday night. 
Rebekah and Andrew kindly modeled the Strawberry Shortcake.

The giant catastrophe in our kitchen after pancakes with Rebekah on Saturday morning.
Worth it.

And my gorgeous friend, Heather Lobe?
Girlfriend is ENGAGED. We had lunch to celebrate.

How happy is this girl!?

Carissa, telling you how it is.

Cupcakes from Cupcake Cafe.
An imitation Crumbs Bake Shop. Close, but not the same.

I'm pretty sure they like each other. 
The newly engaged: Heather and Neil. 

Salt of the earth.
L-R: Heather, me, Rachel, Lily, Carissa and Christina

Dinner at Salem Beer Works.
Their loaded mashed potatoes are incredible.

Have a blessed Sunday.


  1. The catastrophe was so worth it. Next time I'll cook and have the catastrophe.

  2. :) And then I ate the leftovers for lunch and dinner yesterday... my stomach is now 90% pancake.

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