“Our life is a short time in expectation, a time in which sadness and joy kiss each other at every moment. There is a quality of sadness that pervades all the moments of our lives. It seems that there is no such thing as a clear-cut pure joy, but that even in the most happy moments of our existence we sense a tinge of sadness. In every satisfaction, there is an awareness of limitations. In every success, there is the fear of jealousy. Behind every smile, there is a tear. In every embrace, there is loneliness. In every friendship, distance. And in all forms of light, there is the knowledge of surrounding darkness . . . But this intimate experience in which every bit of life is touched by a bit of death can point us beyond the limits of our existence. It can do so by making us look forward in expectation to the day when our hearts will be filled with perfect joy, a joy that no one shall take away from us.” -Henri Nouwen
almost a year. oops
the year of busy.
back to school
intro: auk adjunct
meet the *robots
double baby shower
baby boy mob
auk dinner #1
sports day gold
friday market on repeat
dubai for one j
christmas eve party
new years party
plant souk on repeat
parent teach conferences
secret souq glory
spring break-first family visit
best field trip ever
pool days on repeat
hosting on repeat.
auk job offer-finally
hosting on repeat.
americaaa (for one j)
disclaimer: two weeks is just not enough.
summer job (for the other)
120 degree weather. on repeat.
LATE paycheques. &waiting
(insert a whole lot of grace. lots of prayers. lots of dreaming. lots of hope. lots of good ol' fashion jesus.)
this last year has been incredibly BUSY.
lots of 12 hour work days. (we payed off a lot of our debt, and yet still have a lot to go.)
lots of waiting.
lots of weekend napping.
lots of precious moments with friends.
lots of sweat.
lots of cheese.
we still love k-town.
we still have friends.
we landed the jobs we wanted for this next year.
we rented the house we wanted for the next few.
we made it.
we're making it.
we're ready for what's ahead!
there is so much to share in this space.
a new home. (our safe palace in K-town)
throwback trips (Egypt, NorthWest, Summer)
life in two places
life in K-town (-summer questions answered here)
it is my hope and plan that all of those and more are shared soon.
but until then i leave you with part of Donald Miller's Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road...
“And so my prayer is that your story will have involved some leaving and some coming home, some summer and some winter, some roses blooming out like children in a play. My hope is your story will be about changing, about getting something beautiful born inside of you about learning to love a woman or a man, about learning to love a child, about moving yourself around water, around mountains, around friends, about learning to love others more than we love ourselves, about learning oneness as a way of understanding God. We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and the resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn't it?
It might be time for you to go. It might be time to change, to shine out.
I want to repeat one word for you:
Roll the word around on your tongue for a bit. It is a beautiful word, isn't it? So strong and forceful, the way you have always wanted to be. And you will not be alone. You have never been alone. Don't worry. Everything will still be here when you get back. It is you who will have changed.”