Monday, July 25, 2011

to Scarborough & the Heights...some summer accomplishments

Let's see, an update on me lately. Well, I checked off another book from my summer reading list -- Wuthering Heights! Strangely enough, I loved it. For those of you who know the story, it really is rather depressing and the characters are so unpleasant...yet somehow Emily Bronte managed to create an incredible piece of literature that kept me enthralled for about 2 weeks. 

This novel has made it's way into my top favorites for sure. I would gladly read it again, I know there is probably a lot I would pick up on another time through.

At the beginning of this summer I planted an herb garden, hoping to develop my green thumb a bit more (herb gardens are easy, right?)...haha, although I'm not sure if I did any of it correctly, most of them are doing great! My one requirement for an herb garden was that it must possess the title, "Scarborough Fair"and include all the things mentioned in the Simon & Garfunkel song (my favorite version). Alas I do indeed have parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme, and they are growing in meager abundance! (I say meager because I planted them in a basket...not as much space as they probably should have...oh well, I am content!)

my Scarborough Fair garden
This past week felt truly like summer. Kathryn and I were both off work, celebrated her 21st birthday, and made some trips to our favorite places. We drove to Columbus to visit Jason, Sherry & and the twins, and I was able to take a couple hours to meet up with my roommate for this year! It was a great time together, I am excited for all God has in store for our unit! E3W is gonna be awesome! I leave for school in less than a month now, and as the weeks of summer are dwindling down, I am realizing the reality of the new responsibilities I will have this year as an RA. I don't want to be someone who takes her job too seriously, but I don't want to go into this semester unprepared, mentally or spiritually.  

Honestly, keeping focused this summer has been pretty difficult for me. I've recently realized that I've been expecting that once I get to school I'll just magically attain the ability to manage my time well and be disciplined. Ha, that is unrealistic. I need to persevere in being disciplined and make time every day now (especially now) to be alone with the Lord and in the Word, or else once my schedule gets even busier that priority will be harder to attain.
It is amazing to me to see how even with my inconsistencies and struggle to be self-disciplined, God has been faithful to answer prayers and love way beyond what I deserve. He has given me ideas for my unit, and is teaching me that I can't ignore the direction He is so faithfully providing.  I may know the direction, but so often I don't move forward by putting aside what I want to follow it entirely. With direction always comes provision, and I am buckling down on trying to be faithful and dedicated to follow it whole-heartedly. 
I could go on and on, but I'll just leave it at I am learning a lot :) 

 I'm now venturing into Middle Earth to finish up book two in the Lord of the Ring series...and then I'll be headed out to the ocean to complete the Kon Tiki adventure (haha, literally I am going to the beach this week and plan on finishing that book there). 
I'll write more later!