In the midst of all this travel talk, I thought I'd squeak in a post about the life happening around me lately.
It has been filled with wonder.
You see, Kevin and I are in a "sowing" season now.
A time where we buckle down and do the hard work,
get our hands dirty,
and put in long hours,
so that in the future, we will reap what we have sown.
For us personally, this means Kevin going back to work full-time at our family's restaurants,
and me going back to school full-time to get my masters in counseling (MFT).
These are long days, filled with reading and errands, and well, life.
And for a couple who has spent the last few years traveling the world,
exploring and meandering,
working on our own time,
and discovering all things "new"
this shift to schedules and routines and a long road of commitments
could seem, for lack of a better word, boring.
But instead, God has dipped this meaningful chapter in a golden hue.
He has taken the mundane, and literally flipped the switch of mediocrity into an illuminated mercy.
I have had the most incredible ride just sitting back this last month and watching God show himself to be nothing less than fantastically in tune with our hearts…
blessing us with gifts that surprise and leave us in awe
at his tender love and unique care of the things that make us happy.
life, while more structured in one sense, is never without wonder.
Remember how I told you I was starting school to get my MFT?
welp, i'm now in my third week and LOVING IT!
Friends, school is my JAM! Everything I am learning to so relevant and fascinating:)
And, as many of you know from experience, school is not cheap. In fact, it's downright expensive!
But what do you know...lo and behold…a few weeks before school started, I received an email from one of the directors of my program asking if I would be interested in applying to be their graduate assistant! The short story is that I was hired for this position, and now receive a lovely reduction in my tuition!! I was literally humbled as I watched the Lord just outdo himself and provide for Kevin and I in such a beautiful way.
If you've been following my blog long enough, you'd know that Kevin and I lived the last 5 years in a low-income neighborhood. The kids and families we met there, changed our lives. This past weekend I visited our complex for the first time since we've been back from Nepal. As I parked my car, I caught one of the little boy's eyes, who literally LIT UP and ran straight to me. In a matter of seconds, all the kids started yelling "Katie's back!!!!" and running and giving me hugs. Old and young, I sat tethered in a stream of arms embracing, wishing I could have bottled up the love and sheer joy I felt. And it reminded me that the way of relationship is the most beautiful and profound thread of our lives. All those hours of baking with neighbors, and reading books, and playing tag, and hosting dinners…it all mattered. It mattered because I mattered to them, and they mattered to me. And we, together in the business of doing life, mattered to God. You guys, it was so, so holy.
and then there have been the little tender mercies from above.
visits from out of town friends. love notes from my husband. fresh fruit and veggies.
sunshine the entire month of January.
being hired to capture memories of love-filled events,
absolute peace in my heart, the gifts of the Proverbs,
in-laws that fill us with laughter and let us live rent-free,
and now house-sitting with Kev at a most beautiful retreat-like home.
really, it all is
I hope you find wonder in your daily tasks. Because our wonderful God pours life into even the most boring of days:) Happy Thursday friends!
ps- I'm flying to northern california this weekend to visit my family and watch the Olympics! My dad and I are die-hard olympic fans, and for his Christmas present I told him I would come up and be his olympic watching buddy! My two sisters are also driving home this weekend, and together the three of us are playing on a basketball team, in a city league my dad has been organizing for the last 5 years! Should be fun and hilarious, as i'm so out of shape, haha!!