Today is my birthday and I love being able to celebrate another year of life. While I enjoy making New Year’s resolutions in January, in this the start of my twenty-eighth year, I want to carry over this idea in more spiritual ways. This past week I discovered 1 Peter 3:5-6,”For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear” (NASB). I am reminded that my namesake, Sarah was called to wait patiently for the Lord to provide for her and that I, too, can be like her, as I follow the same calling. Therefore, this year I feel led to learn more about freedom in Christ and living a life without fear. These topics will be especially key as I being searching for a job to launch my career in the months ahead.
But before looking ahead, I must look back. I am pleased to say that my semester is over! Grades should be posted within a week or so and I feel good about how things have turned out. So far my summer plans are to take one class (mainly online), complete an independent study in the University choral library, work evenings as a house manager at the local Theatre, and maybe work in summer school during the day. It should be a fun and busy. And speaking of summer, what would summer be without a summer reading list? Not much of a summer, that’s what. Some books that I want to incorporate into my reading life over the next few months are:
– Summerland – Michael Chabon (after sitting on my shelf for a long time, this is the summer!)
– Dandelion Wine – Ray Bradbury (“)
– The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larson
– My Name is Red – Orhan Pamuk (recommended by Emily)
– Beastly – Alex Flinn (YA)
– So B. It – Sarah Weeks (YA)
– Falling Forward – Sandi Patty
– God’s Politics – Jim Wallis
As always, there is much photo updating to do. Let’s dive right in.
Friday, May 1 – My sweet momma came to town to spend the weekend with me. We began by having lunch at a local Italian restaurant. It was rainy, so we didn’t sit on the patio, but it reminds me of being in Rome.
Saturday, May 2 – My table setting for the ladies brunch and fashion show at church. If you were to come to my house, these are the dishes and glasses we would use – Care Bears and all. Maybe one of these days I’ll get big girl glasses, but in the mean time, these are much more fun.
Sunday, May 10 – One of the young families in our church recently had their second baby. Sunday was his first time in church, and after the service I captured this sweet moment of him being held by his great-grandma. She turns 101 today – what an age difference!
Tuesday, May 12 – I can’t say I have many high school friends with whom I keep in regular contact, but my beautiful friend Emily is an exception. She and her friend Ryan unselfishly came to visit, whereby we spent several wonderful hours eating, catching up, talking about many interesting topics (including books), and laughing.
Friday, May 15 – My birthday eve celebrated at the Lake with Addie. Me and my free birthday tiramisu from Pasta House! Trust me, if I could live on this stuff, I would (bringing out my Italian sensibilities).
Saturday, May 16 – The big 2-8! Addie and me (sisters from another mother), with her gift to me – Mary Kay “Velocity” perfume (it’s the orange orb at the bottom of the picture). We proceeded to paint the Lake red by shopping (frugally), eating lunch at Imos, and watching the Cardinals play on TV. We miss St. Louis.
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future” (Proverbs 31:25 – NASB).