Saturday, June 9, 2007

This weekend we've come out to spend some time with the folks at the camp that they work at. My brother and Lindsay came with us and it's been great to be together. The idea that we won't have much time left to spend together like this is looming. Even my sister (who lives in Colorado) told me she's sad we're moving...then we laughed because we realized it doesn't matter to her where we live, she sees us only a couple times a year anyway.

Being at the camp where I have sort of grown up and where Melissa spent her summers in college is always such a blessing. It is such a great place and it is so fun to see the people that work here when we come out. We really love this place and are going to miss being able to just jump in the car on a Friday afternoon and make the beautiful drive through the Coastal mountains.

I think we will always be accepted like family around here, and that is comforting to know. And it's great that now I can keep up on what's going on through the camp's new blog (written by the executive director Ken, who I worked under as an intern at the camp).

Thus ends my unintended ode to Twin Rocks...we really are going to miss it...

Friday, June 8, 2007

One of the most impacting books for me has been "Mountains Beyond Mountains" by Tracy Kidder. In it he tells the story of a Harvard professor and doctor who works to alleviate the poverty and injustice in Haiti. It's a pretty gripping story about the passion the doctor, Paul Farmer, has for the work he does. At times he even comes across a bit insane or over-committed. Nonetheless as a reader you are totally moved by the devotion this guy has to a cause.

Tonight I came across an interview with him and on it he challenges the viewers to keep fighting against the injustice of the world. Wherever you are, however you want to do it, it doesn't matter, just do it, he says. I used to read books about him and others fighting for equality and justice and would get idealistically fired up and then subsequently depressed. The angst of not feeling like I could get out and do anything about it would get to me. Even to the point that I would give up and almost become purposefully self-focused, as to validate my experience "here" since I wasn't able to affect change "there."

With the prospect of our new adventure on the horizon I'm getting excited to be able to journey with others who desperately want to see the world change as I do. I'm excited to be in a place together for a year dreaming about the potential and learning about the nitty-gritty.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

I enjoy life. Life has been good. As hectic as it has been with studying, classes, work, hot dogs, weddings, and birthdays, it still has been good.

Today I appreciated that goodness a lot. I had a great lunchtime with staff from work. I enjoyed discussing the importance of book titles and the different reactions people have to how words sound. I enjoyed selling hot dogs and talking with friends who happen to be relatives who happen to be employers. I even enjoyed getting made fun of about my choice in cheesy clip-art for the bible study material I edit. I mean seriously... is this not a cistern. Ok, you're probably right.

I enjoyed it all. Even if there was a hint of mundane in my day I still enjoyed it. Soon enough I will not have the chance to enjoy life as I have known it. Soon enough my routine will be entirely different and I won't run into good friends at coffee shops or get made fun of about my choice in clip-art. I'm even learning to appreciate my drives home down 1-5 with my relatively little traffic and often pretty sunsets.

Life is soon going to take a dramatic turn and life will be different. I'm excited about where God is leading me. But life will be different.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

I passed!!!

I finished my exam in under 4 hours and I got a score of 570. That means I got what I needed to get into school. Philadelphia here we come!

Monday, June 4, 2007

So I finally made it out of JFK if you all were wondering. Apparently I was there for a month.... sitting in those uncomfortable black connected chairs that every airport seems to have. Is there no room for unique furniture in the American airport system?

I digress...

Since Melissa and I got back from our trip to Philadelphia I have been up to quite a bit. Here's a recap of the many posts I should have written this past month.

Our trip to Philadelphia was a significant experience for me to listen to God's calling on my life and have some confirmation as to where Melissa and I are heading next. That weekend--although it was quick--really solidified the fact that I'm supposed to be at Eastern University. Not many times in life have I felt so clear about where God is directing me. The feel of the program, the excitement of living in Philadelphia, the opportunity to study abroad, the influence of people like Tony Campolo, Ron Sider, David Bronkema, all are reasons why I felt that is where we should head. So the moment we got back I began to get everything in order for me to enroll this fall.

The major component I was lacking before I could be accepted was taking the GMAT (the MBA entrance exam). So the majority of my time has been spent studying for the test. I take the test tomorrow. I'm kind of nervous because of how important the test is, but I feel pretty confident after having taken two practice tests and getting passing scores both times. After I finish the test I have just a few more pieces of my application to get in order before they can accept me.

May also marked the first month of my employment at Ankeny Brothers Concessions, Luke and Heidi Ankeny's hot dog stand at a local Home Depot. It has been a great month of selling hot dogs and making coffee. The stand is meant to act as a missional connecting point between Luke and Heidi and the local Sherwood/Newberg community. Luke and I have been discussing life, church, faith, and hot dogs a lot while working. We have realized over those past month that the phase we are in is the "learning to talk to people" phase. It has been a great experience of getting out of the walls of "the church" and intersecting with the daily lives of regular people...even if we are just selling hot dogs. I have benefited from the daily interaction with customers, the deeper relationships with Home Depot workers, and the conversations with co-workers.

The other major happenings this month have been my brother's wedding, and my birthday. Nick's wedding was great to be a part of. The whole experience was fun, from the bachelor party the weekend before, to the rehearsal, the ceremony and the reception. They're a great couple and I'm really excited for them. It will be fun to see where God leads them and the ways that our lives will intersect. If you're reading this, I love you guys.

My birthday happened a week after Nick's wedding and the main gift I got was Guitar Hero II. It's pretty much the sweetest thing ever. Anyone that has come over and played gets addicted to it. Pretty soon I'm going to be as good as this kid, or as sweet as this guy. It was also my golden birthday (I turned 24 and my birthday is on the 24th), so everything Melissa got me was in 24's. 24 bags of Mike and Ike's, Season 1 of the tv show "24". It was creative. Thanks Melissa.

That has been my month at-a-glance.