Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wherever you go...

Words cannot express how much I absolutely HATE traffic!

Today I drove the whole family (Mom, Zak, Natalie, Dorian) to Dulles Airport which is a little over an hour away from here. You see, today begins a very exciting, and all the while frightening, adventure to Scopolos Greece. My dad will be flying in from a business trip in Paris, Mom/Natalie and Zak/ left today, and Dorian and I will be leaving on Sunday after her regional gymnastics meet.

(If you are still following all that) After the 1.30 crammed in the car with way too much luggage, Natalie stressing out because my mom hadn't "prepared" her carry-on yet, and Zak contributing unnecessary sarcastic comments EVERYONE was ready to get out.

Zak tweeting everything about the drive @twiddadat
Surrounded by girls
Then we get a phone call from our cousins (who are meeting us in Greece) and said they forgot a few very important items and need for Dorian and I to pick them up from Baltimore and bring them on Sunday. While this sounds easy enough, this little 12yr old and have lots planned for the weekend and only had this afternoon to make the 2hr trip to Baltimore from DC. So we headed straight there from the airport and well....SAT IN TRAFFIC FOREVER!!!!!
This is Dori when we finally made it to pick up the forgotten items. "I can't believe we drove all the way to get controllers that will just keep the boys from spending time with us." (Controllers were not the only items we picked up)

We did enjoy the time together singing too loud to the music and screaming at the top of our lungs (just because we can). But what upset me more than the traffic was the fact that I found myself saying "Don't these people know we have 2 puppies that need dinner, and that we want to get home sometime today." AS if I was am so important that the roads should part for me to drive through! 

At the end of the day, all the stress and anxiety I feel about getting on a plane and leaving my comfort level is so insignificant in comparison to the joy and memories that are made along the way. My biggest prayer for this trip is not that everything will go smoothly, or that I won't be so nervous about flying (while that would be nice), but that I would be able to recognize the memories and once-in-a-lifetime moments along the way. 
This was before we got on the road ( ha ha)

This month's quote in my calendar, how perfect!

Also I just need to say for the record, that I really miss having my husband around these days. I thought we were a professional long-distance couple, but it's still so hard to feel connected. Reminding myself that we are so blessed to be able to communicate at all during this TDY (temporary deployment).

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Oh Heaven, it's Verse 11!

For those who don't know C is away for the summer training and I am living in Annapolis with my parents. While I was reluctant at the thought of "moving back home" I am so glad that I did! What a gift it is to be able to spend time with my sisters while they are growing up and to get a chance to look into my family from the perspective of an adult and be so grateful for all that I had growing up.

One of the things I had been worried about while coming back to Annapolis was getting some sort of way to make money. God has provided once again and through a various chain of connections hooked me up with an awesome organization called eCruisers.
Driving these electric cars around has been such a fun thing! Spending time talking to people about a town  that I love is such a fun way to spend the summer. But yet of course as it always happens, one answer to prayer is never enough. My sinful nature craves for more and there are always pains and worries and unanswered questions I find myself praying about.

The moments when I snap out of it and really thank the Lord for what I have are only after I have been constantly seeking him throughout my day. From the minute I wake up to the time I go to bed, I have to believe and recognize that the Holy Spirit is in my midst a he will not forsake me in my time of need. Which leads me to my verse that I want to not only memorize in my head but feel in my heart and soul for "knowledge puffs up but love builds up" 1 Corinthians 8:1b 

"And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you." Psalm 9:10 ESV

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.