A lot of times people ask me where I’m from. I’m from earth. That will be my new reply.
It has been 10 months since I last wrote on this blog. Maybe it’s my lack of internet or lack of enthusiasm or my lack of feeling technological…only God knows, but I’m starting again! I will try to keep up on life as I see it and open my thoughts to those who would like to get an inkling of what is going on. I’ve just 2.5 weeks left of school (including exams), then I’ll begin my journey onward and upward, literally, towards the great state of New York. I hope to see some friends along the way and spend some time with them. My hope is to work on my friendships this “year” wherever the year starts and end…or better yet just to focus on them during this time, when I have time. I think that is something that is lacking in the American culture, spending quality time with one another. Sure, it happens now and then, but too many times it is only happenstance. I by no means mean that we should plan between the hours of such and such that we spend quality, intentional time together, but we should make time for that to happen. This only reinforces why I love working in camp and conference so much.
The time at camp allows us to build intentional relationships in a setting unlike the “real world” that is filled with technological distractions everywhere. Instead camp allows us to have theological distractions :), whether it be some cool bug/plant or a “shooting star” on the dock at night. I could go on about everything I love, but rambling doesn’t seem appropriate. I can fill you in on new details when they happen. Things that I can’t wait for in general is seeing friends along the way. I can’t wait to start planting in the garden and recruiting volunteers as well as allowing campers to harvest crops. I can’t wait for all those things to begin. I will however miss my incredible friends and my “family” both real and adopted.
For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been living the past 9 months with my best friend’s family. They have been so gracious. There is no way to properly thank them, but I will forever be thankful for the home that they have given me.
My thoughts wonder back and forth. Today six years ago the shooting happened at Virginia Tech. Yesterday there were bombings at the Boston Marathon. I can only focus on Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (ESV) I have no words to describe my feelings/thoughts, I am thankful for the Holy Spirit. I will continue to pray for healing.
So, I’ve been driving North for the past week and a half. My first stop was Fincastle/Roanoke, VA, then it was Richmond, VA, then back to Short Pump, VA, then to Arlington, VA, and now I am finally in Slippery Rock, PA at Crestfield Camp and Conference Center [it’s Presbyterian]. I am yawning up a storm from all the driving.
Some people think I’m crazy for doing this..others have called it a “friend binge”. So far I have really enjoyed my time visiting people. Some are friends that I have known for a long time, others are people I have lost touch with and have gotten to renew/revive our friendship. I have commonalities with all of them somehow or another and they are all incredible people. I am constantly inspired by these people and feel so blessed to know them.
They all have different stories and I love listening :).
I have a lot of respect for them. This trip only continues my journey in discernment of just what it is I want to do. I just want to have a job that makes me feel like I have accomplished something/done some good in the world.
Los decisiones de mi vida…
Que es mi problema?!
Today has been relatively good, despite the fact that I am still left with some overwhelming details in my unplanned life. I would love some neon signs from God right now telling me just where I should go and what option I should choose. I went to VA Western Community College and successfully changed into the Horticulture plan..then they asked which one: Landscape Architecture, Viticulture, or Greenhouse Management. Well, I asked if I could do both Greenhouse Management and Viticulture…after a few strange looks they said..as long as you’re paying for it, I don’t see why not. Then comes the price tag….I would really love to avoid falling into greater debt thanks….I already have my undergrad to pay for. So, I’m left with thinking about whether I should do both or just one…or what? Some prayer and deliberation and e-mails are going to help me decide. As well as a lofty conversation with my parents. I can already imagine my father’s reaction….so not excited for that one.
I just have to ask myself what I’m working towards (at this moment in time). What has influenced me onto stumbling onto this path? Well here’s the list: I love being outside. I love interacting with other people and helping educated them/visa versa. I want to work with kids/youth and show them how food grows and how to prepare it. I want to learn more about ameliorating the problem of food deserts. I want to make a difference. I need somewhere to start though. So maybe taking a basic class in horticulture is where it’s “at”. Which course would benefit me more? Well, I think the obvious choice is Greenhouse Management.
Oh well…it’s time to go on with life and deliberation sans internet. Back to the Kyle house I go!
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