1. I enjoy being 30. It's like I can take a deep breath and move on. Transitions are not my favorite thing, but this has hardly taken much getting used to. However, the kind family we are staying with celebrated their 21 year old daughter's birthday last night, and we got to be a part of it. It was fun to hear her reflect about her previous birthdays, and to think about the years ahead of her. I know God will teach her so much, through both tears and laughter. All I can say is, don't wish away your twenties, but when they're over, thank the Lord for those refining years and move forward with joy. Of course we all have different stories...my grandma, (who I thankfully got to spend time with this weekend!), had 4 kids by the time she was 24!! Talk about two different life experiences.
2. I need to sew!!! I still haven't told you about the great books I got for Christmas and my birthday, and the projects are beckoning me! Problem is, currently I'm not even quite sure where my fabric is - though I think it's in storage. (With those headbands I'm sure you all would like to see in a shop!) I will be so ready to get my craft on once we are back in a semi-permanent one of these days. I'm looking forward to trying out a couple new canvas projects!
3. My small group of bible study girls is currently working through a study called "God Seeker," written by the wife of the pastor of the multi-site where Kevin is part of the staff. She is an awesome lady and they have a passionate, God-seeking family who Kevin and I are blessed to call friends. The study is one I would recommend that everyone do. It's a study through Exodus 33, based on Moses' "tent of meeting" where he sought after God regularly. The study draws you into an intense desire to know you Creator intimately, and pursue him with your whole heart. The author, Kristen, recently came out with a dvd to accompany the study. Check out the study here at Further Still ministries, as well as her blog.
4. Remember long ago when I said Kevin and I were going to make a DIY headboard??? Well, (like many other things!), we have yet to do it. However we do still have all the supplies, that we scored on sale several months ago. So while you wait on us to get around to making it, check out this tutorial from the blog, "house of wood," that we plan to use to make it. (In case you get around to it before we do!!)
5. Finally, I'm in the process of re-reading Karen Kingsbury's "Like Dandelion Dust," before I see the movie that was recently made based on the story. The dvd is coming out tomorrow! I really wanted to see it in the theater, but never got around to it. I've heard wonderful things about the movie, it has a great cast, and the story, while intense, involves the theme of adoption. I remember loving the story the first time I read it. Check it out if you get a chance! (I always recommend reading the book first!!!)