We're out of our little beach rental in two weeks and we've decided to move in with some friends who have grown-up kids and empty bedrooms. A few days ago in my head I was positive we would live with them for only a few weeks while all the details of buying a house were worked through. But life took a quick turn, as you all know now, and now those few weeks will stretch out indefinitely. It could still be a few weeks. It could be 4 months. It could be next year. There's no way to know.
Naturally my controlling, protective, fearful self started to worry about my comfort. Oh, comfort, you sly thing you. How will it work sharing a bathroom, a kitchen, a fridge, a washing machine, not sleeping in my own bed? Do you see my concern? My comfort will be ruffled. And you may or may not know this about me, I do not like my comfort ruffled. I worship my comfort and here is God, removing the idol of comfort from my grasp, and asking me to trust Him. Trust that He has a perfect plan, that He knows the end result, that He works all things for His Glory, and that He will not put me through something I cannot handle. He did not promise it would easy, nor did he promise to be gentle. But I will endure.
And I'm working on being excited for this new transition in our lives. Our friends that are opening up their home are some of the sweetest and most generous people we know. We've been living life with them through church for upwards of 5 years and we couldn't ask for better people to be sharing a home with. They are well practiced at inviting others to live with them too, as they have had over twenty people/families join them in their home over the past 20+ years, some staying as long as eighteen months! I'm blown away. I think you should be to. But then again, look at my comfort resume (see whining above). I could learn a thing or two from them. And I'm betting I will.
So after a bit of prayer, and a decided effort to turn my summer around, I followed Janetha's promting and made my own summer bucket list!!
I'm super excited to get started on my list. And I wrote it cautiously because although I like to make lists, I actually like to cross things off my list more, and I feel somewhat unsuccessful if I don't scratch all items off my list. So my list is manageable with nothing too wild and extravagant but also built with tasks that will take intention to complete. OH! And my self imposed deadline and self imposed end to summer is my 30th birthday on September 13th. But if the sun wants to keep shining, I'll happily take it, summer or not.
1. Make sushi at home.
2. Hike minimum 4 times, two of which are Backpacking overnight.
3. Make a new header for my blog.
4. Learn to love my waist.
5. Achieve "healthy" according to my doctors.
6. Plant a garden, perhaps herb.
7. Have a picnic.
8. Donate old stuff to thrift store.
9. Try 5 new West Seattle restaurants.
10. Go to a festival.
11. Make Popsicles.
12. Pick fresh blueberries.
13. Make a complete meal over fire (perhaps during #2 above)
14. Attend an outdoor concert.
18. Walk around a small town outside of Seattle.
19. Visit local brewery for fresh summer ale.
20. Buy our house :-)
How's that for goals? What are your goals this summer?!