Man, the last couple of weeks have been crazy in the best kind of way. I feel like I've been traveling all over the great state of NC saying some goodbyes and spending time with the people I love. Brian and I have THREE weeks before we move to JAPAN-- wait, what??
Yes, it's true. And no, I'm not freaking out. I feel strangely at peace and at ease about things right now. When people ask "where are you living?" or "who is picking you up from the airport?" or maybe "what are you going to do when you get there?" I have brief moments of panic because I realize that I don't have answers to any of these questions. But then, peace. God has been good to us through this process, why would He quit now? That's the promise we are clinging to.
So here is where we have been over the past few weeks in a quick picture update..
Spent a few days at the beach with my Nana, isn't she the cutest? I have such fond memories of summer vacations at her beach house with all my cousins on my mom's side of the family. About 30 of us crammed into one house. It was in no way vacation for the adults-- but us kids, we loved it.
Spent a lot of time traveling in the car alone. Well, except for these friends.. they are trusty and dependable. Always there when I need them.
Driving, driving, driving. Honestly, I don't even mind a solo roadtrip. Turn up the worship music, roll down the windows, and live your life.
Favorite sushi with favorite girl. It was my only MUST DO before leaving for Japan.
I got to spend the day with my two besties, my maids of honor, my favorite girls in the world. I am blessed to do life with these two. They make me so much better.
Said goodbye to this wonderful woman, my sweet friend and mentor in Durham, Jen. She was so good to me during my time in college, and I absolutely adore her family.
This little french artist turned one while we were home. We love the Maximus.
Drove to Fayetteville to see Brian's brother, KIRK, return from Afghanistan! Oh, what a glorious day. We are SO happy he is home.
This is step one in my Project Recreate Fall in Okinawa. Fall is my season, and I am missing it in the physical sense this year. However, I will not be missing it in spirit. If you would like to donate to the fund I am now receiving anything pumpkiny, leafy, appley, and cinnamony.
And that's where I've been. I feel like this summer has been a whirlwind, like I have been all over the place. I am truly excited to get settled down in Japan and to feel some consistency again in my life. Maybe I will be a consistent blogger then too? Ok, I won't get too crazy.
Also, I just want to make mention that today is 9/11. Let's remember and pray for the families of the heroes that died 11 years ago today, and the ones that continue to give their lives for our freedom today.