10:22 PM

Barely Home

I've been all over the place - well, for a while anyway. Almost all of the break. And I'm going back to school on Friday - driving the whole way by myself. It'll be fun, as the break was. I got to watch my sister play some serious basketball, hang out with great family members in virginia and pennsylvania, go to my first ever debutante ball, and attend the wedding of some friends from highschool. Not to mention the heaps and heaps of fun with my parents and brother in the car driving around alot. :-D And then the whole Christmas thing...

what Child is this, Who, laid to rest,
on mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
while shepherds watch are keeping?
this, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
haste, haste to bring Him laud,
the Babe, the Son of mary!

why lies He in such mean estate,
where ox and ass are feeding?
good christian, fear - for sinners here
the silent Word is pleading.
nails, speare shall pierce Him through,
the cross be borne for me, for you;
hail, hail the Word made flesh,
the Babe, the Son of mary!

so bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh;
come, peasant, king, to own Him
the King of kings salvation brings -
let lovig hearts enthrone Him.
raise, raise the song on high,
the Virgin sings her lullaby;
joy, joy, for Christ is born,
the Babe, the Son of mary!

ladies and gentlemen, that's my favorite christmas carol. with ALL the words. (just wait till we start lent and i get into quoting all my favorite easter hymns... it's a blast.)

it's tough to be home for only 4 days at a time during christmas - and only 8 total - but this whole process has really helped me out in one huge area: figuring out that i actually do like warm climates. LOVE warm climates, perhaps. i really really do. it's been hot in dallas - even in the low 80s one day - and orlando was in the 70s and i LOVED it. it was really really fun to wear skirts and tank tops and open-toed shoes. winter is nice, and seasons are nice, but for the first time in my life i feel like i could live somewhere like california or florida that is perenially warm. that's handy information for a girl considering seminary in orlando...

speaking of seminary, i met some really great folks (who really want to get in on the RUF action - like me -) at phil and winsor's wedding - well, after it, technically. they are a seminary couple at westminster dallas, and i got to talk to them alot. it was amazing - they are so neat, and i got to ask them alot of questions. thus, my list has moved around a little to look like this:
1) RTS orlando
2) westminster dallas
3) westminster philadelphia
4) RTS charlotte
i'm excited to visit and all that. how fun is my life?

i have been working like a madwoman to organize my room - especially my books (my mom moved another bookshelf into my room). unfortunately i could still use some shelving space, but i think i can pull it off a little longer. mom and i may get some more shelving to go over my desk that would make the difference.

there's still alot to do - especially in the closet, where about half a book sale from my alma mater's library still sits in waiting to have judgement passed. their destinies lie mostly in the exciting and thrilling shelves of half price books i think - i'm trying to be ruthless...

the other big thing that needs to be done is packing. i think i might be able to pull that off tonight. we'll see though.

i can't wait to see my precious back-from abroad friends in just a few days. then again, i can't wait to see kristen on the way up and the folks i got to hang out with all last semester. and of course, i can't wait to buy more books (lol) for classes and get those classes started and get into a new rhythm. and i can't wait for the duke game, even though we're gonna loose.

i have the greatest family in world history. i dare you to prove me wrong.

i feel like doing the boogie dance. a scary thought, since i don't know what that is...


lin said...

I share your affinity for warm climates. I just moved back home to southern california after graduating college in Chicago. I have come to a new appreciation of not having to scrape ice from my windshield every morning.

As you start back at school, if you are looking for a little recreational reading, I have a book to recommend.

The book is titled "The Fall of Lucifer", written by Wendy Alec.

The book opens with the three Angelic brothers, Lucifer, Michael and Gabriel, in heaven before the fall. Over the course of the book, the essence of the angels is developed. The controversy arises when God created man to be higher than the angels, in that we are created in the image of God. Lucifer was embittered to the point of rebellion.

Various historical events are incorporated, and the plot offers the perspective of an angel into the events. The novel develops the beauty of heaven and the grotesque quality of hell, the depths of evil, and the beauty of grace. It communicates these themes through beautiful imagery and an intriguing plot. The beautiful imagery would make for amazing scenery!

This is a fast read, 300-page novel that is consuming to the imagination and penetrating to the heart. I hope they make this book into a movie. It would be amazing. If you have time, I hope you enjoy it!

Laur said...

thanks lin!