About a month ago my older brother Matt left for some Central American adventures. He’s visited places in Costa Rica and Peru, worked on farms, surfed, and done some serious adventuring. These two top photos are ones I took right before he left with a Nikon film SLR. Unfortunately the vast majority of that roll of film was overexposed to heat and light but these were 2 of 3 photos that weren’t completely ruined. I’m so glad they came out. They’re nice to have when I’m missing him so.
This bottom photo is one that I snagged from the pictures Matt’s been posting on Facebook. So cool!
Well, I’ve come to the end of another notebook. I guess you could call it a journal. (Really it’s a composition notebook disguised by pretty papers.) This one took longer to fill than usual. I started it the day after my birthday last fall. And as of right now I have 2 pages left to fill.
Just thinking about all that has happened in the last 8 and a half months to fill this notebook is making me unexpectedly emotional. I open up to the first page and I see that the very first thing I wrote on that day in October, two months into my first year of college, was, “I will glory in Christ. Glory in Christ. I will glory in Christ. I will glory in Christ alone.” Amen.
Reading over the pages. Touching the pages. I am quickly reminded by how easily I forget, for the things that I wrote eight months ago are still teaching me today! Yet he gives me grace. I’m going to take some time now to read over this notebook before I write the final two pages. And I’m expecting to cry, to laugh, to see friendships born, and to thank the Lord as I watch past prayers unfold as I turn the page.
10/24/2010- “I am carrying on a great project and I cannot go down.” -Nehemiah
11/7/2010- The Lord provides what he requires of us.
11/9/2010- He doesn’t have any shoes on…this guy is super swell.
11/2010- Keep moving forward, even if things seem at a standstill.
11/14/2010- Let your light shine- get over yourself.
11/14/2010- “The Beatitudes are so beautiful that I think that’s probably what the birds are singing when you wake up in the morning.”
More to come.