Folks, I learned a l o t in July! So let's begin.
1) There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I ate out like crazy for my birthday week and vacation in Tahoe. By mid-July all I wanted was greens, smoothies, and a little protein.
3) Miss Homebody actually enjoys adventures outdoors!? Yup, with the right company hiking, biking, rafting, and frolicking about outside brings me lots of pleasure and j o y. Now I am always gonna love watching a movie, going out to eat or to the theatre, laying out at the beach or pool, however trekking out somewhere new, exploring new terrain, and enjoying another's company in the midst really has it's place in my life. I want to be more intentional about making space for the great outdoors as they say.
4) I learned that Royal Moms and Dads are just like us and have to endure labor of babies and labor of life. The human experience has so many universal themes. We are never alone in our joy and our suffering.
5) I learned yet again that I have the weirdest tanning body ever! Yup, my legs which got sunburned in mid-June have continued to darken in ridiculous splotches that have become a camouflage of sorts on my shins. Argh! If any sunblock company needs a spokesperson for how well your product works, I'm your gal. One spot missed and it's a blotchy, darkened spot the whole summer...oi vey!
6) Summer movies are, well, not that great this summer. Boo!
7) Life is meant to be shared. This is not a new theme rather an expanding one. I think back to 2005 when God gave me Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 as my year verse:
Two are better than one,
If either of them falls down,
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
My heart, of course, surely hoped this would be the year of meeting a special someone. Instead it meant deepening relationships with my friends, ministry team, community, family, and housemates. It was learning more about doing life together, sharing Christ, breaking bread, holding each other's pains and sorrows, lifting up and celebrating our joys and victories.