What I’ve Learned About Living in Community

What I’ve Learned About Living in Community

I originally penned this post back in August when my spirit was high off the joy of camp life. The words fermented in my drafts folder, forgotten, until yesterday. For my current stage of life, I am back living with my parents, which, as a 22-year-old, proposes a relational confusion (am I child or an adult?). As I read the words that I wrote just months ago, the Holy Spirit comforted me. God’s will is that I will be sanctified wherever I am, and I am called to minister to whomever is near me. So for now, I am being sanctified and ministering in my hometown. And when I move to my next dwelling, I will be sanctified there. I hope this post encourages you like it encouraged me.

The last three years of college spoiled me a little.  After freshman year, I never had a roommate.  Although my dorm rooms always had two closets, two dressers, two desks, and two beds, I was the only person living in the room.  It was nice.

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Simple Joy Saturday #9

Simple Joy Saturday #9

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

1. The Rail Trail  

Next time you want to run in Trumbull, CT, go to Pequonnock River Valley.

2. New jars of Blind Spot Nutbutter

I think this has been a simple joy before, but I always get excited when I get to try new flavors from my favorite nut butter company. Any suggestions for what I should do with the Thai Peanut Sauce?

3. The new Pine Cove Camps Instagram series.

I admit it, I am just using this post to brag that my idea made it somewhere beyond my brain.

When in New England…

When in New England…

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I should probably quit trusting my brother.  You may remember that last year, he lied, “It’s not that far” as we trekked through NYC.  This year, he claimed that hiking Mt. Monadnock is easy.  In actuality, it is a “steep scramble” up a difficult trail.

Yet, I am quick to forgive him.  He had never hiked the mountain himself; he only knew that if you’re in New Hampshire, you should climb the second most-hiked mountain in the world.

So, being the gullible sister that I am, I crawled up the sheer rock.  We agreed that the breathtaking views were worth the struggle.  After we slid back down the cliffs, we made an executive decision: when you are in Vermont, you have to eat Ben and Jerry’s.

The Main(e) Event

The Main(e) Event

A long drive down some back roads brought us (brother and I) to Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  We jogged up a short flight of stairs and stood in awe.  Then we skipped down the hill and stood amazed once again.

Despite the breathtaking coastline, Brother and I were perplexed.  We walked several trails at Two Lights State Park, but we didn’t see any lighthouses.  A glance at the map confirmed that the nearest lighthouse is a five-minute drive from the park entrance.

After a picnic lunch, we explored Fort William Park, which does have 2 lighthouses.

Brother and I were never disappointed with the scenery in Maine.

We enjoyed the beautiful weather and God’s masterful handiwork.

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A Walking Tour of Boston

A Walking Tour of Boston

Well, I’ve never plucked a rooster,

And I’m not too good at ping pong,

And I’ve never thrown my mashed potatoes up against the wall,

And I’ve never kissed a chipmunk,

And I’ve never gotten head lice…”

But I have been to Boston in the fall.

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Simple Joy Saturday #8

Simple Joy Saturday #8

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

 

 

October 14-20

1. My best friend is married! Last Saturday evening at a perfect venue, Beth and Stephen said “I do.”

Photo by Sassyfras Studios.

2. Traveling with my brother.

3. The gorgeous foliage of New England

I promise to post more about our travels sometime next week!