Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Finally Back & Ready for the Next Adventure!

These last few weeks have been a complete whirlwind and unfortunately it took me away from blogging for some time. It was surely the longest I've ever gone without checking in, so I apologize for going MIA on those who follow! As some of you know from the prayer requests blog, my oral surgery (to get out all 4 impacted wisdom teeth in mid-July) did not go very well at all... I ended up missing the last 3 of my 4 weeks left at the organization I've loved working at so much over this last year and a half... and that has all wrapped up now.

M and I also just got back (last night) from vacationing in the Turks & Caicos Islands - the most beautiful place I've ever laid eyes on and possibly the most beautiful place on earth. To put it simply: if heaven were a beach it would surely resemble Grace Bay. As for the airport situation (which, began on the morning we were scheduled to leave) I'd rather pretend we didn't have to fly to get there... I think that should say it all!

This has been an incredible week in my life... and it's only getting started. I start law school the day after tomorrow! The time for relaxing is past (and too quickly at that) and the time for hard work and major stress (I'm sure) is at hand. But my faith is in God that I will be able to succeed at George Mason, and I remind myself often of something Kristin said in the comments section of this blog many months ago.... that God puts desires in our hearts' for a reason. I have to believe that He will give me the strength and perserverance to do the best I'm capable of, come what may.

When I think about the girl I was a little over a year ago, I feel like I am recalling a photograph I saw once that's date I can't remember. Something I remember briefly, that is gone from me. God has surely raised me up from times of trouble and He has surely blessed me immensely in this last year! The gift that M and his precious daughter have been to my life have meant more to me than I could ever put into words - though I've tried to time and time again... I reflect on where I've been and where I'm going and I know that I am standing exactly where I need to be... with M by my side and a future that we can only imagine before us. (When we are baptized together on August 20th, my joy will be complete). And the words to that hymn that is sung at Frontline so often ring so true now... "It is well with my soul." Wherever the road leads...

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Pia said...

hey, girl! welcome back. i've missed you. glad to hear you guys had a lot of fun. a week from now i'll be gone for a while. i'll sure miss blogging and friends like you. i hope to see you again when i get back.

God bless.

martie said...

Wow, the picture of the beach certainly looks as if it could be heaven! Glad you're back, sorry to hear about the trouble with your wisdom teeth and good luck beginning law school this week. You'll do just fine, I know it! Hugs

audrey` said...

Welcome back, Nan!
All the very best to you in your law school.
God bless!

Tim Rice said...

Welcome back! You were missed but it is understood.

Praying the best for you as you start law school. It sounds exciting even though it will be hard work.

Your vacation sounded wonderful and the picture was beautiful.

Again, it's great to have you back. :)

Ryan S. said...

Glad you had a good time.

Corry said...

What a beautiful pic. Welcome back, girl we missed you. May God bless your new venture in law school.:-)

God's Grace.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back! I hope these first few days at law school have been good ones, I'm here for you as someone who has been through the entire experience recently :)And, I had wisdom tooth trouble too - NOT fun!!! That beach looks amazing, hopefully someday I will get there. For now, I satisfy my beach cravings in New England at Cape Cod and Hampton Beach :) Glad to hear that all is well, and blessings for your baptism!

Godwyn Lim said...

Welcome back! Thank you for sharing with us how Great our living God is!

It inspires me to look ahead, trust in Him even through trials & tribulations:-)

Beautiful beach, surely it is like Heaven from the look of the photo!

Have a good week ahead, best of grace for your studies in law school:-)

Jesus always bless us with loving kindness & gentle mercy!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back! Beautiful picture and glad you have great time. :)

Kitty Cheng said...

Nan,your vacation sounds soooo fantastic, and oh I love the picture of the beautiful beach. I wish I could be there with you hehe :)

Enjoy your law school. It's so true that God put desires in our hearts for a reason - and that is to glorify Him I believe!

God Bless1

Ryan S. said...

Congratulations! I hope you enjoyed yourself.

Anika said...

You're going to law school! That is absolutely fantastic -- you are going to rock at George Mason. Keep me posted on everything going on - maybe one day, I'll make my way up there. :-)