Friday, March 25, 2016

in a blink

As I begin to welcome in the new year, I fully realize that it's late -March and has been months since I've last written. This past season went in the blink of an eye. One moment, there was snow dusting the ground I closed my eyes and when I opened them again, I realized that the dusting had changed to pollen and the daffodils were blooming beside the house.

What has happened to the time? At the beginning of the year, I like to start with a one word resolution, and this year's word was engaged. My desire for this year is to be so fully involved in the world, the people, my job and other things that are around me. I want those "blinks" in my life to be so full of life that it wasn't a wasted span of time where I sat on a couch doing mindless activies, but a moment that sped past because it was so packed with life.

Though time seems to speed by, I've been able to slow time down through the lenses of my camera as I relive those moments.

With my job, my brain has attempted to make some sort of order of the somewhat haphazard schedule I've been in. My brain has categorized the previous weeks by the trips I've gone on and the span of time spent in-between.

In January, we took our group to the farm for a few restful days filled with skeet shooting, sitting in front of the fire and playing card games together.

A week later, we had a heavy snow at camp, so we had a few fun days of playing in it and welcoming several new lambs here at camp.

On January 23 at 4:56 (1.23,4:56) in the afternoon, a group at camp got together for a polar bear plunge.

We went on our biggest trip in February to Colorado and Utah. Part of the trip was academic as we got to learn about the feasts of Israel under Wayne Weissman, a Messianic Jewish man. We spend several days skiing at Winterpark before heading to Utah for an adventure packed week of canyoneering, rappeling, hiking and mountain biking.
Playing Broom Ball at Timberline Lodge

On top of Winterpark with Kristiana

At Broken Arch in Arches National Park, Utah

Each night we had incredible sunsets 

We returned for a couple of weeks of class, then headed to Camp Canaan in Rock Hill, SC.

And in the in between weeks, we've gotten to do a lot of volunteering, the entire group went through wilderness first aid training and have gotten a few other adventures in the mix.

Today is the last day of class before our spring break, then we have a week and our entire group will head to Costa Rica.

How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog--it's here a little while, then it's gone.

-James 4:14

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