The Prairie State

Today has been so fun. After a fabulous morning of sleeping in, I started the day by pouring a mug of coffee and reading chapter 9 of Nehemiah. The house was quiet and the air felt summery. I was pretty delighted.
After a bit, my friend’s parents-in-law returned and invited me to tag along to go pick up a piece of furniture across town. It was so nice to spend time with them driving through the fields and small towns that make up this part of the country. I took lots of pictures.

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When we got back, I ate lunch and then went to spend the afternoon with my friend’s kind sister-in-law, Bekah. We went to two thrift shops and I got a lot of things, including a blanket that has a cow farm scene woven into it. I paid three dollars for it which was pretty much a victory. We then went to a little cafe where I had a delicious coconut flavored drink. It was basically all things good in a cup. We then went to a candy store where I got gummy bears. White ones are the best. We ate our candy in the town square which was quaint and lovely.

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We ended the excursion with a trip to good ol’ Target. Enough said.

When we got back, we enjoyed sweet tea and thin crust pizza on the patio with the family. They are seriously wonderful. While we were finishing our meal, I saw a bit of light through the trees and asked if it was the sunset. Today wasn’t very sunny so I hadn’t expected to see a sunset, but I asked anyway. When they answered yes, I said “Then why are we sitting here?!” and we all excitedly piled into the car and took off to a place where we could get a better view of it. For thirty or so minutes, I felt all warm and fuzzy and my heart was overflowing. Sunsets are my thing. I absolutely love them and this one was stunning. God placed it there for us and it was the most perfect way to end today. I took a ton of pictures of it and then tried to capture it in my mind too because I’ve heard that midwestern sunsets are incredible and particularly special. When the sun sank and the streaks of color darkened in the sky, we headed back to the house to play games.

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After a few games and a fun trip to Kroger, we just got back and now it’s time to pack up for the road trip tomorrow. I’m really enjoying this trip and am very grateful for a fun full day today.

Be Present

There are thirty minutes left in my flight. Two thoughts have stuck with me while I’ve been on this plane: be present, and align my heart with God’s.
Since flying is one of my most favorite things to do, I don’t want to land quite yet. That thought is what provoked me to be present. Whether you are heading into the office for another day of work or embarking on an adventure today, be present. Days pass all too quickly when we are wrapped up in social media, staring back at the past, or fixated on mundane problems that pop up throughout our lives. I am resolving to be entirely present this weekend and to enjoy the adventures that lie within the next three days.

My second thought came after seeing my pastor’s status on Facebook. I am often seeking my own desires and following my own agenda. Whether we intend to pave our own way or not, we often seek our own plans instead of His. I want to become more intentional about prayerfully aligning my heart with His. When we are seeking His heart and His plan, we absolutely cannot fail.

We are beginning our decent now so it’s time to sign off. Make today a lovely one 🙂

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Gosh I Love Airplanes

Good morning y’all!
I’m writing this post from 40,002 feet in the air as I travel to Chicago. I ended up investing $8 for in-flight wifi because it enables me to explore Pinterest, listen to Spotify, and the like. My frugal self is living on the edge this morning. I absolutely love to fly so this morning has been rather exciting for me. I woke up at 4:00am after a two hour ‘power nap’ and was eager to get to the airport. I should really consider a job as a flight attendant or the like since I love flying so much.

This is my first ever solo flying excursion. My dad kindly drove me to the airport at 4:30 and I felt like such an adult when he dropped me off curb-side. With a bit of hesitation, I decided to check my bag at the counter because I really didn’t want to have to carry it through the airport and struggle to put it in the overhead compartment, since I’m 5’2″ and all. One of my friends lost his bags when flying with Southwest two months ago, so fingers crossed that mine makes it to Chicago with me! After I checked in at the counter, I went through security. It was my first time ever standing in one of those machines that scans your entire body. You kind of have to pose for it which seemed silly to me. Once I passed security, my first stop was for coffee at good ol’ DD. I then found a seat at the gate and read a chapter in Elisabeth Elliot’s Passion and Purity. Word to the wise, reading at 5:30am is not conducive to staying awake.

At around 5:45 we began boarding the plane. I was excited to claim a window seat for myself, specifically on the left side before the wing. I’m particular like that. I overheard the flight attendant say that there are 75 vacant seats on the plane this morning and that we can spread out since there is room. I was hopeful that I might have more space to spread out but I ended up meeting two kind people, a mom and son duo from the seacoast, who I’m sharing my row with. They are really friendly which makes it more fun than sitting alone.

Now I’m sipping the last of my coffee while typing away because that’s what I do. According to the in-flight updates, there is 1 hour and 34 minutes and 655 miles remaining. We are traveling at 494 miles per hour.

Airplanes just simply amaze me. I’m excited to see more of the world this weekend.

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