I graduated from Luther Seminary in May as a Master of Divinity, which is the best superhero moniker I know of.
|me with my best bro Austen|
|hooded! me, Kim, Jamie, and Ashley in the front|
|Such regal. Very education.|
Graduation weekend was fantastic, and I am so lucky to be part of the amazing class of 2014. Watch out, church.
End of internship
I also left Light of the World at the end of May when my 21-month internship was up. Many, many, many tears were shed. They are a beautiful people and a beautiful church, and I miss them every day. I feel so lucky to have been with them and learned from them in the past two years.
|Last children's message|
|Blessing at communion|
|Covered in bows as a way for the children to say "thank you"|
|Tears. Lots of them. I miss these kids like mad.|
As of June 1st, my lease was up at the seminary, and I didn't have a call or a job. So I moved from my beloved little apartment ...
... into my car, essentially. I've been house-hopping since then.
One week in Northfield, house-sitting for my godson's family while the Cannon River flooded. Two weeks back with Natalie, who's now living with her girlfriend Katie and who took rent payment in the form of helping begin remodeling her basement:
One week house-sitting for a local pastor & her family, complete with their chicken coop:
|She wanted my bread. Cared naught for the eggs.|
Now I'm installed in a lovely house in Northeast Minneapolis till call or September 1st, whichever comes first, while its owners are working at Holden Village. It's full of stained glass and is right near some classic Minnesota bike paths, so I'm happy as a clam.
Summer of Scripture
Along with some Episcopal friends in Madison, Wisc., and some internet friends around the world, I've been trying to read through the whole Bible in the span of 90 days.
It's been a beautiful experience to get this deeply into scripture, and to do it in a community that keeps me accountable, prays with me, wrestles with me, rejoices with me. I'm currently in Isaiah 40, about a day behind schedule, and hoping to catch up (through Isaiah 66) this evening.
Hiking & biking
Working out and being outdoors are two things that feed my soul, and they are perfectly combined in the gorgeous Minnesota summers in our parks. I've been putting an average of 25-50 miles on my bike each week, and I feel fantastic.
|Hiking the east side of the Mississippi|
|Looking up an east side cliff|
|At my favorite spot, Hidden Falls|
Working at "the ranch"
"The ranch" is the name I have affectionately given the five-bedroom house and quarter-acre yard that my mother maintains. I go over and help Mom and Dad with house care and other projects at least once a week.
This has included scrubbing, sanding, and priming the garage on three sides...
sundry gardening, weeding, mulching, moving rock and brick, OH and almost being mauled by a mama snapper laying her eggs.
Doodling! I've been doing it forever. No one in the family knows why I started drawing symmetric and geometric shapes, but I was doing it by age six. Recently I've started playing around with word art as well.
Continuing therapy, medication, and Al-Anon
I hit the one-year mark in Al-Anon in February, and I've continued doing my program work. I've done my Fourth and Fifth Step -- the personal inventory shared with a trusted person -- and a couple of Ninth Steps -- making amends to people I've hurt. I've also become a trusted servant in the Al-Anon group on Reddit, which is my way of giving back to the program when I'm moving around so much that it's hard to commit to being a leader or a sponsor in a local situation.
Therapy and medication continue to be a part of my life and I am incredibly grateful for both.
Speaking of gratitude...
My friends continue to be amazing people who hold me up, cheer me on, feed me delicious food, make me laugh at Dateline till my sides hurt, take me camping, tell me I look amazing in that dress, and help me correctly evaluate if what just happened on that date was absolutely ludicrous.
|Austen and Ari keeping me company ... we're all on Tumblr.|
|Seminary friends hiking from campsite to beach|
|"Writing prayers" aka drinking wine and sharing stories|
|Katie and Natalie being so cute it's gross|
So .... ?!?!
I'm still waiting on a call, guys. I promise y'all will be the first to know when I get one!