Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Home for the Holidays

We are back in Alabama! from 9 degrees to 60 degrees :) We flew out the morning right before a big snowstorm came-all our friends are snowed in and sledding..kinda sad we missed the first one of the year, but there will be plenty more apparently..up until April..eek!

Its been nice to be home for a few days and we are excited to see our new nephew, Waylon Patrick Granger, born December 17! Chad has been finishing up his finals here and then we will head down to meet the precious little guy!

The past month felt like a whirlwind, and I feel like I am just starting to get my head back on straight. With the end of the semester and finals-it felt like a constant uphill battle to study so much information! So thankful to be done, but in these past few days I have been reflecting on how studying tends to make me selfish and when we are so stressed and concerned with OUR schoolwork, it numbs us to our need first for the Lord, second to be attentive to the needs of others and just becoming consumed with ourselves.  I am praying that next semester, the rest of school, the rest of LIFE I would remember this and daily take this battle of serving ourselves to the Lord and pray for Him to change our disordered priorities and thinking to be rightly centered around Him. 
We did get a super special treat over Thanksgiving break-our friends Jake and Margaret from Auburn came to visit! It was so fun and refreshing to have friends that know us get to see our new world! We had so much fun exploring with them and introducing them to our life and New England and seminary life-they were Bell Hall residents for a few days :) They were an encouragement and joy to us in their visit. It was hard to see them go.But so thankful they came and thankful for their continued friendship, even though we moved apart. Also, thankful for this picture of the body of Christ and community. We did a potluck Thanksgiving with Bell Hall. As you can see, its made of people from all over with different stories, and it is such a blessing to be a part of this unique community!

We are excited to be home in Alabama until January 12 and hope to see y'all!