I am finally home...after traveling for six days. I finished my finals on Tuesday, drove to Spokane on Wednesday morning, drove back from Spokane to the Seattle airport on Friday, flew to San Fransisco, and finally today I flew home. Needless to say, it has been a long week. I cannot believe how fast this quarter has gone by and what a difficult one it has been. God is at work though, and I am so excited to have this time of reflection now that I am home and settled with no commitments for the next couple of weeks. It is always so nice to feel as if you don't have to make extra time for resting in God and learning from Him, but rather all of your time can be for resting in God and you might have to squeeze other things in. I'm not sure if I said that the way I am thinking it, but hopefully you understand what I mean. Either way, I am very glad to be having this break time, especially to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Spokane...was so wonderful! Arianna and I went to visit Spencer and his roommates. They were still finishing up their finals, so we cooked for them and cleaned and just wanted to bless them as they were finishing up their stressful semesters. They were mostly physics majors, so I can say with great confidence that their finals were much more difficult than mine. It was nice to spend some time away from Seattle and with men who actually knew how to treat us like ladies. I have almost forgotten what it is like to be treated the way God would like me to be treated by a man. It slightly restored my hope in men. I am finding that is the one thing that I am pessimistic about. Not so much on a personal level. I know that God wants to bless me and provide for the desires that He has placed in my heart. It may take a long time, but I know that God has a man for me. I am just disappointed and sad for the way that men are in general today. I feel that the gentlemeness and chivalry that should exist in men is missing. I'm not sure where it has gone to, but it makes me sad. Anyhow, it was a wonderful time. It was such a blessing to be able to spend so much time with Arianna before I left. We had wonderful and equally difficult conversations during our twelve hours of driving. These two people from our pasts seemed to be coming up quite frequently as we exchanged memories. It is so hard when one person is in so many memories. Especially when you aren't making memories with them anymore. Either way, the time Arianna and I had together was too short. I wish we could've stayed in Spokane for at least a few more days, but I had a wedding to be at...so off we drove to get me to the airport.
I barely made it to the airport after a missing key adventure, but I made it and flew into San Fransisco Friday night. I have this amazing friend in my life who happens to live in San Fran. She is so wonderful that she picked me up from the airport, let me stay at her house, let me borrow her car on Saturday for the wedding, and then took me to the airport today for my flight home. I couldn't have been more blessed! The wedding was indescribably one of the most beautiful things I have ever witnessed. If you know this couple, you might understand. First of all, the church was beautiful. There were windows on one side and as the pastor was saying an opening prayer, inviting God to be a part of the union, the rain was beating against the windows with such awesome power and sound. It was as if God was making His presence known. The ceremony was beautiful. They had songs sung by sisters and brothers, a poem that Laura wrote to her father...thanking him for keeping her pure, the message, scripture reading, vows, and the first kiss. It was incredible. I have never known a couple who I have actually admired the way that I admire Laura and Scott. They have set a very good example of what a Christian courtship and relationship should look like before marriage. They have remained so pure and faithful in their love with one another, always making sure God was walking with them in their relationship. It was such a blessing for me to witness their union into marriage. I couldn't help but be emotional. I felt like the whole week had been a romantic and emotional week, so this just topped it all off. After the wedding we all got in our cars and drove 45 minutes in a storm to get to the reception hall. I have never seen such a beautiful room. I really shouldn't go so much into detail about everything, but let me just say that it was amazing. We had a little SPU table, which was fun because I got to spend some time with SPU guys (friends of Scott) that I hadn't really gotten to before. The food was amazing, the dancing, the celebrating, watching Laura and Scott together as husband and wife...it was wonderful. They left about 8:30 for 'bigger things' as Scott announced, and the rest of us stayed and danced until nine. Then we piled in cars and went to Jason's house for a fun game and fellowship. It was nice to be with my old girl friends again. I miss them so much. I left and headed back to Sarah's around 1am, and then had a wonderful conversation with her. I wish I had had a bit more energy, but I spoke with what I had and I left today wishing I had more time with her. Although I really wanted to be home at the same time.
So, in summary...the quarter has been the hardest quarter, more emotionally than academically, that I have had so far...but God is faithful and is at work in my heart, so I wouldn't take back one second of it. I am however, glad it is over, and glad to have time at home to reflect and respond to the work that God has been doing this quarter. The wedding was definitely something that God and His angels were throwing a party about in heaven, rejoicing over the covenant made between His children that have been loving and serving Him. My time in Spokane and with Arianna was refreshing. The more I spend time with her, the more I see what true friendship should look like. That's all I have for tonight. It is way past my bedtime. I will attempt to make shorter entries more frequently over the break, but this one needed to catch me up. Goodnight