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6 Things I Learned in July:
1. Brightly Painted Toes: I just love them. I sort of refuse to go anywhere with sand without painted toe nails. It’s one of the founding marks of summer for me… bright toe nails peeking through the sand. And this summer it is my goal to make it to sandy beach places as much as possible. I just love the expanse and the smell of the ocean.
2. Carpentry: I have a roommate getting married. We’ve been fixing up some furniture for her. You know, the old stuff thats a bit wobbly, has some character, and is mostly missing ALL it’s nails and screws. So we’ve been hammering and painting away and surprisingly, we are an awesome carpentry pair.
3. Driving: I’ve learned that I am now terrified of driving. Over a year ago I became unable to drive much or often. In July I started to drive more often and I have been terrified of it. Terrified I’d have a pseudo seizure, head tremors, or vertigo.. terrified I’d injure someone. The anticipation of it is the worst. I literally nearly lose my breath from the fear of driving. But I am trying. Slowly.
4. Lemon Drops: There’s this plant called a Lemon Drop. I didn’t know it existed. It’s huge and grows like a spider plant with small yellow and white “drop” looking flowers. I’m sort of loving it right now! It looks beautiful on my porch.
5. Loving: Loving people is hard. I’ve always known that, but never have I felt so unheard and undervalued in relationships as I do now. And the choice to retaliate in anger is one I am consciously objecting. I am choosing to give more unreserved love, to keep my walls and defenses down, to choose love, to pursue peace, even when the cost is high. I didn’t know it could cost so much or be so challenging to fight this war inside me, but I am doing this, because Jesus asked me to. And He’s giving me grace in those moments to keep going.
6. Trafficking: I care a lot about human trafficking. It’s so personal to my heart. One day I hope to work as a mentor to young women who have been trafficked. That, along with being a foster parent, are my deepest desires.