Tuesday, July 6, 2010

First Corinthians Project

"And of course beauty: the beauty that was for him the link between the ships and the woods and the poems. He remembered as though it were but a few days ago that winter night, himself too young to even know the meaning of beauty, when he had looked up at a delicate tracery of bare black branches against the icy glittering stars: suddenly something that was, all at once, pain and longing and adoring had welled up in him, almost choking him. ...That nameless something that had stopped his heart was Beauty."
-Sheldon Vanauken, A Severe Mercy
Most recent on my list of book recommendations is Sheldon Vanauken's A Severe Mercy. Telling the "story of a love and not of lovers," Van allows the reader to see into the beautiful relationship and marriage between himself and his wife, Davy. Beginning as pagans, and lovers of beauty, it also reveals the deep conversion that wrought their hearts as they sought the Truth, eventually meeting Truth Himself in Christ. It's a beautiful story and very inspiring.
I've decided to join my fellow blogger and alumni friend Miriel in her First Corinthians Project. Go to her blog, and check out her posts, her blog is worth looking over! More to come on that note.

Friday, July 2, 2010

For the past 4 years of my life, every 2-4 months I have had to pack up and move. Because I went to a small University 2000 miles away, I was usually travelling to 2000 miles away. I spent all my summers at home between the Spring and Fall semesters of schooling; I spent the month long break for Christmas in snowy ND and then moved back to sunny FL; and finally, after 4 years of schooling I have moved all of my belongings (except parts of my heart that have gone with my dear friends all over the nation) back to beautiful North Dakota for the last time from Southwest Florida. For the past year or so I have had a growing itch to settle in somewhere--to have all my belongings in one place (as opposed to the three places they are at right now). It's not that I have much, but for the sake of sanity, I think it would help in keeping things together.
I'm happy to say that I have found something. The next 2 months of my life will be absolutely crazy, but I have found something! Sometime, months ago (probably April!?), I put my last day down on the calendar as July 15th and I did not know how things were going to work out, but somehow they worked out perfectly! My last day at St. Gianna's (sadly) is July 15th and my first day on the job as Assistant DRE at St. Michael's parish in Grand Forks is July 16th. I begin two weeks from today. And in a month and 2 weeks from today I will be able to move into my new apartment--a gorgeous apartment with hardwood flooring and high ceilings with large windows for natural lighting. It's an old schoolhouse building that has been rennovated and here's the kicker: it's right across the street from St. Michael's parish. Someone besides me must be planning my life and letting me know it.
I sign on for a year, both for the job and for the apartment, but will probably last longer at both (if all goes well of course). But the next two months will be busy and probably crazy and I'll probably learn a lot. I'm really excited and it'll be nice to be in the area for 4 seasons again.