Here are a few things, in no particular order, that I’ve learned in these past 31 days…
- Weed-eating isn’t as fun as I used to think it was.
I used to love running a weedeater back when I worked at Camp Ba Yo Ca, so the other day I enthusiastically volunteered to help my husband out by doing so. Turns out it’s not so enjoyable — getting pelted in the face and arms with flying pebbles and grass? No thanks.
- After a month of sun, I’m ready for rain.
Let’s be honest, us Alaskans don’t know what to do with this much sunshine. It’s fantastic, don’t get me wrong! I love the sunshine more than the rain, for sure. But a whole month with only 2 days of rain? Seriously, are we even in Southeast Alaska? The dust and the flies are getting ridiculous. Never thought I’d say this, but… time for a few rainy days.
- Condensing your life story into 5 minutes is hard.
During Summer Staff Orientation here at camp, we each shared our testimonies and were limited to about five minutes each, since there were so many of us. Yeah. That’s challenging. I feel like I left out lots and lots of important stuff.
- When you live at work, time off isn’t really a real thing.
Even when we’re “off,” we’re thinking about work, talking about work, and often, actually working instead of being off. It’s a tricky boundary.
- Marriage really is challenging.
People always told me the first two years of marriage are the hardest, and I never believed them. I always thought, “Nah, the first years would be the best, right? Honeymoon phase!” But you know, there’s a lot of adjustment, learning, growing, compromising, and stretching involved in these first months. All of that is amplified when you live in a Christian community bubble and work in full-time ministry. It’s all good, it truly is! Definitely not easy. But good.