Thursday, January 28, 2010

Not At Home

I am currently in the dining hall at college.  This is nothing new to me.  With eight years at Mizzou now, I have spent plenty of time in the dining halls--as both staff and student.  Today, however, I am in someone else's dining hall.  I am in a small liberal arts college in the midwest.  Funny, that's how ever research article I've read this year starts.  But, it's true.  This college has one dining hall compared to the multiples at my home.  It's gorgeous.  And quiet.  No bumpin music.  The lights are low.  It looks eerily similar to Hogwarts.  And I don't feel the least bit at home because it's not mine.  I should mention I am here for the hubs tonight.  His company is doing some competition and I am just here for the company.

As I start my second semester in my masters, I get asked a lot about what I want to do when I graduate.  Do I want to move?  What kinds of areas interest me?  Leadership?  Greek life?  Admissions?  Do I want to be at a small school or a large one?  I have to admit that I have absolutely no idea how to answer any of these questions but I'm working on it.  I will be doing an internship this summer at a different small, liberal arts college in the midwest.  I will get to see a variety of areas and hopefully get a better idea of what I want when I leave.

There are two parts to me in this regard. One part of me wants to strike out a new adventure.  Go far away. Try a different kind of school.  Expand my knowledge.  But that's not home.  The other part of me wants to march right back to the desk I left six months ago, put my name plaque back where it belongs, and go on as if two years didn't even pass.  That's home.

Sometimes, God calls us to stay home.  To be comfortable.  To expand ourselves right where we are and work in the mission he's already given us.  And sometimes, he calls us to strike out into the wilderness with only HIM as our guide.  I don't know what his plans are as of yet but I am looking forward to finding out.  Comfortable sounds pretty great but not necessarily exciting.  Explorations has plenty of excitement but no guarantees.  Show me your ways, guide me in your paths, O Lord.

I start a Bible study next week called Soul Satisfaction.  I can't wait.  I'll tell you more as soon as I know more. Until then, I'm  off to observe college kids.

Here's to home.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Snow Day!

Technically speaking, I am not sure I can consider today a snow day.  Nothing I had to do was cancelled.  This could be because, short of walking the dog and taking down the Christmas decorations, I had nothing to do.  But still, after five inches of snow, today has been a wonderful snow day.  I woke up late, watched the Today show, and took down the Christmas decorations.  Hubby and I headed to Kaldi's and I've been there ever since.  It's been warm, cozy, and delightfully snowy.

I am not one for New Year's Resolutions per say.  However, when I want a change in my life, I like to publicly declare it.  This is not because I want recognition but more because I want someone to hold me accountable.  So, I have 2 goals this year.  Number one is the same as last year...finish my Bible reading plan.  I will admit.  I fell off the wagon of the daily reading plan and just started reading helter skelter when I felt like it last year.  So, I have a new reading plan and renewed hope this year.  Along those lines, I also want to memorize more verses.  I find that the Lord speaks more easily to me when his words are close to my heart.  What better way to make them close to my heart than to read them every day and memorize them more.  So, here's prayin.  Literally, I want to pray more as well.  But anyway...

My second resolution is to continue budgeting and getting better at it for my family, as I have been for the past couple of months.  Prov 31 specifically talks about money management, and I hope to get better with that.  For 2010, however, I want to add to that budgeting by coming up with a retirement plan and contributing to it.  It is so daunting for me to even think about, but I know I am not getting younger.  And while retirement doesn't even seem like something I would ever want to do at this point, I have a sinking feeling that might change someday.  So, by next Jan I hope to be able to say I am making regular contributions to some sort of plan.

Tonight is the national championship.  While I never cheer for Texas, there's a first time for everything.  So, hook em horns.  But only for the Big XII's sake.

Here's to New Years and New Plans!