Linking up today with Gypsy Mama and others to share on what's Real.
For me, today, it's real...ly lovely to be home. We're having a real snow day, the first in a few years, I think, where we the snow is actually piling up. I'm missing being at my parents' house, because they live in the middle of a beautiful forest, and there is nothing quite like snow-laden pine trees. They're gorgeous. I see the back of the town houses across from us and the cars in the parking lot covered in snow. And our tree, which I am so glad we have, as it's the only one in the row, doesn't have branches wide enough to be laden.
But regardless, on this real snow day, complete with snow (as opposed to last year, where we got one for -20 degrees or something like that), I'm really happy to be home. It's wonderful to have the opportunity to stay in bed as long as want - not sleeping, I can't sleep during the day - but reading a book, drinking coffee, working on school work. I love my job, but an expected three day weekend is a real blessing. Life is good these days, but busy and I'm tired. And so a day off from the usual routine is really, really, wonderful.
It's real that my best friend from college, Brooke, has moved to Korea (she is on the plane to Seoul as I type this), and there is a really real chance we won't see each other for a year. She won't get to be here to see me get even more uncomfortably pregnant, she'll miss it when our son comes into the world, and she won't be here to help me figure out how to finish decorating the nursery. But the amazing thing about this real frienship, a truly real, deep, two-way friendship, is that, no matter how long we go without seeing each other, no matter how long it is before I can use the speed dial on my phone to call her again whenever I feel like it, no matter how many miles separate us, we will always be there for each other. She's one of those friends. The kind that gets to see the real you, the one who is full of joy and smiling, and the one who is a sniveling snot-covered mess on a bad day. And you get to see the real her, too. And so, despite the fact that I'm really sad she'll be so far away, I'm really excited for her journey and for mine, and for how our lives and roads will continue to intersect and matter to each other. And I'm really excited that such a thing as Skype exists. (As I finished typing this, a package (one of several installements) that Brooke sent for Baby arrived. She's the cutest, most thoughtful, most creative gift giver ever.)
And in the interest of being real, here's the real me today. I might get dressed later, we'll see. I might put my contacts in, but I'm not sure. I definitely won't put on any make up, and well, that's really nice for me. Here's what me being in bed for the day really looks like (yes, computer AND iPad going), and for Ginny. She's really bothered that I'm home, as you can see.
As I continue to think about what's real today, I think about the One. He's pretty real, and I continue to be amazed at the very real ways He interacts and responds to my heart. Just yesterday I asked Him to continue to reveal and teach me about His Glory. I opened up to wear I am in Mark (as I work my way through the New Testament), and found Mark's version of the same story that got me really thinking about Glory in the first place. I just laughed. And then God shared some more thoughts on Glory with me. Because He is real, and He is responsive, and He Is.
Oh, and I really want something super bad for me to eat, but I'm not sure what. Something that's really salty. Chinese? Mexican? I don't know, but I really want it. Too bad my car has crappy tires, no four wheel drive, and I promised Husband I wouldn't go out today, anyway, unless someone else drives me. I really love that man, and how he wants to take care of and protect the Peanut and I. Speakingn of the Peanut, he's really going to town today. Kick kick kick, hiccup hiccup hiccup, punch kick hiccup. Love it.
Forgive my slight shallowness today, friends, on what's real. I really try to be a person who lives what she says and shows the good, the bad, and the in-between, and I could expand on that instead, but for today, I choose to share what today's real looks like.
By the way, have I mentioned that it's really lovely to be home?