Hello Blog. Long time no see. The last few weeks we have been jumping back and forth across the country. That’s normal. But what’s not quite as normal is that I have been home alone this week while Suzy has been in Alabama teaching at the P31 Shine Retreat. We usually do everything together. So me being home alone feels different. I have all these great and helpful blogs in my head, but somehow I just felt like I should take a break from the cyber world and spend some time with real people. So I did. Yesterday and the day before I spent time with a good number of people instead of online and I thought I would write about it.
Wednesday Breakfast: We went to Starbucks and I spent time with a guy from the group of High School students I mentor at my church. He just graduated and for the first time in life is having to make a lot of decisions as an adult. He asked if we could go to breakfast to talk some things through. I told him the story of my life when I had just finished High School. It’s an exciting and scary time, and brought back a lot of fun memories for me. I was encouraged he was looking at how he could glorify God in all his decisions.
Wednesday Lunch: I had lunch with a good friend that I have been friends with since 4th grade. We went to Vicious Dogs for lunch (yum!) and the Gelato Bar (also yum!) for coffee afterwards. We chat online a lot, but it was fun hanging out in person. We discussed some subjects that are often touchy in our society and how to handle those areas while still loving people and sharing the gospel. It was insightful and convicting.
Wednesday Dinner: I went to the all you can eat section at the Dodger game. The food was nasty, but the company was good. I went with six high school students from our home Bible Study, and two other adult volunteers in our youth group. Two of the High School students were from my small group, so it was fun to spend time with them. I even gave them a little tour of our studio in downtown Los Angeles on the way home. Of the two other adults one works in HR at Disney. It was super interesting hearing about his job and a little more about the inside of Disney. The other one works as a fund raiser for a college. He also has some fascinating stories. It struck me how completely different our worlds are during the day. One in corporate Disney, one traveling around raising money, me traveling around shooting weddings, and the students divided between home school, public school, and private school. Yet we were all friends all eating not so great Dodger dogs together.
Thursday Breakfast: Again Starbucks was the breakfast place of choice. I met with a man who has mentored me for the past eight years. We have met at least every other week for that whole time. His insight has helped me through a lot of interesting times in life. We didn’t talk about much super deep this time, mostly about fishing and a little about marriage. But it was good catching up. It’s really nice having people who know everything about you, so that when troubles do come you don’t need to spend any time catching them up on what’s going on in your life.
Thursday Lunch: I had lunch with another friend who was actually an Emmy award winner a few years ago. We went to the Pita Kitchen (I LOVE good Shwarma). He is in the entertainment industry, and I’m in photography. But there are two big things we have in common. One is that we both don’t have any form of steady work. Each job we get is a gift from God. It’s an exciting way to live life. Second we both work in the youth group at church, so it was fun chatting about the camp in New Mexico we both went to last week.
Thursday Dinner: I went to Chic fil a which was probably a poor choice to eat for good conversation, since it was in my old neighborhood and I ran into 13 different people I knew while we were eating. But the food was great! I went with an old friend who was actually my youth small group leader at church when I was in High School. We’ve kept in contact all this time and even though he goes to another church now, we get together a couple times a year. His sister-in law is in the late stages of cancer and it was encouraging how he and his wife were looking to God for comfort in the situation. He has also been doing some research for a potential theological writing project. It was exciting and insightful talking about how scripture brings meaning to life in ways I hadn’t considered before.
Today I spent home alone with my laptop. But overall I just need to say it’s good to have real people in your life. It’s good to get their input and perspective, and encouragement, as well as to be able to offer encouragement to them.
More photos and blogs coming soon!