I'm loving Des Moines a lot.
I've made some awesome friends here - we do things like trivia, bike rides, movie nights, worship etc. It's pretty grand.
I've become a somewhat avid bike rider. Most recent addition to my mania are shoes with clips and the special pedals. I've only completely bitten it once. I came away unscathed, other than my pride.
I'm surviving and thriving at work. My team rocks and I'm still alive.
I have a new neighbor. Has allergies - I can hear his sneezes through the walls. It's quite annoying.
I've made 2 of 3 baby quilts for nieces/nephews on the way. They turned out really well. Pics of the newest below.
I'm finally getting truly plugged in at Church -- recently went to a women's event, have some solid relationships with people around me, and finding ways to serve.
I went on my first "vacation" using paid time off in a long time -- it was so fun and good for my soul. I went with my sister and parents down to Clearwater Beach, Florida.
The Lord continues to blow me away with His provision, timing, humor, and presence in my life.
In short, friends - I'm blessed.
A prayer that is my prayer as of late from my favorite devotional ever -- Valley of Vision:
The Gospel Way
No human mind could conceive or invent the gospel.
Acting in eternal grace, thou art both its messenger and its message, lived out on earth through infinite compassion, applying thy life to insult, injury, death, that I might be redeemed, ransomed, freed.
Blessed be thou, O Father, for contriving this way, Eternal thanks to thee, O Lamb of God, for opening this way, Praise everlasting to thee, O Holy Spirit, for applying this way to my heart.
Glorious Trinity, impress the gospel on my soul, until its virtue diffuses every faculty; Let it be heard, acknowledged, professed, felt.
Teach me to secure this mighty blessing; Help me to give up every darling lust, to submit heart and life to its command, to have it in my will, controlling my affections, moulding my understanding; to adhere strictly to the rules of true religion, not departing from them in any instance, nor for any advantage in order to escape evil, inconvenience or danger.
Take me to the cross to seek glory from its infamy; Strip me of every pleasing pretence of righteousness by my own doings.
O gracious Redeemer, I have neglected thee too long, often crucified thee, crucified thee afresh by my impenitence, put thee to open shame.
I thank thee for the patience that has borne with me so long, and for the grace that now makes me willing to be thine.
O unite me to thyself with inseparable bonds, that nothing may ever draw me back from thee, my Lord, my Saviour.
And a photo dump to cover the last few months of life...
|Connection Group Women.|
|BIKING FRIEND! And just life friend.|
|Women's Event for Church|
|Newest Baby Quilt for my sister's baby!|
|Bianchi - Italian for AWESOME|
|I love self portraits.|