128 Days of Summer

Adventures from April 28 through September 1 of 2013

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128 Days Completed

So this is post 128. I don’t know how summer managed to fly by this fast, and how I’m sitting here even thinking about writing this last post. This summer…this summer has been everything I thought it would be and completely different from what I thought it would be at the same time. I’ve learned so much and done so many things, and yet my list is barely even half complete!

This summer I started out with a simple little list that I wanted to accomplish. Final tally is in!

– Hammock
– Tan
– Volunteer
– Go to AGO
– MUCH quality time
– Read a lot of Bible and some other things (kinda monastic retreat-ish)

– Actually finish learning New Testament Greek
– Pass bootcamp (or maybe I did … not really sure)
– Learn guitar
– Become a pro slackliner
– The Ex

– Meet many new people
– Experience healing and love
– Be a camp counsellor
– Learn about God’s grace and how to trust
– Love freely and be loved

This summer I was able to reflect, recharge, relax, re-think, and get ready for the next step. While I’m sad to leave behind some of the sweeter days of summer, I move on knowing that God has great things in store for me – even if it doesn’t always seem like it. I was incredibly blessed this summer. I don’t even know where to start to tell you all the things I’ve learned and been able to experience.

As I move forward, I carry excitement for the new ministry opportunities, but also for the continued journey of my own life and faith. I still have a lot to learn, but we all do. I know as I walk forward i will continue to be taught lessons of patience and trust.

So thank you to those of you who walked this journey with me, reading all these blog posts (though I swear some of them had to be super boring), and especially thank you to those who made this summer all that it was, whether you were a part in May, June, July, or August, I dearly cherish all the memories of this summer.

“I’m not even going to look at a school book in vacation.” she told Marilla. “I’ve studied as hard all term as I possibly could and I’ve pored over that geometry until I know ever proposition in the first book off by heart, even when the letters are changed. I just feel tired of everything sensible and i’m going to let my imagination run riot for the summer. Oh, you needn’t be alarmed, Marilla. I’ll only let it run riot within reasonable limits. But I want to have a real good jolly time this summer, for maybe it’s the last summer I’ll be a little girl. Mrs. Lynde says that if I keep stretching out next year as I’ve done this I’ll have to put on longer skirts. She says I’m all running to legs and eyes. And when I put on longer skirts I shall feel that I have to live up them and be very dignified. It won’t even do to believe in fairies then, I’m afraid; so I’m going to believe in them with all my whole heart this summer.” – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

My thoughts precisely, going into (and now out of) summer, Anne Shirley. Well put.


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Saturday, June 1

The most delightful thing about Anne Shirley is her positively scrumptious attitude towards everything. Her life seems so delightful, and her adventures, though some are wrought with misgivings and unfortunate mishaps, are just wonderful. In the words of Anne herself, it’s so romantic.

I have to confess, that while I adore reading these, there comes a point where it almost becomes too much. I’m patiently waiting for Anne to marry Gilbert now (partway through Windy Poplars ATM), but at the end of Anne of the Island … I almost bawled. Usually the final proposal scene (otherwise known in my mind as “take two”)  is just a picture of loveliness in my mind (to my future finance/husband/whatever, I would like one just as special as that one). However, this time round I was listening to music, and “Golden” by Lady Antebellum was playing … ugh. I died. It is not fair for the pathetically beautiful scene to have been set to hopelessly perfect music. I’ve never been so upset at my playlist ever since the following song was Swift’s “Mary’s Song”. Like, really?

Anyhow, despite the stark contrast to everyday life (or rather because of it!) I still will highly recommend and love the Anne of Green Gable Novels until the day I die.

Ok I really need to stop sounding like the books now …

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Friday, May 31

Today was, again, super hot. But instead of hammocking, I went on a picnic with my friend! It was splendid to catch up with her over some delicious food (see below), and honestly it wasn’t that dreadful in the shade. I absolutely love spending time one on one with people. It’s just nice to be able to talk and hear each other … and then to be able to be silent and just enjoy the river (we also went on a delightful walk).

picnic 2

(Also, I’ve clearly been reading Anne of Avonlea now because I’m still using big fantastical words … perhaps this will subside when I finish the rest of the books … we shall see.)

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Thursday, May 30

Today was absolutely scorching. It was SO HOT. And me, being silly me, decided it was an excellent opportunity to go hammocking. In the heat of the day.

Not my best move ever, but it was still glorious. Until the shade moved. I read Anne of Green Gables, and now I find myself inserting words like “dreadfully” and “terribly” and “awfully” into random sentences like Anne did. Oh dear. Nonetheless, I love the book and Anne’s adventures. They bring laughter, and I always eagerly await my favourite parts in the book, just waiting in suspense to read about them. Waiting for her to make up with Gilbert at the end is almost agonizing!

Now that I’ve read the first, I am compelled to move onto the other 7. Ugh. Waiting for House of Dreams and Rilla of Ingleside = painful, but sooooooo worth it. All the books are so lovely :]