I did end up going to Lincoln Friday night . . and having a great time! The band, Blackwater, was so good. We were planning on staying ‘til 11 (because of the hour drive), but lost track of time and didn’t leave ‘til 12:30 a.m. “We” meaning my uncle and I. I’ve been going with him to all of these events. He’s really good at two-stepping, which we (sadly) don’t do on Tuesday nights, but did a lot of on Friday. Seriously, the Kickers are like a big, happy family. Everyone dances with everyone . . . and everyone is willing to teach the person that hasn’t caught on yet . . .namely, Me, because everyone else has been going a lot longer than I have.
My Saturday was a very eventful day. I had my cousin’s graduation party, and it was fun to see some people there that I hadn’t seen in awhile. I’m so excited for her; she’s graduated early and is headed to Bolivia for a few months to go to language school before starting college. I often wish I would’ve done that.
I got to see two pregnant friends Saturday who I’ve only talked to since they’ve been showing. It was so great to be able to see them so far along. One friend is due next month, and I went to her shower and was able to see her home and the baby’s room that they’re having painted with a Noah’s Ark theme.
That evening, I went out to dinner with the two girls I’ve been friends with the longest – my old best friend, and first Christian friend, Kristen, and our friend Sarah, who I met in junior high. Kristen is six and a half months along and looks adorable. Sarah and her husband just celebrated their one year anniversary and bought their first home with four bedrooms and three bathrooms! It’s fun, yet crazy, to watch my friends grow up and start their own families. Because I’m not at the same place yet, it’s strange to imagine being there. I told them I’m having so much fun just being single and doing things I probably won’t do when I’m married. They just smiled and told me I won’t care about doing those things once I meet “him”. It’s true, but who knows when that will be, so I may as well live it up while I can. . .
At church, it seems the theme has been newness and change, and I do have a sense that this year will be a big year. I have no idea what that means for me. I am sometimes hesitant to dream big, but then I remember that if I love the Lord, it’s He that places the dreams in my heart and He that most wants to see them come true. And if I dream for anything that doesn’t happen or happens differently than I had hoped, it will only be better.
“. . Then you will know that I am the Lord . . those who hope in me will not be disappointed . . “ Isaiah 49:23