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Erratic Prose [at my family's home] | edition 5

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Sometimes in order to do something, you need to go back to the place you first did it.

That’s what I had to do to get out of this rut that I’ve been stuck in lately with my writing.

I’ve been so crazy busy, and there have been so many curveballs that I’ve had to dodge in life that I’ve barely had any time to be on my laptop, except for school.
I kept telling myself that I needed to make time to just sit and write but the couple times I’ve been able to, no words would come.

So I decided to go to my family’s.  
I hadn’t seen them since Thanksgiving and my siblings were blowing up my phone with texts about when I was coming to visit next.

So here I sit, in the living room, a Christmas tree in front of me, waiting to be decorated by all of us this evening.  My Christmas music playlist is on shuffle.  The wood stove is burning a cozy fire to keep us all warm.  And I’m craving hot chocolate…  

Give me one sec.  I’ll be right back.

Okay, so here’s what’s been going on lately…

I started school.  And am loving it.  It’s so exciting to finally be taking steps towards fulfilling a dream.  My class is pretty big.  I think there are about twenty of us.  We break into learning teams, which is nice cuz we get to know just a few students at a time on a more personal level.  I like it.  We have reading and writing assignments for this current class.  I got 97 on my first paper and was, needless to say, rather ecstatic.  Classes are held once every week so I definitely have enough time to work on my assignments, and have an evening to look forward to being in a classroom setting.

I got in a car accident the beginning of November.  Fourth one since last summer.  So stupid.  None of them have been my fault either.  I’ve gotten rear-ended twice, and t-boned/side-swiped twice as well.  This most recent one was my worst injury though.  I got a torn disc in my neck and torn disc in my lower back.  The whiplash was nasty too.  And my poor Oliver is no longer with us.  He was totaled.  Pretty sure he’s beyond repair, unless someone has magical hands to fix his poor damaged rear.  And since he’s out of commission, I went and bought myself a new ride.  The new boo is a 2002 matte black Honda Civic coupe.  His name is Wade Wilson.  We get along pretty dang well.

I transferred with Dutch Bros to a brand new location on West Burnside in downtown Portland.  I absolutely love my new Dutch family and working at this particular location has been amazing.  The one thing that hasn’t been too great is the commute.  I still haven’t found a place to move to in Portland, but I’m trusting that God will provide soon.  The sooner, the better would be nice in my opinion, but His timing is always perfect, right?  So I guess we’ll just see where He leads me.

So that’s me and what’s been happening in a nutshell.  I’ve been learning a lot of crazy lessons lately too.  Many of them emotional and spiritual.  It’s been good, though.  God is so good to me.  I feel myself finding Him more and more everyday and just falling more deeply in love with Him too.

Thank you for all the emails and comments!  I’ve been receiving so many even though I’ve been a little under the radar.  Please keep them coming and I will respond as soon as I can.

How was Thanksgiving for you all?  What are your Christmas plans?  Can you believe 2016 is almost at an end?!

Stay warm, peeps!
Sending lots of hugs to each of you.


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