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Way back when...

Looking forward is so encouraging because there is so much that could be done! HOORAY FOR POTENTIAL!The one exception is when the past reminds you of the pain you've experienced.

I greatly enjoy watching the Texas A&M jobs board because I like to see what jobs I could potentially be doing after this one. Some are full-time while others are technician positions. Tech jobs aren't glorious and don't pay very well, but if you're provided housing, it's perfect! You don't have to worry about a $500/mo. rent fee while being paid minimum wage, living with some pretty neat people, and getting awesome field experience. The problem, though, arises when I find a really cool job opportunity that I have all qualifications for.... and it hits me. Memories of my first technician position. It was a fantastic opportunity where I got along with fellow technicians, my housemates were phenomenal,but the work was tough and my boss was a poor communicator. He had perfectionistic…

Reflections on meeting Matthew

Living on opposite sides of the country is really weird. I thought it would be okay coming from Oklahoma when I moved to South Carolina; the humidity wasn't much of a surprise and I knew how to handle it mentally. What I couldn't prepare myself for was the hurricanes.

For those of you who pay attention to the news, you probably heard something about the destruction from Hurricane Matthew and, soon after, his little sister Nicole. Being on a literal barrier island off the coast of South Carolina, I knew we were going to get affected (one of the benefits of a barrier island is to be a--you guessed it--barrier for the mainland when it comes to storm surges and the like). I knew the hurricane was coming, and being from Michigan, where the worst thing we have to deal with is lake-effect snow, I was expecting the worst. The Charlestonians of the group assured me this was a category 2 hurricane (whatever that means), and there was nothing to worry about. On Tuesday, I was walking my …

Who are we in the Bible? Part Three.

This time around, I couldn't make a witty or goofy title of this post simply because it took me forever to find part two, but who can complain? This title rhymes! Ha! Anyway, I digress... So, who'd'a thunk? I'm off and away again to an uncharted land in my book: South Carolina. What is sending her there? Good question! I'll be in the southeastern tip of South Carolina for the next nine months (an entire school year) teaching ecology to 4-6th grade students at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. Yay!

I'm trying to remember back to when I was preparing for Oklahoma, and it's interesting to see the differences in my attitude toward leaving and starting a new job in a new town. I should be more prepared for this endeavor, right? For crying out loud, I drove across the country to chase birds!

What's different, though, is my feeling of adequacy. When leaving for Oklahoma, I had a general idea of what my work day would be like based on my previous bir…

I'm cleaning my room.

I'm finally home from Oklahoma after three months of running about in the tallgrass prairie. My least favorite part of being home is unpacking the car. With unpacking comes the dreaded step that comes before: making space in my already jam-packed bedroom for all the things that are jam-packed in my car (it should all fit back in the room, right? It fit before I packed it all to leave... WRONG. Three months' worth of knick-knacks and books are also in the car. HA!). As I work my way through my room, decluttering my tackboard, I found a picture with a quote from Thomas Merton's Thoughts in Solitude.
"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I h…

Seasoned Illumination.

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you" (Philippians 4:8-9).

"For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy" (Deuteronomy 30:16).

One of my devotions that I'm going through right now is fun as it not only has the devotional bit, but it also has a YouTube clip. This video was an interview with the president of Fuller Seminary, Mark Labberton, and something that he said stuck out to me:
"We live as people who are less peculiar than we really should …

I stand in awe of You.

I am overwhelmed at how great God's creation is. I knew it was amazing before my class took a trip to the Everglades (located in South Florida), but there were many moments where my breath was taken away by the astounding beauty of it all. Whether we were on a tram through Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge or waist-deep in cypress swamp water, I couldn't help but praise God for all that He has done.

What breaks my heart the most is that some people live in Florida and spend their everyday lives not realizing that these gems are right in their backyards. Let's not be desensitized by the blessings we have around every corner. Let's open our eyes to the greatness that God has for us to discover.

I suppose this blog post is a sort of overall summary of our trip:

Eight days and seven nights Two hotelsEight passengers in a fifteen-passenger van14+ field trip stops45+ bird species15-mile bike ridesDaily doses of ice creamToo many rounds of human Frogger4-hour Big Cypress …