Only in Auburn can you drive around town for a week - go somewhere everyday - and still have your gas tank be full. It's true. I guess it's one thing I really like about living in Auburn. I mean, it only takes me the duration of Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" to get to school, which is a total of 4 minutes and 2 seconds (I've done it enough to make this a fact).
Yesterday I took lil' Agnes to the park - and was proposed to! My response was, "don't tell my husband." It was a youth group from a church on a scavenger hunt at the park. Actually, the shock factor was that the boy came up to me and said, "Ma'am, I know this seems weird..." Ma'am? I thought I looked younger yesterday! I've even used my wrinkle cream 2 days in a row! Ma'am? It took me a while to shake that one off.
I've been working on wedding presents since we have quite a few weddings coming up. I have exactly 3 weeks left of summer before school begins. I'm trying to savor each moment. With each activity I find myself asking - is the absolute best way to spend my time right now. I'm NOT ready to get back to grading - and teaching the exact same thing 5 times in a row. Eww.
Oh. We have exciting news! We've decided where we're going to seminary. Drum roll please: St. Louis it will be. Despite seminary not being free, we're really excited about going and are trying to trust that the Lord will take care of us financially while we're there. We will really miss our families also - but feel as if Tom would get the best pastoral training at Covenant. Neither of us has ever been in a situation of true financial need; we've always had the money to buy what we need and want. When thinking about money and how we're going to pay for seminary and the basic cost of living, I'm reminded of Matthew 6:25-34 -
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I'm so encouraged by this verse. The Lord is going to take care of us - "the Bible tells me so." Tom has been good about reminding me to trust the Lord - and I've been good about reminding him to "take action" also. We balance each other. That being said - we're excited about the future - but are also excited about this last year in Auburn. Things are definitely on the up & up. We've made more friends, we feel like we're a part of the church community, and I definitely think that this is going to be an easier, better year at school for me.