Did you ever take a family vacation and no sooner after walking in your front door afterwards, you were met with the decisive message Vacation is officially over and real life is back?
Well, that was us last week.
Sometimes my neck hurts from the whiplash of life’s changes.
Since I’ve been on a blog break on account of Spring Break, I wasn’t going to participate in “What I Learned” this month. But ya know, it’s only Tuesday and already this week feels twelve days long. What I need is a good, sit-down-with-my-girlfriends catch up, and these little “what I learned” posts feel like just that. So as I put up my feet and chew some dried mango slices left over from our trip, I offer a short list of what I learned this month.
What I Learned in March:
1. The big city isn’t so scary after all. Last week, my people and I took a trip “back East” to visit some good friends of ours. We met these friends over fifteen years ago when we were neighbors, and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. They kindly invited us to come visit their home just north of Philadelphia. David and I had done so once before several years ago with these same friends. It was only a day trip then, but I remember being very intimidated by the size of that city. I thought I might be so again, but I wasn’t. Philadelphia was such a hodgepodge of so many different people, sights and sounds, and I couldn’t help but love all the different-but-togetherness about it.
2. History + Candy win everything in my life. We had *so* much fun seeing all the touristy Liberty Bell, Ben Franklin kinds of things in Philly. We saw several museums too, but my favorite discovery there was Shane Confectionery.
It is America’s oldest candy store–established in 1863. As a lover of all old things, I couldn’t help but fall in love with that place, too. And as a girl with a whole row of sweet teeth, I couldn’t help but try more than one kind of treat inside. (Their chocolate chai latte…out of this world.) History plus candy for the win!
4. It’s possible to miss someone you never met. Kara Tippetts passed away last week after her 2 1/2 year battle with cancer, and I do miss her even though I never once met her. I miss her in part because I feel like I know her through her poignant writing. I feel like I know her because several people in my church have ties to the Tippetts family as our church is the one that planted the one her husband pastors. Another interesting thing for me is Kara’s name is nearly identical to my sister’s: Sara Tippett. So anytime I see Kara’s name, I think of my sister, too. Suffice it to say that even though I’ve never met Kara, her name frequents my online and real life. And even though I never met her, I’m not sure anyone has taught me about the deep well of God’s grace as much as Kara has. I’ll always be grateful to her for that.
5. I have so-so feelings about Gilmore Girls. I say that while scooting back ever so slightly because I know there are a whole lotta GG fans out there. Honestly, I never watched a single episode of the show before this month. (What?) I blame that on being knee-deep in babies and small children while it aired. Anyway, I’m not saying I don’t like it. After all, I am currently in season 2 (thanks to Netflix) and still watching. But I just don’t love it, and given how many of my friends do, I thought I would as well. I will say this about the show, however: in my dreams, I have the wit and waistline of Lorelai Gilmore.
6. Our spoken words of blessing have power. I believed this for a long time now, but only recently I saw this from a new perspective. While in Luke, I read these words said by Jesus: “Whatever house you enter first say, ‘Peace be on this house!” And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you” (v. 5-6 ). Offering a spoken word of blessing has the power to actually settle on one another. As a girl who writes and lives to encourage, I find this simply amazing.
That about sums it up for me. What about you? What silly and serious things did you learn this month?