Friday, August 20, 2010

And so it ends.

I'm honestly not sure how this happened.

It's August 20th.  Do you know what happens on August 23rd?  SCHOOL.  I'm not sure how that happened so quickly.  I could swear it was just June. 

So I'm taking a moment to look back at this summer.  It was certainly a busy summer, filled with fun, friends, sun, sand, and oh yeah - a comprehensive exam to earn my Master's Degree.  (which, btw, I passed and have officially graduated with a Master's Degree in School Counseling!)

This summer included painting projects in my living room, hallway, and bedroom.  I can't tell you the difference those paint jobs have made in my house!  I sit in my living room almost every day now because it is so bright and calm and happy.  My bedroom makes me smile everytime I walk into it.  Sometimes I just go in and lay down on the bed and think about how much I love that room!!

I did some crafting, went to the beach, and learned some fabulous new recipes!  There was time with friends around the firepit and at baseball games

The best thing that happened this summer was in my relationship with God.  Having gone through everything with Isaac, it would have been easy to spend the summer moping and crying and watching lots of bad TV.  (um...ok.  I did that a few times.)  But, through regular quiet times, quality teaching, and a summer challenge, I have been reminded over and over again of the steadfast love of God.   I have especially been reminded of this lately, as I watched 2 of my closest friends go from sheer joy to total heartbreak, and then land in a place of understanding and peace.  

As I sat today to reflect on the summer, I started reading through posts on my Walking the Valley blog.  I cried through many of them, as so many of the words written there came from a place of brokenness and heartache.  But I came across one post that I think sums up everything I've learned this summer.

The bottom line is: Unlike our circumstances, God NEVER changes. Unlike our circumstances, God is ALWAYS good. That's why, we don't sing praises to our circumstances - we sing praises to our God.

I'm sad to see summer go....but man, I love me some FALL!  Bring on the pumpkins!  (I think it's time to make a new wreath!)

I'm linking this little bit of randomness up over at Under Grace and Over Coffee!


  1. Jess - I'm so glad you're doing well. You are a very strong woman with a very strong faith - it's inspiring. Hope the school year goes well.


  2. Wow -- I read some of your posts from your other blogs. I read the one about how you felt about people telling you that Isaac was watching over you. I went through similar questions after my grandmother passed away. I appreciate your perspective, even though I reached one that was different. Congrats on getting your Master's degree! Happy fall to you!

  3. Congrats on the master degree. I love your summarization (is that even a word?) that God never changes. It's one of the things that I cling to when I'm going through things.