Evenings are starting to come earlier. The sunlight angles are subtly lower in the sky and it's beginning to feel just a bit more like fall.
Registration is next weekend, and classes begin the Monday after that. Whatever the calendar or the weather might say, summer is just about officially over for NTBI.
Already I'm missing summer a little bit, even though I'm excited for fall. The colors, the crisp air, the students making the halls and the classrooms come alive again...
But let's talk about summer for now. :)
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The weather -
Summer storms mean branches strewn everywhere.
This is standing at the front entrance to the school.
The parking lot slopes towards the entrance, and we had a heavy storm blow through last Friday, so this happened.
The water came up to Tim's knees. And - I so wish I'd gotten a picture of this - his kids were swimming. In the parking lot. Swimming, people. Not just splashing around in the water, but quite literally swimming in the parking lot.
Tell me that is not normal.
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This summer our computers have gone through a lot of changes and updates. You don't need to be a tech genius to know it always takes time to iron out update-induced kinks. (And oh, the fun during that time if your job is mostly computer-based!)
I'm thankful for the brains God gave our IT guys.
We'd be lost without them.
My project list was attacked, one item at a time: buying new sheets, deep cleaning each of the guest rooms, organizing the laundry/cleaning supplies room (the tiny room in the picture above), getting the carpets cleaned, organizing the guest house basement, and turning in budget requests for the semester.
The basement was like the black hole of my summer projects, literally (because, uh, it's a basement) and metaphorically (because that's where everything went as I was cleaning out the rest of my little domain).
That picture doesn't adequately capture half of the chaos down there.
Slowly (more slowly than I would have liked, because I have unreasonable expectations for myself sometimes), order came to the basement.
The extra furniture is stored in a little side room...
...and everything else - spare sheets, pillows, lamps, windows, etc. - is in the main room, stored in appropriately labeled tubs or otherwise organized.
I was so happy when it was finished I totally could have thrown a party.
Organizing is a quirky love of mine. I especially love the results.
When I wasn't working on guest house projects or in the business office, I spent my time doing laundry. Washing, folding, sorting, stacking loads and loads and LOADS of guest house sheets and towels. I felt like half my summer was spent doing laundry! Good thing I don't mind it. :)
Most recently, I moved out of my old office and also nailed down a good list of projects to start tackling this fall. It feels like the guest hospitality department is finally ready for the semester - hurray! Whether the girl in that department is ready for the semester remains to be seen...
I don't have pictures of my now-office, but I'll get around to it. Someday.
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The boys -
We went to the park one evening.
"Hey, Isaac, let's take a picture for Mommy!"
Oh, my heart.
He got to sit up in a real fire truck, which he was obviously pretty happy about.
I've said it before, but I love these boys so much. I love their family just as much. God has been so good to put them in my life.
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The random -
I found this bug outside one day, and sent Esther a text:
"What is this thing?!"
She wrote back: "A bug who wants to be a bead?"
Sounds about right to me.
And then there was this giant...um...I don't know exactly what, but it was huge. I'm glad I discovered it outside the guest room I was cleaning and not inside.
I found this in a drawer I was cleaning out, and it made me laugh.
"So that's how it all started!" ;)
The third floor is chaos right now. Few students stay during the summer, so any work - painting, cleaning, etc. - that needs to be done in the dorms happens then. Which means furniture randomly piled up out in the hall. It'll make its way back to the dorms soon, because students are already trickling in.
I'm so happy. Both for the furniture going back where it's supposed to be and for the students arriving.
My spider plants love the sunny windowsill so much. They had crazy growth spurts, and now all three of the ones you see here are sporting little baby spider plants (about a dozen or so?). My plan to take over the building with spider plants is one step closer to realization!
Meijer had mums for just a couple dollars, so...
I'm so glad God made plants. I love them.
Sage, peppermint, and lavender tea. Yummy.
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Lake Michigan -
I finally got to see one of the Great Lakes in person. It was gorgeous. The water was unbelievably blue, and it was a lovely (if not quite windy enough) day for a sail.
Jacob, Melissa, and their kids came to West Africa the same time I did. I hadn't seen them since I left last summer, but happily they were in the States for home assignment and we were able to get together just before they went back.
We had a lot of catching up to do; they'd had a new baby, I'd moved twice, and life for all of us looks much different than we expected it to.
We took a sail on Melissa's dad's boat.
"Does this life jacket make me look fat?"
I'm thankful we got the chance to hang out before they flew back to West Africa - even more thankful, though, for what God has done in our lives and hearts and friendship.
He is good.
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Thanks, Lord, for summer - for the lessons You've been teaching me, for the thunderstorms, the fireflies, the starry nights, the sun-ripened fruit, for the quiet to hear You speak (the quiet I was dreading but You knew I needed), for seasons and yes - even for how they change. Thank You for being my constant in every season of life. You're so very good.