Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A Glimpse of my Life

Usually on Wednesdays, I try to post a new music video from YouTube... this past week was a little crazy and is continuing on that thread. I don't usually do personal posts, but today I'll give you a small glimpse of my life of late.

Last weekend, Mom, Elizabeth, and I trekked over to Texas for one of my friend's weddings. The trip up there was looooong. So, I contented myself with listening to an audiobook with Mom...

Snapping random pictures...


And starting a book that I got last Christmas...


I was photographer for Courtney's wedding, but I'll post more of those pictures later. I'm still editing through them, but here's a sneak-peek...



And, my cousin actually snapped one of me and Courtney. I almost forgot about it!


We went to the church our cousin pastors, left right after church, and got home late Sunday night. Had a day of relaxing/family day on Monday, then on Tuesday, loaded up the van and Dad, Mom, Timothy, and I headed down to Louisiana. Many of our friends in Mississippi donated cleaners, home-school curriculum, and money for us to help with the flood relief. 

This is how our van looked when we left the house... 


On the way, we stopped by a few stores to pick up tools and snacks at the recommendation of our friends living in LA who are already out there, helping with the flood relief.


Today starts our first day out there helping. We're not exactly sure what we'll be doing, besides connecting with our friends who have been actively working since the day the flood hit. I know it will be a busy time (as well as heart-rending), and covet your prayers. Not just for us, but for everyone who is hard at work here.

I've seen pictures and videos of Louisiana online, but they do not do it justice. This is barely scratching the surface of Louisiana's devastation, vaguely showing a picture of the homes destroyed and lives altered. This was a subdivision where several people we know live, and it's not even one of the hardest-hit areas. Pray for these people.


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We finally got to our aunt and uncle's last afternoon and sat around talking. It is amazing that, though Louisiana is facing so much devastation, we can still clearly see God's hand at work. Complete strangers are bonding together, helping each other. Victims are being able to see blessing after blessing, and giving God glory. And best of all, souls are being saved. God IS able to use all things to work for His good -- even a flood that destroys 11% of a state. 

So, while I was looking forward to entering September, getting back into teach piano and violin regularly, and putting aside time for writing, I have to say, I am not sad to be missing these weeks that I'm living in or the lessons that I'm learning.

What has your life been like, lately?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Courtney made a beautiful bride. God Bless you and yours for helping the Louisiana flood victims.
Mariyn

Amanda T. said...

@ Marilyn - She did! :)
Thank you! It has definitely been SUCH a blessing to help them!

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