Denial. Up until Sunday July 3 I had been in denial. Denial of the fact that I either had to hit the pavement running or fall flat on my face. Denial that I had just moved out of my home for six months and wasn’t simply enjoying a weekend in Illinois with my parents. Denial that I was about to start courses at The French Pastry School. Denial. But as my parents pulled out of the driveway of my new “home” it all sunk in and the tears started flowing. This was it. This was the beginning of my adventure on my own. Truth be told, even if I hadn’t been in denial, there is nothing that would have prepared me for the ache for home that would follow. The ache for familiar things, places, and faces. The ache for the wet noses and wagging tails of my puppies to come bounding up the stairs after me. The ache for the sound of my brother playing video games in the room next door. The ache for the numerous puns my daddy loved telling. The ache for the comforting arms of my mama, wrapped around me in protective love. The ache for home.
But, through God’s strength, mercy, and love, I managed to get through my first two weeks. Through constant prayers frantically sent His way, I was enveloped in “a peace that surpasses all understanding.” He knew my heart longed to be home so He brought me closer to Him. Since that day of goodbyes, I have been reminded of my friends’ and family’s constant love for me. I have also been reminded that even when we are unprepared for what is ahead, God is not. He knew what was coming long before I did and He was prepared beyond my comprehension. Now, even though the days I’ve been away from home grow in number, I know I can continue to keep moving forward because of the fact that I have such a huge support system spurring me on.
As a way for me to share my life with you, I decided that I would begin a blog. It will feature my adventures in Illinois I feel led to share. My posts will be about anything and everything. If there is something you’d like me to write about, head on over to the contact page and shoot me an email. This blog is here for you as much as it is for me. Much love to all of you reading! Until next time.