On Tuesday I was going to hang out with my best friend Tabitha, but her morning sickness ended up getting in the way. So instead I went to the Turtle Parfait, one of my favorite local haunts, and enjoyed their wifi. I got to talk to Ryan and other best friend Lydia on the web cam, have a delicious bowl of white chicken chili, and download some ebooks.
Everyone has been resolution crazy, both on and off of the blogosphere. While I've definitely posted about the new year, I've not done the typical resolutions. And I don't plan on it, because this year is way too up in the air. As I type I've having a discussion with Ryan about the whens and wheres of us getting married. Paperwork confuses me. Does anyone know an immigration lawyer in India? That would help us for free? No? Ah well, figured I'd ask.
Something I have done as my thing in the new year is I'm expanding my book reviewing to new programs. I've been accepted into several. Some I can enjoy only while still here in the US, some I can also enjoy in India. Either way, lots of fun. I figure might as well enjoy the US only ones while I can! I'm very grateful to be able to join these programs, and I look forward to sharing the resources I'm collecting with my brethren in India.
I've not worked this week. I think my seasonal job is over, though there's been no formal letting go so far. We'll see. Either way, the Lord is good.
Ryan's been looking into jobs and I'm really praying we hear something tangible soon. It seems like God only lets us have one income between us at any one time!
Ryan and I have been growing closer recently. It's been pretty amazing. We've had some difficult discussions, fights, and joys. I love him. I love him so very much. I'm going to marry that man. ::dreamy sigh:: He's in no way perfect, but I'm even less perfect, so it works. And we both rely on the only one who is perfect, and that makes a huge difference (though we need to do that better.)
Thinking of our future in India, I really need to do some more studying of Hindi. I've been neglecting it. And that starts me thinking of all sorts of other things I need to do to prepare for India. I definitely need more discipline.
Speaking of discipline, Ryan and I are going to do the Bible in 90 days challenge together starting January 30th. I realized I needed to do something more structured in my Bible reading because I've not had a formal reading plan for a while and I kind of need one. So when my blogging friend Kelly announced she was hosting this I thought "that'd be good for me" and then when talking to Ryan realized it could also be good for us. If you're looking for something like that, maybe you should check it out too.
Since I'm not sure if my income has entirely dried up, I've got this amazing list of things I need to do before the money runs out... way too many things on the list for the money I've got in the bank. Top of it is of course my passport. It just never seems like I can do it. That has to change. All other priorities are less than that one. But then I need to take Sophie to the vet, get new glasses, and a few other priorities... plus you know, pay bills. Bleh.
That seems as good a not as any to end this post. No? That's not very positive? Okay, we can't go wrong with the Bible then...
God, I know I need this one sunk into my soul:
"For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." 2 Timothy 1:7