Nebraska

20171126_141219709067235.jpgRather than having a traditional Thanksgiving of sorts, my spiritual mother and I headed to Nebraska for the holiday; a quick four hour drive from Colorado.

The ride there was fairly plain.  Not much to peer at besides livestock, wind turbines, stacks of hay and the open road. No traffic, stores or gas stations in sight.  Even spotting homes were few, far and in-between.

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The objective of the trip, minus the avoidance of overeating, was to get a picture with the state sign.  This marker, for the year, adds nine!

Though I’ll have to work backwards to capture states formerly toured, I figure it’s a fun way to explore.  Next year, I intend to gather more! In addition to that, I look to set foot on a new continent! I’m excited about what the Lord has in store.

Until next time,
Merely June

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Rock formations in Scottsbluff, NE
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Bucket List

On 7/23/13, I created a bucket list on Pinterest. Though I’ve added pins over the years, I didn’t get serious about checking things off until the latter part of 2015. Now, nearing the end of 2017, I’m steadily working my way through the list!

In the past year, my travel opportunities have increased! I totally credit God for this happening. His linking me with my spiritual mother has certainly set me on my current path! 

Last year, I added “take a picture with every state sign” to my Pinterest bucket list. To date I’ve gotten 8 total.  Three are pictured in a previous post Just Drive

Out of all 50 states, I’ve frequented 15 thus far. I’ll have to backtrack in order to get the 7 missing signs. 

By the end of the year, I hope to visit at least one or two other states.  I’m definitely grateful and thrilled about the new adventures!

Grace

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By the grace of God, we made it to Colorado. Being here feels nearly surreal…taking residency in the mountainous state. One things for certain, this is home for the next few years; maybe longer.

Getting here was an act of faith. Giving all my possessions away and uprooting from my home state. Moving 20 hours away from everything that’s familiar…family, friends and so forth. It’s worth it; however, to do what I believe God has called me to accomplish. Beginning study at Charis Bible College.

I’m thrilled about the new beginning. While there are many uncertainties and things to be learned, I’m up for the challenge and will rise to the occasion. I know the Lord will give me the grace to see me through.

This marks a new season in my life. I ascertain it will be my best yet.

To new endeavors,

Merely June

 

12 Days

In 12 days, I’ll begin a new adventure. Leaving Alabama for Colorado to later start school at Charis Bible College. A venture that I never anticipated. One that I’m thrilled, yet a wee bit nervous about. An endeavor that’s launching me into a new season…chartering new territory and embarking on new beginnings. 

Anxious or not, I’m going! One step in front of the other, I’ll move uncertain…of how God will place all the puzzle pieces together. He’s proven Himself thus far and will continue. One thing’s for sure, He’s a good good Father. I’m with Him and within me; therefore, going forwards I shall not fail. 

God’s already prepared the way for me. All my needs will be met and then some. 

Thankfully I won’t be making this journey alone. I’ll be accompanied by my spiritual mother who at the tender age of 75 will be going to school alongside me! We’ll be roommates and classmates! Boy, how wild this trip will be! 

I have a feeling countless “good times” are to come.  The rest of this year will be the best of this year! 

To be continued…

Merely June 

Baltimore

This is my first Mother’s Day away from home. Typically the occasion is spent in Alabama making preparations with my sisters. We may fry fish after church or cook whatever mom has a taste for. We watch movies, share laughs and cherish the time given as family. That’s truly mom’s one desire.  To use each gathering creating memories. Nothing fancy per se, only simplicity. 

This Mother’s Day I’m in Baltimore with my spiritual mother. Not my birth mother, but another mother nonetheless. God revealed to me that I have many mothers. He’s given them to me in varying seasons of life for protection, provision, wisdom and guidance. An answer to my own mother’s prayer…that God would put people in places to watch out for me wherever I go. It just so happens that they end up being mothers. 

I’m grateful for that prayer because on- the-go is becoming a new normal. I’m also thankful for the memories built with my family. I’ll need them in days to come. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all women who mother. For those grieving the loss of a mother, love and peace to you.  

Mom! Dolphin cruise in Orange Beach, AL.
Spiritual Mom! Amtrak station in Hattiesburg, MS in route to Baltimore! 

Just Drive

Yesterday I needed to drive. To simply go. To do something impromptu. To break the mundane and deviate from my typical schedule. 

Being a Sunday, that normally equates to church. Whether greeting parishioners by passing out bulletins or teaching toddlers about Jesus…either praising the most high with like-minded believers, church is the traditional go-to. Not this day;  however…

I woke up at my mom’s house from a weekend celebration, further observing my birthday with a knowing that I wasn’t going to church. I got up, got dressed and set out for I-10 westbound. I’d contemplated only going to the beach, but quickly decided against it. With laundry in my backseat and perishable items on hand, I mulled over dropping the items off at home,  but knew if I did, I’d get comfortable and stay. So I persisted to drive. 

The good thing about my state (good ole Alabama) is that in either direction the bordering state is only hours away. Mississippi was up first, then Louisiana. 

I’d added to my bucket list some time ago to take a picture with all the state signs. This requires back tracking to say the least, but I figured it’d be a fun feat. 

Stopping at the Mississippi sign,  a family before me exited their vehicle. Giving them space, I stood a ways away…(you never know about people nowadays). Before they left, we made an exchange and they volunteered to take my portrait. Before long we both hurried on with the next target at hand. 

Initially I was only going to drive through Mississippi…find a spot, hang out and go home. With Louisiana only an hour away, I decided carry on.  

Stopping at the Louisiana sign was a bit frightening in part. I kept envisioning an 18 wheeler flattening either me or my car. With the cars whipping by, it was quite a rush! Louisiana marker, accomplished!

With about 30 minutes away,  I’d be in one of my favorite cities. N’awlins! Since childhood I’d frequented the area. With its faster pace, southern twang and delectable etoufee…New Orleans is certainly a special place. 
Canal street underway, I found a parking space and headed to the Riverwalk. Attempting to take a selfie, a nice woman bid to help. I accepted graciously, in hopes that the pic would fare great!

After saying my thank yous, I walked along for approximately an hour or more. I was grateful I came. It ended up being such a lovely day. All it took was a little gas in the tank and a bill to cover parking. I must say…this randomness I should do more often. 

Now it was time to go home. After driving through two states, I’d reached my stay. I look forwards to doing this another day.

Merely June