April 15, 2015

Interrupted by Grace 2015: Answered Prayer

I'm blogging daily in April. Learn more about the series here.

Good morning!  At least that's the time of day where we are.  The sun keeps coming up earlier and earlier and setting later and later.  We the people are reveling in spring here in the northern hemisphere!  It is glorious.  I never realize the toll winter has taken until I can start opening the windows and our yard can be played in all day.  It is so wonderful that I can't even come up with a better word than wonderful, I am left full of wonder.

But anyway, that has almost nothing to do with today's post, except that spring reminds us that the academic year is nearing its end.  My husband is a university professor, so our life runs more on the academic timetable than the yearly calendar.  He is one month away, now, from freedom from lecturing, lab running, and grading for a while!

When the custard place opens, we know summer is coming soon!

Last year after the semester's end, we visited my parents in Rwanda.  That trip was amazing, but I am glad not to be planning for that again this year!  International travel with a family is a little bit of work for a mom, hahaha.  If we could teleport, however, I would go again in a heartbeat.  Today, even!

Having had a HUGE getaway last year, I was thinking it would be fun to have a tradition of an end-of-year trip for our family every year, a couple of days to get away for some fun.  I have been wondering what we should do and coming up dry.  At some point in the last couple of days I did shoot up one of those quick prayers, God, would you guide us to just the right thing?

Yesterday, I was interrupted by grace when I looked up a new place I had learned about from a stranger at Commonplace coffee.  Commonplace is a fabulous little coffee shop near campus (and with shops in Pittsburgh, too) where many regulars hang out in the morning. Every time we drop Colin off at work I have to decide if the kids and I will be making stop there or not.  Yesterday I planned ahead and had their math and language arts with me for them to do while they sipped their steamers.  Yeah! <high fives self>

During our time there a fellow who I hadn't ever met came in and sat down on one of the couches.  We were both participating in a conversation with mutual friends, but had not been introduced.  At one lull in the conversation I was thinking, alright, I gotta know this guys name and learn more about him.  He is Joe and he works in the Art Department.  Super cool,  I love art!  Before we left, I learned - I have zero recollection of how the topic came up - that he grew up on a bird farm near DuBois, PA.  Then he shared with us about the beauty and wonders of that area, Elk County Pennsylvania.

I didn't even know there was an Elk County or that there were so many Elk in our state!  He shared about a cool place to go see Elk and an interactive learning center.  I forgot the name of the place, but found it online last night, the Elk County Visitor's Center.  And guess what?  They have a place you can stay right there on the grounds!

Of course, it may not work out for this to be our end-of-year trip, but I am hoping and praying that it will!  I emailed last night to find out about the availability of the house.  I was interrupted by grace at how God can use a new acquaintance to answer a prayer and that He hears and responds to what I think are "low priority" prayers.  Cool beans.

I don't want to forget that God loves and cares about me.
I don't want you, dear reader, to forget that either.

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.  Matthew 10:29-31

When have you experienced the Lord loving you this week?
Tell a friend all about it!

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