Well hello there!
It's been a while. As for my life, lab work has been busy -- I've been getting in early! And summer has been sweet and wonderful!
Jordan and I started training for a half-marathon which has actually been pretty fun. Lots of early mornings and treacherously long run weekends. But its good and a fun bonding experience for us.
Earlier this month, we hosted a 4th of July party at our house which was lots of fun. We love being able to facilitate fellowship and connections between people in our church and community. It was actually pretty funny, because a year ago, we wanted to throw a 4th party but we seriously didn't have many friends yet, even though we had been in Bloomington almost a year already.
It was pretty slow for us to really get connected because people our age in a college town are super transient, many of them in 2-year masters programs or finishing up longer degree programs. I think because of that, I've been pretty passionate about the importance of helping people get connected faster. Jordan and I have been pretty intentional about seeking out new young people who visit our join our church and getting them connected to the community.
Last weekend, Ruth, a great Bloomington friend of mine, and I, were able to plan a social for young people from all different Christian fellowships in Bloomington. Since we live in such a small town, we felt like really being connected to other christians in our community meant reaching outside just the young people in our church. To be honest, I was half expecting 5 - 6 people to show up, including myself, Jordan and Ruth -- but the turnout was fantastic! We had probably about 20 people come and I saw many new faces, from different churches in our community. It was great to meet and connect with such wonderful people.
It is great to see God's hand in providing fellowship not only for myself but also for others in our community.