Thursday, August 19, 2010

Reasons to Miss Home

Sometimes homesickness hits more often. It's not that I don't enjoy living here. It's not that we don't have friends. And it's not that anything bad is happening here. Right now homesickness is prevalent because of what's happening at home not because of anything in Okoboji. Here are a few reasons why I've been thinking about home lately:

1. One of my closest friends just had a baby! A beautiful boy! She's really the first one of us to get pregnant, and it makes me sad that I can't be there. Even though her and her husband don't live back at home, it makes me wish we were all still living in the same town. I wish I could visit her and her husband at the hospital and hold their baby boy. But alas... I must keep in touch from Iowa.

2. Another one of our closest friends from college/home are moving to South Korea next week. They will be teaching English just outside of Seoul. I'm sure it will be an amazing opportunity for them! It's hard not being back home right now because we're missing out on our last chances to hang out with them before they leave. It will be especially hard to miss out on their going away party. They were able to come out and visit us over Memorial weekend and we knew it would probably be our last time with them for a while. But now that the time has come when they are leaving, it doesn't make it any easier!

3. My brother was in a serious car accident Wednesday afternoon. He's ok... it's a miracle, but he's ok. He was caught between 2 semis and was thrown into a median on a highway. The car is smashed, but somehow he managed to walk away from it. When my mom called I just wanted to be able to come over and be with my family, but I couldn't :( It helps knowing that nothing serious is wrong, but it's still hard to be 10 hours away.

With all these things running through my head recently, it's been hard not be home. That being said, there have been a lot of exciting things happening here as well. This past Sunday we had a lakeside baptism. 10 people were baptized and about 100 people from the church showed up! It was a great celebration. A lot of us stayed afterwards and enjoyed a meal together. Even though it's hard missing home at times, it sometimes amazes me how quickly we've attached ourselves to this area. Now that we're here, I can't imagine my life without some of these people in it!

Hopefully we'll be able to make a trip home somewhere around the holidays. If not, Skype is helpful and so is the phone :)

No other big updates from the Parrotts. My job is still going well. I can't believe how fast time flies now that I'm working! Anthony is still as busy as ever over at the church. And he's still loving his job. Well, it's almost the start of the weekend, so I should get going!

love,
Emily

Monday, August 9, 2010

Muggy, Muggy Days

It seems as though time is going by rather quickly as of late. Today marks the beginning of my third week at Cherish Center, and I have found that working 4 days out of the week really causes my weeks to fly by. Work is still going well. I feel as though I'm getting the hang of things, and every day I feel more comfortable. It's always hard to start a new job and try to learn everything, but so far I think I've done well. I really like the organization, and I am excited to be a part of it.

This past week was uneventful besides the Bible Conference. Anthony and I both enjoyed attending a handful of services together. Anthony even got a chance to play with the worship band on Saturday night. I was pretty jealous though, because Anthony had the chance to attend the morning "communities" or classes. He was able to go to Dr. John Walton's (from Wheaton) class on Genesis 1. I would have loved to listed to that. Apparently, it was a fantastic class and it started some great discussions between Anthony and some of the other attenders.

It's been really hot, muggy, and buggy here as of late. Typical mid-west August, I suppose. It's actually made me yearn a bit for the crispness of fall. I do love fall (hello! my birthday is in the fall!), but unfortunately it leads to winter. And I know come January I will be wishing for the heat that August brings. Anyways, to fight off some of the heat, Anthony and I went to the beach on Sunday. We took our rafts and just floated in the lake. It was very peaceful and very relaxing.

Other than that, not much going on. Ministry wise, we're gearing up for fall. Both Anthony and I will be leading small groups as well as teaching a Sunday School class, so that will make things even busier. Therefore, we are enjoying this last month of summer.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Mostly Last Week...

Jogging went much better last week. We actually ran all 3 days! I was impressed with us. Especially since some of last week we stayed up a little too late.

Last week also marked the beginning of my new job. It went well, though it was a little overwhelming. My boss was on vacation for most of last week, so I had to just dive right in. But I think I'm getting the hang of things, and I'm slowly learning the ins and outs of the organization. I think overall, it will be a good fit, and I'm excited to be involved.

Apparently last week was a busy week, now that I think about it. It also marked the leaving of our dear friends, Ben and Jennifer. They've moved out to Baltimore so that he can attend law school, and we will dearly miss them. We met them when we came out for our interview back in December. Since we've moved here, they've been so wonderful and we've really appreciated their friendship. They provided most of our social life, and being that we were the same age we could relate to being in the same stage of life. We also had the privilege to be a part of and attend their wedding back in April. We weren't looking forward to saying goodbyes here in Iowa so soon. In some ways, we're still recovering from all the goodbyes we said in Indiana not so long ago.

On to happier thoughts. Saturday Anthony and I ventured to the lovely town of Mankato, MN to do some shopping. Both of us are bad about spending money on ourselves especially when it comes to clothes. We've been talking for a while about updating our wardrobes and this past Saturday was the day! We had a lot of fun together and got some fantastic deals! And it was nice not to feel guilty about spending the money. Also, the nice thing about shopping in Minnesota is that there isn't any sales tax on clothing. Score! We kind of laughed at the fact that we do most of our shopping in South Dakota or Minnesota. Who would have thought we would be living in small town Iowa where the only reasonable way to shop is to leave the state?

We got back from shopping just in time to catch the beginning of the Okoboji Bible Conference! It's a big deal around here (this is its 76th year), and it pulls in a lot of big names. For example, last year Dallas Willard was the main speaker (oh how I wish we could have been here for that!) and this year we have names like Josh McDowell and John Walton. Anyways, the kick off was a free concert by Selah. They have phenomenal voices, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We were also in awe of how the Tabernacle transformed into a real stage. They did a great job! Anyways, Anthony will be attending some of the morning classes and we will both try and make it to the evening sessions. It's like Bethel's Spiritual Emphasis Week all over again!

Well that's about all that's going on here. We're finally back to 2 cars again after our Sunfire's brakes broke down in every single way possible. $1,000 later and we're driving safely once again. Anyone else hate putting tons of money into a car that's a junker anyways? Sigh, at least $1,000 is cheaper than buying a new one. The joys of life.

Much love to our readers out there. Indiana friends, we miss you and love you!

Until next time,
Emily