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RevGal's Friday 5: The Bucket List

1. River rafting on the Colorado River into the Grand Canyon. There's no other way I'm ever getting to the bottom--no donkeys or hiking steep 2 ft wide paths for me
2. Following the monarch butterflies as they migrate from northern California to their winter homes in Mexico.
3. Whale watching in Alaska.

4. Taking each of my girls to NYC for a mom and daughter weekend for their 16th birthdays (i suppose that's really 3)

5. Write and publish at least one book that is completely my own (selling it would be nice too)















Views from the CASA II

Views from the CASA

glimpses of the desert

Thanksgivings

Last night I was greeted at the airport by a tired but beaming face--Joel had surprised me by meeting me at the gate! It was wonderful and pretty romantic for my hubby. We then had dinner before I had to leave Joel for Mound City.

During dinner Joel asked me what was the most fun thing that we did while in Arizona. It was strange because, the word fun totally through me off. I couldn't think of anything that struck me as "fun." Don't get me wrong, it was a great time and I thoroughly enjoyed it but "fun" just didn't seem to fit.

I spent much of the non-class time at the retreat center alone. I needed the silence and the time alone. Like everyone else there, I was tired from Holy Week, Easter, and a Celebration of Life for a true saint. I was totally drained. I loved listening to the others' conversations and laughter but for whatever reason I felt as though I needed to hold back.

I told Joel that the best part of the retreat was simply being…

It's time

Last summer gave me quite a scare. I am in a wonderful setting now and absolutely loving life. Except for the part where my husband doesn't live with us full time but I'm hoping that will change sooner than later.

Currently I am at the RevGalBlogPals B.E. 2.0 and have been inspired and encouraged and I'm taking my name and blog back! I will not be afraid any more. I will not cower before judgementalism and ugliness. Like Popeye always said, "I yam, what I yam!" I am reclaiming my name and voice.

I learned some lessons this year and some of them were very hard but I also became sure that God has called me into ministry because of who I am and not in spite of it. Don't worry, I'm not saying that I'm perfect (so very far from it) but God loves me just as I am even though not everyone will. I think I'm fine with that. I am continuing to learn, love, and grow through the Holy Spirit, through Wisdom, through Sophia, with the support of amazing fr…