Wednesday, August 26, 2009

moving on...

I suppose it's been time for a while now to make a new blog. "In Malawi" doesn't seem to quite fit my current situation. Seeing as I'm very far from Malawi right now. Thanks for journeying with me through the last two years. I made a new blog, for those of you who would like to keep up with me.
Here it is:

Monday, August 24, 2009

Megan meets the South

Once upon a time I traveled almost 3,000 miles to visit a special person. We had lots of adventures. Here are a few pictures:

We went to New Orleans. It rained. We had to buy ponchos. Cool souvenirs, huh?

Before it rained it was a beautiful (but hot) day. That is the cathedral behind us.

This is at the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama!

Spanish moss and an oak tree.

Andy standing on the top of the shrimp boat. Cool picture, huh?

Monday, August 17, 2009

Andy meets Oregon

Andy was in the Great Northwest for a couple of weeks. Seeing the sights, meeting the family, you know, things like that. Here are a few pictures.

Umm, wow. Sunset over the Wallowa mountains.

Our traditional picture spot. Now things are really official.
Me and my daddy!!

Boys will be boys. They rolled this stump down the canyon. Why? Because it was there.

Listening to a concert at the Grand Lodge. Good times.
Now I'm in Alabama. Pictures coming soon.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

working hard

I have the best summer job in the world. I get to hang out with kids and do fun things. Like rock climb. Here's the little guy I'm working with this summer!

That's his innocent look. Don't be fooled.

Candid shot! He's so loving. Most of the time.

No limits! Rock climbing is for everyone!

The program I work for is part of Adventures Without Limits. Click here for the mission statement. And a picture of me that I didn't even know existed. Much less that it was on the internet. Cool.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

you say goodbye...

...and I say hello.

After all of my sad (and some tearful) goodbyes were said in Malawi I had a lot of hello's to look forward to here in Oregon. My family teases me about how I like to stay busy and get bored after a couple hours of not doing something. It's pretty true. Here's a few pictures of what I've been up to in the past few weeks.

SNOW! In June!

Kristy's getting married!

Carol, Em, me...I love them!

Carol and I at the late night food carts. Yummy crepes!

Sagina and I on the way to the rodeo. Yeehaw!

The girls going to the rodeo. Laura and I missed the memo about wearing pink and purple....

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

an "f" crisis

Since moving back to the states I have been overwhelmed by the media attention, and the anxiety that is the reality of the economy in the United States (and the world). There really is a feeling of constant anxiety here that I'm assuming I am not the only one feeling. The past couple days have been particularly stressful. As I have been thinking about it, journaling about it, and praying about it, I have come to the realization that I am indeed in the middle of a crisis. It's not the financial crisis that I hear so much about, but it is an f-word crisis (no, not that word, silly). It's a faith crisis.

Sometimes it is so easy to trust that God's plan is best, and that he's got it all worked out and has since the beginning of time. Sometimes it seems impossible. Right now, it seems impossible! I feel like I have big decisions to make that affect more than just me, and I don't know the right answer. I feel like the problems I have are too big to have a happy solution. I'm sure many, if not all, of you can relate. But do you know how ridiculous that is? The notion that something is too big for the God of all Creation? I clearly don't actually KNOW how ridiculous it is. I just know.

Why can't I just sit back and trust that he is in control? Why do I make decision making so hard on myself?

Oh, Lord, refine my faith. Make it real, make it true. Remind me that it's not about me. It's all about YOU.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.

There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.