Where We’re at Wednesday—The Edge of Summer

Hello lovely friends!

It’s been a bit since we’ve filled you in on where we’re at. In the spirit of openness and vulnerability that we always hope to bring to this space, we thought it was about time! Also because we’re feeling a bit sentimental that For Glory and Beauty is one-year-old this month! And what better way to celebrate than with some good ol' fashioned honest conversation?

Here we are on the verge of summer! Just officially two days away. (Summer kicks off on a Friday this year by the way, and we’ll have some fun ways to celebrate this weekend coming your way!) TBH, Dalayna and I have been in the trenches of summer for over a month now. Though the official start is yet to come, both of our jobs carry extremely heavy (but super fun) summer work loads. For Dalayna as a youth pastor, summer means all kinds of camp. Attending camp and prepping for camp and recovering from camp and hosting camp. It means more time with students who are out of school for the season and prepping activities and staying ahead on what’s to come—and that’s just her “day job”! She’s also leading some fresh and juicy marketing strategies for a local juicery in her hometown—pun completely intended! Oh, and making our blog look amazing all the while!

I, Rachel, am smack dab in the middle of intern season at a major tech company. If you would have asked me what my summers would look like last April or anything at all about the tech world, I would have stared back at you blankly and innocently. Summers are so fun but so crazy full for me! I’m so thankful to be working with students from Mexico again and enjoying as many moments as I can if it. Aside from at least three meetings with all 62 of them throughout the summer, I’m trying to find time to send follow up mail and maybe grab some ice cream and tacos with them from time to time! It’s also been a really exciting season for me at church. I finally feel settled into a rhythm and the community and I’m excited to continue building it. However, that means nights of the week filled with community groups and coffee dates and leadership cohorts. All good, but honestly I’ve forgotten a little bit how to have every evening full and sometimes find myself missing evenings on the couch with Lorelei and Rory and nowhere to be.

Needless to say, summer is full for us and it’s hardly just begun! We’re  sure we can’t be the only ones! Anyone else feeling like summer is filled to the brim already? Anyone else feeling nervous that you just won’t be able to fit it all in—especially the stuff you actually want to do?

Today D and I are reminding ourselves that we’re not that important. Sound harsh? We know. You can imagine us "cartoon smacking" each other across the face if you'd like.
 We’re telling ourselves that the world will continue to turn on its axis without us. That even if we need to stop for a hot second and sip some fresh squeezed lemonade and feel the sunshine on our skin, the world will go on. And honestly, we should, because we need to remember that! You too! It's so easy to get deep into the busy and start believing that it all depends on us. That somehow none of it would work without us. And then we start feeling overwhelmed and underappreciated and desperate for some fresh air and space. Because we've forgotten that it's never actually all depended on us--even a little bit. Jesus has had it under control all along!

 Don't hear us wrong here...of course we have responsibilities and things that need to get done and little people relying on us. We're not suggesting that you just check out and stay lazy and avoid responsibilities and relationships.  We're just here to subtly remind you (and ourselves) that we're not the end all in the equation! That in case we've forgotten, we're human and we have limitations. That being vulnerable and exposing those limitations is sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves and those around us. That no matter how crazy busy our summers may be, there is always time for rest and relaxation and peace. Summer only lasts so long, and we are determined to soak it in this year in spite of the crazy business and seemingly impossibility of slowing down. Are you with us!?

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