I spent most of my evening curled up on my bed with Dickens' Oliver Twist completely enthralled with the characters. Oliver got kidnapped while he was out on an errand for a nice old chap and my mind slowly drifted after that point. Looking around my room at the bevy of pictures hodge-podged on cork board I began to feel nostalgic. The majority of my pictures were from last TeenPact season (because I'm awful at printing pictures off, and that was when my last photo printing spree happened...). There were pictures of me and my friends jumping off the pier in Boston, hiking in New Hampshire, playing frisbee in Austin, meandering around Gettysburg, and "abbey laning" it in Indianapolis. I physically sighed and thanked God for every one of those moments.
(Riding the metro to a Red Socks game)
(Anna Kate. Words cannot express the love)
(The team on the Boston Harbor)
(Clay, Kalyn, and Me at Gettysburg)
(Post massive snow ball fight. So much love after so much cold)
While I was in the midst of all my travels, I lost perspective on how insanely blessed I truly was (yes, I was a selfish little twig). I got to spend weeks on end with people who I loved and who loved God. It was a little slice of heaven. Constantly, people asked me how they could pray for me, shared what God had been teaching them, and encouraged me to just have fun (what, you can talk about God and have fun?).
I have no doubt that this year will be just as sublime as last (and dare I say, better?). Still, I know that God will bless in ways I simply do not deserve. This time however, I want to enjoy every moment and relish it (not being a twig).
After I had sighed and recalled all the pleasant memories associated with those pictures, I promptly slipped out form under the blankets and began to take them all down. I wasn't taking them down because I was bitter or depressed about not involved with TeenPact anymore. No, I took them down and put them in my photo crate because I wanted to make room for new memories. My wall isn't completely barren; there are people who stick with me throughout every year, and for them I am thankful.