Hey there! Claire here.
I've realized one of my biggest frustrations in life right now is unfinished projects. Since we moved here in October, it seems like our life has been a whirlwind of non-stop go, go, go... and I just feel like I can't get anything finished.
Bryan started at Camp Wilderness Ridge, I was a brand new teacher, we had retreats every weekend (Bryan is the Director of Retreats & Camping) through the fall, winter, and spring, and then it was time for summer camp! Bryan has been extremely busy helping coordinate trips and games and plans for their summer camp at CWR, while I've been driving back and forth to Pflugerville to run Pfun Camp there (this is my 3rd year as the Director-- and my last.) Here we are, on the Fourth of July, and I'm realizing the summer is halfway over and it's time to start preparing for the new school year. Speaking of which -- I'll be teaching 2nd grade this year! I'm stoked!
And of course in the midst of all the seasons we've flown through, there have been many events we've been able to enjoy: birthday parties for my parents, graduations for Bryan's brother & sister in New Orleans, weddings for dear friends, and (me) visiting our brand new nephew, Breck Turner. However, there are also a lot of events we've missed out on, and will continue to miss, coming up this year: our next nephew, Joshua Raymond, coming in August (we're gonna try!); trips to my family's cabin in New Mexico; the annual trip to Colorado with Bryan's family; weddings and showers for close friends and family members. Although we are very sad to miss these special events and time with family and friends, we have really grown to appreciate the time we do get to spend with the people we love. It is always a treat to have friends come out and stay with us for a night or two, or even just an evening or afternoon! (On that note-- please come visit us!!) ;-) It's also a treat to venture into Austin and catch up with old friends and new ones, especially with our new church family at The Well. (www.thewellaustin.com)
I've had the joy of spending quality time with some people I love over the past few weeks of summer camp by staying in Austin on the nights before I have the early shift at Pfun Camp. I've been able to stay with my parents and my dear friend, Beth, and have been able to visit and catch up with some of my family and friends when I'm there as well. However, it's extremely hard to be away from Bryan multiple nights a week, especially when he has to work late on the days that I am home. I know it is just a season though, as my dear friend, Allison, says as we commiserate about our busy lives together.
So, in the midst of the busyness of life and the constant "go, go, go" feeling that sometimes overwhelms me, I notice what I titled this post-- unfinished projects. It has been very difficult for me to feel accomplished when I'm always on the go, but I have a new appreciation for finishing projects now that I've never felt before. Although it is frustrating to see the same things left unfinished day after day, I realize that I need to take it one day at a time, one project at a time, and just do what I can, when I can.
If I wallow in my frustration, it steals my joy. And when I think about what's important, I have more than enough to fill my "joy tank". I have my Savior, my amazing husband, my supportive family and friends, and my fun (sorry... Pfun) jobs to be thankful for. I am also very thankful for my beautiful home and my reliable vehicle, despite their list unfinished details. (See pictures below of finished projects!)
As I move into another new season of camp ending and school starting, I want to focus on what I have done rather than what I haven't done. I know that I am truly blessed in many avenues of my life, and I want to enjoy every moment as I strive to be more like Christ and live every day following Him, because that's what really matters anyway. On that note, I have an unfinished spiritual project in my heart that will take the rest of my life to complete. My LIFE is an unfinished project in God's eyes, and I'm okay with that. And I think He is, too.
So although I can't show pictures of the work-in-progress of my heart, I can show you pictures of some material projects I've finished this year, which make me feel accomplished!