Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sunflower fields forever

This weekend has been one of intense driving. Okay... driving for Mom, riding for me. Yesterday after getting off work early, the two of us hit the road heading to Covenant! Both of us were very excited. Daniel and two other guys (one from our church, another we just know) had been there for the past week at YXL youth leadership conference/camp, so we had to go pick 'em up.
The trip itself was long and exhausting, but we experienced a lot of new things!
  1. We had to get gas in Clinton, and the nearest Starbucks just happens to be in the same parking lot... which means we definitely wanted to make a stop. I got a soy strawberries and creme, 2 pumps hazelnut, 2 scoops java chips frappucino. I'd heard this concoction tastes exactly like Cap'n Crunch berries, so I decided to give it a try! For being so full of stuff, it was surprisingly good.
  2. We watched Avatar on Em's portable DVD player. What a good movie! I think we probably missed some parts because the volume couldn't go up too high, but I got the gist. It obviously is not a Christian movie, but it always amazes me when secular movies have a big spiritual theme. We are created with a "God-shaped void" that only Jesus can fill, but movies like Avatar seem to create religions in an attempt to fill it themselves. We long for something. I could say more.
  3. After we got in late last night, I was able to hang out with my friends David and Jo in the apartments on Covenant's campus! Oh, I was so thankful to see them!! I love, love being with Covenant friends, and actually being on campus, sitting in the same type of apartment where I'll be in the Fall, was really refreshing.
  4. Not a new experience (for me), but very fun: Mom and I ate breakfast at Niedlov's bakery in downtown Chattanooga. Our heirloom tomato-three cheese quiche and cranberry pecan muffin were fabulous. And Mom had never been there before!
  5. We encountered a GIGANTIC FIELD OF SUNFLOWERS after going through Tuscaloosa, AL, on the way home!!!

Also on the way home, I finished The Grapes of Wrath. Oh my goodness. What a powerful ending. I was dumbfounded at the strangeness of it when I finished. Seriously, I just sat back in my seat in awe... trying to figure out how it fit, why any author would end a book that way... but after a little more thought, I realized it was entirely appropriate, and even beautiful.

Tomorrow, Daniel comes back home for good. (He is spending one last night at CRS, where he has worked all summer.) Our family will be reunited once again, and I can't wait!


  1. I tried to post this comment the other day, but it didn´t work! Nuts!

    I love the pictures :) Can you print out the first sunflower one for our apartment?? This I would like.

  2. i am eternally jealous. this is amazing.

  3. Where was the sunflower field at in Tuscaloosa?

  4. Where exactly is this sunflower field in Tuscaloosa? I have been looking for this!