to say the least.

2011 brought change.

After a week of living in Spokane following my time at home for Christmas, I bought a little grey Casio watch. I wear it every day and rarely remove it from my left wrist (other than when it causes my skin to become quite dry and irritated). It tells me the day, date, and time. Military time, of course, is what it reads, so that I may not lose my European time-telling capabilities. Along with this watch came an alarm set for 6 o’clock (or before) in the morning, more reading that one ought to accomplish in a single semester, and Joshua.

Every once in a long while I will walk into the home in which I currently live and smell the scent my nose first witnessed when I arrived in Spokane. Since that first day, the Lord has been faithful to continually transform my mind. Things have changed. From the music to which I listen to the way I read my Bible. From the way I clothe myself to the things I say. From the things that make me laugh to the things that make me cry.

I have changed.

And yet I am still Amanda.

School rarely allows me to sit and read a good novel, or slowly sip a cup of tea, or do nothing but listen to music, but I look forward to the day when time will allow for these things to happen once again. I look forward to the smell of the home in which I lived for so very many years. I look forward to soft summer nights on my front porch. I look forward to well known smiles. I look forward to familiar sights and sounds.

There are things I have experienced here that I will not experience anywhere else. I am excited to continue life here in the fall. However, one of my favorite things to do is go home.

Just a few weeks or so, and I’ll be there.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jonathanmichael
    May 07, 2011 @ 18:14:22

    You are, and always will be, my sister.

    Reply

  2. Julia
    May 10, 2011 @ 21:23:26

    Can’t wait! So excited to see you!! Love you very much!

    Reply

  3. mom
    May 10, 2011 @ 23:23:39

    “Soft summer nights on my front porch” made me smile. Today it was sunny and in the ’80s. It’s finally time to prepare the porch for long talks, locust listening, candles burning, meeting up with neighbors and a big graduation party for your brother. Can’t wait to have you home!

    Reply

  4. Craig Miller
    May 12, 2011 @ 11:54:24

    And then, call us when all is right with the world, no? We miss you!

    Craig and family

    Reply

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