For the past 3 weeks, I have experienced the pleasures of being away, relaxing, taking a nap whenever I wanted, reading, sitting by the ocean and talking with friends at any point of the day or night.  Two weeks were strictly holidays followed by a week at Church Army National Conference.

Img_1274 I had hoped to be posting while I was away but just before I left, I decided to take a holiday from the computer as well.  AND I only checked my email 3 or 4 times while I was away.  It was very freeing not sitting in front of a screen…but I know many of you were left out and struggled to get by day-to-day without the random thoughts that flow through my head.

My first two weeks away were basically about family — spending time with them, helping out with some things.  It had been awhile since I had been with them all (Dad came out to visit in January), so in a lot of ways it was a stretch.  In large part, because I have grown used to living on my own, coming and going at all hours as I please and not having to worry about checking in with anyone if I wasn’t going to be home for dinner or supper.  (I am pretty sure that "dinner" in the Maritimes means lunch – but I could be wrong.)

Dad and I also went out fishing one day (I caught nothing) and whale watching another day.  I wasn’t sure I was going to feel about the whale watching experience.  I’d always thought that it was only a tourist thing to do…well, I’m a tourist now.  It was GREAT!  We saw one whale (his name was Butternut — we didn’t name him), a bald eagle and several seals.  I’d highly recommend anyone doing this if you’re ever in the Maritimes.

I also got the reconnect with friends whom I hadn’t seen in awhile.  It’s like meeting people all over again, cause so much has happened since you last saw them.  Starbucks became the meeting ground for meeting people…I think profits increased slightly with me being there.

I also had lots of time to refresh and pray about things personal and professional.  I didn’t realize how tired I was until I got there — I basically slept for the first 3 days.  I feel re-energized, re-focused and re-equipped (I know, the last was a stretch).  God is good!