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I am often teased for being a bit of a grammar fanatic. My kids send me texts and I often send them back edited versions. I read menus and take pictures of the typos and send them to Jason. He returns the favor. When we were searching for our first church as a newly married couple, we would eliminate or endorse options based on whether or not their handouts or mailings were grammatically up to par. I try not to impose it on others but sometimes, I might find like minded people who support me and egg me on (This is your shout out Grammar Group). My daughter is not one of those people, although she is an excellent speller and I depend on that. She has one recurring typo (she might do it on purpose now just to annoy me) where she uses “apart” in the place of “a part”. I now find myself in a similar position in my day to day life. Those words have become one and the same. I am a part of one of the most awesome families ever but we are apart. I am a part of an amazing, supportive community but now we are apart. I am blessed with amazing friends and I miss being a part of those day to day relationships while we are apart.

BUT….

I am also loving getting to be a part of the community here in Wyoming. I have a very knowledgeable, hard working and considerate co-workers. I have seen amazing sunrises and sunsets. I am meeting friendly helpful people out and about. I know that in 13 more weeks, I will dislike being apart from here too.

AND…..

I am loving getting to be with my Montana family and being a part of their day to day lives. They have 5 amazing kids and it is such a joy to get to hang out with them and get to know them in their natural habitat. I have hated being apart from them for the last 4 years, so this is such a blessing. They have laughed with me and cried with me and made this such an exciting time in so many ways.

SO…..

I am going to continue to soak up all I can here while I am a part of this time and place and this experience. I am going to strive to endure being apart from those I love the most on this planet just as they are doing the same for me. We only get one go at this life. If you are a part of a family or community and you are keeping yourself apart from them for whatever reason, stop. Reconnect. Forgive. Prioritize. Choose to be a part of something bigger than yourself. Take the risks, do the hard stuff. Good will always come from the difficult if you let it.

Psalm 16:2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

Disclaimer: This is my first time blogging from my tablet so if there are any errors, just laugh at me. That’s what I’ll be doing.

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