Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Spring Break 2012

(I wrote this at the end of March, but had trouble with uploading the photos.)  It's been nearly two weeks since I've written here.  There's really no excuse for not writing sooner, at least in this week as it's my spring break.  The past two weeks, though were crazy--a lot of stuff going on at school, with evening meetings two and three days in a row.  We have our accreditation evaluation next year and have a lot of stuff to do to get ready for it, so that's much of what we're working on.  I am actually enjoying the collaboration.  We haven't worked together very much as a staff, so this is a good opportunity for us to get to know each other both professionally and personally.
I've joined a women's Bible study group, too.  Which is good, of course, but takes time.  I find it difficult to say I don't have time for Bible study, though.  So I don't say it.  Even if it is sometimes true.  Instead, I try to use my time better.  Which is also good.  We did a 10-week series on the Fruits of the Spirit with Beth Moore.  What an intense but inspiring study we had each week!  Now we're looking at Luke with Elizabeth Talbot.  She's not quite as intense, but I'm learning a lot all the same.  I appreciate looking at things I've known all my life from a different perspective.

Meanwhile, it's my spring break.  I toyed with going away, and at one point my parents were going to come out for the week, but neither ended up happening.  Instead, I've been getting things done here--gardening, deep cleaning--and visiting some local venues--including the Desert Botanical Gardens...again (I was there two weeks ago).  We had a good rain at the beginning of last week, so the flowers had really popped out.  Here are some of my favorite pictures from that visit (including some of the birds and beasts I saw there):

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