a year of learning to be patient

i made the mistake earlier this year of praying & asking God to give me patience.

i say “mistake” because He has given me ample opportunities to learn the joys of patience in forms relating to my health.

no, i’m not dying (not yet, anyway), but the ailments that i am up against do not have quick recovery times for full healing.

there has been joy in hearing the, “you won’t need surgery…” but discouragement in the follow-up, “…but this will take time to heal.”

<sigh>

life’s a journey, isn’t it?

on my journey, i’ve tried to surround myself with a few friends who i can have a completely transparent relationship with – no holds barred, so to speak where we can be completely open and honest with each other about our thoughts, fears, hopes, and dreams.  i’ve also invested time in seeing a counselor for what i like to affectionately call “mental alignments”.

these two things (close friendships, counseling) stand out to me as two of the biggest things that help me to move on, to face another day – knowing that I AM NOT ALONE has been one of my greatest encouragements as well as the thing i tend to forget the most, but you know what?

i will get there.  (physical healing, peace of mind)

…and you will, too.

traveling mercies,
jdh

 

i’m still here (no, really)

can i confess that i actually forgot about this blog? (as if you didn’t already know).

it wasn’t until the other day when i received an email from wordpress with my stats for a blog entry that i had written some time ago (apparently, it had received some recent hits, thus the email from wordpress).

“oh! writing down my thoughts sounds therapeutic”, i thought to myself.  “i wonder why i don’t do it more often – there’s something about just sitting down and writing down my thoughts, feelings, ramblings… it has been an anchor for me during some turbulent times in the past – maybe it can do the same for me now.”

so. this is me, throwing my hat back into the ring with the hopes that i’ll actually start to use this blog again.

hopeful as ever,
jdh

Blessed

tomorrow, i’m paying off my student loans.

in doing so, i will be *completely* out of debt (other than my mortgage).

it. feels. amazing.

i’m thankful for being faithful with my income – it has paid off.

one of the things that my wife & i do is we tw-ithe (giving 20%) on our income instead of the often talked about & debated tithe (10%) to our local church & charities.

giving yourself out of debt sounds crazy, but you know what? it works.

traveling mercies,
jdh

travels, trips for 2015

my travel schedule is already filling up quite nicely for 2015 and i’m looking forward to each trip for different reasons.  it’s nice to get away from home for a few days; to experience different parts of the world you’ve never seen, to broaden your horizons, to reconnect with old friends & make new ones along the way.

on the docket for 2015:

port townsend, wa – long weekend getaway mother’s day weekend – nothing flashy by way of long distances from home, but it involves a few ferry rides (!!!), staying in a tiny house, and wandering around state parks & small coastal towns.  sounds like a great weekend to me.

spokane, wa – family member’s wedding mid-july – okay, so this doesn’t count as a vacation seeing as how it’s my hometown & all, but i’m going & i’m looking forward to it.  reconnecting with family & friends is always time well spent if you ask me.

chicago, il / milwaukee, wi – scratching off three major league baseball stadiums with my dad! – i’ve long had a bucket list item to see a baseball game at every mlb park.  so far, i’ve seen a game at five of the thirty stadiums.  after this midsummer trip, i will be able to scratch three more parks off of that list: miller park, u.s. cellular, and the timeless wrigley field.  to say that i cannot wait is an understatement.

new mexico – i’ve had many people ask me, “why?” when i tell them that lovely & i will be taking a trip to the land of enchantment this fall – my first reply?  “why not?”  i mean, seriously?  it looks amazing.  i’m drawn to the stillness and slower pace of life it must certainly must offer as compared to the busy northwest city i currently call “home”.  sure, i’ll see a breaking bad site or two, but for the most part, the trip will be about getting out on the open road and seeing where it takes us.  sounds pretty magical to me.

for now, it’s a matter of saving up my spending money so i can properly enjoy my time in each one of these locations.

where are you going this year? (big or small, it doesn’t matter)  would you be interested in a postcard exchange?

traveling mercies,
jdh