Showing posts from May, 2016

The Natural State of Life

Our short life in Arkansas will soon come to a close, and to be truthful, I don't know what to say about it. For weeks I have stared at a blank page, unable even to process the upcoming weeks. Arkansas has been my home for almost two years. I spent the first two years of my marriage here. I spent my first years away from home here. I made friends here and did things I never would have if I had not come. It is the place where I fully transitioned from youth to adult.  Before I came here, I had never had a full time job. Before, I had thought of jobs simply as ways to make money. Now, I realize that pouring your heart, soul, and fifty or more hours of your week into a job means that it really has to matter--both to you and the people you work with.  Before Arkansas, I didn't know what it was like to maintain friendships and family relationships over a distance. Most of my close friends and family had always been less than an hour away. Maintaining contact involves more t