It has been a month since Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia.  A month since we have been consistently on the trail.  Our attempts to get going again have not gone as we had planned.  So much has happened over the past week and a half.  Little did we know that the momentary interruption that seemed like goals left unfinished and broken dreams, would actually provide us the space to really think, not just about the hard stuff we’ve been working through, or where we were going to set up camp at the end of the day, but about the bigger and grander picture. The journey is only really beginning!  Though we have thoughts and ideas rattling around in our heads, what we are certain of is that no matter where we are it will be different than we expected or planned, but we will be together.

We are all learning to dream, set goals, and take the steps to accomplish them, holding them all very lightly!  We are learning the art of contentment and of letting go.  We are living the saying, “when one door closes, another one opens.”  Our “thru hike” of the AT has not gone one bit how we planned it.  We never knew that we would meet such amazing people and have moments that simply took our breath away because of their kindness and generosity.  We also could never have forecasted snow storms, injuries, or meetings.  These highs, these lows, the process… it is all about learning to be content, and taking full advantage of the moment before us.

As a military wife, it sure would have been better if I had learned some of these lessons before.  Often, my mind and my heart were very rigid.  Even if my physical body looked as though it was going with the flow, my thoughts and feelings were often in a state of disappointment and anger over the never ending changes of life.   My life is in an even greater state of change than ever before, but my heart is grounded.  It is grounded in the fact that I know that God has a plan for each of us.  This plan is far grander than I can imagine, and it isn’t all about me.  He is using these trials as a part of the refining process in each of our lives.

Even today, we had to make changes to our schedule… we thought we were going to leave on Wednesday, but we realized that there was simply too much to do here before we could head out.  We have decided to put our house on the market to sell.  This has not been an easy decision, but it is one that we are all excited about.  So, we have a little bit of work to do before that can happen.  We are going to work hard as a family this week to get all of the little projects done, and we hope to head out on Saturday and climb Katahdin on Sunday.

Here is to completing one journey, and starting another!


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