There’s this crazy gift, that's wild and breath-taking, called life. It’s past and it’s here, and like a child calling: “ready or not, here I come,” it’s still coming whether or not we’re fully prepared for what it brings. As it happens and is happening, we need to get over ourselves and wake up to the present so that we can be fully alive to experience it, learn from it and grow. So rather than facing life by bracing ourselves, let’s learn to run at it head-first, embracing it with arms wide-open and hands in the air. We’re designed to celebrate and revel in all the goodness of the good God who has made everything, made it good and proclaimed it so. For me, December has never felt so “unchristmas,” but good-golly that’s okay. I was fully present to my work and the incredible people that I was working with, that I lost track of the days, dates and even the entire season; but there I found myself in a new and different glittering season of life and it was perfectly, nontraditionally good. I am richer than before because of the experience and friendships and deeper relationships gained. I laughed harder than I ever have, and cried (for stress, but mostly) for joy uncontrollably. This first half of the month in Texas has been more substance and filling and learning and beginning than I ever expected; and it has been more of what, I think, this season should feel like. So here in this moment, I give a shout of gratitude for God's to-the-moon-and-back beautiful gift of life.

After work, we did some exploring in the Texas Hill Country.

Pedernales Falls State Park

Jacob's Well Nature Preserve

Jacob's Well cave descends vertically for about 30 feet, then continues downward at an angle through a series of silted chambers separated by narrow restrictions, finally reaching a depth of 120 feet.