Wednesday, April 18, 2012

and it's all the happier

It's mid-morning but my room is still dark, only lit by the lamp that sits atop my nightstand. The rain is coming steadily--no pitter patter here. To my right I hear what sounds like a stream rushing by; to my left, the drip of raindrops falling from the edge of the rooftop. 
My coffee is hot. My Bible is near. 
oh...what a Wednesday.
And while rainy days tend to seem dreary and absent of things happy, they are so full of life. Literally, the rain is what gives life to everything we enjoy on those sunnier days, no?
So I should be no less thankful for rainy days--yes, even when I have to run through them for dear life to get to my classes. 
This morning I was reminded of that in the happiest way. The opening to my quiet time could not have been any more fitting:

"Love and laugh. Make your world the happier for your being in it. Love and rejoice on the gray days."

I love this. And though I mess up daily, hourly, on the minute, I tell you, I pray that God is able to make himself at home in my heart and mold me into a person that makes the world happier for my being in it. 
Love and laugh. 
That means love everyone--especially the people who are hard to love. 
Laugh always--it's our way of showing God that we enjoy Him and everything He has given us.
Which is everything, by the way. 

love, love, love. it is the secret to everything.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

my life [in color]

At this moment I really just want to write, but I am making myself wait until I have time to actually put thought into the words I often just let loose on here. 
So until then...
my past week in color:
The woods at the Cody house have finally blossomed into that luscious spring green I eagerly anticipate every year. It makes home feel like a fairy land...or just a house in the woods, I guess. 

Meet Gracie. She's 16 and talks almost more than any human I know. My mom always says that I don't give her enough love, so here

Stringing green beans with dad for Easter. Of course this venture started out with, "When I was younger..."

loved getting to spend Easter with this little one! I'm dying to get one of my own so that she can have a friend (also so I'll have something to cuddle with). But I'm going to wait until I'm older and have a real house and someone to share the responsibility with. And money. I think. 

much needed girls' night at Aromas...

real words to come soon, i promise

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

a rainy respite

Hellloooo April! Wait. What. What?? April? How is it already April
Then again, this weather lately has felt like a flash forward to July, so I guess it all balances out.

I had intended on continuing my work mode after supper, but this thunderstorm had other plans. How was I to bury my head in a book (one that is no Jane Eyre, let me tell you) when all I could hear was the patter of raindrops dripping off the roof of Jittery Joes, the never ending roll of thunder in the background? 

I also didn't really have a choice, because the storm caused Jittery Joes' internet to shut down.
So here I am, still listening to that rain and so thankful that God sent it our way. There is just nothing quite like listening to a thunderstorm as you go to sleep...nothing like waking up in the middle of the night and nestling just a little further under the covers as you remember how warm and dry you are...nothing like getting up the next morning to the smell of fresh rain. And nothing like the rain being over before you have to make that 30 minute walk to campus.
Nothing like it, no there is not.

So let's take note that it is April again. That means that I have all but one month left of my senior year of college (let's not take note that I have one more semester in the fall).
My friends and I have all realized, much to our dismay, that our time left in Athens is short. And we have resolved to soak it all in, whether that be with Yoforia or a glass of wine downtown or skipping a class to be at the pool. 

Here's to April! And all of its showers that will bring May flowers...and a transition to Atlanta for the summer! More details about that to come later--I'm soaking in today, for now.