Saturday, August 21, 2010

Just Some Thoughts

I told Noelle recently that this month will likely be the strangest month of our entire marriage, no matter how long God gives us to be together. It's seriously an amazing and weird thing at the same time. Here we are, having waited for this month to arrive for about a year and a half when neither of us would have a real job and would move to Portland. We'd have a few weeks before I start school on the 30th, and we'd enjoy ourselves. And we have very much enjoyed ourselves. Trying new restaurants, hiking to Mirror Lake (near Mt Hood), arranging our home, going to an awesome food and wine festival, seeing a movie, camping for a night near the coast, going to the Tillamook Factory (they have amazing ice cream too, by the way), and more. Yet so much of our time has honestly been spent doing almost nothing, and we've grown a little restless.

Imagine that... the Ritters are growing restless with nothing to do. We are definitely creatures of habit, thriving on the detailed schedule even though we think we want less scheduling in our lives. While this has no doubt been one of the most wonderful months in our lives, it's also been so strange that we need it to be over fairly soon or we'll really get antsy. But maybe that's just what God has for us right now - learning how to do less, how to enjoy each other more (not that we didn't before), and how to take in all the sights and sounds of a new city.

So, we wait. We wait for school to start and for Noelle to start work wherever God provides the work. And while we wait, we'll have fun. We're missing the people we love in CA, the memories we made there and the life we had. But we're also filled with anticipation. It won't all be easy, but it will be beautiful because we know without a doubt that this is where God has us to be. And when we are restless, we'll remind ourselves this is an unusual month and is a gift from God. So, thank you God, and may we never forget you have been preparing us for this in more ways than we will ever know.

1 comment:

  1. Waiting for school to start after moving to a new city is fuel for restlessness. Not sure I have found a cure either but am enjoying the anticipation of the new...

    If you have time we should grab coffee before classes roll. shradar[at]


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