Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Update on 'Lately'...

Once again I have taken a hiatus from the blog world for so long and with so much going on too! It feels like things have been going and going and going and just now we are about to catch a breath. I'm so looking forward to when John gets through his week of finals and school is finished for the summer - he is probably looking forward to it more than I am.
I started a new position at work in February and it has just been a whirlwind since then...
We had a special Easter with John's family. Tim and Kristen announced that they are expecting in November. And then we had to keep quiet for two weeks until Mom and Dad Varner came for Dan's Ordination so Tim and Kristen could tell them about the baby in person. But it was worth it to see their faces (as you can see in the picture).
John and I are going to CanCun in June and I am so looking forward to it. The water, the beach,... I'm just having trouble finding a good swimsuit...any suggestions would be really appreciated!
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about friends and family. I love close friends. I love to make close friends and so often it's so hard to keep our good friends close! Reminiscing over good friends come and gone has taught me some good lessons. Seminary is a precious time for me to befriend my husband and grow in a relationship with him - In whatever phase of life we are in John will still be there. Seminary may be the time of our lives that it is solely 'us'. The second thing I have realized is to treasure the friendships I have at the points that I have them because friendships don't always last due to relocation, etc. (although it's always our desire and endeavor to make them last - circumstances in life don't always allow this...) I know it sounds a little like 'a reason, a season, a lifetime...' but it's true! Treasuring friends and family while they are close and learning what you can from them while your lives intertwine.
I've also been thinking about 'life balance'. Balancing home, work, relationships and ministry ... and learning to say 'no' when necassary, but how do you know when to say yes and when to say no? All these things I'm learning.
Just a couple of blog topics to get me back into it...anyone had some good coffe lately? Three words...Gevalia Organic Peruvian....

4 comments:

Laura D said...

Loved the update. Thanks!

Robert said...

What a joy to check the blogs, and you had a brand new one! Thanks for updating us on the things you have been doing and the things you have been learning! I am actually relearning how to do many things that I so took for granted before the dodge ball incident! It was so wonderful to be with family on Dan's ordination weekend. By the way, I was so excited about Tim and Kristen's news of Baby Armstrong that I didn't even notice people taking our picture! Oh, well! I'm still pretty excited!
Bethany, I always love reading your new blogs -- thanks so much.
Love,
Mom Varner

Tim & Kristen said...

Great update and nice pictures below!!!

Karis said...

Oh, Beth! I know just what you mean about it being hard to keep good friends close. I guess that's why Becky, Carissa, and I did our crazy get together when we could last week. We all miss the close ties we had from seminary and the phone and blogs is good but not the same.

Even with us only living an hour from family in Virginia Beach, my heart aches that life is so busy for us to get together very often. Soon, we'll be so far away, but I shouldn't get started down this road. :-)

Oh and I like your new template.