Friday, June 20, 2014

Sunshine after the Storm

This is higher than normal, and was MUCH higher the day before. 
This area of town always gets badly flooded when we get a little too much rain.
This past week, I had the house to myself. My parents were off on their annual trip to the Black Hills and it was my duty to watch the house while they were away. Since I worked all week, I hardly spent any time at home anyway. Yesterday, I was almost finishing off my final shift of the week before I escaped to a 3-day weekend. I must say, I was really looking forward to having a couple days to relax and cross-off the items that have been rapidly crowding my to-do list. It had been raining all week, but the weekend forecast looked sunny. What's not to be excited about?!

Freedom. Finally my shift was over and I ran through the door of our house...

To what? A basement with water everywhere.

Now, before your imagination gets the best of you, it wasn't like a horrid scene depicted in a movie. I didn't have to whip out a life jacket and swim on down there. (In case you were picturing the sinking ship scene from The Titanic.) The water was seeping in and the carpet was visibly wet--some places worse than others. While it may not have looked like the aftermath of a hurricane, it was enough to overwhelm me.

To make a long story short, I am so very thankful for my family members who were in town and able to come to my rescue. What a blessing! I don't think my frantic placement of towels everywhere would have sufficed.We survived it all and will be doing some deep cleaning the next few days.

As I was rushing home yesterday, I was excited to write my post for Friday...well sometimes life happens. And I'm learning that that is okay. Even when we are going through life's roadblocks, God has given us so many reasons to be happy each day. Even after the storm, God always brings some glorious sunshine. Just in time to fold all of those towels I threw everywhere in a panic.

Catching some rays and watching "The American Blogger"
for the third time. I highly recommend this documentary!

So today I wanted to celebrate some of the little things that have been making me happy, happy, happy lately.

1 // Spending time with this little guy the other day
Our house has been too quiet since poor Maggie passed away. Luckily the new addition to the Lambrechts family arrives in 2 weeks. In the meantime, we occasionally see my aunt and uncle's dog, Quincy!

2 // Long runs on cool summer nights
Last week I ran 8 miles and then two days later I thought to myself, why not run more? So what did I do? I ran 11 and a 1/2 one time! I'm not sure I will ever have that much energy and mental willpower again, but I am reveling in it while it lasts.

3 // Friend Time
With textbooks and libraries out of the equation, it is so nice to spend some much needed time with friends. Not long ago, a few of my friends and I went kayaking. Can you believe I've never been kayaking before? Well if you had been there, you would have! My steering did not start out so smoothly.

4 // Blogging
I have missed blogging the past year. I have been writing on and off for the past 2+ years, but not very consistently. (It becomes difficult with when balancing school and a social life.) Now that I have created a schedule for myself, I am more excited about writing than ever before.

5 // Travel Dreams
To say I have been in a bit of an excited state about traveling the world would be an understatement! Just take a look at my Pinterest account and you will be flooded (might be too soon to use that verb) with images of travel. My friends Jessica and Morgan (both went to Asia with me) are on board for international journeys with me. Since traveling comes with a cost, I have been diving into article after article on how to travel on a budget. I came across the blog, Hope Engaged, and Katie shares so much useful information. It is my new favorite blog.

Want to plan a trip? I suggest you consult with this page of her blog first!

Have a lovely weekend! I pray that none of you dealt with any severe weather this past week. (There were some tornadoes here in South Dakota, as well.) I will be back on Monday with a nutrition-related post.


  1. Travel dreams are such fun! I love to travel and I love picking out new places to add to my list of places I want to see in the World! There are so many wonderful places to visit! :)

    1. I think I am obsessed with looking up travel destinations lately! I think I should probably spend more of that time developing a saving strategy for all of these dreams! ;)

      Thanks for stopping by! :)