According to the calendar, Fall doesn't officially begin until Tuesday, but I must disagree with that minor detail. It's absolutely gorgeous in Baltimore today and pretty much a perfect day. It's in the low 70's, the sky is a clear blue, there's a slight breeze and college football is on the television in the background as I'm typing. Kit didn't waste any time checking out the new day as soon as I opened the window this morning.
David Webb has come to visit for the weekend. We pretend with him that he's here to see us, but really it's to go to Camden Yards and check that historic ball park off his list of ones to see. Daryl and Jill Rench are in town also for the same reason and in a little while, we're all heading down the street for some sightseeing, eating (of course!!), and then a water taxi ride to the Inner Harbor where we'll walk the rest of the way to the game. It will be crowded with Boston fans who can't get tickets to Fenway Park, so it will be a fun game to watch.
I went outside earlier and took some pictures so I could try and share the day with our friends and family in the south who are no longer suffering from a drought and contemplating ark building as a new line of work. Before I do, I must show you a picture of the french pastries we bought to eat along with the quiche I made for breakfast this morning. David walked to the french bakery down the street to get them for me while I finished things up in the kitchen. Being able to do things like this definitely falls under the plus column of living in the city.
Now for the pictures outside - all of these were taken right around our apartment building area.
These next couple of pictures show the conflict I experience sometimes between the beauty of the area we live in and the stark reminder that I'm in the middle of a city that is old, dirty, and not always safe.
Before we head out, I want to share a book with you that I'm currently reading and encourage you to do so if you haven't already.
Written by Francis Chan, it is not only thought provoking, but honest and challenging and it quickly forces us as the reader out of our comfort zone. I'll let his words end our time together for now.
"So what does that mean for you? Frankly, you need to get over yourself. It might sound harsh, but that's seriously what it means.
Maybe life's pretty good for you right now. God has given you this good stuff so that you can show the world a person who enjoys blessings, but who is still totally obsessed with God.
Or maybe life is tough right now, and everything feels like a struggle. God has allowed hard things in your life so you can show the world that your God is great and that knowing Him brings peace and joy, even when life is hard.
...To be brutally honest, it doesn't really matter what place you find yourself in right now. Your part is to bring Him glory...the point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His."