I must say, one of the major perks about living on the East Coast is how easily (and affordably) we can travel to different cities. This weekend, Jeff and I hopped on the Megabus to visit his brother, Bob and Heather in Philadelphia. I had traveled there once with Jeff, but merely for a lunch-date with Jon. We stayed three nights and had a great time. Although Jeff and I have a heart for the city of Detroit, Bob and Heather tried to convince us that God wanted us in Philly :) Philly has a lot of economic (or lack thereof) similarities with Detroit - although it is obvious Detroit is in a far worse state. Philadelphia is more aesthetically pleasing compared to Detroit - there are beautiful parks (with hills and trails) dispersed amongst the city.
Jon works for Whole Foods, so we obviously enjoyed a delicious meal there. Jon also loves to cook - even though I'm not a breakfast food kind of gal, I couldn't resist his potato, sausage and egg feasts in the morning. I also had a Philly Cheesesteak for the first time (really, it's a man sandwich - meat and cheese.) Heather and Bob took us on a tour of the city when Jon was working - within city limits there are ghettos, parks, suburban homes and high-end condominiums. Very interesting...
(I realized as I wrote the last paragraph that all but one of my Philly experiences circled around food...hmmm)
My absolute favorite part about visiting Philly was......Godfrey and Francis (in the pictures below.) Godfrey and Francis are Bob and Heather's goldendoodles. I am in love. We took them to the park one day, and I spent several hours cuddling with them while the guys played videogames (I thought the 'videogame' phase ended when you got married?)
Jeff and I were really grateful for a good time, with good food and remarkable people in Philly.
Over the past couple of weeks I have been dealing with some major anxiety. Spiritual attack? Maybe... I have been having such a hard time setting emotional boundaries...I am in constant fear of a relapse (not of my own, but my dads.) I was stressing out about finding a job (which the Lord provided..) I am freaked out about not getting all of my hours for graduation.... it's exhausting. Also, never in my life have I had a problem with caffeine. Now, after I drink caffeine or have chocolate my heart races which keeps me up at night...THEN a lack of sleep stresses me out. It's an endless cycle.
To learn more about emotional boundaries, I've been reading "Emotionally Healthy Spirituality". Right now, I am learning about how generational sins effect our relationships with others. It's been pretty challenging and encouraging. I want to face these generational sins head-on so my children, and my children's children, aren't effected by them.
Well, I need to get some reading done.