I wish I could officially announce that I've moved out of my parent's house and into my apartment-style dorm. Unfortunately, I haven't spent the night there yet, so I'll have to settle for saying that my room is all set up and I'm hoping to sleep there tonight.
I'll admit to being a bit nervous about this transition. Fellow homeschoolers will understand the apprehension that comes with leaving your mom for the first time. On the other hand, she's taught me well, and I know I'm ready.
I might as well tell you a story.
On Tuesday night, the night before we moved all my stuff to the dorm, I went downstairs to sit with my parents while they were watching TV. We chatted a bit during commercial breaks, mostly discussing the logistics of the next day's events. Then, I looked down at my sock. There was a small, purple, rectangular sticker with writing on it.
Immediately, I knew what the sticker was from. For Christmas, I asked my parents for a certain kind of poster that had 100 books on it. As you read the books, you marked them off on the poster. You could also give the books star ratings and stickers for things like "Best Romance" or "Best Classic." (I tend not to read romance novels, but I'm pretty sure that A Tale of Two Cities is going to be listed as "Best Classic.")
Anyway, the sheet of stickers was lying on my floor, and I had kicked it earlier. Strange I hadn't noticed it until that moment on the couch, but I peeled the sticker off my foot anyway and looked at it.
It said "Best Adventure."
I know God's looking out for me. I know that I'll do fine with dorm life. But this small thing meant a lot to me. And while I might be a bit intimidated by living on my own, this little piece of encouragement let me know that everything was going to be okay.
In slightly less-good news, I just had a minor dental surgery earlier this afternoon. While I'm not in a lot of pain, I certainly won't be talking much for the next couple of days. Prayers for a quick recovery would be awesome!
When was the last time God smiled at you? Let me know in the comments below! God bless you, dear readers, and don't forget to Like us on Facebook!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.