So, how has life been lately, you might ask?
Well, the holiday season was special and difficult, too. There were some I did not get to see enough of (quick 5-minute visits) and others that I felt I couldn't be around too much. I'm being vague, I realize, but God certainly humbled me this holiday season to open my eyes to His love and His mercy and not dwell on the problems and injustices around me. I'm talking mostly about things here in Waco and things in my own circle of friends and family. I've been given an IV of peace in the last couple of weeks, and I am so grateful for that. I hope you have had a WONDERFUL holiday season with friends and family and that you found peace and joy amidst the hustle and bustle.
|Just off the plane in Honolulu. Is it a sin to wear a scarf in Hawaii?|
Here is a recap of my holidays:
Working at the pharmacy
Wrapping up my grant project at Baylor
|A fun little "The Cluthes" sign for our home|
Christmas Eve singing in the choir at church (with Dad!)
Christmas Day at Mom and Dad's &
Missing the Kansas family
The Day after Christmas in Hawaii!
Matt & I mostly enjoyed being with family and RE-LAX-ING, something I forgot how to do last semester. I didn't realize how hard the last 5 months have been until I was able to step back and see the pitiful state I was in by December. Self-care is something we ALWAYS talk about in class but SO DIFFICULT to actually do! Who has time? Well, I think I'm going to have to do more self-care or I will be no help to others.
Oh, Hawaii was GOR-GEOUS! The people, the food, the sites...amazing. I wondered why my parents would pick one of the touristy places in the country on the busiest week in their whole year of tourism...and then I saw the beach and the house we stayed in...then I understood.
|Dinner cruise at sunset|
|A beach near Hanauma Bay...it's not fake, I promise, but a lil windy|
|My idea of heaven...beautiful beach, amazing people to be around and no makeup!|
|A ship at Pearl Harbor. (AKA the only time I'll ever touch a gun)|
|My cousin Jeremy and I being Texas dorks|
|Dorks at the Honolulu Cookie Company|
|Delirium at the airport|