July 26, 2009

Ooops.... I have gone dark again and I'm sorry!  Work has been terribly busy and the other aspects of my life haven't gotten the memo to slow down to compensate for the extra time and energy spent working.  But, as always, something happened that made me want to write.  

Yesterday I was on the Wisconsin shores of Lake Michigan for a work party.  We had a few quick rain showers throughout the day, and towards the end of the second rain shower the president of my company exclaimed, "there's going to be a rainbow!"  No one else seemed to care besides me and a three-year-old girl, but the three of us ran out in the rain to see the most beautiful rainbow I have ever seen.  It stretched across the entire width of the lake and was a full-spectrum rainbow with every color imaginable.  

Despite all the craziness - and all the rain this summer - I've spent a lot of time thinking about how far I've come and how much has changed in my life over the past year.  You see, that summer party I was at yesterday is a bookmark of sorts in my life.  Last year this annual summer party occurred just after I received my offer letter and accepted my current position.  

In the past year, I have felt loved and appreciated on a daily basis in the workplace, I've found a spiritual community where I am growing closer to God every day and able to surround myself more and more with fun, down-to-earth believers, and have moved into a home that feels more like "home" than a place in Chicago has ever felt.  

I searched on Etsy (I know, I know, I'm obsessed...) for something that would remind me of that beautiful rainbow - that to me was God's way of saying "see, I told you we'd get through this."  

I loved this piece from a Minnesota artist, Shelli at Studio M.  (Look her up as DazeyChic.)  

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