When Away from Home

Are you a homebody?

Or are you someone that goes and loves to go? Experience new places and new things?

At book club Thursday night we spoke of experiencing the pre-dawn hours. The beauty of Gods creation before the sun arises. The majority of us said nope. My eyes don’t open that early.

But yesterday morning I rose way before the sunrise and began my journey south.

It was a cloudy and drizzly morning.

What do you do in the car while driving?

Listen to the radio?

Drive in peace and quiet?

Talk to someone on the phone? Well maybe not at 4am.

I love to listen to podcasts.

Self improvement podcasts

Home improvement podcasts

And my guilty pleasure? I like listen to recaps of the Bachelorette. So, not my proudest moment but we all have that little thing that might be silly and completely unrealistic but oh well. Sorry, not sorry.

I had already picked what I wanted to listen to before getting in the car.

I had chosen a couple, but started with Jen Hatmakers “For the love of Summer.”

Here’s an overview of the episode.

Nearly forty years ago, they met at camp. Then they got married. Now they’re running the same camp! This week, we’re closing out For the Love of Summer with our crowdsourced episode, featuring Stacy and Darell Smith. For more than thirty years, Stacy and Darell have been directors at The Firs, a Christian camp organization in gorgeous Bellingham, Washington. And they have seen it all: kid tomfoolery, pet shenanigans, pranks galore. They’ve even rigged dates between their camp counselors (some of which resulted in wedding bells!). Stay and Darell are experts in summer magic and creating memories for kids (and leadership skills in young adults) that’ll last a lifetime.

What an inspiration. I loved it.

Halfway through my 2 1/2 hour drive, the sun began to peek up. My thoughts immediately went to our book club conversation,

I turned off the podcast and turned on the radio.

This song.

Goodness gracious people.


And this one! I’ve had it on repeat



What a worship experience. I might have to rethink my morning routine.

I’m away from home caring for a friend. It’s so weird being away from your typical and regular stuff.

What does a person do when you are in a strange house and the only other person sleeps all the time? I want her to sleep. She had surgery for goodness sake.

But whoa, I’m not good at sitting. Do you have something I could work on? I helped a friend do some research on houses in the new town they are moving to. Why can’t I just sit?

This morning, I made some coffee and went to the back yard. It’s like a retreat.

I’m doing my best to sit and relish in the peace. It’s quiet. Maybe a little too quiet but wonderful. There is a beautiful breeze and I’m enjoying practicing worship music for church tomorrow.

Hoping the neighbors aren’t listening.

Have a great Saturday friends.

About Charmadawn

Jesus lover 💜 Wife of Steve for 36 years 💜 Mom to 2 grown kiddos 💜 BB to grandsons Jack, Luke and Patrick Joseph 💜5 years ago we purchased, Rescued and Restored a 118 year old farmhouse and we live together as a multigenerational household. Come follow our crazy. Isaiah 54:7
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