I’m Going On An Adventure!

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I admit it.  I’m a hobbit.  I love my home, my hobbit hole, and I almost never want to leave it.  I rather begrudgingly go on social calls or to parties, and keep glancing at the clock when I do.  Home is my school, my work, my sanctuary.  And I am sure that for most of my life, I will continue to feel this way.  However, the road of my life has taken a major, unexpected bend lately and it’s leading me somewhere both exciting and scary.  Somewhere hobbits never go.

On an adventure.

I won’t take the time now to tell all of the amazing ways in which God has set up the recent events in my life.  It would be better told together on a front porch drinking tea.  (If you’re interested to hear the whole story, swing by my house one day after work.  I’ll make the tea.)  But I do want to explain to all of you why I haven’t blogged in a while.  The fact is, I’ve recently started working full time!  Working outside the home has never been on my horizon.  I’ve done lots of babysitting jobs, sewing jobs, etc., all from home.  Getting up early and trudging off to work never appealed to me.  But when a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go on a trip to Europe with her, I suddenly decided that getting up early and trudging off to work didn’t sound so bad after all.  🙂

These past several weeks have been a whirlwind of change for me.  I have never worked outside the home even part time.  Now I’m working 40 hour weeks.  I have never been outside of town by myself, and in September I’ll be headed off across the sea.  As difficult as these changes have been, and as scared as I get sometimes just thinking about it, I know that God has everything under control.  He has made it abundantly clear that this is His will for me at this time in my life.   And as I’ve always been taught, and know from experience, the safest place to be is in the center of the Lord’s will.

I am incredibly, unspeakably, amazingly excited about going to Europe!!!  I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am!  Our trip itinerary includes two weeks in London, a few days in Paris (I finally get to practice my French in real life!) and a few days in Scotland.  Seeing as how 90% of the movies I watch, the actors I love, the books I read, the historical heroes I admire and the authors I adore all hail from England, I can’t really even fathom that in a few short months I’ll be standing on British soil for the first time in my life.  I cannot wait to eat at the Eagle and Child where Lewis and Tolkien first discussed The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings.  I cannot wait to see with my own eyes the spot where two of my heroes, William Wilberforce and William Pitt, are buried.  I cannot wait to walk the hills at Beatrix Potter’s farm, Hilltop, and see the landscapes that inspired her stories.  In other words – I cannot wait!

I confess, I have been discouraged a few times lately.  Work is hard.  Being away from home is hard.  Especially for a hobbit like me.  But whenever I’m discouraged, I try to remember two things:

1) I am right where God wants me, and He is using me to bless others right where I am.

2) This is an adventure.  And it’ll be the adventure of a lifetime.

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19 thoughts on “I’m Going On An Adventure!

  1. I can see why you are excited, Victoria! It sounds like a real adventure, and especially on top of having just entered the full-time workplace. Wish we could take you up on your tea offer and hear the full story, but maybe we can just call you one day soon and get a (not-too) condensed version.

    • Yes, it’s definitely all new and a little scary! But it’s amazing at the same time. 😀 I’d love to chat with you and Aunt Dorothy face to face! Since we can’t at the moment, I’ll send you the full story via email. How’s that? You can brew some tea and sit on the front porch to read it. 🙂

        • Can’t wait to hear all about it, Victoria. We are so excited for you and know you’ll have a wonderful time! We’ll sit on our back porch and enjoy your news. Love to you and your family; we love y’all so much and treasure the time we’ve spent with all of you! Love, Aunt Dorothy

          • Thanks so much Aunt Dorothy! I’m sorry that I haven’t had time to send that email to you yet! I have been so incredibly busy. I will send it soon, though. 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment! I love y’all, too, and LOVED every moment we’ve spent with y’all as well!

  2. Well, I’m a Hobbit too–but oh Victoria, we’ll be in Europe at the same time!!! I’m so excited for you. We’re hoping to visit Tolkien and Lewis’ graves, as well as go to the Lake District, and Scrooby Village where the Pilgrims once lived, and Blenheim Palace where Winston Churchill was born…I’m like you, I feel like Bilbo leaping over fences in the Shire! 😉

    • So you are going to Europe in September?? How awesome!!! I read that post you put up last year about the possibility you might be going, but I didn’t know that it was a done deal. Wouldn’t that be cool if we bumped into each other on the streets of London? 😀 Where are Lewis’s and Tolkien’s graves? We’re going to Oxford one of our days, and I’d love to fit that into our schedule. Isn’t this all SO exciting??? When I stop and really think about it, I get all lightheaded. 😀 Three cheers for the two bands of hobbits that are leaving for adventures this Sepember!!

      • Yep, it’s a done deal! TJ and I are going with our grandparents. I know, it would be so neat if we bumped into each other! Maybe we should email and compare itineraries 😉 Lewis and Tolkien are both in Oxford–Lewis in a suburb called Headington and Tolkien in a suburb called Wolvercote. I can’t wait to pay homage to so many historical heroes/heroines the Lord has used in my own life!

        • Oh, neat! That would be really great to go with grandparents. I’m sure y’all will have a blast! We totally need to compare itineraries and see if there’s a day we can run into each other! How bizarre and cool would that be? Thanks for the specifics about Lewis and Tolkien’s graves. I don’t think we’ll be able to make it to those, but please take pictures for us! It’ll be really neat to compare photos of the trip afterwards! 😀

  3. From one Hobbit to another … I am so excited for you!! I would love to sit on your front porch and argue for the benefits of the adventure that awaits you outside of the Shire!

    • Thanks, Mrs. Anna! I’m so excited, too! I will DEFINITELY post lots and lots and lots of pictures of the trip when we get back, so you can feel like you’ve sort of joined in our adventure! 😀

  4. Oh, Victoria…….I’m so very excited for you!! I feel like a part of me is going with you because I’d love to go experience all you mentioned. Especially the Beatrix potter farm!! What fun?! Thank you for including me in on your excitement. My prayers for God to lead you, protect you, fill you, use you are going up now! I love you my previous Victoria!!!

    • Yes!!! I can’t wait to go to Hilltop! And the places I mentioned don’t even scratch the surface of all that we’re going to see. I CAN’T WAIT!!!! 😀 Thank you so much for your prayers; I definitely appreciate them. 🙂 Love to Aunt Chewy!

  5. I just came across your blog, which is beautiful by the way. You’ll absolutely love London! I visited Oxford when I studied abroad there and went to the pub where Tolkien and Lewis chatted about their stories. If you visit Edinburgh, Scotland too, be sure to check out the Elephant House, where J.K. Rowling wrote early copies of Harry Potter! 🙂

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