I'm back in Cedar City. It's beautiful. I've gone to a number of bonfires, reunited with many friends, made quite a few new ones, and bonded with my brother. He lives in the apartment in front of me, which is very exciting, as I've been away from home for 2 years, not really being able to spend time with him until now. It's interesting to see how he has matured since his sophomore year of high school. He's more independent, insightful, and definitely more like me than I would have guessed. (He'll disagree with that statement completely.) Coming back to school almost felt like I was being pushed into the deep end with my jeans still on and my phone in my pocket. I wasn't ready, but at the least, I can doggie paddle. You'd think after 3 years, I'd get used to this. I doubt I ever will. Oh.. I also went to my very first rodeo! Yee-haw. It was freezing, but we got some fun pictures (above), and saw the most gorgeous sunset.
I mentioned my "Peace Album" in the last post, but I have lost the receipt that I wrote the tracks on the back of, so I'll try to remember the best I can:
- Blowin' In the Wind- Bob Dylan
- Give Peace a Chance- John Lennon
- (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding- Elvis Costello
- Abraham, Martin, and John- Dion
- The Pipes of Peace- Paul McCartney
- Belief- John Mayer
- Fragile- Sting
- Redemption Song- Bob Marley
- Peace Train- Cat Stevens
- Give Me Love- George Harrison
- Muse- Bliss
On another note: last night I went "camping" to make up for my last "camping" trip, which consisted of sleeping in a trailer (not real camping.) My whole motive was to sleep under the stars, in the open air, on the dirt. So I did just that. It was amazing. As our small group spread out looking for what little firewood we could find (we weren't very successful) I looked up at the sky and couldn't help but shed a tear at the majesty of it all! It was like being showered with love. If God's love could take on any appearance, I know it would look like the sky. I dropped to my knees in the dirt and thanked him for the vast beauty that I was witnessing. Now that I'm high from seeing something so great, I can't help but want to sleep out every night. Even the coyotes that awoke me during the night didn't frighten me, they just further magnified my love for Mother Nature.