Now that I have been home from the trip for about six weeks, I am starting to see a few ways this trip has changed me. I am still deeply treasuring the people and community of this trip. I think that community is something lots of people long for and I had the chance this summer to be a part of something special. I miss it! I like when people ask me about the trip because I get to remember some of the sweet moments from this summer. I have a few pictures in scenery that pop into my head almost instantly, as well. And if the opportunity presented itself, I would leave to rejoin the group almost immediately, especially if that downhill into Denver is included!
But the reality is that I have to get back to work and continue to become the woman I am called to be. This summer we had so little in someways. No TV, limited computer access and limited (at times) entertainment options. I miss that simplicity. I would gladly trade my TV "friends" for real ones. I am changed because I spent a summer with an amazing group of people who cared about serving others and love adventure.
I have been thinking that may I should have waited until I was older to have adventures like this so that I wouldn't be ruined for the mundane...
However, I think this trip has done that, in more ways than one. I have been reminded through this trip how important serving others is, and that faith is more than knowledge but deeds, as well.