Another year has gone by...
It is hard to believe that a year ago today, I was enjoying/ dreading my last day in Scotland before returning to the States. In some ways I was ready to come home - to see my family and friends again and to return my church. In other ways I wasn't ready for my time in Aberdeen to end - I did not want to leave the good friends I had made, and I definitely didn't want to return to my 40-hour a week job! But, as is usually the case, the last month in Scotland flew by, and the last days were there before I knew it. Here are a couple of pictures from my last few days in Scotland (the first 4 pics), as well as a couple with the people I miss most from my time there (in no particular order, of course).
Me at King's College, University of Aberdeen
toes in icy North Sea, last day in Aberdeen
saying goodbye to Amie, my best buddy in Scotland
farewell to Amie and Kristianna
with my flatmate Emma from Isle of Man
with flatmate Anna (from England), my chapel choir pal
with my Scottish flatmate Judie
Jason and Erin, friends from TX who were lifesavers while I was in Scotland
the "theologicans" - Lois, me, Amie, Kristianna, Laurie, and Carolyn
with Amie, Laurie, and the Beckers (Scot, Carrie, Matthew, and Adam)
with Laurie, the other female NT student and frequent travel pal
Now here I am, one year later - back in Texas, still in my 8-5 job, finished with PhD seminars, preparing for comprehensive exams and anxious to begin writing my dissertation, back at Wedgwood and loving all the ministries I get to be a part of. Yes, it is good to be back home, but I definitely have my days when I wish I could return to life in Aberdeen (not the cold, rainy part of it though!). Ah, Scotland - it definitely captured a piece of my heart in 6 short months.