Roughly two weeks ago, I returned home from leading a missions trip to Juneau, Alaska, with Campus Crusade for Christ. This was my fourth time up to Juneau with Campus Crusade; I spent the summer there back in 2004 as a college student on the Juneau Men’s Project, and I’ve been back each of these last three summers to help lead Alaska Transformation, a two-week version of that summer-long missions trip I attended as a student.
I could seriously talk your ear off about Juneau. I love it there so much. My first summer in Juneau was, most definitely, the watershed experience in my life. And my subsequent three visits — two years as a small-group leader and this summer as the guy in charge — have each been phenomenal. That place and my time there are, collectively, very present to me.
Goodness. I’m getting nostalgic just thinking about being there.
I wish you all could know the joy Juneau brings me. I mean, Juneau is my Narnia, people.
Also: I totally talk to the animals and they talk to me. Bald eagles are as regal as you would imagine; whales are patient, gregarious folks; and sea lions, as a general rule, could use an attitude adjustment.
Are those crickets I hear? Did this post just get weird? No, I’m not crazy, people. But I do refuse to talk to crickets. I don’t like them.
Uses of totally: 2
Uses of seriously: 1
Uses of phenomenal: 1
Total number of adverbs used that end in -ly: 8
Uses of goodness (as exclamation): 2
Uses of italics for emphasis: 2
Uses of unironic exclamation point: 2
Odds that Matthew will find a churchly wife before I find a churchly husband: 4:1