I have the Joy, Joy, Joy down in my heart! WHERE? Down in my heart…

I arose from my slumber with visions of peace, calm, and a pint of C& A’s best. Oh how I miss you Austin! I long for your warm embrace and the shinning face of your children. I admire from afar in this your rival turf. I miss the smiles and laughs of kin and friend. I remember fondly the lessons taught by your ebbs and flows. I will see you soon, with all of your splendor and beauty…soon.

I will miss Oklahoma and the folks that have taken me in and blessed me with lessons never taught in school. I appreciate all that they have done for me. I still have a few things to do and only ten days to do them. I pray I end well here and carry the steam captured into a busy season of class and ords.

I will miss the relative freedom I have here. I will miss the gym and all of the characters there. I will miss going out on rounds on Wednesday’s and seeing the beauty of central Oklahoma. I will miss the silent clam and comfort of the elders and my supervisor. I will miss the Wal-Mart and all of its OU glory [j/k]. I will miss the mullet headed children that populate the surrounding countryside. I will miss the random dogs that come to the door at the church, arriving with a smile and wagging tail and leaving having given me hope and a bit of love.

God thank you for the blessings provided for here. I pray I may go forth and answer the call on my life. May I remember the call of Bartimaeus, Jesus…have mercy on me! I pray you deliver me safe to Austin with Nana Puddin’ and a bucket load of lessons.


3 thoughts on “I have the Joy, Joy, Joy down in my heart! WHERE? Down in my heart…

  1. Renee says:

    “I will miss the mullet headed children that populate the surrounding countryside.”I love this sentence.I look forward to seeing you again too in just a few weeks. I have a feeling that being away (even for those of us who are under two hours away) has made us appreciate Austin and all “it’s children” all the more. I can’t wait to be a community again. I know we only have a year, so I feel moved to appreciate that year fully!

  2. Karen Wagner says:

    Ryan, I am glad you have learned a lot in Oklahoma. Are you back in Austin on Sunday the 19th????? I’ll be back for a few days. Sunday night at the crown????Peace out yo!

  3. Ryan Pappan says:

    I may be back then. I will be in San Antonio to bring Mere home that weekend. I hope to bee there and see you and throw down a pint! Palabra y stuff!

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