January was a great run, in terms of blogs. Check it out – 28 posts! That is by far my highest record to date. I’m glad that you’re reading. I like you. Thanks for continually checking in and following along in the adventure that is my life.

It’s funny: I have always been a person who is a planner. I plan for my day, my week, my month, my year. I plan financially. I plan what I’m going to eat. I plan in order to reach my goals. I even plan when I’m going to shower – yes, I write it in my calendar.

But this is the first time in my life where there has been no plan. My story is not even sketched out – it is being written, day by day. In all areas, my life, rather than playing out in a very “scripted” and “planned for” way, is simply unfolding. I have absolutely no idea what is going on.

But as my friend George recently reminded me, we can only experience God in this present moment. Yes, he is the God of the past, and yes, he is the God of the future. He is omnipresent; we can look to the past and recognize his faithfulness, and look to the future with faith. But the only place that we can truly experience him is right now. So I am dwelling in that truth, and just being. I am existing with this weird contentment, anticipation, and excitement.

Today is a big day. Something is unfolding right now – something that I didn’t plan for or dream up. It’s crazy and insane and bizarre and exciting. Maybe I’ll tell you about it sometime. But until then, I need to go pack a bag and head out of town. Something is happening.



  1. Allie, Dearest on February 1, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    I am so excited for you, Annie, to have such an exciting future and so much unfolding right now. It encourages me to remember how big God is and how limiting I can be when I think I know what’s around every corner…which I always think I do. I’m so certain all the time that tomorrow will be just like today, except with a few more wrinkles and grey hairs.

    I want this year to be more than that–so much more.

    I have really enjoyed reading your blog this year, and getting to know you, so I’m happy to have lots more of that in the coming months!

    And I wrote above 80 blogs in January. Which means that I have no particular thing to say, and no thing that really expresses what I’m trying to get across.

  2. Christina on February 1, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    What’s happening!?!? That’s it, I’m calling you ASAP.

  3. Greta on February 1, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    E;FJDNV;OIVENEI!! (Spasm.) Eeee!

  4. Sarah Kate on February 1, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    I am sooo glad this thing is happening! Sooo excited for you!

  5. Kelly Cooper on February 1, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Annie – I just discovered your blog yesterday in a very random way (We both love the book Seabiscuit). Just from the bits and pieces I read … it sounds like you are really living out your dreams and trusting God. I’m so happy for you. I tried to do it once and failed. I’m also in the process of asking God to starve my fear and feed my faith and I’ll pray the same for you.
    In Him,

  6. Case and Los on February 1, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    SOOO, what you’re really saying is that you’re becoming less of a J, and more of a P. Wild.

  7. Shannon on February 2, 2008 at 6:56 AM

    I can’t sleep. It’s super early. I’m sitting in the dark, talking out loud to my laptop, “What is happening?! Where is Annie going?!” I feel like I just watched a cliffhanger episode of LOST!

    I’m excited for you Annie, in the words of Jan Myers, “my buttons are bursting!”

  8. graham r on February 2, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    really? what is that something which is happening?

  9. The Gilchrists on February 2, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Is this exciting something that’s happening strangely important?

  10. Sarah on February 3, 2008 at 1:02 PM


    You have inspired me more than you know. I think back to our conversation about taking risks and doing what you are passionate about now…those words have stuck. I think you and I are more alike than I think we are sometimes.

    I am very excited for you to come home in a few weeks. Maybe we will have a chance to talk about things. Love you.

  11. Jeremy Parsons on February 3, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Did you finally accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior? That IS something big.

    It’s either that or something else.

  12. Terry M on February 3, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Gee, Annie, I have been following your blog faithfully and I think I have solved the mystery of the strangely important unfolding. Want me to take a guess?

  13. My name is Annie. on February 3, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Terry, of course! :)

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