Fridays & friends
Friday night, we went downtown with Fleetwood and Molly to the area surrounding Nicholas' workplace. He's quickly becoming our resident "downtown expert." It was fun to take a little tour. My, does Austin have hills! My Minnesota roots want to compare it to Duluth, MN in regards to elevation changes. I love all the combination of the interesting terrain and historic buildings. And it's pretty wonderful that N can walk around this beautiful area on his lunch break.
The weather was much cooler* this weekend, so by suppertime, the temperature was lovely.
The more exploring we do, the more freedom I feel to explore. I'm not sure if that makes sense or not, but little by little, Austin is feeling smaller (in a good way).
How cute are they?? ^^
The whole evening (an awesome meal here and moseying around) felt like a celebration of sorts, I'm not sure why. But we don't always need a reason to celebrate, right? Either way, we're glad to be here (and so, so grateful for good friends).
*my idea of "cool" may be becoming somewhat skewed. N and I joke that a "high of 91" is a cooler day (I'll take it over a high of 101 any day!)
Starting sometime in the fall, I made a point to be a bit more creative and find new to us trails to hike on and explore. Since then, we have found several new favorites for when we are in the mood for a hike, regardless of the season.
2022: A year in review
Welcome to my annual post of our life in the last year – a review of all the big and little events, travels, habits, heartbreaks, and joys. These posts require a lot of time and energy, in part due to sifting through all the posts I wrote in the last year, but also because these posts spur me to reflect and sit with the previous year for a moment, before stepping into the next one.
2021: A year in review
Every January, I assemble a blog post of sorts that catalogs our year. Largely organized in list-form, I touch on the big and little things, events and thoughts and experiences that shaped our life over the last year. I do find this incredibly helpful as a sort of reflection, a glance back on the Lord's faithfulness, to show me, time and time again, that He is a good God. And with that mindset, I feel less encumbered as we continue on into the new year, more ready to face a full year of new, fresh days, with the heart attitude that regardless of what the days will hold, mundane or exciting, difficult or good, I can walk into the future with hope and trust in Him. Plus, I do enjoy looking back on a lot of the little details of our life, the ones that make me smile or think, Oh, yes! We loved that! What a little joy in our life.