Lessons from mid-summer
I frequently say that I want to be "a lifelong learner." It's a true sentiment, and it's not limited to dedicated time set aside to learn something. Even ordinary weeks afford plenty of lessons, if I only choose to learn them. When I sat down to write this post, I started with four bullet points. And then, the list grew longer and longer and it was a fun exercise to see the all there is to learn in a normal week. These are my favorites:
- The history behind Downton Abbey (what people of the era ate, wore, how they traveled, etc.) from A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey. I've been in a bit of a rut with reading, but ever since I checked this out from the library, I can't put it down!
- How to be a camp nurse, thanks to Camp in the City (P.S.: camp food = best food and I'll have a side of guac with everything)
- What the grocery store is like after 9pm, post-college (weird/sad, but also kind of fun?)
- My thorough enjoyment of the music of Trampled by Turtles and The Lumineers' newest album, Cleopatra
- The comfort and hope of the gospel in our sometimes heartbreaking world
- How to make the best of a Saturday when Nicholas has to work: head downtown to a coffee shop so he can work and I can knit and read
- How to get both of us to exercise, since it's easier to be extra-homebodies when he works from home: go for an early morning walk around the neighborhood or disc golf together
- How to throw a driver (longest range disc) when playing disc golf
- The versatility and wearability of my chacos. They take me from the grocery store to the disc golf course, on a walk, and a trip downtown, with plenty of support and no blisters.
- That it's a great idea to add avocado to your shrimp/rice pattie/veggie stir fry from Koriente
- How sweaty you get when you walk 25 blocks downtown when its 100 degrees outside (very)
- How to gracefully eat an ice cream cone when it's 100 degrees (Just kidding—it's impossible. I had ice cream on my shirt and my pants and also in my hair).
- That sometimes it is necessary to take two showers in one day (see two previous bullet points)
- How much fun it is to be married to Nicholas
These are lessons that I'm more than happy to learn, and I'll take a side of guacamole with that, please.
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.