Moving into a new home
This week is a flurry of signing the lease to our new (two-bedroom) apartment, getting our keys, cleaning, and shuffling boxes from my in-law's home and the storage unit with Nicholas every evening. It's been exhausting, but oh-so-exciting to see our new space begin to come together.
We are still staying with my in-laws (thank you!) as that allows for a gradual move-in process, and we won't be able to move larger items of furniture, like our bed, until Saturday when we have use of a moving truck. I just keep telling myself that if we open the boxes one-by-one, eventually everything will be unpacked. ;)
On a different note, my dear friend Molly came to visit her family this past week and I snuck in some precious time with her on Monday. We had smoothies and coffee, and I got to hold her sweet baby girl and catch up about life and so many things. The distance is hard, but visits like this are extra special and so cherished.
Apart from all of that, spring has sprung, with apple tree blossoms and tulips blooming and green grass, and our first time playing yard games over the weekend (yay)! There have been so many walks and a few trips for iced decaf lattes, and I've just enjoyed driving around town, learning road names, and feeling a little excited when I can drive someplace without a gps. And of course, there is usually a dog on my shrinking lap as often as these puppies can manage.
Once we get some furniture moved in, I'll take some more photos of our new place, but in the meanwhile, know we are doing well (including Baby Boy, at 34 weeks)! We moved in some baby items last night and also assembled his crib and his stroller. And today, I ordered some more cloth diapering items and the remaining items off our registries. His arrival feels like it's just around the corner! We're so excited to meet him (but not just yet, baby boy).
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.