I don't really know what happened. I blinked and October is gone! I will say this is probably THE MOST enjoyable October I've had since I was a kid. Kyle and I have not had one weekend that is boring or stay-at-home. We have flung ourselves into the gorgeous fall and enjoyed it thoroughly. There have been fall parties, helping friends make costumes, events for later on this year being planned, and lots of traveling. Went to Ohio and reconnected with some family members and thoroughly enjoyed that.
I will randomly think, "oh... I should blog about this!" or "Gee its been a while since I blogged!" and then get back to whatever I'm doing and forget about it. SO just wanted to remind you, dear cyberspace, that I am alive and well. Just having too much fun to record it for the blogosphere to see and enjoy.
We've also been enjoying everyone else's kids A LOT this October. That may or may not have influenced the sudden resurgence of questions and hints of, 'So when y'all having you some kids?!'
It doesn't bother me like it used to, partly because while I'd PREFER to have my husband to myself for a while longer, I feel like we've established ourselves as a healthy couple and COULD handle the added challenge of raising a child should we be blessed with that opportunity. But also because I think I've made a lot more peace within myself about my own issues with my mom. I've found areas that I really do want to be like her and so that makes the parts of her that I see in myself more easy to try and discipline myself out of.
So all in all its been a pretty good October. November is looking just as busy; we already don't have one open weekend and the weekdays are getting pretty busy too. I guess thats what we get for being such interesting people!
Its weird how quickly the seasons change here. Just a few weeks ago - the last time I blogged (ack!) - summer was still holding on by its fingertips. Breezes were still warm, jackets were not entirely needed, and hot beverages were not a necessity.
Its either been so hectic I can't see straight, or so mundane and uneventful I feel like the most boring person in the world. I haven't intended to neglect you, my poor blog. I just either haven't had anything I particularly wished to share with cyberspace - OR I've been busy with random events or traveling here and there.
This last Friday I went to the local Christian Crisis Pregnancy Center's annual fundraising banquet, and afterwards my adopted brother and I road tripped to my in-laws where we met up with my husband. The next morning we got up, had breakfast with the in-laws, and then the three of us 'youngsters' headed to Natural Bridge State Park, where the leaves were just turning color.
To say it was absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking would be an understatement.
The drizzle and occasional bursts of rain only added to the delightful ethereal atmosphere. Outcropping of rocks or tiny caves along the path offered us shelter from the rain and the steep hike kept our blood moving so we were warm. (well... mostly warm. I bundled a little more than the guys did...)
All three of us visibly let go of tension and stress that we'd acquired through our various jobs over the weeks. After a few attempts at focusing on negative events we all reminded each other that this was a HAPPY trip and we weren't going to waste it griping. So after we got over that hurdle, we all began noticing wrinkles smoothing out around our eyes and shoulders relaxing and laughter coming far more easily than it had in a while. We felt like teenagers again bounding up hills to investigate caves or hoping over enormous puddles or taking goofy pictures. Kyle and Chris kept turning rock formations into forts or weapons or vehicles and by the end of the hike the entire state park had become their personal commune.
After getting soaked with the rain and sweat, stomping mud accidentally on ourselves (and a little intentionally on each other), we returned home for some homemade tomato soup, bratwursts, tea and a comedy movie before we went to bed.
I wish spending a day hiking through a national park with friends was a career, because if it were I'd quickly run up the ranks to CEO of the entire business in about a month!
Fall was not something I grew up with, so when people say "my favorite season is Fall" I was always mystified. Fall on the Plains means that its hot one day, the wind blows exceptionally hard for a day or two and it may rain or have some other storm, all the leaves turn brown and fall down and then its winter. So the gentle transition from green to an onslaught of reds and yellows amongst the trees to make a patchwork quilt of color across the countryside is something I'm still adjusting to. Its an amazing adjustment, I just still always forget to say my favorite season is fall.
But after a glorious day out IN it, I'm beginning to think that may be the case. If not season, then my favorite COLOR is definitely fall!
Slowly we are moving away from regular ceramic mugs and replacing them with unique pottery that scream individuality and send any doubts I may have about whether or not I'm a boring person scampering to a far corner. Most of our pieces have a story, are from a trip, or have some funny memory attached to them.
This week both Kyle and I have been fighting getting sick thanks to huge allergy attacks, are still emotionally and physically recovering from the weekend, and have been dealing with bouts of various self-doubt and stress. So its been a week where we are being VERY proactive to find joy in the little things and be especially vocally thankful as much as we can.
And today I'm thankful for all our pretty mugs!
A normal woman learning to serve an Extraordinary Lord in Ordinary ways, and watching Him turn it into Amazing Grace!
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