october reflections

It’s October. In the midst of traveling and life, this blog has become slightly neglected. I’ve had the best intentions to post about all of the little adventures that have been occupying my time, but I think that I will have to get to that once those adventures cease their rapid succession. After being in Illinois for the past week helping my fiancé move and looking at apartments with him and his family in the Chicago suburbs, this morning I finally had a chance to catch my breath. Being engaged is amazingly wonderful, but it’s also difficult. Difficult to be ready to be married but not-yet-married. Still, God has been so good and has blessed us so tremendously through this season of being over 2,000 miles apart. Every day is a chance to learn and grow and I’m constantly being sanctified through the beautiful moments and through the challenging ones.

Now autumn is here and I’m spending this coming month working with my wonderful mother to get more wedding planning accomplished, starting a Bible study with my friends reading through Disciplines of a Godly Woman, attending the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors conference, traveling to a friend’s wedding, enjoying visits from other friends from out-of-state, and knitting a scarf for my fiancé that will hopefully be finished before winter comes.

I hope and pray that this is a blessed month for all of you!

life update (the engagement edition)

Since getting engaged, life has been a bit different. Not in any huge ways other than oh-gosh-now-i-get-to-plan-a-wedding but mainly in much more subtle ways.

Like leaving my job at the Knitting Tree. It was a wonderful season and I learned so much in the nine months that I worked there, but my life is changing and it was time to move on.

Like making our registry and buying plane tickets and realizing how much I want to spend the rest of my life with my fiancé and how thrilled I am for our future together.

Like getting distracted by the sparkly ring on my finger.

Like making lists and eating cream puffs (our neighbors got them for us the night we got engaged. seriously the best ever.)

Like pinterest boards and books full of happy wedding-ness.

Like hunting for the perfect peach pie.

Like starting to blog somewhere new. (more details about everything wedding-related can be and will be found here eventually: Our Boring Adventure)

My perspective has changed slightly as I am aware that I only have seven months left here at home, with my family, in California… So, the changes have been subtle, but they are still changes that are very much significant. The past couple of weeks have been wonderful, though, in the midst of it all, and a post about those adventures will be coming soon.

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.
-Proverbs 6:19

shakespeare by the sea : hamlet

It’s Shakespeare by the Sea season again. Last year, we saw their production of All’s Well That Ends Well and this year, we had the privilege of seeing Hamlet. Connor and I went with our friends Hannah and Emily and their wonderful mother a while before all the engagement-excitement which is why I haven’t gotten around to posting about it until now.

It was a lovely evening and the actors were so skilled in bringing the iconic Shakespearian characters to life. Eating sandwiches and drinking tea while watching Shakespeare under the stars with dear friends? Doesn’t get much better than that. Like seriously.

My personal Shakespeare challenge requires that I isolate and expound upon a favorite aspect of the play so I’m just going to share one of my favorite dialogue exchanges between Hamlet and Rosencrantz. It’s one that has always made me think and provides a unique description of how perspective changes everything.

HAMLET: Denmark’s a prison.

ROSENCRANTZ: Then is the world one.

HAMLET: A goodly one; in which there are many confines,
wards and dungeons, Denmark being one o’ the worst.

ROSENCRANTZ: We think not so, my lord.

HAMLET: Why, then, ’tis none to you; for there is nothing
either good or bad, but thinking makes it so: to me
it is a prison.