2015 Reflective

2015 Reflective

I have so much to be thankful from the events of 2015. For me, 2014 closed with my then-boyfriend Chris proposing three days before Christmas. That precipitated a chain of events (and changes) in my life, which led to a very exciting 2015.

February-May 2015 – Changing churches

During our courtship, Chris and I attended different churches about a 45 min drive apart from each other. Once we were engaged, Chris and I determined that, due to geography, his church would need to be our home. I knew that marriage would be bringing enough changes all on its own, and that anything I could do to ease and separate out the transitions would make my life easier in the long run. With that in mind, I began transitioning churches early in the year. I requested to step out of the ministries I was involved in on Sunday mornings, and began attending Chris’ church with an increasing frequency. This change was hard in that I had attended my previous church since 2nd grade, and it was pretty much the only church I had ever known. One thing that helped was that my pastor had spoken highly of the pastor of Chris’ church for many years, so I knew going in that it was a good, Bible teaching church. The church had a different culture than I was used to. That wasn’t (and isn’t) a bad thing, but it took time to get used to. One thing that really helped was to look for things that I really enjoyed. I relished in hearing special music every week, and in singing mostly hymns every other week. The hymns surprised me – I had rejoiced when my previous church slowly transitioned from hymns to praise choruses. Yet there was something about singing hymns that I found myself deeply enjoying.

August 1, 2015 – Wedding!

On August 1st, Chris and I got married! (I feel like I should say more, but I think that is somewhat what this blog is about in general, so I will leave it at that for now 🙂 )

The honeymoon was pretty cool, too.

August 2015 – Moving

In getting married, I moved in with my husband (obviously). This was new for me in that I had never moved in my entire life. My parents bought a house a year before I was born, and they are still living there. I had the same bedroom from the time I was two until I moved out. In some ways it was fun, deciding where I wanted to store things – but from a completely fresh perspective. I got to set up a kitchen for the first time. Special kudos go to Chris for letting me slightly re-arrange the studio apartment he owns (and completely re-arrange the kitchen). Chris also owns a house which is literally next door, so I know I will be moving again once our family grows.

September 2015 – Cubbies

I have long had a place in my heart for children’s ministry in general, and the AWANA program in particular. For many years, I have worked with the “Sparks” group (Kindergarten through 2nd graders). I felt I had that age group down pat. Coming to a new church, I learned that where they really needed help was with the “Cubbies” group – preschoolers. The slight intimidation that came with my willingness to serve turned to a mix of fear and panic when I got asked to be the director and run the club. Thanks to some very helpful and much-needed advice (shout-out to Kelly for those who know him!) and my hardworking leaders, the club seems to be running well.

Holidays 2015 – New family celebrations

The Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years holidays brought a new dynamic of sharing time between my and Chris’ family that was slightly different from 2014 when we were dating/newly engaged. It was fun to spend time with a much-expanded family, and I look forward to many more holiday celebrations to come.

 

All told, 2015 was a year in which I had a lot of changes, but so much to be thankful for. I look forward to the excitement that I expect 2016 to bring.

Why a blog? / 2016 Goals

Why a blog? / 2016 Goals

I am not a writer. I am an engineer. Why, then, have I chosen to write a blog?

Well, there are a few reasons for me to write a blog. One is that I have liked the idea of blogs for a while, and have wondered what it would be like to have one. I decided that this would be the year that I give it a try – see what keeping a blog is like, and if I enjoy doing so.

The second reason for me to blog ties into what I intend as my main content source. Every year, I hear the idea that one should write down everything that you have to be thankful for, as things come up during the year, and place them into a jar or other container. Then, at the end of the year, you can read through those items and remember all of the blessings that God has given you through the previous year. I tried it one year – and lasted about two or three weeks. I intend this blog to be an electronic “Thankfulness Jar” – a reason to sit down at regular intervals and recount what I have to be thankful for. That is not to say that everything that happens in life is happy in and of itself, but rather that I want to look for the good in everything that happens, even if that good is simply a good memory of something that has been lost.

The final reason for me to blog is, I will admit, somewhat silly. In short, I am going to write a blog this year because I can. Although not a writer by trade, the education I received is such that I have an ability to communicate which I do not often use. Writing a blog will give me the opportunity to exercise that skill.

Writing this blog is one of my goals for 2016. The other (since I expect to mention it from time to time) is to run a 5K. My reasoning for that is, again, that I can – although the exercise I will get both from the race itself and even more from the training I know I will need to get there will be a welcome side benefit.

So, there you have it – my goals for 2016, and why I am writing a blog. My goal is to post every other Tuesday. See you then!