Let's see... what else is new?
... We joined a new Gospel Community this fall. The one we joined last year was amazingawesomeoutstanding, but sadly disbanded over the summer since the leaders are taking on a new role in our church. We're really bummed about that, but we're excited that our new leaders live closer to us. I'm happy that one couple from our last group is in this new group with us. Ross is happy that two A&M grads are in this new group with us.
... My brother Tommy is getting married to a phenomenal girl (hi Sarah!) in May and I couldn't be happier for them. They actually had an awesome engagement this winter and I didn't blog about it since I wasn't writing much. It was really sweet and so thoughtful. Tommy moved to KC this summer, so Ross and I have really been enjoying getting to know him and Sarah better.
They've asked us for marriage advice and part of me is like, whooosh, where to begin? "Do everything differently than we did!" But the other part of me, the part that hates it when people say, "enjoy your life now because you have no idea how hard it'll be when you have kids," wants to say, you know what, marriage is pretty great. It's fantastically difficult and you will learn about yourself and your spouse in a whole new way, but do we do anyone any favors by scaring them away from the next step before they get there? Don't we need more encouragement and open communication instead of a bunch of naysayers? I'm trying to be more positive in general and this has been a great subject about which I'm learning to weigh my words before speaking.
That being said, my friend Jami recently wrote some advice to her baby sister who's getting married soon, and I just loved it. Read it here. Truth is truth:
If you think you can go into marriage, and do this in your own strength, look around. Christians and non-Christians have the same divorce rate. It's really easy to walk away from someone that hurts you deeply. Your spouse will be the one who can can love the deepest, but they can cut the deepest too.
And so, you'll need something more than human love. Because your husband can't satisfy that need. God made it this way for a very important reason: He, himself is your satisfaction.
... While I'm recommending other blog posts, my friend Melody wrote a post today regarding one of my favorite CS Lewis quotes from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” Lots to think about. Read it.
... Did I mention that I've been going to the chiropractor since this past spring? I've had lower back/hip pain on and off since high school, but being on accutane this winter somehow exacerbated it tremendously. Like to the point where it hurt to walk every single day. I'm happy to report that the chiropractor is outstanding and I'm pain-free most of the time now. When a very particular spot on my upper back starts to hurt again, I know it's time to do my exercises and go in for an adjustment. (I never thought I'd say something like that.) But. I'm a believer.
... I think I've babbled enough. That's more or less what's going on over here. Now I need to catch up with my last Canada update (from vacation two months ago!!!) because I want to finish blogging about that vacation before going on another one this month! My first trip to Europe is approaching quickly!