Circa August 2012
I came across this photo today and my heart now feels warm. This was from our recent 6th anniversary trip to NYC. He had spent a lot of time, with some setbacks, making sure that an FAO Schwarz trip fit into our schedule. I had wanted to go there since I was a kid. The look on his face, the fact that he’s chewing on a popsicle stick, and the giant animals captures my husband so perfectly.
He is still making my dreams come true… even little girl ones.
He pushed me to go back to school. He suggested terrifying leaps of faith that turned into amazing opportunities. I am now working in my chosen field and working toward an incredible career.
None of it would be if not for the man that makes sure I always get to go see giant pianos.
We made it.
We have been in California for a few days now, and in a few short hours, I will be at Bear McCreary’s studio starting my internship.
We have been blessed beyond measure by our trip. It has brought many adventures, new things, arguments, excitement, and a sweet time of marriage building. It’s great to spend 4 days driving with your husband and be more in love with him at the end than the beginning. Our days were spent listening to Harry Potter audio books, searching for BBQ, chewing bubble gum, and singing the song Running on Empty by Jackson Browne.
California is a great place. The west coast does have a different rhythm and feel. This summer is all about us learning and growing more, and trying to see where we will live after I finish Berklee in a year. We’re still considering here as a possible home for a few years. We’ll see…
I am not taking my opportunities lightly and I feel incredibly blessed to be on such an adventure, working for an amazing composer, and seeing another part of the world.
This photo was taken yesterday as we happened upon the premiere of the movie Kung Fu Panda 2. We saw Brad Pitt, Anjolina Jolie, Seth Rogan, Danny McBride, James Hong, Dennis Haysbert, & Jean Cleade Van Damme!
I received these pink tulips from Ryan for Valentines. I love them and they remind me of the hope for spring that all us New Englanders are holding on to. Even though Valentines is a ‘contrived Hallmark holiday’ I still love an excuse to hang out with my dear Ryan, dream about life, eat dark chocolate mousse, and be an example of a married couple who still keep the romance alive.
Every year that goes by, I more sure that we are a perfect fit.
abrupt subject change
A short list of thoughts and things I’m looking forward to:
1. Finding out whether Ryan gained entrance into the PHD program at BC
2. Hanging out with my lovely sister Sara in Boston this weekend
3. Better understanding how to use Digital Performer (because I’m really struggling now!)
4. Our upcoming 4 day trip to Washington D.C…. I cannot wait to explore a new city and go away on a much needed vacation
5. Urban Outfitters sells great pants
6. I’m frustrated in my quest to lose a few pounds, but I press on hoping my continued efforts will yield results!
Here is a fall picture of us in front of the reservoir.
I have a day off today on this Veterans Day, which is great, and I am starting to be very excited about the near future.
Next Tuesday the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra has our performance at the First Church of Boston. I still cannot believe I play in an orchestra ensemble. What a blessing! I remember dreaming of playing in an orchestra since a few years ago and I just assumed it would never happen. Even with it being a school orchestra it is still exciting to me. God knows what I need and want and continues to prove himself faithful to give me even little things.
Mom is joining us to come see the concert which should prove to be a fun few days.
Then… we leave to go home to Florida on Thursday to be in Katie Bug and Donovan’s beautiful, fall wedding on Saturday. I’m so thrilled and excited. What a great time. Ryan and I always joked that we would be very picky with who we would let the Bug marry, but she has found a winner. I am so going to cry buckets.
A week home in Florida with weddings, friends, family and Thanksgiving will be so refreshing and needed.
Four years ago this night Ryan asked me to be his wife. I am so glad I said yes.
It has been an amazing journey so far and I can’t wait for the rest of the adventure.
And lately…. man has it been an adventure.
God is good always. He continues to bless us and make our lives more radical and challenging. I love it and I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else
Love you babe…
I think so far we’ve been having a blast because we don’t have jobs yet and school hasn’t started yet…. well that’s about to change. Keep praying for us that we would find the perfect jobs and God would send me music students.
We both love it so much. It is where we’re supposed to be.
I have an awesome peer group and have been making some great acquaintances/friends.
God has been using this time to really refine our marriage. We only have each other and that is enough right now. We’re rediscovering how much we are best friends.
I’m on skype now so find me if you want to chat!
A while back I made a list in this post of some rather lighthearted goals I want to accomplish.
Here are some more serious ones as promised:
- Lose any apprehension I have about sharing Jesus
- Adopt a child
- Score a major motion picture
- Love Ryan more every year than I did the last
- Give away at least 50% of my income to people who really need it
- Play the cello in an orchestra
I have arrived at the conclusion that better organization is like getting a hair cut.
Everything lays better and it takes less time to get ready.
Ryan and I have been on an organizational rampage. Guerrilla warfare has broken out spontaneously between us and the papers in our house. We’re winning though. There has been many casualties on the paper side. We have imprisoned them in the file system to which they belong!
We took a lovely trip to our favorite place IKEA today. We purchased some useful items including these storage boxes which make our closet oh so much more attractive,
and, more hangers to complete our goal of a plastic free closet.
‘Tis the small things in life that satisfy me. I get so much joy at completing a project or buying something small but useful. I hope I never lose that sensation.
The older I get the more I appreciate people just wanting to spend time with me on my birthday. Material stuff is just …. stuff. It does not matter.
I love my family and friends and am looking forward to celebrating more this weekend.
This past year of my life has been revolutionary. I have changed so much. I cannot believe the things God did as I look back.
I am a better
I can say my life is radically different. Now the goal is to let God do that every year. To have Him constantly change me and erase my flesh is hard. It is not easy to have growing pains. I got to know people this year that I can’t believe I ever lived without.
This year I had moments with God that stopped me. I felt His Spirit pierce my soul and touch my heart. I cried tears of remorse and joy. I had moments of communion with Him that stole the breath from my lungs and the sin from my grasp. I love to hear the sound of His voice and live for the next time I hear it. I love Ryan a thousand times more than I did. I have become more wise and yet more foolish in the eyes of men.
If you are reading this you are probably someone who has affected my life this year and I want to thank you. Thank you for bearing with my weakness. Thank you for praying for me, and for loving me. I cannot walk through this life without your support.
I thank God for you.
Sometime this past week Ryan and I had a discussion about how He is future oriented and I am past oriented. We will literally be having a conversation about something important about our future and I will change the subject to something like “Remember when that happened…” or “Remember when we did this…”
I guess you could say we compliment each other well that way. It’s a balance between the two really; life is. If left to my own devices I would sit on my couch and remember the funny things that happened that week and drown myself in pictures and home movies from the last five years.
We all need a little of both…. the nostalgia and the pressing onward.
Also… we go together like peas and carrots.