It’s been about a month since I’ve written, so let’s catch up with a quick “Life lately” post! As with any “Life lately” post, this will be a hodge podge of news and photos I’ve taken over the last month or so.
Another one of my baby sisters is officially a college student. I’ve been going on and on about this on the blog for a while now (with her grad party, ceremony, etc), but now it’s real!
Last weekend our precious little nephew was baptized. He was so chill for all of it, and went to sleep right after being baptized. It was so awesome to be part of welcoming him into the Church and of course hanging out with all of our family at the luncheon afterwards.
We decided to sell our house! We’ve lived here for over 10 years. It’s going to be tough leaving this awesome community, but we’re both ready for more space and a new adventure. If you know of anyone looking for a virtually maintenance free home in the far western suburbs of Chicago, let me know and I’ll send you a link to the listing.
We’ve had 2 showings in the 3 days it has been listed, so I think that’s good? Please pray it sells when it is meant to and that we find a new home that is just right for our family.
We accidentally went on a 36 mile bike ride yesterday. We planned to go on a ride with some of our friends and picked a meeting spot that was about 10 miles from our house. It would’ve been no big deal IF we hadn’t already packed up our bike rack as part of staging the house to sell it. We could’ve put the bikes on the back of our car, driven to the meeting place, gone on the ride, and then put them back on the car and driven home.
Instead we rode 10 miles to the meeting spot, rode for about 16 miles with our friends, then rode another 10 miles home. It’s 12 miles longer than our longest ride previously, and we both feel like crap today. Trying to hydrate and I’ve been using the Deep Blue lotion from Doterra which has been helping a bit.
We should’ve picked an alternative meeting place like our friends suggested, but no. We thought we could handle it, piece of cake. This pain is our punishment for such hubris!
Today during Mass we sat in the back because we arrived a few minutes late. There were 3 little babies in our immediate area. Years ago, being surrounded by young families while our arms are still empty after years of infertility would’ve made for a very difficult rest of the day. I would’ve begged God during Mass to help us conceive and wondered why those couples were given children while we were not. I probably would’ve teared up during the songs, or even broken down in sobs in my husband’s arms when we got home. When would it be our turn?
Today was not like that at all, and it hit me just how far the Lord has led me out of that dark place. I can’t explain why or how all those feelings of desperation and pain softened, except by God’s grace. So much grace.
Where there was heartache, I feel hope. Where there was desperation, I feel peace and contentment. I’m so grateful!! Praying for all of you still stuck in that hard place. <3
What have you been up to lately?