“Spring flew swiftly by, and summer came;
and if the village had been beautiful at first, it was now in the full glow and luxuriance of its richness. The great trees, which had looked shrunken and bare in the earlier months, had now burst into strong life and health; and stretching forth their green arms over the thirsty ground, converted open and naked spots into choice nooks, where was a deep and pleasant shade from which to look upon the wide prospect, steeped in sunshine, which lay stretched out beyond. The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing.”
—Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
Soooo… I did not find the blogging groove I was hoping to find last January, not that there was any lack of things to write about. Here are some highlights from the past six months:
As of two weeks ago, we have officially been Pennsylvania residents for one whole year. Hooray! We can finally say we’ve experienced all four mid-Atlantic seasons, at least relatively mild versions of it.
We planted a backyard flower, veggie and herb garden in April, picked strawberries at the farm in May, and had smores, hotdogs over the bonfire (and more berries) for fourth of July.
We were glad to be here in Pennsylvania for some precious family time before some big family life changes. Late in the Spring, we got to squeeze a trip to Liberty Island and Washington D.C.
Speaking of big life events – my brother graduated from Bible school! Also, he and Liddy got married! So we all got to spend a truly memorable weekend in Ohio for the wedding in June with friends and family, old and new.
That weekend, we got to relax and enjoy warm Midwestern hospitality.
The day after we got back home was my birthday. The hubby, having already driven hundreds of miles, took me back on the road so that I can see Fallingwater as a birthday present. We may or may not have stumbled upon a river and a waterfall while trying to find a restaurant afterwards.
Of course, real life is not a non-stop summer vacation. In between all the well-documented spectacular events are the little moments that don’t get photographed as much. We have continued to grow in love with our church family (they’re awesome), still loving our jobs (even if it’s hectic), and we are still excited to explore our new area (we haven’t even been to the “shore” yet! *gasp*). How do you photograph a heart full of praise?!?
But I don’t need photos to tell the world that God has been so good and faithful, always exceeding our expectations and giving us above and beyond what we deserve. It is our joy to be able to serve Him everyday. Everything else is a bonus.
Anybody want to read my rants about some of the above adventures? I’m working on it! Hope your summer has been going so well you’re as behind on social media and blogging as I am 😉 But try and try to write, I must!
- – louriz