And then there's the little things that fill this season. The laughter. The love. The family togetherness. Simply just being together. The delight on each other's face.
This blog will most likely end up being kind of like a Christmas letter. I want to share with you what this last year has brought about for me. And who knows, maybe something new will pop up.
January was pretty uneventful. Nothing really stands out in my mind as a big thing. I worked not too much. My boyfriend and I had just started dating back at the end of December, so I guess January was spent getting to know him more.
February brought around Valentine's Day and more work. I actually spent Valentine's Day at work all day. So my boyfriend and I celebrated Valentine's Day the night before, and oh goodness! Was I surprised at his gifts. I guess I never really thought about how a boyfriend would want to spend Valentine's Day. Also in February, my dad lost sight in his right eye because a blood vessel burst. That was extremely scary for my mom and I. The significance of possibly losing my dad because his blood pressure was so high. My mom and I spent a couple hours crying and praying. And then suddenly, Mom was pretty much rushed to the hospital. Her blood pressure had skyrocketed. All the stress of a high-pressure job and my dad had gotten to her body. Both mom and dad were put on blood pressure medication.
March was pretty quiet. Basketball tournaments for my sister and brother. Medically speaking, my dad was getting injections, and still is, in his right eye to restore the sight. Trying to cut out salt for my dad since sodium can definitely be bad for high blood pressure. We've tried to change his diet, but like everyone constantly told us, we can only cut some things out and hope he gets it as well.
April and May. Oh the stories I could tell. The trips I took to downtown or the MOA with my boyfriend. He took me to Raspberry Island in St Paul and I absolutely loved it. I might not like to be there during the winter, but the day we went was GORGEOUS.
In June, I lost a couple hours at my job. And it prompted a search for a new job. It might not seem like a big deal, but when you're working 18 hours a week and suddenly lose 3 of those hours, you kind of panic. I spent June and the beginning of July applying EVERYWHERE. I had a couple interviews, one at Ruby Tuesday's, the other at Wal-Mart. Then a link for the job at the bank was emailed to me. I applied, had an interview, and was offered the job that same afternoon. I started July 30.
Also in June, I turned 21. No big blow out party. I spent the day with my boyfriend. And it was probably one of the best birthdays I've ever had. We went bowling, did a little shopping at the MOA, finally tackled my fear of the Ferris wheel. Then I opened some presents and had dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant. My boyfriend also surprised me with a small cake. I actually had tears in my eyes...
July. My boyfriend and I bought a fish, a betta. :) Our pastor of 13 years left to move to Ohio to a "new adventure.", a new church. We celebrated my boyfriend's 26th birthday. Small. Nothing too exciting. But we were together and so I think that's all matters. My family went on vacation towards the middle of July. My mom hadn't wanted to go because my dad had this horrible cough that the doctors thought was pneumonia/bronchitis. The first day they were on vacation, my dad ended up in the ER because he couldn't breathe. Soon they realized he had whooping cough.
August was relatively busy. I spent most of my days working every day, except for Saturdays. I spent time with my family, and I hung out with my boyfriend. Then I started this blog with some of the time I realized I gained because of the different hours I was working. I can't believe it's been three months since I started writing. I may not know what to say every week, but sometimes I'm blessed with words. Also in August, I saw my close friend for the first time in at least a year and a half.
September and October flew by pretty fast. School started again for my siblings, and the first two months after the summer were done. It was shocking for it to suddenly be Halloween! I don't feel like I did too much. I spent some time with my friend and boyfriend. And of course I worked pretty much every day.
November came with some surprising news. The other part-time teller had accepted a full-time job elsewhere in the banking community. Which meant that I was going to take on all her hours after a certain day until we found a new teller. My manager found a new part-time teller pretty quickly, but I still ended up with a bigger workload at the bank, reducing me to virtually nothing at my other job. Tomorrow will be my first day away from the bank in about 3 weeks.
We celebrated Thanksgiving last week, of course. I think we had 17 people in our house, 5 from Kansas, 3 from Wisconsin, 2 from St Paul, and the rest are the ones who live in this house. It's been awhile since we had to extend the family table AND borrow a table and chairs from our church. In November, my church unanimously voted in Pastor Paul and family.
December, of course hasn't started yet. So I have no idea what it will bring. But I am definitely excited for it, and I hope you are as well!
May this find you all well!
My boyfriend and I, Thanksgiving 2012