Well, friends, much has changed this year.
This time last year, I was trying very hard not to fall in love with a man who would talk with me for hours over about Jesus and the Bible and the world over spicy tea, play guitar and sing with me, go for walks all over town, take me to see my favorite story on stage, speak candidly with me about our flaws and struggles, and beat me at every. single. board game.
On May 28, I got engaged to that man.
Photo: Ryan Stadler
On August 19, I married that man. We spent our honeymoon in Berkeley, California at the most amazing historical hotel. It’s a small gothic castle. Right in Berkeley, not far from the tramway to San Francisco. We went there too.
Photos: Ryan Stadler
I worked as a nanny for the Pipers, a job coach for adults with intellectual disabilities at the most amazing non-profit agency, and a freelance photographer in many different fields and with many different organizations.
I discovered I have a gluten allergy. Which kinda feels a lot like pregnancy, or so I would imagine. Yes. That was a fun/scary/comforting/disappointing discovery as a very-newlywed.
These days, I stay home most of the time. Go ahead. Ask me. I know you want to. “Whaaaaat?! You don’t have children! What do you DO all day?”
Well, I cook (being gluten-free is by no means easy!), I clean, I research the things I can and can’t eat and how to make the most economical choices based on my special diet (also, not easy), I clip coupons, I knit presents for my nephews and even a few on commission, I read about natural family planning, I run errands, I organize and re-organize, I do laundry, I serve my church and my small group, I try to keep in touch with people and maintain relationships (not so great at this one), I work on building relationships with my family, I attempt to make our apartment more like a home and less like a temporary living space, I make things (all sorts of things), I take professional photos both for my own clients and other local companies, and at the end of the day, I spend undistracted time with my husband. (Okay, not always undistracted, but that’s the goal.)
However, my most favorite thing to do as a stay-at-home wife is to spend extended, uninterrupted time in prayer and in the Word with Christ. And while I’ve had a series of wonderful jobs that I’ve loved and found greatly rewarding, there’s no career I can imagine that would be more worth my time.
Thank you, Jesus, for your goodness, grace, steadfast love, and unfailing faithfulness to me in 2012.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21