Firstly, thank you for all of the support on my last post. To be embraced and encouraged by women (and men!) all over the world is so touching and exciting! The last few weeks have been absolutely crazy (in a good way), and getting notifications about comments has been so nice!
A few days after we got engaged, I had my 21st birthday. It was such a nice day, and I thought I would share one of my favourite photos with you, with two of my favourite guys around – my dad and my fiancé.
Secondly, I thought I would do a little ‘update’ post today, because I’ve been somewhat absent on my blog for over a month now, and I’m definitely not ok with that! I suppose I got a bit stuck with blogging after posting about our engagement. It seemed like nothing could top that post, and I wasn’t sure what to write about – but it has since occurred to me that this blog has never been about a perfect image or portraying that life is always a high and always exciting, even though this is an incredibly exciting season of life for me. Some beautiful girls from my life group have lovingly given up some time recently to write some encouraging words and answer some questions for me and those posts will go up in the next little while. I’m so excited to share some of my friends with you, and the valuable things they have to say.
Thirdly, wedding. So much has happened! Peter and I, with our friends Richard and Georgia have planned a 2 and-a-bit month trip to Europe, and we leave in TWO WEEKS! We couldn’t be more excited about it, but we have definitely been a little under the pump with wedding organisation. Let me assure you, that despite certain stresses, it’s a lot of fun. God has been incredibly good to us, providing us with an obvious wedding date and a beautiful venue available on the day. Somehow, despite my indecisiveness, I found my wedding dress on the first day we started looking and I had a wonderful time sharing that experience with my mum and grandmother. Incredibly, it is exactly what I had in mind and I can’t imagine a more perfect dress! My family, Peter and his family, and my bridesmaids Anjli and Georgia have been so supportive and wonderful, and it’s amazing sharing the journey with them!
Fourthly, Europe. As I mentioned, we’re leaving just after Christmas to what I can only imagine to be the trip of a lifetime. For years I have dreamed of going to Europe, exploring places that are older than I can imagine and packed with more things to do and see than I will ever even realise. On top of this, I will finally get to see the country in which Peter grew up, and meet some of his close friends and family. I wasn’t sure if I would ever get the chance to do this – so to meet them, as his fiancé, is a huge blessing. To have the opportunity to visit over 27 towns and cities across Europe just blows my mind, and I’m all set and ready to blog about as much of this experience as I can! So get ready!
Fifthly (is this a word?), tomorrow I’m graduating from university. This is both insanely exciting and scary. For me, university was always the obvious next step – I’d never considered doing anything other than university after school, and I just figured that jobs fell in your lap when you donned that weird flat-cap thing – but apparently not. After Europe, I’ll be searching for a full time graduate job and this – quite frankly – freaks me out. It’s a brand new step, and something I’m having to give completely to God, with a whole new level of trust. There’s also a sense of sadness about eventually leaving my current part-time workplace, which I love. If you’re a pray-er, then prayer in this area would be so lovely!
I hope you’ve all been well! You’ll be seeing a lot more posts nice and soon.