Yea so life happened in full form in these past two months.
Hence the lack of blogging,
time, and sleep, but do I hate it? Not for a second. It’s been hectic and I’ve thought I was going to burst at the seams from the amount of things I’ve had to do, pass out from the lack of sleep, and cry from the amount of stress, but I didn’t (well except maybe cry once or twice). These past couple months have been such a testimony to me of the provisions of our Lord, the strength he absolutely gives me every day, and the abundant love he gives when I come crawling back to him. So what has been going on these past few months? Where do I even start?
First off I’m engaged to Ryan Fitzgerald, and cherishing every moment of it :)
August 28th in Ocean City, Maryland with 12 of our greatest friends he proposed a toast, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I’ll post the long version of the proposal later, but basically we were all dressed up (suits, dresses, the like) and we ate, drank and were merry celebrating for the rest of the night. Undoubtedly it was one of the most wonderful days of my life, not to mention that I acquired a stunning ring in the process ;) You have to admit the boy did a pretty bangin’ job picking it out all by himself. I think I snagged myself a good egg :)
So with a ring and a Fiancé came wedding planning in its full form. For a very large chunk of September Ryan and I saw each other every day just because we were trying to find a venue for the wedding. It got very stressful, and paying for a wedding never makes anything less stressful. But I’ll tell yea, we are learning, growing and remembering to enjoy the ride and take a step back from it all. Sure we have some things we really want or don’t want for the wedding, and honestly both Ry and I are so incredibly easy going with the whole thing (in my humble opinion), but we have to remind ourselves to not stress the details, the little things, and not get caught up. The wedding industry is nuts, and we’ll leave that explanation at that. It has required an enormous amount of time, and we’re pretty close to booking a venue and having a set date, so look out for your save the dates everyone!! There’s so much help and advice I’ve already had from people that I can’t even tell you how appreciative I am for those in my life, and how invaluable their help is. Obviously this is my first and hopefully last rodeo. Truly, we’ve both thoroughly enjoyed the process, and it hasn’t even been two months yet! There’s always always “so much more to do”, but we make it a point to have a night for ourselves, go out with friends when we can, take a break ect. The Lord always provides. But just a little spoiler, I already found my wedding dress ;) and engagement pics coming soon ;)
So what else is going on? I’m still training for the NYC Marathon, which is in approximately 18 days!! Eeeekkk!! The training at this point has honestly gone so so well. I actually was recovering from an IT band injury which was almost debilitating to my runs. I was at the point where I could only run up to 2 miles b/c my hip was in so much pain. I’ve learned a lot about the injury, how it affects so many runners and gotten a lot of advice about recovery. With some time, tapering my running down, and a lot of rolling with the foam roller and massaging it out, I’ve gotten up to 22 miles at my longest run! Yea I can’t even believe it when I look at that number of miles. When I think about the days in August when I literally could not run two miles, I am in awe of the technology and research it has taken for people to understand how the body works, and how I have so greatly benefitted from this. For certain, if I hadn’t learned what was wrong with me and treated it accordingly, I wouldn’t be running this marathon in three weeks. I’m so grateful for the people who have poured their lives into such research.
On the marathon note, if anyone is in NYC the weekend of Nov 2nd, I’d love love to see you when I’m at the race. It’ll be a big day J Also! Exciting news I am about 85% of the way of fundraising for the race! I currently have $2500 out of the $3000 I need to raise! THIS IS SUCH EXCITING NEWS! Thank you THANK YOU to all the people who have contributed, there are so so many of you out there and I cannot express my appreciation enough! You are doing a great thing and helping lives! Keep getting the word out about this cause, and if you haven’t given yet Please do!! I only need $500 more dollars and I have until October 29th!! Give Give Give!
Other life events going on have included getting a new car, a new roommate, new big career opportunities and decision being made, attending weddings, funerals and bachelorette parties. Yea it’s been a bit of a roller coaster, and I have most definitely been on the highest of highs and lowest of lows crashing down. But the LORD is good, he is so good. I am constantly praying he continues to help me enjoy this very fast paced season of life. I’ll get to a point where I’m so busy I don’t even enjoy the people I’m with or the moment I am in because I am so anxious about the other things I need to do. I am daily trying to become more focused, yet not take life too seriously, because what fun is that?
I promise these will be more frequent, I feel like everyone wants to hear about the wedding shenans so I’ll have those coming ;)