Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Looking Back/Looking Ahead

I totally stole that title from my daughter.

Because I've been home for a week already (a week!) and I feel like all of my creative juices are sapped. Completely gone.

I sit down to write a blog post and . . . nothing.

I'm choosing to blame jet lag.

It's not like I don't have anything to say. Ha! When that day comes, I'll shut this old place down and be quiet. Kind of like Job.

But until then, on some days, I'll have to force myself to be creative. Just like I tell my students.

So today I'm going to look back a little bit . . . and then I'm going to look ahead.

Looking back

As you know, this summer has been filled with physical labor for me. Kind of like giving birth, only harder.

I'm almost finished with the Great Townhouse Project of 2013 (thank goodness!). I kind of HAVE to be finished with it because girls start showing up to live there next week.

My plan is to get in there and clean this week, then I'll take some pictures so I can write that long-awaited before-and-after post I know you're all dying to read.


I mentioned jet lag. I just got back from almost two weeks in Europe, and I'm still kind of on a high from it. What an amazing trip. We saw some truly stunning places, met some wonderful people, and did some amazing things.

And I got to share it all with my mom and my sisters. So special.

Here's a sneak peek.

I'll have a complete trip report for you later this week.

Looking ahead

I have so much to look forward to in the next couple of months.

We're going to the wedding of a very special girl this Saturday. She and her sister have been like daughters to me, and I'm so happy to be able to share in this day with them.

Can I be old enough to attend the wedding of my friends' children?? Yikes!


School is starting soon. Julia heads back in a couple of weeks, and I start the week after that. Every day I think, "I really should go into my office," but as soon as I have those fleeting thoughts, something else takes precedence.

I really should go into my office.

One of these days.

It's funny, though. I've always been that kid who loves the first day of school. Who loves school in general, really. And, being the school nerd that I am, the first time I drove through campus after getting back from Europe, I got butterflies in my stomach! I guess that proves that I really am at the right place for now.


Speaking of campus and the college and starting school. I'm so excited because the daughter of my best college buddy, Jen, is coming here this year! In fact, Jen will be here next week to drop off her daughter and the week after that for Orientation. So much goodness (!) because not only does it mean that E will be fulfilling her life-long dream to come to school here (she's wanted to live here since she was about 8 years old), it also means that I'll get to see Jen a whole lot more than I have in the past few years.

So excited for that!


I'm also excited for my girls and all that they have ahead of them this fall. New activities. New dorm. New experiences.

Kate is heading back to Washington D.C. for fall semester. She has an amazing internship opportunity and will take some classes as well. I'm excited for her, especially to see what God has in store, but I'll miss her something awful.

Guess I'd better get used to it.


Finally, here's a little sneak peek at something that I'm crazy-excited about.

Stay tuned . . .

Now tell me . . . what's one thing that you have coming up that you're excited about? Do tell!!


  1. Ohh ... new blog design?

    Your pictures look amazing. I look forward to hearing more.

    You survived a crazy summer. Hope these last weeks are perfect for you and your family.


  2. You guessed it, Glenda! Can't wait for the big reveal . . . soon.

    "Survived" is a relative term. I'm almost done, but still have some odds and ends and cleaning to do. (Didn't we clean already?!) Thanks for the good wishes.

  3. Ooooooh, that logo is PURTY! :) (I'm totally in skim mode this morning, as I've managed to let 350 posts build up in my reader - but I had to come over and say I can't wait to see more!) :)