Last year was a series of adventures I don’t think I’ll ever forget. It began in Zurich, a place I love, but as a child never anticipated being significant in my life. Nor that I’d be there 4 times before I was 30. About a week later I decided to start this blog. I’d moved into my own apartment and needed something creative to occupy my time (so I didn’t spend all my evenings watching Netflix).
In February I visited my kiddos in Michigan – which at the time were the only kiddos I had. I got stuck in a snowstorm and had to stay an extra day… such a shame!
In April, an honorary kiddo was born. In May, I went to Myrtle Beach with a group of friends for a weekend, and had the time of my life.
June evenings were spent rehearsing and singing in a 300-piece performance of Jubilate Deo by Dan Forrest, which was astounding and difficult and wonderful all at the same time.
In July, BFF#2 and I drove to New York City. It was a long trip: the AC gave out about halfway up, but we didn’t even get most of the way through her playlist. That trip was memorable, many reasons for which I’ve recounted on this blog. One especially – Schwes gave birth to my beautiful kiddo, Baby V. She’s 6 months old now, and jabbers and giggles, and I’ve yet to meet her but that day will come soon!
In August, friends and I went to Charleston to experience the beach, the shopping, the food, and the coffeeshops – it was a grand adventure day for this traveler wanna-be! Also in August, a certain young man I’d seen randomly around the workplace emailed and asked me to coffee. We met up on a Saturday afternoon in a favorite little downtown shop, and talked for over 2 hours about life and God and missions and families – I walked away thinking, “this is the nicest guy I’ve ever met.”
September rolled around and I was spending a lot more time with this guy, but I also took a trip to Dallas for work. That’s the farthest west I’ve ever been! It… was very Texasy.
October brought my Mommy from Germany, a new baby kiddo, Stephen’s family from Illinois, the first “I love yous” and the official title of girlfriend. it was an extremely sweet but hectic month!
In November I got to visit Stephen’s family in Pennsylvania. We survived two 12-hour road trips together smooshed in the backseat of a little car with a two-year-old. Which, if you ask me, is a good omen for the future.
December was the month that changed my life. In a way. I spent the first week of Christmas break at home and with Bro#2. It was relaxing, and I slept a whole lot. Then the second week of break came, and I flew to Illinois expecting nothing but a nice time with Stephen’s family. We read, watched football, went out and about here and there, and one day we planned to go to Chicago! But Stephen wanted to wake up early and go see the lake at 7:30. “7:30? By the lake? 7:30?” His manner of asking was just insistent enough that I got this niggling suspicion that I should wake up and do my hair and makeup, just in case. And I was right. We took a few photos, unbeknownst to me he set the camera to record, and and said some nice sweet things that I don’t remember at all, because he followed them up with, “Julie Knakal, will you marry me?”
The last month has been a flurry of preliminary wedding planning and visiting family and general joyfulness, with a little stress mixed in for good measure. Because ironically enough, this is also the busiest semester I’ve ever had. Working full time, taking two online classes (one of which has a heavy project load), planning a wedding, taking my degree comprehensive exams: all of that added up means this blog is probably going to suffer.
Probably sometime in March I decided that my goal was to keep this blog going for one full year. 52 posts, one for each week, always posting at least something on Monday. And this, my friends is that 52nd and final post for reaching my goal. It’s pretty incredible, really, considering I have a hard time making habits of any kind.
I know all 6 of you who read this are asking: “Jules, are you going to quit blogging now???”
Well. Thank you for your concern. But I’ll be posting occasionally, just probably not faithfully every week. Did I mention this semester is busy? I mean, unless you want to read my weekly class discussion or summary papers, then I’d say keep a lookout for once-a-month Twinscapades, and the occasional rant. And who knows. Maybe in 6 months I’ll realize that I’ve been posting faithfully and will push for a second year. All I know for sure is that in 5 months and 28 days, I will be Mrs. Jules, and that day will be fantastic!
In the meantime, thank you to all who have come on this year-long journey with me. It’s been a pleasure indeed.