7 months engaged

Happy thanksgiving month! I am excited for the bright orange of sweaters and the yellows of the changing leaves. I remember for so many months, feeling as if time wasn’t even going by. Every day felt very much like the ones before, but now that summer is behind us and fall is in full force, I truly see that time is indeed passing. Not much has changed for us this past month except that the excitement and realness that in just three short months we will be married is finally dawning. We are both now fully in our jobs and are on a set schedule with working. This is such a relief and all of our pets are doing well. Nathan is nearing the end of his online schooling program for residential electricians and is working hard at his apprentice job each day.

I have been working a lot as well, balancing my time between working in the office, writing my manuscript, and tutoring online in English and writing. I have been thankful to have been able to catch up with several friends who I hadn’t seen in months because of covid. Nathan and I are finally seeing our wedding plans falling into place now that we have booked a banquet hall for our reception at an Italian restaurant and are booking florists, musicians, and videography for the wedding. It is comforting to be able to finally start checking off more and more boxes as we near the homeward stretch. There is still some big hurdles to cross including finding a place to live and preparing for our winter trip to Montana after the wedding but I am looking forward to each and every milestone.

Even though this holiday season will look different than one’s before, I am thankful to be able to spend one final Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s together with my family. I may have no idea what the future will have in store for us, but I am beyond grateful for the support and encouragement I have received from my family and friends as we all journey through this crazy year. I just finished reading a book titled “Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart” by Father Jacques Philippe and I could not recommend this book enough to anyone looking for inspiration to release their fears and embrace a deep peace in Jesus despite their exterior or interior circumstances. I feel lighter than I have in a while, eager to emerge on this new horizon, willing to take the leap into this new life that is so close to me now. I ask for your continued prayers as Nathan and I make our way through these final few months of engagement.

Blessings to all. Semper fidelis,

-Allison


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