only help my unbelief

I don’t know how it went by so fast
December 30, 2008, 11:57 am
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You’d think after almost 23 years of the last year going by so fast, I’d be used to it, but every December it surprises me.

Here are some brief snippets of the past year…

I rang in the New Year with Christian at a friend’s party. He stayed in Columbia for a couple of weeks before school started, and we spent those days watching movies, running and cooking together. In the middle of January I went back to USC for my last semester. As a journalism major, I had “class” every day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. I wasn’t sure how this would go, because it seemed like a lot of time to be in class, but most of our time was spent out working on stories, taking pictures, and editing the work of our partners. I got paired with the best partner ever. I also started blogging somewhat consistently again.

The second month of the year continued in the same vein as the first, with most of my time spent at the Carolina Reporter newsroom (some days more productive than others) and the rest of my time spent training with my roommates for the Cooper River Bridge Run. Christian came down for Valentine’s Day, and we went to Olive Garden, which we consider an upscale restaurant. I also started helping Sunday mornings in the two- and three-year old Sunday school class, which ended up being a bigger blessing than I ever imagined.

I turned 22 in March, and it was a fairly uneventful birthday. Spring break was in the middle of the month, and Christian came down to visit again. We both received news that we had jobs for after graduation – he would be working at an insurance company, and I had a 12-week internship at The State.

I ran 6.2 miles in the Cooper River Bridge Run the first weekend in April with my roommates Emily and Katie. Christian and I celebrated our two year anniversary on April 7. I continued babysitting a fair amount. At the end of April, life at the Carolina Reporter commenced, and I headed up to Tennessee by myself for the last time. While I was there, Christian presented an extensive paper he’d written for his Hebrew class and also finished up his German comps, which meant he could graduate.

I headed back to South Carolina so Christian could concentrate on his final exams. My roommates and I celebrated the end of an era of movie nights and Moe’s. I picked Christian up from the Charlotte airport the day before I graduated from college, and then we celebrated with my family and friends at a cookout. The day after my graduation, we drove up to Tennessee for Christian’s graduation, then spent several days with his family and friends, tying up loose ends and packing up his stuff. He moved into a new apartment, and we both started our new jobs. We also started to adapt to the idea of being a real boyfriend and girlfriend who could do stuff together whenever they want. I also moved my blog to WordPress and renamed it God, Grammar and Good Eats. We rounded off the month by spending Memorial Day with family and friends.

I settled into the pace of my new job, which had me working Tuesday-Saturday from 5 p.m. It was a rough lifestyle, because it completely readjusted my sleep pattern, and I rarely got to see Christian. I would go over to his apartment a few times a week on his lunch break, and sometimes we would eat dinner at Sonic together on my 30-minute dinner break, and we would spend Monday evenings and the weekends together, but it was still hard. I ate a lot of Moe’s. I blogged. Christian and I joined the YMCA, and I spent many, many mornings there as part of my goal to lose weight (which pretty much failed). Sunday mornings continued to bless me. I changed my blog’s title. We signed up for Netflix to save money on Blockbuster runs, and I decided to move back home at the end of July when my lease ran out. We also went to Christian’s best friend’s wedding at the end of June in Asheville, which was really fun.

I gave up counting calories but kept going to the gym. I struggled with finding a job, but God kept teaching me just to trust him. Christian turned 22, and I chipped in with his mom and grandma to get him his first iPod. At the end of the month, I moved back home to live with my parents and sisters.

I started the month by looking back at the first seven months of the year, much like I’m doing now, but I did it then because I had felt like I was in the valley for most of the summer, and I needed a reminder of God’s faithfulness. I settled back into my old room, which was actually quite an accomplishment considering the amount of stuff I’d acquired during four years of college. Still, being with my family turned out to be way better than I expected. I turned down a job in favor of another one that I hadn’t actually been offered yet. My internship ended, and I suddenly realized how much fuller my life was going to be once I didn’t have to work at night. I got my haircut. Christian and I went to see the Smashing Pumpkins in Charlotte, but it turned out to be a complete bust. I interviewed for what seemed like the perfect job, but God had other plans.

This was probably the most difficult month of the entire year, even more difficult than any time during the summer, but there were bright spots. I moved from assistant to teacher of the two- and three-year-old Sunday school class, and boy, have I loved that. I babysat lot while I looked for a job, which was a difficult process that ended with a lot of unreturned phone calls and e-mails and an abundance of tears. But at the end of the month, God surprised me with a job that paid well and was only minutes from my house. I started my new job September 29.

I started a new blog, which meant I wrote very little here at OHMU. My two-and-a-half year anniversary with Christian brought back memories. I continued at my new job, which I really learned to love.

It began humbly, but ended with a bang. We started the month off with a Reformation Day picnic and I changed the name and design of my blog. The United States elected a new president. Christian and I spent Thanksgiving with his family in Tennessee, and on November 29, he proposed!

The month started with a flurry of wedding planning, but the more I tried to do, the more I realized it’s not as glamorous as it seems. We set a date for the wedding. Christian and I saw our favorite concert in Charlotte. I bought my wedding dress. And then, Christian and I faced some unexpected trials; namely, the fact that his car wouldn’t work after we paid $900 to get it “fixed.” We spent Christmas with my family in a cabin in Asheville, which was really fun. And we’re ringing in the New Year this year by going to get our marriage license and look at some apartments on New Year’s Eve. It’s super exciting to think that next year when I write this post, we’ll have been married for more than eight months!

There you have it. As I looked through old posts and thought about the momentous occasions of this year, I became even more thankful that I took the time to blog about so many of those experiences. I know a lot of people think it’s dumb to share personal things on the Internet, but if nothing else, all those posts mean a lot to me. I had already forgotten so many of the things that happened this year.

Tomorrow I’ll tell you why I hate New Year’s resolutions, and then Thursday, in a bizarre expression of hypocrisy, I’ll share my New Year’s resolutions.

How was your year?


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I’m glad that you’re posting regularly again. I like reading about your life.

Also, this is a shameless plug for my humble attempt at my own blog. 😀

Comment by Mary Catherine

Well, maybe this will work…

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