Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Currently: Volume 13

Reading A Severe Mercy, and also planning to read some G.K. Chesterton and the Bible later today with my husband.

Writing this post in bed. Yesterday was gorgeous and sunny but today is rainy, and I love the coziness of being inside, warm and comfortable, while it's raining outside.

Listening to sputtering rain.

Thinking about the next year ahead of us. Since we've been married, we haven't exactly had the kind of life we'd planned. And it looks like it will continue that way for a while (because the Army takes FOREVER to get things done) but I'm working hard to make peace with this.

Smelling coffee. We ran out of black tea (some more is on the way--we're a little bit snobby about tea and so we order it online) and green tea just didn't seem sufficient today. I haven't had coffee in a few months (I informally gave it up for health reasons) and it tastes divine.

Wishing it wasn't so challenging to get together with college friends. My closest friends are completely spread out across the country--San Francisco, Maine, Houston, Upstate New York. And we're here in Alabama, close to....nothing and nobody. At least we have email and texting and phone calls!

Hoping for high health and spirits this week!

Wearing comfy clothes.

Drinking coffee with cream. Such a treat.

Loving all of the goodies my husband brought back from Sam's Club on his way home from his trip last week. Fresh salmon, berries, a leg of lamb for me to roast, a whole pineapple, raw nuts. Yum. He knows me too well.

Wanting a new vacuum cleaner. Isn't it funny how once you're married you get excited about things like that? My parents have a good one they want to give us, but it's in New York and we'd have to wait until we leave here to get it. So we're trying to decide what to do. Hmm.

Needing to soak up husband time. Without going into detail, it's been a rocky road these last 5 or 6 months. Though I haven't written about this on my blog, except perhaps vaguely, my husband and I have been apart for much of this time (it's no fun when the Army gives your soldier "unaccompanied orders") and we've experienced so many unexpected twists and turns. When you're in the Army your life is not your own, and it felt like chaos for a little while. But things have normalized and although we still have a lot of waiting and patience-testing to get through, my husband is here with me and I plan to not let him out of my sight for a very long time.

Feeling grateful. For my husband, for the chance to make this next year a really wonderful one, and, despite all of my grousing, for the Army too. I have to remember that in spite of its inefficiencies and defects and crazy ways of doing things, the Army has taken care of us.

Clicking the sequel to The Business of Being Born--More Business of Being Born! We haven't watched it yet but plan to soon.

I hope you have a blessed and wonderful Sunday. 
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  1. I love that Emerson quote. Miss you, Kate!

  2. I miss you too, my lovely Maine friend :)

  3. Vacuums are totally worth getting excited over! We received one as a wedding gift, and I think it might actually be one of my favorite gifts of all time. Now our floors are so clean!! :) Also, I'm sorry to hear that things have been rough with those Army orders. I imagine that lifestyle requires a lot of patience for just that reason, and it's hard not to be with your loved one in the ways that you want. But yay for having special shared moments and for finding ways to make it all work, anyway.

  4. I can't relate to the struggles you must go through as a military wife. It's got to be so hard. I have a hard time when we're apart for a weekend. And it's almost always because one of us is off doing something fun, not work. I am glad things are equalizing for you. :)
    And a whole pineapple sounds amazing right now!

  5. Thanks for that sweet encouragement, Sarah :) Every little bit of that helps. We're doing fine, and it will all be fine....and you know, patience was never a virtue of mine, so perhaps this is God's way of teaching me how to be calm and patient! I've certainly gotten much better at it. :)

  6. Thanks Tina. It is hard. But I do it 'cause I love him! We were long distance for almost all 5 years of our relationship (and even into our marriage) and people often asked "How do you do it?" My answer was always, "I love him. You'd do it too." So really, I shouldn't complain, because our love is bigger than all of this.

    Our pineapple is ripening on the counter and I can't WAIT to dive in!

  7. Katie @ Loverly SheApril 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Josh and I were apart for most of our courtship and engagement, but I can only imagine the challenge of being separated often after you're married too. Hoping that this next year gives you both lots of "together" time, and for sweet grace from God in the apart times. <3

  8. You're such a dear, Katie. Thank you for this :) God's grace is the best, isn't it?

  9. oh Kate, I'm going to need all of your advice on dealing with separation during the first year of marriage! I'm kind of freaking out about it already, so any wisdom you might have...

  10. Oh yes, let's talk :) I didn't know you were going to be facing this, I'm sorry. The good news is that it totally extends the newlywed phase! I still feel like a newlywed and it's been 15 months. Silver linings! I will be glad to share tips and advice anytime :)

  11. My husband and I dated long distance our whole relationship before we were married, and it definitely wasn't a walk in the park! I can't imagine having to be apart for a long time after being married :( I hope things settle down soon for you!

  12. Kate! I know this is weeks late, but I've been meaning to comment on this post for a while now. I've watched all the "business of being born" documentaries and they really revolutionized the way I think about giving birth. I was an emergency C-Section, and really, I hear so many horror birth stories that I sometimes feel terrified of that aspect of my future. I felt like watching those documentaries was a huge breath of fresh air simply because of the new {to me} perspective on giving birth. Are you planning to write a blog post about these? I'd love to hear your thoughts too!

  13. Hi Natalie! I'm so happy to hear this. I feel exactly the same way. I always wanted a natural birth (no meds) and that's what my mom did with all three of us, but I had never before considered home birth. Now, I'm so convinced that's what I'd like to do. Obviously I need to do more research when I'm actually pregnant and planning our birth, but my husband and I totally see the goodness and appeal in home birth with a midwife, and a doctor only for back-up.

    I think a lot of women feel the way you do, this fear for childbirth because of the horror stories we all hear. I love that this documentary highlights the naturalness and beauty of birth, and talks about how GOOD our bodies are at giving birth. We don't need help! (Most of the time, obviously as in your mom's case, there are emergency c-sections and other kinds of interventions that are sometimes necessary, and thank goodness we have doctors for those times.)

    I hadn't planned to write about it, but maybe I should. Perhaps I'll wait until we're pregnant :) I'd love to hear more about your thoughts too!


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