22 June 2018

Where I Am & Where I've Come From

Today is an odd day.

June 22, 2012 was the day I got married. 

It feels weird to look back on a day that I thought would have been one of the happiest days of my life, is now just another day. 

The first year after my divorce I was a hot mess, but know I can look back on June 22 with peace and realization that it was not all that I thought it would be. And that is okay.

I often say I never would have imagined all that happened over these last six years, but I am so grateful for all that God has taught me about myself through it.

So this June 22, is just another Friday in June.

I am really excited for summer and have had some fun things going on the last few months.

The first weekend in May I went to Holland, Michigan for the Annual Tulip Festival. It was SO much fun and apparently the last time I went I was only two years old. 

There was a cute little parade through downtown Holland and I got to tour the oldest working windmill in the United States which was originally from Holland. Did I mention soaking up the beautiful scents of fresh tulips? #bestillmyheart.

In May, my mom and sister and I had a good ol' fashioned slumber party to watch the Royal Wedding. We were up at 4am and drinking both mimosas and coffee by 4:30. It was so much fun. I was quite pleased I went home with leftover scones and champagne.

I am starting to train for my second marathon on October 21 in Detroit. I have had two injuries which have slowed me down and thrown me off a bit. But I am coming back and my shin splints are healing well. #praisehands

Deep down, I dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon someday. I am nowhere near that yet, and I just want to finish with a slightly quicker time this year. 

I was on the Fountains of Carrots podcast talking about divorce and annulment and in August I am so excited to on The Catholic Feminist.

I have had a few graduation parties for several of the teens in youth ministry from the church I used to work at. It has been so fun to celebrate them and catch up on all the wonderful things in their lives.

One of my dearest friends Lauren is getting married in August and her bachelorette festivities were in June. Lauren helped me for several years in youth ministry and we went to World Youth Day together in Poland. I am so excited to be a bridesmaid and celebrate her wedding on August 4th. :)

Love this girl.

What are your fun, exciting plans over the summer?!

I'll be working on writing project. In July, I am going to Chicago and am excited to see my uncle, aunt, and little cousin.

I hope you have some fun things to look forward to over summer.

Happy Friday, friends! :)

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  1. I have a date in my life that is akin to this -- the anniversary of an engagement that did not culminate in a wedding. At first, it felt like a black hole. But, as the years have passed, there has been mending. There has been a new story written that slowly patches up that hole. It can be traversed again.
    I pray that your day is re-paved for you too, Patty. <3

  2. You know, I think it's cool that June 22 is the feast of some really epic and beautiful saints, so even though it's just an ordinary June day now in your life, you still have these amazingly heavenly intercessors praying for you :) I'm so glad that you've been having a good summer! That tulip festival sounds amazing, and I love those pictures! Have you ever seen the old black-and-white movie 7 Sweethearts? I grew up watching that movie, and it helped me appreciate the beauty of tulips more :)

    My fun exciting plans for the summer are just little things here and there...on the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I got to attend a Mass with the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart, which was beautiful, and then I got to catch up with an old friend who lives several states away but was visiting a nearby state. We had a wedding today, and we've been focusing on getting together with different friends from church who we have long planned to hang out with (but we've never really sat down and planned anything before). Really trying to invest more intentionally in friendships with people we know! I'm thinking it would be fun to make a little family pilgrimage to a shrine to the Infant of Prague as we prepare for the birth of this baby, though we haven't even looked at our calendar yet. We shall see what happens! I'm sure God will send plenty of surprises our way, too :)

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