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Sometimes I need to blog about what’s on my heart and mind. Enter: Coffee Chats. Imagine sitting down with a friend, sipping on coffee, and catching up on life.
A few weeks ago, as I drove home from a girls’ night with some ladies from my church, my mind wandered back to this time last year. We were still relatively new to Iowa, but the excitement of a new adventure had been replaced by loneliness and struggles with my job. Working full-time again in a professional setting was what I had prayed for in the previous months, and I knew God had put me there for a reason, but I couldn’t shake a feeling of discontentment. I prayed every day that I would make friends that I could relate to; I hadn’t had local friends in the same stage of life as me since I was in college and I really missed that. It’s amazing what a year can bring: we joined a young-adult small group through our church, and it has been the #1 factor in why I love my life here in north Iowa. Our new friends have been such a blessing in my life and have been so supportive of Andrew and me and his unique job assignment as an Army Recruiter. Even though I have the same job as I did this time last year, I’m able to see how I contribute to the workplace; I’ve also been brave enough to ask for some additional duties because I haven’t felt as challenged as I would like. I will be honest, my career is still not “on track” — I’m still under-employed compared to my non-military spouse peers, and I dread the thought of being unemployed once again when we move in a year and a half — but I’m letting go of how “unfair” it is and accepting that this is where God has placed us. He has a reason for it, even when I can’t exactly explain that reason myself. (And I’m secretly trying to convince my husband to figure out ways that I can stay here a little while longer ;))
On an unrelated topic, I have been curious about our dog Lily’s breed since the day we got her. We were told she’s a Lab/Shepherd mix, but friends and strangers alike have noticed her brindle coloring and loud bark and mentioned she might not be what we think she is. When Amazon had a good deal on a doggy DNA test during their Black Friday sale, I bought it as an early Christmas gift for Lily. (Or me. Let’s be honest; Lily could care less.) We were shocked by her results: a quarter Lab, a quarter Beagle, an eighth Dalmation, an eighth Siberian Husky, and a quarter “mutt” from the herding genetic group (which includes Shepherds, Collies, and Cattle Dogs.) It turns out that the original guess from the rescue group was correct after all!
After I shared my 2019 New Year’s Resolutions blog post and specifically mentioned that I’m planning to spend less time on social media this year, I decided that it’s time to take a break from sharing monthly Recent Reads blog posts. I’ll probably share some of my thoughts about my reads over on Instagram from time-to-time, and of course, I will definitely still be reading in my spare time. Anyway, I was babysitting for a friend over the weekend and picked up her copy of The Kiss of Deception. I breezed through half of it in the 2 hours she was gone, politely asked if I could take it home with me (to which she replied “YES SO WE CAN DISCUSS IT”), and finished it the next day. I was so captivated that I immediately checked out the other 2 books in the trilogy (The Heart of Betrayal and The Beauty of Darkness) on my Kindle through the Army MWR Library… and breezed through those as well. The last book specifically was full of so many plot twists that it had me on the edge of my seat until the very last page. I enjoyed this series so much that I immediately started re-reading it; I’m not one to re-read books (especially novels!), but this is an exception. For anyone else who needs a captivating novel to read on a snowy or cold day this week, you’re welcome 🙂