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It’s rather ironic that Beth mentioned my blog header in her comment on the last post, because I just updated it to reflect the autumn season we are enjoying. :-)

Autumn is a season I never really experienced in Peru, and definitely enjoyed my first October in Indiana. My favorite memory is going to Melissa’s house for fall break, and hiking the Appalachian trail in the mountains of central Pennsylvania. I had a lot of fun scrapbooking that trip, trying to catch the beauty of the world around us.

I remember once finding a gorgeous yellow/gold leaf on the ground by Gerig my junior year. I kept for quite a while, and I even scanned it into the computer because I was so amazed by the colors. Much as I complain about the cold, I also enjoy the crispness in the air and the changing of seasons. I like pumpkins and Fall Festivals and bonfires and all those other things autumn brings.

I mostly love the autumn colors. I think those colors suit my personality and my hair color/skin tone (according to the book Color Me Beautiful, by Carole Jackson). I love designing with an autumn color palette, and I love the shapes of leaves and acorns. Okay I’m going to stop before everyone calls me crazy.

As we head into November and look forward to Thanksgiving, I am glad that I have the pleasure of experiencing God’s awesomeness through nature and the seasons around us.

in between

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I feel like I should post something, but I don’t really know what to say. So leave me a comment if there’s something you’d like me to write about.

Apparently, my apartment does have heat, I just don’t know how to turn it on. Also I think the vaulted ceilings and 8ft wide windows have something to do with the cold. My plan is to get another blanket for my bed and get some sort of heater. In the spring, when they go on sale, I will invest in an electric blanket. :-)

Not much has been happening. I’ve been lazy during the week and busy on the weekends sewing curtains, which are just about done. Pictures to come, when they are hung. That’s about it. What dear readers, do you want to hear about?

combatting the cold

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Susan wasn’t kidding when she said that the change in weather comes suddenly in Georgia. We had a brief period of gorgeous 70-80 degree fall weather then bam, we’re dipping into the 30s at night. Of course, I’m sure it’s much colder up north, but I’m sitting here freezing in my apartment. (BTW, I am bundled up in sweaters, etc.) I decided to break down and turn on the heat only to discover that my apartment doesn’t have a heater! Oh… I thought only in Florida do the houses not have heat… Guess it doesn’t get that cold in Georgia either (although I beg to differ – it’s pretty cold out now; I can’t imagine what it’s like in January).

So all you wise people out there who read my blog, here is the question of the day: What alternatives to heating my apartment am I left with? I was thinking of getting a space heater, but my mom has concerns about them since they are often the start of fires. Are there any alternatives? I was looking at space heaters in the store, and was a bit overwhelmed by all the different brands/kinds. Should I be concerned with what type to get? I have one at work that I use and it really dries out my skin – any advice on how to avoid that? (especially painful with the medicine I’m taking to clear up my face)

Please leave your opinion so I can be warm! :-)

Edit: I just looked up the weather and in the next two weeks it’s supposed to be in the mid to high 60’s, and getting down to the low 50’s at night. So maybe we’re just in a cold spell right now.

ready for marriage

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(Originally published at Onward Christian Soldier) 

Today I asked Paul if he thought we were ready for marriage. It’s weird to be thinking about this seriously again… Looking back, I can see how we weren’t ready a year ago, but at the time I couldn’t see that. How do I know if I’m ready?

One thing we didn’t do last time was pray about it, something I am determined to change. I want to be a woman of God and I want to have a godly relationship with Paul. How to know for sure though that marriage is the right next step for us, and that this is the right time to be pursuing that?

I don’t believe that God always speaks directly to us, but rather often guides our steps through opportunities, closed doors, and opened windows. I remember praying a lot about whether Paul and I should even start dating, and God really opened the doors for this relationship. I want to continue to seek Him about taking this relationship to the next level.

I can see how God is laying a path for us to marry. The biggest is a job. Another is the issues we have been talking about. I feel that I have a better understanding of who I want to be in Christ, and what is important to me. I am also confident that Paul can be that man I desire. I have seen his passion and courage. Even in this past year, he has transformed and grown so much. I see his desire to seek God, and to do right by me. He really treats me like a princess. God has given me such a love for Paul despite everything. I can’t say that love comes from me because my own flesh seems to oppose it – but my heart cries out.

Are we ready for marriage? I am beginning to feel confident that we are on the right track, and as long as we stay there, we well be blessed.

one thing that annoys me about Hollywood

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Two of my favorite books growing up were Cheaper By the Dozen, by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, and Who Gets the Drumstick?, by Helen North Beardsley. (I liked stories about big families. :-)) Both of these books are about actual families who lived in the 1910s and 1960s, respectively. Cheaper by the Dozen is about the Gilbreth family, with 12 children, and it is a humorous account of their growing up years (incidentally, Belles on Their Toes is the sequel, telling the stories of the adolescant Gilbreth children). Who Gets the Drumstick? is about the Beardsley family: a widower with 10 children and a widow with 8 children marry and together have two more children.

Many of you may recognize these stories as current movies. Cheaper By the Dozen came out a few years ago, starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. When I first heard that it came out, I was very excited because it’s such a great book. However, after watching the movie, I was majorly disappointed. The movie bascially ripped the title from the book and the only similarity was that it was a family with 12 kids. I know many people enjoyed the movie in itself (I did not; I thought the kids were bratty and disrespectful towards their parents), but what made me angry was them ripping off the title. It’s referred to as a “remake” of the original movie, which completely untrue.

Paul told me today that there is a movie about the Beardsley family coming this Thanksgiving, called Yours, Mine, and Ours. This is a remake of the original movie, starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda. Again, when I saw this, I was very disappointed. While they didn’t keep the same title, they portrayed it as a true story yet strayed far from the actual story. Not as far as Cheaper By the Dozen – the characters are the same, but the movie is about how the children hate each other and the fights that broke out after they all moved under one roof. In actuality, the children were very excited about the marriage and they got along very well with their new siblings and loved their new parent.

I know Hollywood really doesn’t care about whether they are following the true story or not. I probably shouldn’t let this bother me so much, but I guess I feel a need to educate everyone on the truth. If you enjoy reading about the joys and complications that come with a large family, you should definitely check out these two books. I highly recommend them. I also recommend a third book about the same subject called The Family Nobody Wanted, by Helen Doss, about a couple who adopt 12 multi-racial children.