First I want to say that I am totally blown away by the response I got on Confidently,You. Not only were your comments so uplifting, but the post was shared at least six times by friends on Facebook. It just thrills me to the bone that so many of you were blessed, especially since I wasn't sure if I should post or not. Yeah, I believe in vulnerability, but even then I find myself going "ehhh, maybe this will strike the wrong cord." Instead, your positive response has me smiling from ear to ear. We are in this journey together, right? Each of you are so special, so unique. I'm excited to see how God continues to mold our lives, and I HOPE it isn't always easy. Without thorns, how can we bloom? Love you all, and I really should get on with my post. ;)
Ok, so you probably noticed I totally skipped the August AND September additions of ღing this month. What can I say? Blame life. :P I'm actually going to do something a little different this time and talk about all the things--and not wishlist/fandom/daydream things--that made up probably the best September of my life.
All photos except OSR group shots © Anna Olivia
Our entire group--parents not included--at the OSR English Country Dance. Picture by Brandon Pieplow.
Some of you know that I (along with my family,) have been hosting/coordinating an annual event for homeschool grads for five years now. Its been a work-in-progress, but I think I can finally say the Ohio Summer Rendezvous is a rousing success. :) I mean, compared to our first event complete with streamers thrown haphazardly over ceiling beams and wrapped around. . .just about everything in sight. . .preschool-style-games, and a total of 10 guys vs maybe 30 some girls. . .things have, lets just say, vastly improved. ;) Ok, seriously. This year we were blessed with 74 attendees (not including visitors who dropped in on the Ball Saturday night. . .I think we had over 80 people.) I felt organized and had the most incredible team of volunteers running all over the campgrounds, working their hearts out. You guys are AMAZING. I need you. :)
A friend of mine described the OSR perfectly: its kind of like a homeschool-highschool reunion. We meet new people, we strengthen old friendships, we worship together, we play, we eat, we dance, we sing, we hike, we stay-up-all-night. ;) Can event coordinating be a hobby? Because I really enjoy it. I'm so grateful to God and all the people who made OSR 2014 possible. For more information, check out our website. Hopefully as more pics come in I can do a proper OSR-post. :)
My crazy-awesome (and when I say crazy, I mean it,) bestie, Marissa. You gotta trust me here. . .she's actually a really nice person. Just. . .stay away from the sword.
Afterwards we brought our loot back home from fellowship and. . .more donut-eating. ;) I kinda like this group of pirates a lot.
Our group, minus Jacob and this Rastafarian-pirate-dude-photobomber. Not sure what happened to that pic. . .
Last but totally not least, the month wrapped up (though I guess we technically have one more September-weekend, ;) with a magical evening of dancing-under-the-stars (English Country Dancing,) hosted by my lovely friend Kate.
I don't think I can even explain how completely magical it was. A fairyland of string lights,Pinterest-worthy decorations, happy people, good friends, a bonfire, fall-inspired goodies, and dancing. Can anything get more whimsical or perfect? Kate even set out a coffee pot, several choices of tea, whole apples with a slicer, peanut butter, and caramel dip. . .and hand sanitizer. hehe
To say the least, I think I've learned more this month than in the entire year. . .about people, friendships, God's faithfulness, and myself. Insanely grateful to a God who holds the whole world in His Hands. Jesus knows. Jesus cares. "Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it." --C.S. Lewis