Friday, October 14, 2016

October Skies || Life Update 2K16

This week I decided it was time for a simple life update sort of blog post. This is really me being lazy since I have been exceptionally busy lately and have not had a lot of time to take photos or flesh out any of my ideas into good blog posts.

Excited for Autumn. Guys. I forgot how much I love this season. The cold can be bitter, glum, and gray, but it is perfect weather for drinking copious amounts of tea and being all cozy indoors while watching Netflix, playing piano, and reading books. The dreary skies makes me all nostalgic and a little sad and if there’s anything that makes me really happy it’s a good dose of sad nostalgia every once in a while. Not to mention I love the colors of this season—the understated gray-blues, black, grays, olive greens, rusty oranges, mustard yellows, and burgundy reds. And I can’t say enough about how thrilled I am to be wearing scarves, plaid, and boots again!!

The Holidays. Confession. I have already started playing Christmas music. I pulled out my favorite Christmas sheet music a couple weeks ago because I might as well brush up my favorite Christmas tunes and carols before Thanksgiving. I love the holidays and this year it looks like I have a little extra time to take off to spend with family, so I am definitely taking advantage of that. I just can't wait to pull the Christmas decorations out of the closet!

Engagements and wedding stuff. My sister got engaged this summer! As the maid-of-honor I will be helping with the bulk of all the detail-planning. My sister and her fiancĂ©e have already got quite a lot of the big-ticket items planned and underway and the rest of the planning and preparations won’t really start until January 2017, which isn’t that far off. Meanwhile, I will be making plans for where to live next summer.

School and studies. I have really been enjoying my studies this semester. I have been taking two classes since I am still working full-time, but it’s been a lot of fun and a little invigorating to have my intellectual muscles stretched ever-so-slightly. None of the classes I am taking right now are very strenuous, but it’s still nice to have my intelligence validated. I hope to go back to school full time next fall, Lord willing. But that depends on a number of things, so I will keep you all posted.

Sunday School. I’ve been teaching a Sunday School class for a couple years now, but recently I’ve found it particularly enjoyable. My church recently acquired a new curriculum and my little class has really loved it and benefited from it. Last week we learned about the ten plagues God sent as judgment on Egypt to free his people. We have also been working on memorizing Psalm 121. Last week as I was leaving our worship building, hauling my basket of teaching supplies, one of my little students called out, “Bye Dani! I can’t wait to find out what our Sunday School story is next week!” Needless to say, it’s so rewarding discovering these stories with these children.

Music. I am not teaching piano lessons this fall and while I miss my piano students, I have not missed playing the piano and am doing my best to stay in shape. On top of Christmas music, I have several beautiful piano arrangements of Joe Hisaishi’s music to play thanks to my sister Ruth. I also have been playing a lot of Scott Joplin. His concert waltz “Bethena” is one of my favorites.

Making room for change. Recently I went through my closet and discovered I have a multitude of formal dresses that I will probably never wear again. At my age I outgrow clothes more in personality rather than size (at least for now, haha).  I have never been a pack-rat and it always feels so good to get rid of stuff that I don’t use, better still to pass it along to someone who will put it to good use. Every now and then our lives need a little overhaul if only to create a little space in our lives and rediscover what’s really valuable to us.

Wisdom teeth surgery. Farewell to wisdom. And by wisdom I mean my wisdom teeth. I probably should have had them taken out a couple years ago, but they didn't start bothering me until this year. My surgery is coming up soon and so within a couple of weeks I will be wisdom-toothless. 

Thankful for family and friends. Every now and then I am overwhelmed with just how much love fills up my life, from my family, friends, my church family, and my community of friends, coworkers, and acquaintances. Last weekend I was home alone on a Sunday evening feeling a little bummed down. Most days I really like being by myself, but this was one of the rare days I felt lonely. Instead of calling someone like a normal person, I just sat in my apartment, because it’s hard to reach out to people when you feel depressed. That evening my dad called me. My mom and younger siblings were out of town and so my dad asked me if I wanted to get dinner with him. He ended up bringing over pizza and beer to my apartment and we had a good conversation over dinner. God's timing is perfect and my dad's timing is pretty on point too. 

My parents have especially amazed me this year in all the ways they have supported me. Our whole family has been blessed beyond measure through them. I mentioned to my siblings a couple weeks ago how we need to take another family picture soon. It’s been two years since we all posed in the fall foliage and so much has changed since then. We have acquired three new family members, for starters. My baby brother now towers over everyone else. And everyone overall seems so much more grown up. So much has changed for each and every one of us individually. There is a peace in our midst and a deep unity and affection between all of us. God has brought incredible healing and though there are still trials before us, I can see the beautiful refining handiwork of our Maker and I know he has strengthened and prepared us for whatever is ahead.

What are you up to this October autumn season? What are some of your favorite things about autumn? 


  1. January 2017 is here... does that mean the wedding planning has started?
    You should write a blog post on writing a speech for the reception as the sister of the bride (if you'll be giving a speech that is).

    I've meandered through your blog and I've hit 'follow'- so I'll be sticking around.


    1. Hi Steph, thanks for stopping by my blog! The wedding planning has started in full force! Last night my sister and I were addressing envelopes to send out her "save the dates". Next comes invitations. Woohoo! I already have my bridesmaid dress and everything is really coming's beginning to feel "real".

      That is a great idea! I will hopefully be giving a speech and maybe singing a song at the reception. Thanks for following! :D

      Dani xoxo


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