I have officially been in Charlotte for two years.
Some days it feels like I just left home and other days it feels like I have been here for years and years. I am so thankful for the 23 years I spent not in Charlotte, but I am also so incredibly grateful for the 2 (and however many more the Lord sees fit to give me here) years in Charlotte.
What has happened in year 2, you ask? Well…
- I checked off a few things on my CLT bucket list like: going to the Billy Graham Library (7.16), going to the Mint Museum (3.17), and going to a Knights game (5.17).
- I started (8.16) and completed (6.17) my second year of teaching Kindergarten.
- My women’s small group met in my house for most of my second year in Charlotte. We decided to end it (for good reasons) in April. I’m grateful for the relationships that were formed from that time.
- I taught Sunday School (10.16-5.17) to the 1st-3rd graders at church with my sweet friend, Michelle.
- I had visitors–Elizabeth (7.16), Kasey (8.16), Emma Kate (10.16), and Kaila and Scout (2.17), as well as my parents a few times.
- I took a Skill Pop class on hand lettering (4.17).
- I suffered through the death of my grandmother with sweet friends who prayed me through three hard weeks.
- I started volunteering at the hospital (5.17).
- I said yes an incredible amount of times but also started to say no more often, which is a good thing, honestly.
- I finally visited downtown Davidson (8.16 & 10.16)!
- I fell in love with Park Road Shopping Center– Blackhawk Hardware, anyone?!
- I read more books than I could count.
- I started to branch out in ways I’d never planned on or dreamed of doing.
- I went to Boone (11.16) with a bunch of girls from church.
- I hosted an Olympics party (8.16) which made me (for the first time) really feel like I had true community in CLT.
- My roommate, Rachel, moved in (8.16), and we had people over for game nights, a Christmas party, meals, and more.
- My friend Jordan and I threw a bridal shower for Rachel and Jordan’s roommate, Lauren (6.17).
- I planned lots of birthday dinners, attended more than I planned, and was blessed to have a sweet one thrown for me.
- I dined at plenty of new restaurants–all probably introduced to me by my sweet friend Aubrey.
- I spent lots of time at my friends David’s and Kelly’s house–where I now have a signature dessert I MUST bring each time I come (according to their kids).
- I decided that Trader Joe’s has the best flowers, Harris Teeter is still my least favorite grocery store, and made it blatantly obvious that I love Publix maybe a smidge too much.
- I ate many dinners prepared for me by someone else because there are so many sweet families at OBC who include me in their lives.
- I walked through some weird health things with a sweet community group who has faithfully prayed for me and supported me over the last tear.
- I sat (and thankfully still sit) under some incredible Biblical teaching at OBC.
- I watched Friday Night Lights and The Office for the first time. #TexasForever #MichaelScott
- I answered the question, “If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?” with a resounding and confident, “Charlotte!”