You know those letters everyone sends out at Christmas time with photos on the back with their family doing great things? Climbing Mount Everest and mission trips to Africa, and placing first in the Tour De France??
What you're about to read is the Lydia and the House of Fun equivalent; only it's not even November yet.
Additionally, that great line from Almost Famous; "It's All Happening," pretty much is defining my life right now.
My mom started to teach me after High school, that when things get really serious, and everything seems to bog you down.... just think about something frivolous to lighten your mood.
Since my mom and I are worriers, we tend to worry about things unnecessarily. Fashion has been an easy thing to turn to when we begin making up things to worry about and we recognize that we just need to think about SOMETHING else.
So while all these emotions about this past year are rushing through me- happy and sad- my reaction is I want to buy pointy toed shoes. You may keep this in mind when you see me in a gorgeous pair in the future.
Shoes somehow make the fact that everything is happening right now that much classier and easier to handle.
So here I am, dreaming about shoes while I write for the first time in AGES since everything REALLY has started rolling.
For whatever reason I have this strange talent ( you may call it a fixation or obsession, I will call it talent) for knowing what I was wearing for bizarre moments in my life. I guess I'm a visual person, I don't know. Maybe. I'm certainly not good at math...
Anyway, when I first met Peter and Griffin at Bible Study, I was wearing my navy blue trench coat from Barney's.
It was a rainy chilly evening in January ( like most evenings in New England when it isn't snowing) and I had waited out the hour after work before Bible study in my car, in front of a Lilly Pulitzer store, on the Avenue, drinking a latte. At 7:15 I decided I could drive over for this Bible study that supposedly started at 7:00.
I blew in the front door and stopped in the middle of the room assessing my surroundings. I had actually met Griffin the Sunday before at a church of another connection in Greenwich. I don't know about you, but when you're in a new place and you meet someone who actually seems interested in talking to you- it's like you've made a new best friend.
Thus was the case with Peter and Griffin. We were all in our twenties and we all lived in the area.
I immediately jumped to the conclusion that we should all live together and be best friends and have family dinners every Tuesday night.
Okay- I didn't quite make that jump. But I was happy to find friends and was attempting to not seem too desperate for friendship.
I have frequently been told that Peter, Griffin, Caitlin, and I are all so different, and that they never would have paired us all as friends.
That first year I got to know Peter, Caitlin, and Griffin through Bible study and trivia nights, and gradually we were spending three to four nights a week together.
Suddenly, we were all looking for housing at the same time and this beautiful four bedroom home popped up in Greenwich.
Everything that started happening since coming up to Greenwich has felt like it is part of a much more significant plan. So, after much consideration we were all coordinating schedules and lease end dates and sharing Peter's Uhaul rental.
And in we moved to a gorgeous and spacious home in the 06830 zip code.
(Mind you, "Gorgeous", "Spacious", and "Affordable" don't happen in that zip code. Just for those of you out of state). But with a will to make it work and a lot of generosity, there we were on the doorstep of our new home.
The past year has been one of the most wonderful and such a huge blessing in my own life. And while people do note that we are all very significantly different, my three roommates are not only wonderful friends, they are sincerely wonderful human beings whom I have learned so much from. They love the Lord and seek to love others the way He loves us. They compel me forward to seeking the best way to love others and to always be kind and considerate.
Over the past summer, Peter got engaged to the most adorable southern belle. Griffin and Caitlin ran the whole of Martha's Vineyard coordinating events, meals, and the numerous comings and goings of so many for Focus. And I maned the ranch back in Greenwich.
In the fall we all congregated back at our beautiful home for the remaining months of being together.
November 1st marks the end of a pretty significant chapter in my life as I say goodbye to my darling roommates.
Peter is off to Virginia, Griffin off to the city, and Caitlin and I have found two other lovely roommates to keep the house with.
A few more months and I will also leave Greenwich, because, oh, I forgot to mention- I got engaged too. Sorry, have I been blinding you this whole time with my ring?
(Prepare yourselves now for many more wedding analogies, ring paintings, and wedding stationery suites.)
But while the house will still be Caitlin and my's home, we will miss Peter and Griffin very much. Our Trivia nights, our Downton and tea nights, and our family dinners while listening to Mariah Carry radio (Peter's favorite). As sad as I am to see my friends and this wonderful experience in Greenwich ultimately go, I am happy for the future and of the many exciting and happy chapters to come.
P.S. I was telling Griffin last night that I was TOTALLY as tall as him in my 4 inch heels. I now see that I may have been dramatically mistaken.