Travel & Friends
At the start of August, we traveled to another wedding, this time in New York! It was the third wedding this summer where at least one of us was a member of the bridal party, and Kyle enjoyed hanging out with some college buddies again to celebrate with his good friend Will.
Olivia flew out a couple days after Kyle, which unfortunately coincided with bad weather in the New York/New Jersey area. After multiple delays, a canceled flight, an arrival in a different airport, and a two hour drive from Philadelphia to the venue, she made it to the wedding less than an hour before it started!
Thankfully, it all worked out and she was able make it just in time. We had a blast catching up with tons of friends from Cornell, some that we have not seen since graduation. Now that we live in the Midwest, weddings are the best time to spend time with friends that are spread out across the country.
A couple weeks later, we went up to Kyle's family cottage in northern Michigan to spend a long weekend on the lake. Olivia's parents and both of her sisters joined us and Kyle's parents, and we enjoyed perfect weather all weekend!
We spent most of our time on the beach, in Lake Michigan, going kayaking, picking blueberries, playing golf, going on walks, and playing card games at night. It was a relaxing trip that we both needed and a fun time with both of our families, which doesn't happen too often given how spread out we all are.
Looking Back but Looking Ahead
We are so so thankful for all of the prayers and support that you all have offered us over the past month and a half. The initial shock of Olivia's re-emergence of lupus was scary, but thankfully she is healing well and able to be back in the swing of residency. She is still on a hefty amount of medications and is getting frequent labs done, but all of the results show that her flare-up is subsiding. It's a new normal for the both of us, and it's been humbling to take it a day/week/month at a time and to slow down in some ways, but we are reassured that God is in control and His plans and pathways are better than our own.
This fall, our small group from church that we have been a part of over the last year is multiplying into two groups due to having 20+ people for many weeks last spring. We will be helping to lead our new group and are excited to be a part of our church that continues to grow! Though we are not quite ready for summer to end, we are looking forward to another fun fall in Michigan! (#goblue!)