In the past few weeks I have watched my fair share of Hallmark Christmas Movies (I love them despite their cheesy predictability – don’t judge), listened to numerous amounts of Christmas music on Pandora and Spotify, and I have finally gotten to enjoy my first snowfall. I must say our neighbors house looks lovely decorated in Christmas wreaths and frosted with snow. Sadly, amidst all my excitement for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I have abandoned my duties as a blogger. I hope all of you weren’t too disappointed in me. This past Friday, I completed my last class day. All that stands between me and graduation is exam week and graduation buffet prep before I graduate on December 16th!
The last four weeks I have been submerged in the world of entremets and wedding cakes. Entremets involved stacking and layering as well as cutting while wedding cakes involved gum paste flowers and frosting. I so enjoyed the creativity of wedding cakes and it was probably my favorite experience next to my breakfast pastries course. At times, however, it was quite frustrating but, as my partner kept reminding me, I can only get better.
Outside of attending class I have been prepping to head home on the 18th. My room is half packed and looks a little bare, or at least it would if there wasn’t a pile of bags and boxes that I’ll need to load into the car on Thursday evening. The decision for me to go home has not been made lightly. I’ve been back and forth the whole time and the main reason I would love to stay so badly is because of all the wonderful people that have come into my life in the past six months. But, the Lord seems to be pulling me home. Who knows, maybe once I have paid off my loans from my French Pastry School experience, He will choose to bring my back to Illinois. He works in mysterious and unknown ways and I need to be content with the fact that His plan is greater than my own. In the meantime, I will simply cherish my last two weeks here and joyously go home to my family that I missed so much.
I’m planning to post once more before or after graduation and will try my best to keep this blog going even after I graduate, but if not, I want to thank you all for sharing this journey with me. Your support from afar has been such a blessing to me. I love you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart.
P.S. Graduation is only 11 days away!
The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.