it's hard to know where to pick up because so much has happened within the last couple months, but i just have to start with this: my dear man, my francis, and i are ENGAGED!! wowie wow wow! most folks who are reading this know that already, but there's somethin important to me about documenting it here and making a special post. blogging has been something i've done since my senior year of high school (!!) and it's seen me through lots of things since then, but this being the biggest... the one i've imagined and wondered about and prayed for & about all those years now has a face and a name! (it's francis by the way, if ya didn't catch that ;))
he is the one i've chosen to love and serve and be with for the rest of my days, and that is something significant (kinda huge, actually) and i don't take it lightly. to be quite honest though, the few weeks after engagement where some of my toughest ever. i'm not going to go into too much here because there's real, loving, in-person friends, family, and community for that, but francis and i had to come face-to-face with ways we hadn't loved each other super well, and it was just real tough. we'll still have good things to work through in this season, but if you could earnestly pray for us, it would mean a lot to both of us. prayer is really really special and important to me, and especially as i'm figuring out what the heck it looks like to commit to someone so seriously and intimately and love him well. i'm humbled and grateful to get to choose francis and to be loved by him.
onto pictures from the day! ...
the most perfect ring. i couldn't have picked a better one. it's so perfect, i love it so much.
and for some pics from earlier that day...
thanks for sharing in my life, in whatever ways you have, dear readers.
excited for all that this next season of my life will bring and teach and grow me in.
also, i love you, francis. you're the one that i want, yessir!