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Friday, July 24, 2015

A New Chapter: The Beginning of My Happily Ever After


"With some, 
we're certain our hearts must have been acquainted,
long before we ever met them."
~Shakieb Orgunwall

To my oldest friends.

The ones who have been reading my story since the days of brand new motherhood.

The days when I wrote about things like family vacations, and recipes, and blog awards. 

The ones who have laughed and cried with me. 

The ones who have cheered for me and forgiven me.

The ones who have taken my brutal honesty in stride. 

I have been wanting to write this post for a few weeks now, but the words just would not come.

I cannot express this happiness I still do not believe is my own.

I keep wondering if I've somehow lost myself in a dream, but then he puts his arms around me and pulls me in for a furry kiss, and I am reminded that this...THIS...is very real.

On June 13, 2015, the man of my dreams asked me to be his wife.

Was I surprised?

Not really.

We've been talking about it for a while and I knew it was coming.

But, I had no idea how he was planning to ask, and I am proud to say that the gorgeous ring on my finger was selected and designed by him and him alone.

Yeah. He'll try to tell you that he stinks at being romantic.

I, however, will tell you a completely different story.

Because, my dear friends, I can honestly say that I had no idea that love could ever be this sweet or this sincere, and he is teaching me every single day that it can be and it should be and it is.

It just is.

So, with this engagement, I feel a chapter of my life closing and a new one getting ready to begin, and I have a feeling that the girl I am in this new chapter is ten thousand times more ready for the journey ahead than the girl I was only a few chapters ago.

She has known young love and come to realize that it doesn't always grow up with you.

She has known passionate love and come to learn that more often than not, that kind of love is merely a disguise for ugly lies and even uglier truths.

And now that she is almost 30, she is finally getting to know true love-the kind of love that will withstand the test of time with a man who will only love you more as your crow's feet and laugh lines deepen, and as your body softens through the years with babies and a slowing metabolism that refuses to listen to your pleas.

The kind of love that chooses to love you right where you are-every single day-no exceptions.

The kind of love that doesn't care about the past, because the future is so much better.

The real kind. The good kind. The truest of true kind.

I don't think she ever believed it existed until now. 

I have never been full of so much purpose and drive as I am in this moment, and I know this is only a glimmer of all the wonderful things my Father has planned for me.

So, for my dear friends who have followed me from chapter to chapter, this is my thank you.

Thank you for walking this journey with me, and for secretly cheering for me every step of the way.

I want you to know that I've made it.

My story is finally on it's way to a happy ending-a beautiful ending.

And I can't wait to write every single word. 

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