Today is March 10th. Exactly a year ago today, Austin and I went from being “just friends” to being friends who were exploring the possibility of maybe becoming something more. That was a year ago. Now we’re engaged and, next month, we’re getting married. In some ways, the past seven months have flown by, but, at the same time, there have been weeks where time has seemed to stand still. I’m so excited for the coming adventure, though. To be with the man I love through joys and through sorrows. Through the valleys and through the heights. Through whatever God places in our path to become part of our story. It hasn’t been easy so far and it won’t be easy in the future, but, by God’s grace, we will do marriage well.

I’m looking forward to lazy Sunday afternoons and cooking together and long walks and movie nights and our cozy apartment and exploring Chicago together and road trips and learning how to honor God in this new season of life as a wife. Next month will mark the end of long-distance and airport goodbyes. I will get to see Austin every single day and experience the little joys of life with him and that makes me happier than I can say.

Time is an interesting thing. When we started this adventure a year ago, I never thought that we’d just a month away from our wedding at this point. I never thought I’d be married this young. I never thought things would move this fast. I never expected any of this, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. Each couple has a different story and a different timeline and what works for some doesn’t work for everyone and that’s the beauty of it. This is the timing that God designed for us and everything unfolded naturally and never felt rushed or stalled and, for that, I am thankful.

Looking back over the past year, I can see how God yanked both Austin and me out of our comfort zones and caused us to grow individually and together. We’ve learned to depend more fully on Christ while, at the same time, emotionally connect with each other. We’ve learned how to tear down our walls and be vulnerable and love unconditionally. We still have so much to learn in the days ahead, but I am confident with where we’ve come from and where we are going.

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