This Time 3 years Ago - Our Engagement Story

For the past 3 years around this time, I start to reminisce...

I'm a daydreamer by nature...so it is no surprise that during my favorite season and since our engagement was this time as well...my daydream processor is on over drive :)

And my heart skips a beat just thinking about it.

3 years ago...my man completely surprised me.

He had a ring. And it was for me. 

His heart for the Lord and for mine made this a moment in time I will never forget. 

(This song is us to a "T" and makes me smile:) 

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 At the time we were co-leading for Young Life. (The way we met is a fun story I would love to share another time! :)

We went to a tennis match that afternoon at the High School the Kavs went to and cheered on some of our sweet kids with one of our favorite couples.

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Suddenly, the Kavs  said we needed to go. Not really akin to his laid back nature, but I went with it...

He had planned a dinner for me at my parents and since he knew how much I loved watching the sun set...he told me we had to leave soon to get up onto the roof on time.

Still....I was completely oblivious. If you have ever read this blog or know me personally, you may find this is a theme that somewhat repeats itself...my naivete. 

 

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He made my favorite! Sweet potatoes and chicken marinara!

I remember taking photos of him because of how hard and intentionally he was working. Precious to me. 

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And if you know the Kavs...it also wouldnt be a surprise to you that he scarfed his meal and I ate like a bird...enjoying ever single bite! :)

I could tell he was more antsy than normal...but I figured it was simply because he wanted to be on the roof before sunset? I ran to grab a sweatshirt and we climbed up all three flights up stairs to our romantic destination...

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 Oh my word...

I had no idea what time and energy and thought was coming... 

The effort and heart he poured into this blew me away...but still I had no idea... 

Kavs spread out a blanket on the cold roof floor and began to read a front and back packet that he had hand-typed of bible verses that reminded him of me... 

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We probably read for an hour, but no concept of time did I have in this moment. 

I was swept up in his thoughtful, God-breathed, tender words.

Upon completion...he pulled this book out of his backpack. 

It was the male counter-part to a male/female book series that I had hoped we would some day read together, but I thought he had never cracked its binding. 

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I opened it to find words highlighted and underlined...he had read and taken to heart every single word.

My heart soared. 

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At this point I was misty eyed and squeezed him, but he was still not done...

Kavs reached for his backpack again and pulled out this book.

About a month before, Kavs asked me to bible shop with him for his masters program. He had asked which one I liked the best for him and when he chose the more feminine one, I thought it was odd, but went with it:) 

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Turns out...it was for me... 

And he had UNDERLINED EVERY VERSE we had just gone over during the past hour. Amazing...

"Turn to Mark 10:7" he said, "and read what it says..." The waterworks started to flow and I could barely make out the words, "the two will become one."

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The best part was, I didnt even notice the little white piece of paper hidden in the fold!!

When he pointed it out, I picked it up and he asked me if this is the kind of ring I might like.

I said....yes...and Kavs said, "Well, good. Then, this is the part where you need to stand up."

So I did, he got on one knee...and you might imagine what came next...

 

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If I would have picked it out myself...I dont think I would have found one that I loved THIS much. 

He told me later he spent 4 hours looking at rings with his dad downtown...and came out at the end to fnd a parking ticket on his car since he had been gone so long :)

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We stayed on the roof for hours...well after dark... 

And then went out on an ice cream date to celebrate !

My parents returned home and we cracked open a bottle of wine and talked into the late night :) 

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It was tender, God-honoring, and heart-felt...in a private setting. Exactly what the Kavs wanted for us and I adored every minute. 

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Comparison - The Thief of Joy.

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This day.

A holiday morning I was craving to sleep in on for weeks, but my soul refused to let me sleep past 5am...

My head was buzzing with these words the moment I woke.

Words of such wisdom from Theodore Roosevelt,

"Comparison is the THIEF of Joy."

As of late, I have been incredibly thankful for the opportunities the Lord has put in our path.

 A dream since childhood that has "blossomed" as a result of a simple facebook post, a  job in the creative arts that every day I adore more and more, a husband pursuing his dreams in the therapy realm...and yet lately I have found myself putting so many others on a pedestal...dreaming to be more like those around me both in life and in the online sphere that I look up to so, so dearly.

And then I catch myself...putting myself down.

Telling myself once again I am not good enough and forgetting all too quickly that this thief that comes in the night is trying to take the pure JOY that my Father in heaven so badly wants to offer my soul.

And I am LETTING that Thief rob me...allowing him to break my heart...

I am WILLINGLY putting all that my heart and soul have been filled with out on the table, begging for it to be taken from me.

Allowing it to rip joy from my heart and in return this thief will only ever break my heart, splashing tears onto my face and thrusting a deep ache into my soul.

But I desperately don't want to let this THIEF win.

No, I CAN'T let it win!

Not if I am to accomplish all that I was put on this earth to do.

I crave with all of my being to live my life for HIM and love others.

The depths of my soul surges with a desire to encourage those around me to be ALL that they were created to be...living every day with zest and to not spend the time that I do, dwelling on what I lack and my deep seeded insecurities. 

I simply cannot be of any help to a single soul if I continue to let this thief win.

Not if I willingly stand back and watch my incredibly thankful heart, that is filled with pure joy be ripped up right in from of me and stomped upon.

So I get on my knees and plead to Him to heal me of this.

As imperfect flesh, I know this is something I will likely always struggle with, but I also know HE CAN and WILL give me the tools to over come this if my heart is open and willing to accept HIS GRACE and make a conscious effort to stop these evil thoughts.

Instead of comparing, I am determined to love myself more. 

Embracing that I was made with a PURPOSE. Yes, I am a tiny soul in this incomprehensibly gigantic world, but He loves me with all the He has, and I refuse to let  Him down by letting my thoughts overcome me.

I want to continue to celebrate the gifts that others have been given, and strive with all my being to stop instantly turning around and looking at all of the places that I fall short every single day. 

This is the prayer of my heart today and every day moving forward...

I pray this morning that your soul be filled and that this THIEF OF JOY in your life is transformed into an everlasting encourager...

Our Studio Open House in Photos! Come Explore!

August 10th was our Studio's Open House!

I was so blessed by the turn out and the love that was present in that room.

And to watch these little faces light up as they walked in took my breath away.... 

 

Oh, this dream of mine since I was young...took up residence on the smiles of these artists of all ages...

Amazing.

 

Please stay a while, tour our little creative space and we hope to create with you this fall!

 

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