Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Best of Times...

Say that title five times fast.

It's not hard or anything, just fun, and interesting, and full of B's.

Sorry I haven't been here. Honestly, did anyone expect me to not slip up and slow down with the posting? Me neither. Things are SOO busy here. Some reinforcements recently landed (in the form of my younger brother and two friends), so I have hope that through the next weekend I'll be able to put a really good dent in my "To-Do" list.

It is pages long.
Multiple pages. Through all of this busyness...I am feeling very blessed for getting to experience the joys of love in engagement. It's exciting. It's fun. It's fresh...really. Why wouldn't it be?

It's interesting though...not everyone seems to be keen on us experiencing that joy. A lot of people seem to think that engagement is the right time to inform a happy couple of all the horrors that await them in their coming marriage.

A lot of people.

Honestly...if I had a dime for every time somebody has warned me about how hard it would be to submit to and love Dan, or every time a joke about the ills of a husband was passed my way...I would be able to single-handedly pay for my wedding.

Just about.

I don't know. It just kind of surprises me that right after, "Congratulations!" comes a whole conversation about things for which you would not offer congratulations.

I know marriage will be hard. I know we will have bad times. I know I am not yet married and that every time I say "I know," married people cringe and think, "No! You don't know!!"

Okay. Fine, fine, fine. I have no idea how hard marriage will be. You win.

But I do know some things. I know some things about engagement.

I know that engagement rocks. I know that Dan is the best man in the universe, and that I am the luckiest girl on the face of the planet. I know that I am getting the guy that every girl in the world dreams about getting. I know that if marriage will be hard, than I should soak up as much of this ignorant bliss as I can, and remember it, and cling to it during those hard times. I know that I am happy.

I know that I will not dump on my friends when they get engaged with horror stories. I will rejoice with those who rejoice.

Feel free to now enjoy some pictures of Dan and me. Take a minute and soak in the innocence and joy of fresh love, will you? It's pretty great.

Yup. Even when it's hard. Love you always.


  1. A. People are so stupid! Marriage is outstandingly amazing...and also incredibly hard. But who doesn't know that?! And the outstandingly amazing part far outweighs the incredibly hard part. Marriage is the greatest example of Christ's love for us...Geeze, without Dennis i would be like a little lost puppy.

    B. Just wait til you're pregnant and everyone tells you horror stories about their neighbor's, uncle's, cousin's little sister whose baby died during delivery. Apparently that is supposed to encouraging to pregnant women.

    C. i frikkin miss you and i think you're cool.

  2. Thank you for making me smile. I've just reached the point recently where people have started doing that, and I think that sometimes it makes you doubt your conviction that your marriage will be happy. When someone tells me that all men are terrible, blah blah blah, I remind myself that Kyle is not all men, he is "the man" that I have fallen in love with and commit myself to. And we both have the tenacity, the stubbornness, and the love for God and each other to make it amazing and happy.

    And anything worth having is always worth fighting for.

  3. Ugh, don't listen to those people! Marriage is the greatest gift ever! I mean, I know that we had some "hard" times at first, but I can honestly say that I barely remember them because when I look back on our past 2 1/2 years of marriage, I just remember bliss. I feel like we are still honeymooning and that's not because we've had some easy, carefree life, but because we lived life together instead of apart. Trust me, you too will look back on all of those comments and think those people are crazy. And when you're married to your best friend and you already respect him a ton, the love stays fresh and submission is really not hard. Karin Lindstam's piece of advice to me was to always think of your husband before yourself, and I can tell you from experience, that when the husband and wife are both doing that, marriage is pretty much the closest thing to heaven that we will ever have on earth. I'm pretty sure that's why God chose marriage to be His earthly illustration of Christ and the church, and then gave us some pretty simple guidelines to follow to make it work. Definitely enjoy your engagement and this time together, but rest assured, it only gets better after "I do"!

  4. I think all the horror stories is peoples care for you and Dan, sometimes things just come out rough =) (Sedrick ^^)