This weekend a wonderful friend threw us an engagement party and I have been thinking about it ever since, struck by several things.

One thing that I love about my friends is that in this season of joy in my life, they have come around me to help me celebrate in a way that is humbling. They are teaching me to love better, and showing me what loving selflessly looks like. I’m surrounded by people that are inspiring me to be better and to show love and friendship better and to celebrate people better.

And at the party this weekend we had people there to celebrate with us in this big season and encourage us and that is all special and wonderful. But I think what we really had there this weekend is family and friends who have helped us become who we are. Without these people we may have never met, or our story may have looked different; but I think deeper than that, without these people I would not have been the person I am today. I would not have had people to teach me to be stronger and to allow me to show vulnerability. I wouldn’t have had people to encourage me through highs and lows and everything in between.
I don’t have a huge family, but my friends have become that for me. ¬†At the end of the night they came around us and prayed over our future marriage and this incredible blessing is what’s sticking with me. We are so thankful to have people to stand with us in good times and bad, to celebrate with us and to pick us up when we fall down.
So to all the people who have been instrumental in my life, people from my childhood and from high school and from college and now, thank you so much for your patience and love and encouragement and joy. Thank you for your presence in my life. Love you all.