I'm the worst. I wrote this out December 2nd and forgot to post it. BUUUT here it is anyway :) haha
December 2nd 2012
Around this time last year, I ran into an old friend from high school. He was very skinny and unseasonably tan, and thought it was so weird to be back in America after serving a mission in Paraguay... I still remember that day so well.
Who would have thought that a year later I would be engaged to that sweet boy? :)
Sometimes in life, we have to walk by blind faith. But that's how we learn to trust in the Lord, following by faith. Looking back on the last year, everything has changed so much! I feel like a new person. Not necessarily a different person, more like a better version of myself. Something I've learned is that our trials are to benefit US. Heavenly Father already knows what we can handle. He gives us challenges so we can prove to ourselves that we are stronger than we thought!
I've learned that we can't plan everything out. We have to open our hearts and minds and allow faith to guide us there we're supposed to be. (Even if it's somewhere different than we expected.) I think the best blessings are the ones we never thought to look for. They sneak up on us, and take us by surprise!
I have so much room to learn and grow to get closer to the woman I hope to someday be! And I'm excited for the adventures that will get me there! I'm so grateful for the people in my life that help me see that I can do so much more than I ever imagined. I'm thankful for my faith that keeps be going. I'm thankful for the blessings Heavenly Father has given me. And I'm excited to begin the next big adventure!!!!
I feel so lucky and so blessed to have found my perfect match, my other half, my happily ever after :)
As always, Stoked to be a Stokes :)