i get to be married this sweet man the rest of my life.
daily falling in love
this was one of the best moments of my life. i stood before my two best friends (katie and billy), my family, and my church and i declared my life to the Lord. just three months after accepting Christ as my savior i took a step of obedience toward God and was baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. life hasn’t been perfect. it hasn’t been ideal, but it has been worth it. i know myself better in this last year and a half than i ever knew myself in the 21 years prior. looking back even in the last six months i’ve seen my sanctification through Christ grow exponentially. after i was baptized i was stuck in sin patterns and i wasn’t living my life like i had been saved. i know my God in greater ways because of my sin. i thank Him eternally for my salvation and my testimony to who He is. Praise Jesus that i can find joy among the pain and for His grace and mercy on a sinner like me.
Fu Yang, Kang Gao, Fu Xian, Qing Min.
my boys. i miss each of you every day. i thank the Father that you were part of my life. boys, it’s hard being in the United States away from you. i want to be there putting you to bed, running around with you, and giggling with you. i miss the simple things like eating dinner with you or watching a movie together. boys, please know that i love you. you are apart of my family forever. my heart aches as i look at these pictures of you all. i can’t believe this time i was looking forward to for so long has already come and gone. i was waiting in anticipation to meet each of you and now you’re in my memory, part of my story forever. it’s my prayer that each of you comes to know not just my love but the love from our God. that i can only love you because of Him. He created each of you so perfectly and i hope one day you will know that freedom. boys, my heart is overflowing from the love i received from each of you. thank you for being so welcoming and loving me well. i learned much from each of you.
<3 姐姐, 西西
clouds are my second favorite thing in the world.
i like plans. i like to do lists. i like waking up and knowing exactly how my day will go. i like spontaneity when i have the control of the situation. when circumstances have perfectly unfolded to create an environment ideal for spontaneity then, then i will be spontaneous.
I’ve known her since junior high. 10 years of friendship under our belt. high school was a rough time for me. filled with tears and sadness and occasional joy. and there she was. by my side through it all. through all the success, through all the failure she stood by me. i am eternally grateful for this friendship. i am overflowing with joy to be able to spend her wedding day (10.3.14) with her. i can’t wait to relive the good and the bad times and make unforgettable memories with her. i love you, emily! happy birthday, sweet! 59 days <3
monday night dinner featuring Tim (Kazakhstan), Tyler, and Landon (London), [not pictured, Lauren, Andrew, Derek (Norway)]
also featuring a trip to the recycling center, a hail storm, a downed power pole, a tree split in half, three pizzas, and two tubs of ice cream.