Thursday, December 22, 2011

One Word - 2011 - Change

Well God definitely called my word for the year accurately.
This year there has been much change.

Disability for 3 months
Pain for 12 months
The inability to do many of the things I took for granted in 2010 and before.
Getting engaged

I’m trying to learn to roll with it and embrace change.
Sometimes I have been ready and excited.
Sometimes I have been flat out petrified.
But we have made it!
2012 is right around the corner and I know it holds more change.
But I want more from it. I want joyful change.
And this year one thing I have learned is that there are a lot of things that you cannot control.
But you can always take on your attitude. Notice I didn’t say chose it… on purpose! Because while it is true that you can chose your attitude, it would be dishonest (of me at least) to say that always happens.
Gotta be real here with my people.  :O)



Live it, Love it, Learn how to embrace it.  :O)

Bring on 2012.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

The Proposal!

Well first of all - totally surprised!
God's timing in this, as in all things turns out to be pretty perfect after all.
Al has had plans in the works for a while but the timing has been bad so far this year for many reasons.
Early in November Dad and he went to a Razorback football game and Al asked my dad if he could marry me. 
Mid November I started planning a surprise party for Al. He turns 40 on the 6th!
So I started enlisting conspirators who then start also working behind my back.
Al knew that my brother from North Dakota was going to be here for these weeks around Thanksgiving - perfect time to pop the question.
So the planning began.

We started off the night at Buck Nekkid BBQ (which I think is hilarious that it's part of our engagement story!) :O)
After that we went to the Fayetteville square to see the lights.
We walked all the way around the square and were standing around talking about what we were going to do.
Amelia said that she and Jeff wanted a picture on a bench that was behind us and surrounded by lights.
After Al took their picture Amelia asked us if we wanted ours.

We got our picture on the bench and as I started to get up Al stopped me.
He got down on one knee and I happily said "Yes!"

Just afterwards we went and sat down on another bench while we waited for Jeff and Amelia.
A man came up in front of us with a violin and began to play "Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel." Such a great cap to the night and completely unplanned.

We were blessed today to have Al's surprise party combined with an engagement party.
I'm sure I'll be an obnoxious engaged person... I've spent a lot of time building up to it.  :O)

So. In. Love.
So. Thankful!