Tuesday, November 29, 2011

simply beautiful

How do I even start this blog post? 
It seems it has been a very long time since I've gathered my thoughts, sat down with my computer, and simply began to write. 
I feel as if every time that I sit to blog, write, or even just take a moment to think about life as I know it, I realize the craziness in my life and the peace that God instills in me every day. 
I think back to the past couple of months and I see nothing but a blur. 
Have you ever taken a picture that would have been an absolutely amazing picture, but then realize that it's completely blurry?
I feel like that's what the past months of procrastination in blogging has left me with. 
Absolute beauty, but a complete blur.
As I sit to think of details and focus in on key things, my mind races with rabbit trails, funny, heart warming stories, and leaves me with no words and nothing but a simple smile on my face.

So where to begin?
I suppose I start this blog post with where I left off many months ago. 
July 29th I had blogged about my new career and my aspirations of one day becoming a sports broadcaster. Those dreams get bigger every day, and the realization that I will be in Pullman this time next year also sinks in more and more every day.
After I had thought it all out, I was set on working at Espresso World until I left for college, and staying single the whole time through.
Boy, was I wrong.

Ever think you have your life all planned and figured out, but then it throws you for curveballs right and left?
Well, you're not the only one.
That's exactly what happened to me.
The owner of Dutch Bro's coffee came through Espresso World and told me I should stop by after work. I did, he explained how he wanted me to work for him, and before I knew it I was learning drinks for Dutch and had three new Dutch t-shirts in hand.
Something I had never planned to happen, but I love the job more and more every day.

On August 10, something happened and I'm not quite sure how I got so lucky.
I guess I shouldn't say something happened... rather, someone happened.
Ah, yes... after 19 and a half years of being single and never dating, I met someone on this night, who would continually make me smile every day for the next four months.
I guess this is the part where I tell you all how it happened.
I can't tell you it's normal. It's definitely not. But anyone I tell the story to tells me that it's seems like it's straight out of a chick flick.
Let's just hope the ending is a happy one unlike the movie PS. I Love You, shall we?
So here we go, the chick flick version of how I met this incredible guy.

Once upon a time, there was a boy who played baseball. He ended up playing baseball in a small town for a summer, and near the end of the summer he saw a girl. This girl had brown hair, loved to watch baseball, and would sit in the same spot at every game. The boy thought that this girl was very pretty, and started asking questions about her to some of his teammates. They told him things like, she's a good girl, and she doesn't have one night stands. She has morals. The boy got very excited. So excited in fact, that he decided he HAD to add this girl on Facebook. After the girl had heard about this guy from a mutual friend, she decided she'd be nice and accept his friend request, and send him a quick message greeting him to let him know that in fact she did NOT think he was a total creep, and maybe that she found him somewhat attractive.
 (okay let's be honest, he's a total hunk)
The boy and the girl continued to talk for a complete week while the boy was traveling with his team. They talked about everything, and in that week they some how started liking each other more and more. The time came for him to come home early early in the morning.
They couldn't stand it. They absolutely had to meet in person.
(remember again, I told you this wasn't a normal story!)
At three am on August 18 the girl told her mom she was driving to meet this boy.
Crazy, right?
She got to his house, he came outside, and she felt a rush of butterflies fill her stomach.
The boy gave her a hug with his big strong arms, and asked her how she was doing.
After some small talk, she turned to start to leave. She thought obviously the boy would be too tired to visit, but the boy looked at her with a puzzled look on his face and invited her inside.
They ended up talking for hours, took a couple of cute pictures, and laughed together until she decided she should probably head home.
To this day, the girl decided that that was one of the craziest, but best decisions she had ever made to go see this boy for the first time at 3 am on a summer morning.

We continued to hang out on and off when we were both in town, and the day I took him to the airport to head back to Tennessee (where he lives when he's not playing baseball) he asked me to be his girl. 
With a big smile, I said yes:) 

To this day, Kenneth Roberts has treated me like an absolute princess every single day. 
He loves God, he's strong, he's funny, he's a man of his word, and my family absolutely loves him. 
I could go on and on, but this blog post seems long enough. ;)

It's crazy to me how it all happened, how we ended up together, and how he can continually pursue me every day even though he is 2,244 miles away. 
I can't wait to see what else God has in store for not only me, but us as a couple. 

Just when you think you have it all planned out, God does something beyond your imagination, and directs you on a path through something different, and in this case, it is simply beautiful.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."