Do you ever wonder what something will feel like, and you think you know how it's going to feel and how it's going to happen, but then God just goes and blows your mind and it's nothing like you expected, but so much more than you could have imagined?
I have, plenty of times. One of those things we'd imagined was the day that my brother would propose. We knew it was coming, they just celebrated their four year anniversary last week and there had been talks about a wedding, but nothing set in stone.. However, Friday night the wedding dreams became a reality when my brother got down on one knee on a dinner cruise in Chicago and asked her to marry him.
The amount of emotions I feel is insane, so I can only imagine how excited and happy they are right now. It goes from I can't stop smiling, to tearing up at the most random things. I drove home Saturday to see them and on my drive back, I had one of those playlists that Spotify makes for you playing, and it seemed like every other song I was getting tears in my eyes. Not to mention at breakfast, me and Christen sat there and probably looked like goofs because we'd randomly almost cry.
Okay, so I'm a little excited. It seems like just yesterday, little squeaker sent me a message on Facebook about two weeks after they started hanging out saying that she was glad that him and I were close and how much she cared about him. Fast forward to her becoming my best friend that probably knows me better than I know myself.
It hasn't always been an easy road. I've lived with her for a year, I've grown up beside him. I've seen or heard about the highs and the lows. He's my brother and best friend, and she's my soon to be sister best friend. They've let me tag along as a third wheel more times than I can count on my hands and feet, and through it all, I've seen them grow and love and I've learned so much not only about love, but about life and faith and hope.
Through these two amazing amazing people, there are four things that stick out to me. We'll call it four years for four main lessons.
Four years have flown by, and through this time I've learned so much from the two of you. That love is patient, love is kind, and love never fails. How to laugh, how to love, how to cook better (ahahaha), how to talk in dumb accents, and how to not give up when life gets tough. I wouldn't be the person I am today without the influence of you two, and I'm so thankful that God brought you, Christen, into our lives and that I can officially call you my sister (even though we've been doing it for years). For all the life lessons, for all the laughs, for all the sarcastic remarks, eye rolls, and smirks. I'm so excited to see God work in you as a married couple. Oh. AHHHH. Congratulations, you two. I love you.