Oh sweet girl, Two years ago, you made me a mama. These two years have been the hardest, most rewarding years of my life. I look at your sweet face and still can hardly believe I grew you in my body. God is amazing. He gave you your very own looks and personality (though I’m […]

Sep 13, 2018

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After a restless night of anticipation, the day I’d been waiting my whole life for was here. I’m getting married today. The morning quickly became a frenzy of gathering everything and rushing to the most expensive, yet beautiful hair appointment I’ve ever had. Shortly after arriving at Happy Apple Celebrations for our big day, I […]

May 23, 2018

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The morning of our trip to see the state capitol in Des Moines was finally here. There was a late-April chill in the air, so I made sure to put a jacket on before telling my smiling roommate goodbye. I walked out into the chilly morning air to meet Joey, who was once again waiting […]

May 20, 2018

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We were spending every free second together. Talks of the future continued to lay just beneath the surface. In our hearts we knew this quite possibly could be the last dating relationship for both of us. We agreed we wanted to be in this for the long haul: marriage. As mere college freshmen though, we […]

May 17, 2018

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Warmth flowed out of the BMW’s vents. The February cold slowly disappeared and I was finally able to relax in my seat. Joey and I were packed up and ready to hit the road. Our destination: a weekend in Des Moines for our college ministry’s spring retreat. Two days and a series of conference sessions […]

May 10, 2018

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A few weeks into our “talking” stage, it was time for something a little more real. A real one-on-one date with Joey. I dressed up in my best jeans and a cute top. He picked me up in that silver BMW and we headed to the fanciest place two recent high school graduates can afford: […]

May 3, 2018

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Texting with Joey continued. He was eager to go on a date. I was apprehensive. We were too stubborn to ever be a match, right? My sister, Kaitlyn, was back from college for the summer, so she, a friend, my mom and I had a fun girl’s trip to the mall. The whole time we […]

Mar 13, 2018

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The texting continued. We didn’t know where this was headed, but it sure was exciting. During one of our texting bouts, I boasted to Joey that I’d been told I gave the best hugs. He told me he’d like to see if that was true. How clever of him! As new graduates, we were enjoying […]

Mar 7, 2018

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Not much happened after Joey and I took our first selfie together the night of the homecoming game. The end of senior year was fast approaching. I had few plans for the summer besides working before attending Iowa State in the fall. Graduation was so close. I couldn’t wait to be done with high school. […]

Feb 28, 2018

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The years flew by. Time taken over with work, athletics and dance practices. Senior year arrived and along with it came the ever-anticipated homecoming festivities. The entire school body gathered in the hot ancient gym to hear the homecoming court announced. Senior girls sat on the edge of the concrete bleachers, eyes wide with expectation. […]

Feb 21, 2018

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