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Sunday, May 26, 2013

First Engagement-iversary

Happy Engagement-iversary Kristy and Jesse

This time last year, I was in Louisiana - we'd yet to embark upon the visa process entirely (though we had already started to prepare and had a "visa" notebook filled with checklists of things we needed to do, information and things we needed to print).

There was a dream in our hearts that had been there for four years - and we weren't going to stop until that dream became a reality.

Kisatchie National Forest - Forest Hill Louisiana
The spot where Jesse proposed
In the Kisatchie National forest at sunset on May 26th, 2012, I became Jesse's fiance - officially. 6 months after we'd first started looking for rings and a year after we first started talking seriously about getting married. 

It was the start of the next chapter in our lives and it gave us the momentum we needed to finally make our dreams a reality.

Kisatchie National Forest - Forest Hill Louisiana - Pine Trees

Today, those dreams are our reality - and our lives look a whole lot different. Right now as I type this post, Jesse is in our bed fast asleep. We come home to each other and make daily plans together. The only goodbyes we say is when we leave for work or head out somewhere separately - and it's only hours until we say hello again - not months or years.

And it feels incredible.

Today I know that it's possible for your heart to smile, for you to be so incredibly overwhelmed with happiness that words can't escape your mouth and a tear will roll down your cheek. Today I feel incredibly, unbelievably blessed and I am so glad that the prayer I prayed for so long was finally answered.

Today I am so proud of myself and so proud of us that regardless of how tough or how challenging things got, regardless of who said it was too difficult and regardless of the physical, mental or financial costs - we never let go of that dream.

Kisatchie National Forest - Alexandria Louisiana - Pine Trees and Dirt Road

Today is only the beginning.

We have even more dreams - for ourselves, eachother, our families, our future, our work, this blog - and together we're going to achieve them. Now we know that anything is possible if you work hard enough and never ever lose hope.

Five years ago we met on Myspace, weeks later talked on the phone for the first time about how we would be together, some day - even if we had to live in a carboard box. We were fifteen and seventeen, but we knew this wasn't just any relationship - and what we were feeling was something way way more than that.

Today we're planning our wedding which is less than five months away. Today we're working to grow our relationship and build this little blog which has become so much more than that. Today we're planning for the future because it's finally something real. Today I am praising God for everything that he does - for all of the blessings I've received and all the prayers that have been answered - and for all of those prayers and blessings that are yet to come. 

I want you to know that anything is possible. That little dream in your heart? The one you might squash down because it's too difficult or too unachievable - or maybe the dream that you're fighting for, but don't feel like it's going to come true.... don't give up. Let your fears and your worries and your doubts build your desire for it to come true. Work your butt off - because one day, you won't even remember how hard it was.

So whatever your dream may be - achieve it. I have and I will.

Never stop dreaming - and that dream you're thinking just isn't realistic? It's never going to be realistic if you think that way.

Happy Engagementiversary Kristy and Jesse

Jesse; I love you - thank you for working with me to make our dreams come true - thank you for always being the one to encourage me to achieve my dreams and never questioning my actions. 

Together we can do anything - and we will. 

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  1. This gave me shivers! My boyfriend and I have been together for 5 years as well, I'm from Sydney and he's from Brisbane but he works in America for most of the year - It's so nice to hear of people who have been in similar situations and have overcome all the obstacles! I'm so happy for you! Good luck with your wedding preparations :)

    1. Awh, thank you Hannah!

      Long distance relationships are tough - but so worth it if you stick it out and you're with the right person!

      If you ever need someone to talk to who "gets" it - email me! :)

    2. Thanks Kristy! That's so sweet of you :)

    3. You're welcome! When you've been there, you know how frustrating it as that no one understands what you're going through.

  2. Thank you for sharing this with all of us, I loved reading it! Hope you had a special weekend together!xx

  3. So sweet!!! Hope you two had a wonderful weekend.
    BTW...when is the wedding date? I feel like I read it before, but completely forget now!

    1. Thank you! The wedding date is October 12th, 2013 - and oh boy is that date coming along quickly! Haha ;)

    2. Very exciting!!! Hopefully everything is coming together well. I had to plan mine in 4 1/2 months, 5000km away from our venue. It was wild!!!

    3. Eep! Did you have someone there to look at things? Things are coming together - just need to find a reception venue! (which hopefully the one I am looking at on Wedneday is "the one"!)


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