July 23, 2012

We Bought A Zoo

Never ever, ever ever ever, say never. Because there's just something about the word, "never" that invites all sorts of crazy things to happen. 

For instance, I've been known to say this: 

I'll never go to SNU. (Hey lookie there, I'm not just a student, I'm involved. Eek.)
I'll never like mushrooms. (They're starting to grow on me. Well, not literally grow on me, but I'm starting to like them.) 
I'll never be a business major. (International Studies/Business and a love for God's greater plan, anyone?)

Oh and then there are phrases closer to my heart...

I'll never get married during college. 
I don't even know if I'll get married. 
I want to travel the world. 
I want to have adventures. 

Sure, there are still some true statements there. 
I still want to travel the world. 
I'm still whole heartedly in the pursuit of adventures.

But...
never say never. 

Because sometimes, most often, there's something crazy that's going to happen. 
Like meeting a boy in a library. 
Introducing yourself with the phrase, "Hi, my name's Mandy. How do you want to die?"
Staying up till 2 am in the lobby talking. 
Thinking to yourself, "There's no way."
Telling your mom hours later, "Mom...I met a guy." And knowing that this was different. 

Never say never. 

Because sometimes that first initial meeting was just the tip of the iceberg. 
Sometimes a green light turns on and a friendship starts to happen. 
God gets involved, and actions speak louder than words. 
Smiles are suspended in the air as the question begins to spin around, "What if...?"
Then, before you know it, everything is confirmed and hearts are on the line. 

2-3 months. 6 weeks. Now: 3 months. 
I come from a family of short engagements and long marriages. 
I like that. 
I have examples of love. 
God blessed loves. 
57 years. 30 years. And the promise of however long we have together on this earth years. 

Engaged. 
During college. 
To a man who has snuck into my life and found a place in my heart. 
Sneaky. Sneaky. Sneaky. 
We're having adventures together. 
We're going to travel the world together. 
We're in the pursuit of God together. 
And I'm so very, incredibly, beyond stoked to tell you that I'm going to marry Blake. 

The news is out. 
I'm so thankful for all of the sweet and kind and exciting comments and phone calls that we've received. 
I said never, and I think God must've smiled a little. 
He knows His plans so much better than I have ever pretended to know them. 
And you know what I really like? 
God's plans are so good. 
So faithful. 

I am blessed beyond measure. 
Thankful.
Loved. 
Loving. 
Encouraged. 
Praising God. 
Smiling. 

Smiling a lot actually. I'm oh so very happy these days. 
So here's my quick update and a very sincere thank you to all of the kind comments we've received
We're so excited to see how God uses us together as a couple and to see what happens next.  :) 



1 John 3:18

Good News Translation (GNT)
18 My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.