Confessions of a Fauf

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Poinsettias v. Roses

I never thought this could be possible, but this year Christmas is sharing my focus with something else, something new and exciting that Christmas will never have to share its focus with any other year. My wedding! Yes, the wedding planning has begun. While I am currently surrounded by red and green, my mind's eye sees bright summer colors. I'm seeing black holiday dresses on the racks, but I am trying on white wedding gowns. I am enjoying my two-week Christmas vacation, but really anticipating summer vacation. It is currently December for the world, but July in my heart. Sorry, dear Christmas, but this is the one year where you are having to share my heart with another upcoming event: my wedding day!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

For Real?!

Someone very dear to me asked me the most important question that has forever changed my life. And he gave me the most expensive gift I will most likely ever get. Last Saturday, December 9 (circle the date in your calendars because it will be forever a memorable date), Michael Shaw asked me to marry him and gave me a ring. My heart has been prepared for this for a few months, but I was completely surprised by the proposal. I find it all very amazing that I am officially engaged and going to marry the most amazing man who has exceeded my expectations. I remember a year ago this month, Michael and I had "the conversation" that defined our relationship: we agreed we wanted to pursue dating with the purpose of marriage if God so willed it. And now as I reminisce, a year later, I am in awe as I watch God's plan unfold. I have a ring on my finger, love in my heart, Michael dear to me, and a wedding in my future. All I can keep asking myself is "for real?!"

Monday, December 04, 2006

Motivational Speech #1

I just want to make a gentle reminder to the world: this year is quickly coming to a close. There are less than 30 days left of 2006. So if there are still some resolutions for you to keep, some goals to meet, some battles to win, some friends to greet, some words to say, some prayers to make, and some thoughts to think--then DO IT! Make the most of this last month. Leave 2006 with no regrets. And pause to take time to reflect on this last year. What was the theme of your year? What changes took place? What things did not change? What did God teach you? Who did you meet? What's your fondest memory? What's your deepest pain? Ponder. Think. Laugh. Rejoice. And above all LIVE!