Our life has been non-stop since you finished school and we packed up and headed to Tennessee. I am so proud of you. I know you hated school because your heart was already full-time in youth ministry. But, you knew that to support our family, you had to finish your degree. I am so proud to call you mine. I don't tell you near enough. You always have a positive, stress-free outlook on life. So different than me. So perfect for me. I am in love with our new life here in Tennessee. I always told you we'd end up in the mountains and I'm so happy God loves me more and listened to me (okay, not really.) I'm thrilled you get to wake up every morning and spend the day at your dream job. You deserve it. Your heart for people is crazy big. You take time to make sure everyone in the room smiles. God has already done amazing things in your life and it blows my mind to think that He is nowhere near finished with you. I love you, Handsome.
Dear Calvary Baptist Church,
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Brandon and I have never felt so overwhelmed by God's peace and love in one place. You have all taken us under your wings and made us feel at home from day one. God has been moving in a mighty way in our lives and we are so ecstatic that He brought us here. To our youth group, we love you guys so much. It's only been 2 months, but you have already made such an impact on us. You probably won't understand why, unless you know our own personal testimonies, and I hope one day will be able to share with you how God brings us through fires to purify and bring Him glory. I cannot wait to spend the next how-ever-many years getting to know each and every one of you.
I know God moved your son and daughter 7-10 hours away from you, but I promise it is all a part of His plan. We miss you guys something fierce and can't wait to show you around our new hometown. Thank you in-loves for bringing up a wonderful man. Thank you Mr. Rick for showing Brandon how to treat women with respect and for giving him a gentle heart. Thank you Mrs. Angie for showing Brandon love when he needed it the most and for keeping him focused on what truly matters. Thank you both for letting me into your family with open arms. Thank you Mom for giving me your smile and humor (I know we are funny.) Thank you Dad for giving me your passion and constantly showing me as I grew up how my future husband should love and treat me. We miss both our moms and dads and we love you guys very much.
Sometimes I don't even know where to begin. You have brought me personally through so many trials. I wish I could say that my faith remained strong, even when faced with terrible medical issues, even when faced with horrible persecution, but sadly I can't. I know now that You had to grow me. I know that you had to allow these trials in my life so that I would become so broken, I couldn't lean on anyone but You. So, thank you. Thank you for allowing me to break. But more than that, thank you for not leaving me broken. You picked up my pieces and molded me into a new person. I now have even more to add to my testimony, not for sympathy, but for declaring Your wonderful goodness. I pray you never stop breaking and molding me.