I know there are probably a few people who read this blog and are totally confused about the news in my last post, because me suddenly getting engaged seemed to come right out of the blue. Well, the whole thing has happened rather quickly, and the reason why I haven't shared much information is because it has been both a very extremely personal and a very spiritual experience.
The part I can tell you is that I'm definitely in love! I'm engaged to a man I've known for many years, whose character I've seen in many different situations, and know to be of sterling quality. He's a man I've always been drawn to mentally and intellectually, and who has been a friend, confidante, and anchor to me the whole time I have known him. But I didn't know I was going to fall in love with him or marry him!
It all happened when I went home for the holidays. I went to say hello to him, like I always did when I was in town, but something different happened that day. It was as if my eyes were opened and I suddenly knew that he was the man I was going to marry. Something prompted me to share that feeling with him, and while I wondered if perhaps I had lost my mind, I felt so right and so calm and peaceful the entire time, somehow, miraculously, knowing that we were meant to be together. I can't even explain it! I'm learning that God has a plan for us, and is guiding us, and if we just listen and follow His promptings, our lives will be blessed, we will receive answers to prayers, and discover that the most wonderful things are possible.
During the past few months we stayed in constant communication, sorting out our feelings, quickly falling deeply in love, until the moment came that he asked me to please marry him, and make our dreams come true. How could I refuse? In the short span of this new year, my heart has opened up to him and blossomed with love. There were so many times I wanted to write about it here, but it has been so special, so sweet and wonderful, that I can't even find the words to use. But I'm sure if you read between the lines, you probably knew something was up. And now it's official! I am engaged to be married, to the best man I've ever met, who absolutely adores me, and who I love in return.
So, after a whirlwind weekend of flying to North Carolina and getting engaged, and finally announcing it to friends and family, I'm back in the city for a little while longer, to finish my job here and tie up the loose ends of my city life. Then, home awaits me down South, with a fresh start, a wonderful new beginning. Don't worry--I'll keep blogging. I'll try not to gush, but it will be hard!