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Daddy.

I’ve had one of those days where it’s been sort of – bleh.

This isn’t going to be long, just sort of had something on my mind.

I had thoughts going through my head most of the day and because of that, I was in my own little world. I’m sure most of those who came in contact with me could tell that I wasn’t myself. There are a few things on my mind still currently, but one of the things that is weighing heaviest on my heart is a conversation that took place between me and one of my kids at work.

My three-year-olds were sitting in a circle in front of me on Monday as they always do. During circle time we go over the weather and change the clothes for the frog on the bulletin board, he’s wearing Hawaiian pants and holding sunscreen right now, because it’s been so hot! We had calendar time where we talked about the month and the day of the week, and then we discussed the theme of the week. Each week in my classroom we have a different theme. This week was “All about Dad” because Fathers Day is fast approaching. I was showing them the fun activities/crafts we’ll be doing this week. I explained that all of these crafts were going to be sent home at the end of the week so that they could show them to their dads and tell him how special he is.

Timidly, one of my children raised their hand: “Miss Alyssa… I don’t have a daddy.” Heart break. Quickly reality slammed into me like a brick wall as I remembered that his dad has never been involved in his life. I hurt for him, knowing that this was one of the first times he’d understand the difference of having or not having a father involved in your life. Fighting tears back from my eyes I told him about another Father he had, God, and how as he grew up God would be there to teach him, love him, and hold him.

Whatever kind of relationship you have with your parents, remember that there is a heavenly Father who will never leave you or disappoint you. If you have attentive and loving parents, praise the Lord that He has set these examples in your life. If you don’t, then I pray God reveals Himself to you as your Caretaker and Eternal Father.

 

Special thanks to God for sending me a father who told me about the Father.

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Engagement.

Where it happened...

Where it happened...

So, everyone wants to know the proposal story…so I figured I would blog about it.

Joseph and I were headed to go hiking on a trail at Crowder’s Mountain. His birthday is this Tuesday (June 9), so I thought we were going hiking for his “birthday weekend”. We went up a pretty strenuous trail. I’ll interject that previous to reaching the steep inclines and large rocks we had to cross, I was making fun of the map saying that it would be strenuous – after all, we’ve trained for a half-marathon, how bad could a 2 mile hike be?  It took us a little under a hour, we walked at a fairly leisurely pace, taking pictures along the way of God’s awesome creation. We reached the peak of the mountain, and sat down on a rock just admiring the view over the city. There were a few other groups of people that were circulating in and out of the overlook. We were enjoying some PB&J sandwiches, along with a few of my favorite snacks when there were no other people around at the top, and Joseph went to put his water bottle back in his book bag. He came back with a tiny box in his hand, he got down on one knee, looked at me and said the reason for this hike was not about me or my birthday, but because I wanted to ask you, Alyssa, if you will be my wife? I, of course, said yes and then he gave me another surprise, a journal of letters he had written over the last thirty days (one each day) of his journey and thoughts leading up to the proposal. We spent the next hour or so calling to tell family members and friends of the great news! We spent the evening at my house with friends and family, thanks to a cookout my sister and Joseph had planned. It was wonderful.

I’m looking forward to the wedding planning, and appreciate all the congratulations from all of you.

 

Love,

Alyssa

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