Greetings to our cherished friends and family members! This has been an extraordinary year of “firsts” for Patrick and me. I had originally wanted to share these stories in a Christmas newsletter, but time got away from me over the holidays. In just two months, Patrick and I will be leaving San Angelo and embarking on our new journey in California. Reminiscing about the past year gives me an overwhelming feeling of joy and peace – the past year has been filled with many blessings and wonderful new experiences and friends, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to share it with friends and family who read my blog.
Starting 2014 as a newly engaged couple was very exciting for both of us. Wedding planning dominated our conversations with friends and family (I’m sure, to Patrick’s delight), as well as talk of our future together. The following months were abuzz with activity and somewhat stressful, full of checklists and deadlines and decisions to be made (I’m great at those). I have to thank every person who came into contact with me during those months, whether you offered me encouragement, help, advice, love, or simply tolerated me when I was short tempered and rude, I couldn’t have survived without your support. In February, I made my last visit to Colorado before Patrick’s graduation. We had engagement photos taken on Valentine’s Day at the Academy and Garden of the Gods, and then we went to the mountains for the weekend. Colorado will always hold a special place in my heart. I immediately fell in love with the great open skies, the pine and aspen trees, the mountains, and the great, rugged wilderness that makes you feel small and inferior, but at the same time on top of the world, a conqueror. Patrick and I fell in love during those trips to Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Frisco. It was extra special going back to make memories as his fiancé, memories that we will lovingly remember for the rest of our lives.