So the wedding is 3 weeks away, and I am started to get really really antsy... DJ & I have had to do long distance this Summer, and it has NOT been fun. At all. But 1 week from tomorrow, I will be in Monticello, and I won't have to leave him ever again. WOW.
Although being away from DJ has been challenging, I have been so blessed to live with my family and spend time with them every day. It's funny looking back on the first time I had to stay at home after going off to college, and it was not easy for anybody (I was pretty much the brattiest 19-year-old that ever existed). But the older I've gotten, I have come to appreciate my family so much more... especially now that I'm going to live 8 hours away from them. My parents have been my greatest influences, and I am so grateful to have been raised by such godly, wonderful, loving people. They have been there for me through every move, natural disaster, break up, and everything in between. I'm also very grateful to have spent so much time with my sister, Daniela (aka DD). It's so weird to watch her grow up... I'm still used to her being the little 5 year old who is convinced she looks like Lucy from The Chronicles of Narnia, who doesn't talk to people, and just bounces around because she is the happiest little girl in the world. Now she is going into 8th grade, and it's been beautiful to see how much she's grown- even in the past year! Moving to Houston was such a great thing for her... She has made some wonderful friends, is in several leadership positions, and is the #1 flute player at her school. I'm so proud of her, and I want her to stop growing up. NOW.
I don't know what this sappy post is about... I guess I'm realizing that this chapter of my life is actually ending, and I'm going to miss being with my family. But I am so excited (and ready) to begin this new chapter in my life. I can't imagine marrying anyone more incredible than DJ. He has challenged me, loved me, and changed me forever. And I can't wait to be all his.