As I mentioned in my last post, Thanksgiving this year brought a special guest.
The last couple of months have been crazy. That is really the absolute only way I can explain it. The timing hasn't necessarily been what I would have preferred or expected, but the end result is that I am experiencing a completely new sense of happiness, calmness, and excitement than I ever had before.
I could go on and on about what an incredible man of God Brandon is and how he is passionate about his family, friends, faith, and work.....but the short of the story is that Brandon and I have begun to get to eachother and eachother's families in an intentional manner.
The challenge = Brandon lives in Minnesota, I live in Michigan
How then did we meet? You might remember my friend Jess, who I have mentioned before. Brandon is actually one of Jess' husband's best friends. We had met occasionally during the time Jess and Rob were living in Michigan, but during those times we were both in different relationships. This fall, everything kindof clicked into place and we started talking - a lot!
To be honest, I was nervous. Nervous that I was jumping into something too quickly after ending things with Justin, nervous about dating someone long distance, etc. On the other hand, I was amazed at the connections Brandon and I shared in our values, goals, beliefs, thoughts, etc.
And so the flights began. We are blessed in that Brandon's mom works for the airlines so we can both fly standby. This has given Brandon the chance to come out to Michigan for several short visits - however for Thanksgiving he was able to stay for several days, which was really nice.
I would have to say that one of my favorite parts of the trip occurred during Thanksgiving itself. During his last few visits, my grandpa and dad had been teasing Brandon that they were going to have a background check done on Brandon. Brandon actually had a report done on him for work this past summer. So as we all sat around after finishing the meal, Brandon presented my dad, grandpa, and brother with a 47-page background check on himself! Let's just say he won a couple of points all around :)
Up next = I fly to Minnesota for Christmas to spend some time with Brandon's family.