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Friday, April 11, 2014

quite the month.

Oh my dear, sweet readers. What a wonderful whirlwind this past month has been! My heart is full and I'm very thankful for some beautiful things the Lord has been doing in my life. I'm honestly blown away by His grace, goodness, and faithfulness. 

As I said, I come to you with a full heart. If you follow me on Instagram, you've surely seen my announcement and posts all about 'Cowboy' and parts of our story so far. Yes... I am dating a sweet, godly, servant hearted, godly cowboy all the way from Oklahoma {who I met on Instagram...!} and am over the moon happy. 

So... as you can guess, this is why I've been MIA lately. A little distracted, a lot excited, and my head's been waaaaay but in the clouds. But, friends, in this season I want to share with you more of my life and story. More of the amazing details the Lord has and is weaving together - taking broken pieces of my heart and restoring them again... remembering lost parts of my dreams and redeeming them. It's been amazing. Breathtaking. To see the way God has specifically answered prayers and remembered them. If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you know I became somewhat of "The Purity Blogger", "The Dating Blogger", and mostly - "The Singleness Blogger" - I've worn my heart on my sleeve and have been very open about the way I've chosen to live my whole life, the dreams I have for my future life and 'man', and the "not settling" attitude I've embraced and lived. And so, I know many of you dear readers have been encouraged even from afar in seeing God bring this amazing man into my life. I hope you are encouraged to wait and not settle for second best .. ever. His best is so much better than ours.

More is coming. More parts of the story, more pictures, more about Cowboy {and his uhhhmazing music} and also a bit of a rebrand, "Spring Cleaning" if you will of this little space, and some new design and features. I'm excited.

Until then, let me share with you a little something I shared with my friends on Instagram this morning: 

' i think about the years I spent just passing through. i'd like to have the time i lost and give it back to you. but you just smile and take my hand, you've been there you understand. it's all part of a grander plan that is coming true. every long lost dream led me to where you are. others who broke my heart, they were like northern stars pointing me on my way into your lovin arms - this much i know is true: that God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you. ' 

/////   o n e month of dating Cowboy today + i'm very, truly grateful. for his heart for Jesus + serving people. for the spark + romance. for playing together + laughing like a couple little kids. for the dreams. for the deep conversations about real things, good things + hard things. for the stories exchanged about the last 26 + 27 years we've lived apart. for the wild + free adventures. for visiting six states + roadtripping. for playing music together + worshipping. for meeting each other's 'people'. for the red dirt roads, sandy beaches, snowy mountains + more coffee dates than i can count. for getting to know his likes + favorites + dislikes. for being real + shedding tears + sharing our hearts. for how fun it is to date him + see what our God has up His sleeve. oh how glad i am that my IG friend@amyhersheyskisses 'matched us up' by 'tagging' me on his mama's funny IG photo of her 'single boys' at the end of december. thankful that@cindy1962 wrote me, telling me sweetly all about her precious son + family, + that she felt a 'mother's instinct' that we had to 'meet.' and how thankful i am that, from day one, when my bestie mama + sis saw his picture, said 'you h a v e to reply + talk to him!!!' + cheered + gave advice as i got to know a guy 2,000 miles away. thankful that he commented to me, chatted, asked for me email, then #... .+ now ...well, we're here. God blesses our broken roads in ways we could never dream up. + i'm smiling about it today. 



Love you all! I'll be back soon :)
Til then, have you downloaded my book?

XO!

Erin

15 comments:

  1. Sweet Erin,
    I am over the moon happy for you!! It is so incredible how God weaves the pieces together. Already I have seen Him begin to pick up the broken pieces. Following your + "Cowboy's" story has made me smile.
    I love you so much and you deserve everything beautiful. <3

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  2. I'm definitely gonna have to get that book again b/c I lost it when I restored my computer. And I think this time I'm gonna up load in email so I always have it. And I think your love story is incredible. Isn't it wonderful of the talks you can have and how great is it to have someone catch up with you over the years you haven't been together. Oh it's amazing. I've been with my sweetie for 6 mths now and we still catch up at times and share stories. I can't wait to spend as much time with him as you do with your Cowboy. i get to see mine April 24 after 3 mths of just writing and talking.

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  3. Ah love, sigh! So happy you found yours, and a Godly man at that! So hard to find a man like that. I wish you both the very best. God bless you always. :)

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  4. I'm happy for you Erin! I hope to see you soon.

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  5. AHHH!! SOOO excited for you girl. That pic is the cutest ever. <3

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  6. girrlllll! i'm so, so, so, happy God has brought you a godly gentleman!!! you guys look so cute together! i've been following your blog for a while and i'm being reassured by your story that dreams really do come true when we allow God to write the story. :)

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  7. So happy for you, friend. :) Love seeing this story unfold!

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  8. Erin, I am 16, and trying my best to hold back from wasting my heart at such a young age. Your story with 'Cowboy' is so encouraging to me! I know that God has someone amazing in store for me as well, and there is no sense in wasting time by looking for him because I know that God will give him to me in time. Thank you for being such a blessing and encouragement to a struggling teenager.

    Kaydee Merritt/owlbehawkward.blogspot.com

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  9. Oh my sweet friend. My heart just bursts for you. I cannot think of anyone else who deserves this kind of love more. I hope your future together is truly bright, and filled with love, faith and happiness.

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  10. This is so sweet! Love hearing such beautiful love stories like this! So happy for you!

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  11. I am so so happy to follow your love story!!! <3 Praying for you, sister, and your sweet cowboy.

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  12. OH sweet Erin - so happy for you and so in awe of how God works using the likes of Instagram even : ) You have been such an example for so many and I know sharing your story will continue to provide much inspiration to so many young girls/women out there to keep following the path God has set before them. Many blessings to you and your special "cowboy"!

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  13. I could not be happier for you! What a beautiful story!

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  14. What an INCREDIBLE love story!! Ahhh I am just so incredibly happy for you :) God works even through instagram!!

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sweet friends, share your heart.

"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.

xo.

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