And I'm Back!
I'm embarrassed to see how long it's been since I've written anything, but an amazing (and exhausting) transition has been taking place and I think I'm about to the other side. For now anyway.
I need to do a little catching up.
I graduated on May 7th. (Thank goodness! While I enjoyed college, I was so ready to finally have the freedom to pursue my goals with a steady paycheck and no one telling me what books to buy!)
At the beginning of June, I officially started my career with the Farm Service Agency as a Farm Loan Officer Trainee and my two month long inhabitance at a rather un-homey motel in Columbia, Tennessee. There I spent long days studying detailed federal regulations written by our actual congress and carried out by actual loan officers. It made our government very real (and occasionally very frustrating). I spent the long nights straight binge watching Netflix and Family Feud. At the end of August, I informally graduated from the FSA classroom training.
Since August, I've been waking up every morning with just enough time to make the 55 minute commute to work, which is my least favorite part of my day but at least I can say that I actually enjoy work once I get there. The best part is talking to producers about their operations and trying to find a way that FSA can help them financially. I get to analyze finances and then talk about it, two of my very favorite things. Mostly, I'm thankful to have a job.
And on October 22, I was given another reason to be very thankful. Giant, happy, (and probably not very attractive) tears fell as Derek put a ring on my finger. It's a good thing he's used to my emotional side. And my get-to-it side since I asked if we could get married in January. The one thing dating a farmer has taught me is if I want him to do something with me, I better catch him before he's needed in the field. He's a good and understanding man. He agreed.
So January 7th I managed to only cry little, happy tears as my daddy walked me down the aisle toward my love. I can honestly say that it was the most wonderful day of my life. (And in case you were wondering, I highly recommend a short engagement and a tiny wedding!)
And now, life is pretty normal. Sometimes even boring. And I've decided normal and boring is actually my most favorite.
Marrying Derek has undoubtedly been my greatest blessing so far. We are settling into our new home in Northwest Tennessee, and our goals are beginning to take shape. We could not be more excited.
That said, all change comes with it's own challenges. The change it took for me to get to this place has been fast and unrelenting. But it's because of this change that I have a deeper understanding of God's grace and unconditional love, and for that I am so thankful. There's been a lot of things I would never want to have to go through again, but I also wouldn't change the way it happened. It's made me who I am today. It's brought me here to my favorite place.
Life is good.
God is good.
And that's pretty much where I'm at now.
Thanks for staying with me :)