Effort, Time, & Blessings

A lot of people know me.

But, only a few people know me.

Tonight, my awesome older brother, Jared surprised me with a gift that he coined as his "late graduation gift" to me. Ha! It consisted of a strange variety of items, including a bag of Lindt lindor truffles, a fun movie, some excellent music, a lit Chinese fountain (currently on my nightstand, perfectly placed to lull me to sleep with the sounds of falling water), and....hangers. Yes, you heard right...hangers.

Maybe this seems like a little thing. Still, I can't ignore that smile that plays at the edge of my lips, inevitably drawing my attention to the beauty that lies behind this familiarity. Jared knows me explicitly well. Isn't that amazing? He's taken the time and effort over the years to get to know me. Some people might believe that these things could be taken in naturally; seeing as we're siblings, and all. But, that's not true. So many siblings know absolutely nothing about each other--sure, they sleep in the same house...they might share a few meals together...but that's not taking time to know someone.

Jared is a fantastic person. Loyal to the end, and what's more, completely selfless. He knows these things about me, because he's taken the time to take that familial bond of love, and develop it into something special. I've seen him do this with each of us (his siblings and parents), and with friends as well. To say he blesses me continually would be an understatement. No, he's not perfect...but he's the type of person who you want to tell people about. In the end, don't we all want that?

Take the time to get to know people...they'll feel cherished, more than you might imagine.

{Love you, Bruh!}


Guest Post on Bella Vita

I realize I have been away for far too long. These last weeks have been filled with wonderful experiences--big and small. Rest assured, my unintentional sabbatical was not for lack of living, but simply for lack of time to spend relating it back to you all. I hope to have more time in the near future to tell you some of the things that have been going on in my life, and share some of the special things God has been sharing with me. For now, I want to send you over to read a guest post I did for my lovely friend, Anna Gray @ Bella Vita. I would be blessed if you would comment on my post, and then take a deeper look around so you can get to know the fun and spunky Anna Gray.

me with Him.

{guest post by Abigail Kraft on Bella Vita}

Have a beautiful weekend, my loves!