may reflections + our giveaway winner!

Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I just went through a bit of a rough patch, losing my maternal grandmother on the same day as Sage's fifth anniversary on May 5, 2016.

The weeks following her death have been strangely bittersweet: Mother's Day. My son's birthday. News of a friend's pregnancy.

Perhaps it is the circle of life, but in the midst of grieving, I have seen glimmers of God's faithfulness and of His grace. The outpouring of love and prayer from my friends has been incredible. My May and June couples had immediately reached out to me, and selflessly encouraged me to take time to step away from work and focus on my family. I am so so thankful for every call, every text, every message you have left me. What a blessing to be surrounded by so much love.

In that spirit of love and gratitude, I am thrilled to {finally} announce the winner of our fifth anniversary giveaway. We received nearly two dozen entries, and while we wish we could have selected every single couple, we ultimately came to the unanimous decision that these two just stood out among the rest --

Sunny + Andrew both currently serve in the U.S. Air Force, which is where they met and eventually fell in love. Their love story, as told by Andrew:

Sunny and I only saw each other in passing since 2011. It wasn't until I started working with Sunny in 2014 that we really got to know each other. At that point in my life, I was going through a very rough patch and Sunny was truly a ray of sunshine for me. Close friends and family members saw an almost overnight change in my demeanor. This happiness and love for life developed from only our friendship. Our friendship continued to develop until I left for Malmstrom AFB, Montana (Sunny was at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming). At this point, our friendship blossomed into a textbook relationship. Although geographically separated, this didn't stop the continued development of our already strong relationship. We were only able to be physically together about once a month, and although it was a 10-11 hour drive (one-way) to see each other, it was well worth it.  On 24 November 2015, Sunny and I got married and promised our lives to each other. Although we're already married, the formal wedding will still be a special day where we can declare our love for each other in front of our friends and family.

Sunny + Andrew, we know that you sacrifice so much, and this is just a small way we can thank you for your service. We are so happy + honored to be a part of your celebration -- congratulations!