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2012 was crazy. This year stretched and grew my understanding of the world and myself. The Lord used this year to teach me lessons I cannot place a value on. I made connections and had new experiences that have been unparalleled in prior years of my life. I have received many surprises and faced many challenges and been rewarded in ways I do not deserve. 2012 was my favorite year of life thus far.

Seattle

I started the first day of 2012 in Seattle. My very first day in the city and the beginning of a new
adventure. My time in Seattle was not long but it was an invaluable experience. In the course of my three-and-a-half months there, I learned more about myself than I had ever before. I faced loneliness, but through that was able to make new friends. It was during this time, that for the first time in my life, I was forced to fully rely on the Lord to provide for me financially, which grew my trust in His provision. While in Seattle, I worked with a company that I often miss very much and grew close to girls from an awesome church, of whom I also miss very much. It remains in my mind a beautiful memory, but when April rolled around, I was ready to go home.

Part of the reason I was ready to go home was the excitement I was experiencing from the eagerness of new love. In February, I met PJ Szabo via a mutual friend. The introduction occurred accidentally, through music, and on the internet. While in Seattle, we quickly moved from Facebook messages to text messages to three-hour phone calls. The phone calls grew consistent and contact became nearly constant. On April 10, the very day I moved home from Seattle, was the first day I met PJ in real life (and the first day he met my parents! Eek!) He is the reason this year has been my favorite. PJ is fun in ways that encourage me to be spontaneous and silly. He is compassionate and kind. He is selfless and humble. He is the best listener I know and immensely patient. PJ encourages me to be a better person and to love more like Christ simply by the example of his life.

Pj and I

On Dec. 21, after a night of fun and Christmas festivities with my dad’s extended family, PJ was driving me home. Pulling into the driveway, the clock was just about to read 12:00 a.m., we would officially survive the supposed Mayan Apocalypse. We both exited the car, arms full of gifts and goodies and the greatest white elephant gift. PJ was walking behind me and as I reached the door of my house, I heard him set his things down. “There’s one more thing…” he said to me. As I turned around to see what he needed, he reached into his back pocket and pulled out a ring. The most beautiful ring. And down on one knee he asked if I would be his wife. I didn’t believe him at first. I swore this could only be a dream. He assured me it was not and I responded an enthusiastic “YES!” Of course I woke everyone in my house up to tell them the news, though he had already told them prior to the event anyway. In the course of this year, I met the man of my dreams, we grew to be best friends, and then, on midnight of Dec. 22, we became engaged.

engaged

This year could not have ended any sweeter, I thought. But the good news just kept coming. This past Saturday, I was offered a job as a producer for Morning Edition on KJZZ, NPR’s Phoenix member station. I still feel so grateful and amazed I was offered this opportunity and cannot wait to join the KJZZ team.

Some other amazing things have happened this year for which I often thank the Lord. My grandmother’s cancer is gone! We prayed and prayed. The doctors worked and she endured many months of chemo, and now, there is no cancer. God is good!

The autumn months brought about a new internship as I started a working relationship with Atlas Quarterly that is set to solidify in this new year. In mid-December, the tobacco pipes I began making for a hobby are now being sold in a specialty store in downtown Phoenix called Hard Goods. How these events even occurred still blows me away. I feel so honored to be involved with these great companies.

Like I said, 2012 has been my favorite year thus far. However, I’m certain 2013 will be my forever favorite as i begin new career endeavors and more importantly as I will pledge my life to the most amazing man I know and my very best friend.

Welcome, 2013. I’m glad you’re here.

Sincerely,
Kendra Leigh

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I have such an amazing boyfriend. Because of the distance between us, we were not able to go on a date on this special holiday. But we were able to spend some time on Skype and on the phone, which was very wonderful. We also got to open presents which we had mailed to each other prior to today.

Ryan made me the most beautiful mosaic picture frame. I love it. He is so creative and talented. I already put a photo in it, but I think I’m going to try and find a newer photograph since the one I chose is from almost a year ago. Nevertheless, it’s adorable.

Hopefully you had an amazing holiday full of love.

(Sorry I haven’t been posting, I was helping lead a group of high school girls at church camp in Prescott. It was tons of fun. I’ll post about it soon!)

Sincerely,
Kendra Leigh

Valentine’s day is coming up sooo soon. Are you ready? Do you already have a gift for your loved ones yet? No? Well, you’re probably not alone. And I’m sure the most helpful thing at this point would be a fantastic list of ideas.

maybe like a “want list.” hmm. Well, then I present to you: wantist. Wantist asks you to describe the type of gift you want and the type of person it’s for and then gives you plenty to chose from and the websites where you can find them.

it’s so adorable. And have you ever heard of anything more helpful?
Here’s hoping it works wonders in easing your holiday stress.

Sincerely,
Kendra Leigh Worsnup

Love. What is love? As we near Valentine’s Day, I’m sure this is a thought that has gone through many brains. Why should I love? Who should I love? How do I love? What is love? What if I can’t love?

Good news. There’s not much you need to do: except intentionally hand over yourself to God. He’ll take care of the rest.

Click here and to read an awesome article. My boyfriend, Ryan, sent it to me and it is amazing inspiration. Soak it in.

Sincerely,
Kendra Leigh Worsnup

Don’t you hate it when people say “Valentime’s Day”? It’s “time for Valen”? No, sir. It is the Day of Saint Valentine! Who is Saint Valentine, you ask. Well, I have no clue. All I know, is that it is a day for gift giving and romance. I am out of ideas. What the heck do I give my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day? Last Valentine’s Day, I made him a shadow box and a painting inspired by an E.E. Cumming’s poem. Now, I have to out do that.

Now is the time, throw all your best ideas at me!

Sincerely,
Kendra Leigh Worsnup

Today (January 17) is Ryan’s birthday!!!! So this post is dedicated to him. Happy Birthday, my dear!


Ryan,

I like you so much. Thank you for all that you do for me and for who you are. You are an amazing boy and I feel lucky to call you my boyfriend. I’m sorry I can’t be there to celebrate with you. Hope your day is spectacular. You deserve awesome days everyday, but especially on your birthday. Miss you a ton!

Sincerely,
Kendra Leigh Worsnup

Today is New Year’s Day, a wonderful day for reflection. This has felt like the year of all years. So many amazing things have happened to me throughout the year and I thought I’d take this time to remind myself and you of them.

January Ryan’s birthday was in this month, my dad and I flew to Colorado on a surprise trip to visit my boyfriend for his 18th birthday. On the trip we also went and checked out Colorado Christian University, one of my three college choices.

February- My mom and I went to Portland, OR to check out another school- Multnomah University. We stayed with Ryan’s sister Ashley and her husband Jed.  During our trip we went to classes, went hiking, experienced Voodoo Donuts and Stumptown Coffee. I fell in love with the place, and still would love to live there someday. (see more pictures here, here and here)

March- For Spring break, my family and I visited our friends the Kitchens in Texas. We had a wonderful time. I also made my decision about college.

April- Ryan came to visit me and we had our senior prom! I’m wearing a lovely dress my Aunt made for me.

May- I graduated high school!!! Ryan and I celebrated our one year of dating :)

June- Ryan came to visit me. Towards the middle, my mom and I left for Texas where I left from for Panama later this month. (view more photos here)

July– Mid-July I returned to the United States from Panama. Visited Colorado. Went to New York for the FIRST TIME EVER with my wonderful Aunt Christy! (view more photos here, here and here)

August- Ryan came to arizona. I turned 18 and got my nose pierced, which didn’t end up so well (I took it out in November.) I started my first semester of college at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

September- I had a friend who passed away this month. Not exactly a highlight. But since his family later came to know Christ as a result, I praise the Lord.

October- Went to Colorado to visit Ryan. Got a new car, since my other one broke.

November- Began my new job at Palos Verdes Senior Living. Celebrated Thanksgiving in Wickenburg with my family and cousin who had just returned home from Montana. I also went on my first road trip without my parents to Prescott (not too far, I know) with my friend Jordynn. (view more photos here)

December- went to Colorado, again, with my family for Christmas. Ryan drove back with us. (view more photos here)

I hope your year was just as fabulous as mine, and here’s to another good one!

Love,
Kendra Leigh Worsnup

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