If you could see my now, I think you'd be so proud of me! God's been good in my life, I've been blessed beyond my wildest dreams when I go to sleep each night!
I graduated bible college! I know me leaving was hard for you and I understand why now; but you knew it was the best thing for me. You helped push me to find my identity in the Lord, and it helped me to spiritually survive as long as I have. Bible college graduation was so bittersweet! I had such an amazing crowd of loved ones, but not having you there for another milestone reminded me you won't be there for any more milestones. But I know there's "so great a cloud of witnesses" and I like to believe you were cheering me on as Bro. Ryan Thompson called my name for my diploma and I shook Dr. Trieber's hand. I hope I made you proud.
I found someone! And wow is he amazing! His name is Anthony Black and he's the most incredible man I've ever met! And he's from Napa! He was so close and I didn't meet him until we both went to GSBC! Our story is so cute! It's my favorite but I'm biased. ;) I walked into the Golden Grille, you know, that 50's diner at the college and I asked if anyone knew how to drive stick so they could get my car for me. Anthony was the first to speak up. That was in September 2011 but we didn't start "talking" until April 7, 2012. I wish you could've met him. He means the world to me and you do too. He's godly, selfless, athletic, encouraging, sweet, caring, hilarious, a leader, and all around fantastic and brilliant! He actually reminds me so much of you now that I think about it. And he loves basketball just like you did! That would be a fun conversation! Luckily you both like the same teams! Well, fast forward a little! We got engaged on February 21, 2015 and we're getting married November 13th! I wish more than anything you could be there. I'm hoping to find a picture of you and frame it and place you on a front pew. You'd be so proud of me. I hope so.
You'll never believe it! I moved to Oregon! I'm not sure if you knew the Pastor while you were here but I'm positive you would've got along with his wife so well! Her name is Mrs. Vicky Mutchler and her husband is Pastor Mike Mutchler. This church is amazing and has a fantastic bus ministry! They have a huge school I get to work at as a 7th-11th grade history teacher and 9th grade science! I get to be in the ministry! How great is that?! You'd be so proud of me! I hope so!
God was so good to give me someone like you for 10 years. You taught me everything I know about being a good Christian. You gave me more of your time than I deserve from anyone. You're a remarkable human being and Christian who I wish never had to leave to be home with the Lord (selfishly of course), but I can see as time passes how God worked it all out and it was a blessing majorly in disguise.
You've been with Jesus for 4 years now and it's like I can still hear your lovely laugh, and feel your strong, loving hug. Nothing is the same without you but I know you're so much happier and safe now at the side of our King. I love you, Mrs. Joanna Lewis and I'm thankful I always took the time to tell you.
Your Bus Kid who "made it"