My cousin Layne, she might as well be my sister, because that’s how close we are. She brings so much joy and laughter and light into my life. An unwavering and loyal friend; relentless in loving those in her life. We’ve walked and talked through so much life, through mountains and valleys and across changing seasons. She is a heartbreak healer, a laughter doctor, and a precious listener; isn’t that what we all crave at our center? Someone who will listen? Someone who will just let us be ourselves without judgement? That is my Layne. That is my sister.
As a little girl, she used to be in love with Elvis; but now she is in love with Andrew.
Seeing her with Andrew is like waking up early to watch the sunrise, knowing it’s going to be such a beautiful day. Their love is inspiring and hopeful, full of depth. They have both traveled such a far distance to be together; fighting giants along the way, being sustained by only manna at times, but finally they have seen their promised land.
More than ever in my life, Romans 8:28 has become so real to me. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.” It’s so comforting to know that even if I mess everything up, God can work out my mistakes for good, just like He did with so many people in the bible. He is the God of second chances, the God of happy endings, the God of forgiveness, the God who never gives up on us. He gives beauty for ashes, turns our mourning into dancing, our weeping into laughing, and our sadness into joy. He Brings restoration.
He has brought Layne and Andrew together for a reason. Not only to enjoy lifelong companionship with each other, but through them, they can be a light in the darkness, a compass for others walking in the desert, healing balm for broken hearts, and a couple who restores others with grace and mercy.
May we all be unwavering and loyal friends to those in our lives. May we always believe the best in people. And more than anything, love.
Layne and Andrew’s engagement session was filled with coffee, donuts, snow fields, and letters that they wrote to each other. God’s beautiful glowy light was shining all evening, and the session flowed so effortlessly. The love that Layne and Andrew have for each other energized me, and we truly enjoyed ourselves. I explode with love for them. They are my family, my heart.