Kylie Marble,

God's timing is always perfect. 

My second journey to Portland has been riddled with things not turning out the way I expected them to. I was determined to make this time different, to root myself, and to quote on quote "get my life together". With great gentleness, God has humbled me over and over again. 

Amidst these difficult lessons, He has reminded of His grace through the community He's placed around me. And yes... you guessed it... you've been a big part of that.

What an absolute joy it is spend time with you. I feel privileged to learn from your wisdom and hear your perspective on the intricacies of life. I'm sure I have only scratched the surface of your mind, heart, and soul and what they have to offer the world. I'm immediately overwhelmed by a smile as I look forward to learning more about you and more from you.

Thank you for finding beauty and/or creating the beauty in every conversation.

Thank you for your sense of humor. Your joy permeates your jokes and your laughter and your smile and just wow. Spending time with you is good for the soul.

Thank you for this album. It's what the kids call "fire".

Thank you for your story and how you've allowed the Lord to be made much of, even in the pain, discomfort, and shame.

Thank you for your friendship.

Kylie Marble, fiancé of Rachel Haddon, city planner for Hillsboro, Oregon, I appreciate you so much.