AmandaYesterday, after work, I made my way to Amanda‘s house for dinner and an evening of playing Axis and Allies.

When I got there, around 4:15 p.m., Amanda was in a flurry of activity in the kitchen. She was working hard to make a new dish that neither she nor I had ever had before.

Also, it turns out that Amanda had been called into work because some nurses on her floor called in sick, so we weren’t going to have an evening together after all.

There was barely enough time for us to eat and her to head to the hospital where she took care of more patients than she has ever taken care of before.

Earlier in the day, she had made cookies and a chocolate pie, continued settling into her new house, and worked at getting ready for her roommate to move in.

She has also been planning our wedding.

Basically, she is wonder woman!

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And it’s not even about the stuff she did, because that doesn’t really matter.

It’s about her heart. Her motives.

She gave me Axis and Allies for Christmas and has started a game with me. I grew up playing this game. It is super nerdy and super wonderful. Amanda buying it for me and playing it with me is love on purpose.

And she spent most of this past weekend—when we were at my Grandma’s house—taking pictures of old recipes so she could expand her cooking repertoire. It’s not like she needs to—I love to cook and typically do so for the two of us when we eat together—but she wants to expand our horizons. This is love on purpose.

And she was already scheduled to work three nights in a row this week, but she got called in at the last minute to work last night as well. She could have said no but chose, instead, to go in. Her coworkers needed her help and the patients needed her care. She sacrificed the one evening we would have together this week to love them. This is love on purpose.

And she made my favorite pie of all time. And she is working hard to create a welcoming and hospitable space for her roommate. And she is planning our wedding without stressing me out or breaking the bank. And this is love on purpose.

And so, today, I am thankful for Amanda. She is my wonderful fiancée, my future wife, the heart of my heart.

P.S. Today is a continuation of the Thankful Tuesday series here on the blog, originally inspired by Micha Boyett.

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