Tuesday, August 15, 2017. On a pallet platform, under string lights and baby’s breath, and beside our family, I said yes to the proposal that outdid the proposals of my dreams.
I’m engaged to my best friend!
With the ring on and wedding date in the works, I felt it was time to document the dating chapter of our love story and share it in more depth with those who have loved and supported us so dearly.
it all started with chipotle…
hahaha, you think I’m kidding.
God’s absolutely divine plan for Michael & I to meet, build a relationship, and love each other actually started long before either of us were born, and I’m so calmed to know God is 100% in control and I am not, because I nearly let the good one get away.
Michael and I both grew up homeschooled in South Florida, attended a homeschool P.E group called S.A.I.N.T.S and had many mutual friends but didn’t meet until Fall of 2015. Our paths came so close, but were not yet ready to cross.
The first time I met Michael he visited Wednesday evening service, invited by some of said mutual friends, and went to our traditional post-church gathering at Chick-fil-A. I already knew the friend he came with so we caught up and he introduced me to Michael so over milkshakes and waffle fries I got to know him.
Nothing crossed my mind. Yet.
As we left Chick-fil-A he complimented the curls in my hair. Blurting it out like he had been wanting to say it all night. I was caught off guard and desperately shy, but thanked him, and now I realize the roots had started to take place.
Michael started coming to the Sunday evening bible study I’ve been a part of for the last few years. He joined the worship team, that I shortly thereafter took over, and we bonded over worship practices and talks about our mutual love for chipotle. He had me at chipotle, or something romantic & cheesy like that…
We “talked”. We updated each other when chipotle coupons were released. We rubbed in a photo when one got chipotle to make the other crave it. And then we were talking about work and passions and school and emotions and worship songs and and sharing scriptures and testimonies and the weather and anything that could continue conversation.
And then we went to chipotle.
I was planning a night of worship, so Michael offered to help choose songs and layout the set, at chipotle. By now I knew what was coming and I was intrigued, so I agreed. This was our first ice breaker, hours of talking and planning the worship set until the guacamole was gone.
If you’ve spent any time with us you’ve probably heard our joke, “Third time’s a charm.” He asked me out that evening at chipotle, but we didn’t actually begin dating until roughly five months later. We talked and prayed but twice we discussed the desire and both times there was just no peace about it. After the second no I thought God was making himself clear, but I had the feeling I let the good one get away, and I never ‘got over him.’ But God’s plan prevailed, and after building a stronger friendship and enduring a lot more growth as individuals, the pieces finally settled into peace.
On September 19th, 2016, I became his girlfriend.
Since then we’ve enjoyed countless adventures and had our disagreements along the way. We’ve learned to communicate, to pursue, study, & learn each other, to be patient and to reflect the other constantly back to Christ.
Then, on the pallet platform, under string lights and baby’s breath, and beside our family, I said yes to the proposal that outdid the proposals of my dreams. He pulled off the greatest surprise, had our family there to celebrate, captured it in photos, and now we are embarking on the new adventure of marriage!
I’ve often heard it said that life is full of struggles, no matter how much you’ve struggled up to now, still more struggles are ahead, and one of the biggest decisions in this life is choosing who you are going to struggle with. I have found the one my soul loves; the one who cherishes me, the one I want to struggle with & smile with. This is the man I am going to spend my life with, do ministry with, and raise a family with.
This is the man I’m going to marry!
Michael, I love you!
Thank you to our parents, siblings, & grandparents who not only helped pull off a beautiful proposal but have loved, supported, and encouraged us in our entire relationship and to our dear friend Pam for capturing these photos!
Colossians 3:14 (ESV)
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”