Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"Perhaps, after all...

romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare,
like a gay knight riding down;
perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways;
perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose,
until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages,
betrayed the rhythm and the music;
perhaps . . .
perhaps . . .
love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship,
 as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath." 

*long, happy sigh*

It's has been a week since my last post.
And I apologize.
Last week some unexpected things happened
that have left the last five days a
blur of excitement.

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011...
After he flew out from Wyoming
(without my knowledge)
to surprise me when I woke up in the morning...
After he took me on a slow, sweet walk
down to the bridge stretching over the
little creek we've splashed around in
these past two summers
as friends and
as a courting couple...
After he pulled out a guitar and
sang a beautiful song he wrote
for this occassion...

Andrew knelt down and asked me to marry him.

My response???


Andrew and I have been making
wedding plans for a while now...
Because of our long-distance relationship
we started figuring out how we would do things
before we were officially engaged...
Do you know how confusing that is for everyone around us???

I wasn't sure when he would "officially"
ask me.
Goodness, was I shocked by his
surprise visit!

And then there was the ring...
I won't go into long details to confuse you...
But, I found out that day that
I have had the ring
since this last summer.
Andrew made a special gift for me
that he HID my ring inside...
I've always loved secret compartments,
but that was crazy!

Needless to say, I love having it on my finger now.

We spent the next five days
taking walks,
wedding shopping,
"Save the Date" card designing,
watching movies at night,
eating wonderful Thanksgiving food,
playing games with the family,
sitting together and just "being".

Oh, and we also posed for these pictures!

Andrew flew out yesterday evening
to get back to school.
Only four weeks till we see each other again!
It's the shortest wait we've ever had.

Thank you so much to those who have prayed for us.
Please continue to do so.
We've set the date for May 19th, 2012
and are SO excited!!!

God is so amazing in how He brings things together,
isn't He?
I am so blessed to have Andrew in my life
and cannot wait to see all that
God has in store for us

May God bless you all!!!


Melanie said...

RACHEL!!!! I am SO excited for you and wish I could give you a hug right now...*virtual hug*...thank you so much for sharing with us, friend! May God be glorified through you and Andrew and may He bless both of you. Andrew has won a treasure, my friend.~ May God continue to draw you both ever closer to Himself.

With love and smiles,

A Restful Place said...

Congratulations! I know all about the long distance relationship - my husband lived in Missouri and I in California during our engagement. Wedding plans and the such were all mainly done over the phone and email. We've been married for just about 2 years now - next Monday! :) Lovely Pictures! :)

Anonymous said...

My dear Rachel, I am sooo happy for you!!! The changing of our graduation date in in the works, so hopefully we will be able to come. Love and miss you! Praying for you as well! :)

Natasha Atkerson said...

Congratulations! You both look so happy together! What an amazing testimony of God's faithfulness! You've waited for your "prince charming" and he's come!
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Mikailah said...

Congratulations!!! :) I am so excited for you both. I have not followed your blog very long, but I have always been blessed, and I am sure the Lord has many more wonderful things in store for you two as you follow Him. God is so faithful!! I will be looking for wedding pictures in May!

In Christ,

P.S. My sister Hannah was married on May 9th, 2009! :D Kinda interesting... ;) CONGRATS AGAIN!

Nela said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D I'm so happy for you guys! You make a lovely couple together. ;)

Mary said...

Oh my goodness!!!!! How exciting! You two are wayy to adorable!! Congratulations<3

Lucia said...

Oh my goodness, CONGRATULATIONS to Rachel and Andrew! How absolutley sweet and exciting and lovely. <33 Aw! SO happy for you, girl! Keep blogging for us, will you? Wedding plans and pictures...you know how we'll love to see those. ;)

I wish you the LORD's blessings on this new turn in your life! Yay! <3

~Lucia @ Umbrella Girl


Lily Marie said...

Yay!! Congratulations Rachel! *happy sigh* You both look so radiant and blissful together! Not to mention you are very adorable. ;) God bless you both! He rewards us for waiting doesn't He?

Blythe said...

Oh,congratulations Rachel!!!!

How exciting!!!!!!!! =)

lol,that is so cool that you had the ring and didn't know it.

Annie said...

Rachel, I am so happy for you! What a blessing...you two are adorable together. =) Thanks for being an encouragement to all us younger, single girls who dream of someday... Congratulations to you both!!
Many blessings,

Megan and Abby said...

Congratulations again, my friend! Your ring is so much more beautiful than I imagined when Jessie first told me about it! It's not too big or too small or too flashy or too plain: it's just right for you... kinda like Andrew. :) Say "Hey" to him from me in four weeks when you see him.

Ashley@ Stay-At-Home Daughter said...

I am so happy of you, girl! I'm very encouraged to see a sweet godly girl like yourself receiving such a wonderful blessing.

I'd love for you to keep us updated with more beautiful pictures!

PrincessR said...

May God bless you as you enter this new phase of life!


Eyebright said...

Congrats, congrats, congrats! I'm so happy for you!