Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Our Love Story ~ Part 2

Initially, our budding relationship grew very slowly (it took 3  months for him to hold my hand!).  We spent countless hours in conversation, respecting each other, and getting to know one another at a deeper level.  Once we had exhausted all inquiries of the other's character, integrity, religious beliefs, personal preferences, and everything in between, we had made a mutual decision:  We were in love.

With him being 31, me being 28, and all of the experiences behind us, we wanted to get married.  It's true what they say.  You know when  you know.  We were both committed to the same things, and wanted to proceed, with God's blessing of course.  Many outsiders thought we had temporarily lost our minds.  But those who knew us well, gave unanimous verdicts:  they had never seen either of us that happy.  We brought out the best in each other, and shared many views in common.

5 months after we had reunited, we became engaged.  He proposed at one of our favorite spots.  I knew it was coming, but had no input into the ring selection.  I wanted to be completely surprised.

 Wedding planning was in full swing.  We wanted simple, beautiful, and unique as our theme.  The date was set for just 3 months after the proposal.  I found my dress for $29.  I kid you not.  It was the 2nd one I tried on, 15 minutes before the bridal shop was closing.  I bought it...what did I have to lose? When God is at work, He doesn't mess around.

The ceremony was set for a Saturday morning, with a breakfast reception to follow.  Upon awaking, there were scattered showers.  Fear not.  The showers preceded the rainbow, which was visible by my beloved and I upon arrival to the farm.  When God is at work, He doesn't mess around.

I walked down the aisle towards my groom.  Noticing the sweet tears of awe and gratitude in his eyes, my heart leaped for joy.  We were told, though not seen by us, that there were butterflies floating around our heads during the exchange of vows.

The day was perfect.  Like only God could make it.

 We are an aunt and uncle to now 5 nephews and a niece.  We love them to pieces.

A perk to being an only child is that my mom is one of my best friends.

I have a new 2nd mom.  She lovingly asked if she could "adopt" Dylan as one of her grandsons.  I couldn't believe what I was hearing.  It meant more than she could ever know.  She is a phenomenal, hands on grandma.  I can hardly wait to see her as a grandma to one of our own some day.

And remember my outgoing friend, the "matchmaker"?  She and her husband were our witnesses.  They are amazing friends, and we so value their support.  An interesting statistic, I believe she has successfully matched 3 couples that are now married.  She has a gift.

LOVE.  May we never take it for granted.  It's not always easy, but always worth it. 

God is in the business of restoration.  It can be easy, at times, to take His gifts for granted.  But when my focus shifts back to Him, and His goodness, and His faithfulness the outpouring of thanksgiving and gratitude flows from my heart.  A cord of 3 strands is not easily broken.  Thank You, Jesus.


Megan Ashley said...

I have read your blog from the beginning and I just want to say I am SOOOOOOO Happy for you and your new husband. God works in such mysterious ways, and this was one of them. Getting you to this point and helping to guide you to true love. How blessed you must feel with this godly man in your life. Congrats!

Stephanie said...

Nicole-- so great to hear your love story! I hope you begin blogging again - I find your blog posts uplifting. Best wishes as you embark on your new life together.

B's Mom said...

I've followed your story since before Dylan was born. It's wonderful to see you so happy!

RockinMom said...

I am so happy to see you blogging again. I enjoyed reading your {love} story. I hope you continue to blog.

Niqui said...

I have read your blog for years and wanted to say that I am so happy for you! Congrats to you and your new husband!!