Wednesday, August 29, 2012

a proposal story

this summer has been nothing short of amazing, thus the reason for my lack of posting. i have literally been all over the place... from new york to north carolina to maryland to back to new york again and i've gotten to do it all beside jeff- a man i am completely and utterly smitten by. if you would have asked me a year ago if i thought it would be possible to be where i am today, with the feelings i have, i might have laughed in your face. thankfully God knows what we need when we need it and this man's love has been a gift given at just the right time.

this past weekend he professed his love and commitment to me and asked me to marry him! and i said YES! i'd be a fool not to. this man is incredible! i have never felt so cherished, loved and valued in all my life. he demonstrates his love to me in real, tangible ways. he's a man of his word and best of all he loves God with his whole heart and i know that together we can share that love with those who need it most.

i'm sure there are 2 question burning in your mind right now...

how'd he do it?
and
when are you getting married?

this past weekend we were in upstate new york in the Adirondacks at a young life family camp. you can learn more about young life here. it's an organization jeff has been volunteering with for about 4 years, but as of next week he will officially be on staff with them as his full-time job! it was our 2nd time at that camp this year. we had gone the first week of august with 19 of the teenagers that he leads through young life. he needed an extra girl leader and it was a great opportunity for me to get to know young life better as well as the kids he leads. it was an amazing week and definitely grew us even closer together! so we were back this time as a family camp, end-of-summer celebration. both our parents came up with us as well as his brother and his brother's girlfriend. we made the long drive on thursday and woke up friday morning excited about all the fun things we were going to do. jeff setup a para-sailing trip on the lake with our families and a couple good friends and we had a blast. i loved watching my parents try something they wouldn't normally do! we went water-skiing... well jeff and my dad did. i attempted. haha. i did manage to get up, but staying up... yeah... better luck next time i guess. we went on sailboats, swam in the lake and had a fabulous day.

as everyone was heading to the dining hall for dinner jeff pulled me aside and told me that he had planned something special for just the 2 of us and that we wouldn't be joining everyone for dinner. he tried to play it off like it was for my 30th birthday (which is in 2 weeks- yikes!) but i was pretty sure this was it... aka the proposal. i think it bums him out a bit that i knew it was coming, but really? we've been talking and talking and talking about it and why wouldn't he do it at one of his favorite places in the world while we were surrounded by some of our family?

he told me we had to take a boat to our destination and that we'd be having dinner once we got there. i asked if i could run to the bathroom before we left and as soon as i got in there i did a mini-freakout. i know. i can't lie. i did. i composed myself and came back out and we walked to a dock on the other side of the camp. we managed to get in the 2-person kayak without falling in and we started making our way across the lake. i attempted to paddle but kept getting myself wet so he told me to stop and he basically paddled the entire way. so i snapped a picture. haha!


we made our way to this picnic spot across the lake and once again attempted to not get soaked as we got out of the boat (there was no dock there, just a bunch of rocks). we made our way through some woods and ended up at this cute little pavilion that overlooked the lake. he had it all setup with 2 dozen roses, candles, chocolate and our dinner. here's a shot he snapped of me just before we ate.



 we enjoyed our dinner and talked about our day and then he told me that he wrote me a letter. so he pulls out his iPad (everyone laughs when i tell them this part cause it is so 2012... haha) and he proceeds to read me this 3 page letter. cue the waterworks for me. he talked about how life has changed for him over the last 5 months in various ways, but specifically in regards to me and our relationship. he told me (for the first time) that he loved me and my heart soared. i KNEW that he loved me, but he didn't want to say it until he had a commitment to go with it. i know that's a hard concept to grasp sometimes in the world we live in, but it speaks volumes about the kind of man that he is. he read me a list of all the reasons he loves me. some were silly, some were serious, but they all had meaning. he spoke of the future and his excitement over being in this journey together no matter what life brings us. it was perfect and as someone who needs words of affirmation... well my cup was overflowing! i will treasure that letter always!

after he finished the letter he sent me down to the rocks that overlook the lake while he cleaned up. we were losing daylight and needed to get back soon. he joined me a few minutes later and proceeded to kiss me and next thing i knew he was down on one knee and i was sobbing. i think i cut him off as he asked because once i composed myself he said, "you didn't answer my question." to which i replied, "you didn't ask a question!" he didn't argue but once again said, "will you marry me?" and i said i'd have to think about it. what? no i didn't. i said YES! OF COURSE! we hugged and he asked me if i was gonna look at the ring. once i saw it and he put it on my finger i started freaking out by how flipping gorgeous it was. and then how heavy it felt on my finger! haha! he picked it out all by himself and he did a fabulous job! especially for a guy who hates to shop! we didn't have too long to relish the moment because we really needed to get back in the boat and make our way back to camp. besides, he knew there were lots of people anticipating our return.

as we (who am i kidding) as HE rowed back to camp i shot another picture. this time, with the ring.


 we arrived on the dock only to be embraced by our families and soon after friends who were there as well. lots of tears, hugs and photos were taken. i couldn't stop smiling obviously and just basking in God's goodness and faithfulness in my life. never could i have imagined a scenario like this, especially after the heartbreak i had been through. but God did! he dreamed it up for me long before i could and his plans are GOOD you guys! so very very good! i am so thankful that despite all the pain and all the tears that God gave me the strength to still have hope... to still believe that he would work all those things out for my good. jeff was a total surprise to me in every sense of the word... especially with our blind date start... but God knew i needed to be surprised. to not be in control of it but to just experience it. i'm sure my glow is radiating through these words right now because my heart is just so full of gratitude!

and for the 2nd question of when... well we are looking at the spring- april or may. so think of us as we try to work out the details! i am slightly overwhelmed already and the planning hasn't even really started yet!

i know this is getting long but i really must thank you- my readers, my friends, my family who have supported and loved me through the hardest of days. who always believed that God had the very best in mind for me. who didn't stop praying for me. there aren't enough words to tell you what it's meant to me. you know who you are. xoxo

I'M GETTING MARRIED!!!!!!!!!!!


grace and peace,

44 comments:

Katie @ Loves of Life said...

Sigh. I was sobbing with those last few paragraphs. As your sister, I couldn't be more happy for you. More in awe of how God worked out every step of the way for you. And so thrilled what a great man you have in Jeff. Hip hip hooray for wedding planning!!!! YEEE!!!

Justine said...

Yaaay!!! Congratulations!! You so deserve all this!! I'm way excited for you! :) Praise God!

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

I'm so glad you're finally getting your happy ending!! No one deserves it more! CONGRATS!!

Jessica said...

So excited for you!!

Meg G @ Pugs, Kisses, and Bumblebee Wishes said...

Sitting in my office, tears streaming down my cheeks as I read this. I know I have stalked/gushed on Instagram but it is just so amazing how God works and I am so so so happy for you. Even though I do not "know" you in real life, the honest way you share your heart is quite endearing and I forget that we are not IRL friends. I am so excited for you (and Jeff) and am SO looking forward to seeing all the wedding planning updates! Amen, sista!

Katie said...

WAHOO! This was so much fun to read! Congratulations! So excited for you!!!

Jodi said...

fantastic news, Susan! Yippee! And what a wonderful proposal story!

Evelien said...

Congratulations sweetie!!!
I'm soooo excited for you :)
You had me crying there haha! He's really romantic :)

Evelien said...

And by the way, my hubby is a Jeff too haha!

Samantha said...

I'm so happy that you got your happy ending! Best wishes to you and Congratulations to the groom!!

Laura said...

I saw your picture on IG and am SO SO happy for you! You're so right, God works out the details in our life. God is good! Congratulations!

Melissa said...

SO very happy for you!! I remember some of your posts while you were really broken hearted & I LOVE seeing how God is so faithful & brought you the man for you! He seems like SUCH a great guy! Love the pics in the kayak!

CONGRATS AGAIN!

Meredith said...

Amazing. Such big congrats to you both!

Lisa said...

So beautiful! Congratulations! :)

Nichole said...

Although I don't "know" you I want to wish you a Happy Engagement! Love the story and you look so happy!! Congrats! ;)

Mandy said...

You have me in tears!! What a beautiful beautiful story! Congratulations to you both!!!!

The Crummy Chronicles said...

Yay! So happy for you and Jeff seems like a great guy. You are both blessed to have each other and this next chapter of your life will be amazing!

CharisFaith said...

Congratulations!!! I love how God works all things together for our good!

rocketmommy said...

Congratulations! That's such wonderful news. The proposal was so sweet. I just loved reading the happiness in this post. Thanks for sharing it. :)

Hailey @ Me and My Boys said...

Yayy!!! I've been waiting for this post! What a beautiful story! Congratulations!!

Meghan said...

So I found your blog through Katie's, and I just want to say CONGRATS! Jeff sounds like a great man!

Amy E. said...

Wow, he is a wonderful man who sounds deserving of you. God is so good and I'm so glad you kept your hope and faith in Him so that he could bring someone so special into your life. Excited to hear wedding details!

Jess said...

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!

Congratulations, Susan!! I wish you and Jeff so many years of happiness :)

Shelze said...

I was sobbing as I read your blog post. It is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations on the man of your dreams, the man of God's plans and with the engagement. I will continue to pray that your heart is at ease as you plan for the next stage of your relationship! Congratulations again!

Carey said...

Bawling, BAWLING over here!! What a sweet proposal! I am so so so happy for you and as far as the amazing journey God has led you on....who would have ever figured out THIS was how it was going to end?! Ahhhh CONGRATS Susan!! :)<3

Kishah said...

I am so excited for you! God is in control of your life. He always know what's best and He sent you a man who believes in Him and treats you right! You are a blessed woman! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Praying for yoga and your marriage!

Xoxo

Meagan said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm getting a little teary eyed! You look beyond happy in those pictures! I love it!!!!

Rochelle Jones said...

Could not stop smiling. Thank you for this wonderful read at the end of my day. It made today so much more special hearing how happy you are and I can't wait to see all the wonderful things that are in store for you. <3

Jessica @ Acting Adult said...

Oh my, what a story! Congratulations, my dear! :)

Laura said...

Yay!!! Congratulations!!

Ashley @ Gratitude and Latitude said...

My heart so so very happy for you my sweet friend. Congratulations! You will make a stunning bride!

Erin said...

So over the moon happy for you on this new journey! God is so good. Best wishes sweet girl! You are going to make a beautiful bride!

Gina said...

You made me cry. I love this so much. You two are the most beautiful couple, and now I know he is as beautiful as you are inside too. Congrats, girlfriend. You deserve this. Don't you love how God put all the pieces back together for you? XOXO

Samantha said...

WOO HOO! Congratulations!!

ffprncez said...

congratulations!!! how exciting!!!!

Sarah-Life is what you make it said...

I am so so SO utterly happy for you Susan! Congrats :)

Noe said...

Words can not describe how happy I am for you Susie! ... I hope you share with us all the lil details.
We will love to hear!....Congrats and may the lord bless this union!

Jess @ Wrangling Chaos said...

I LOVE the photo of you with the ring. I can see the happy. It's amazing.

What's wrong with me that I thought 'OMG HE BROUGHT AN iPAD IN A KAYAK?". Yeah. These are the things I think about.

Congratulations. Many of them.

Ruth Witmer said...

So blessed to have watched the Lord orchestrate this journey that you have gone through and see His faithfulness through it all! He has transformed you and refined you and showed you that you are worthy of this kind of love. So happy that God put you two together with a little bit of help from me. :). I love you both so very much. Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Susan!!

I am a faithful male reader, and have been checking in since June for a word -- what wonderful news! May you and Jeff have many wonderful years of bliss.

ROSS

Shannon Dew said...

I am just now reading this and OMG I want to cry tears of excitement for you! Such a wonderful story! I could not be happier for you!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

i could not be happier for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you are going to be one stunning bride!!!

Taylor said...

Yay!!! This made me cry because I'm just sooo happy for you!! You deserve it!!!!

Ashley B. said...

Congratulations! (Late I know, I just discovered your blog.) :)
I wanted to let you know that when my boyfriend proposed to me New Years Eve 2011, we had been dating for one year and on that day he also told me he loved me for the first time. Many were shocked to hear this too. It was such an amazing feeling hearing those words and knowing he stood completely, 100% behind them and the commitment! Best of luck to you and hubby-to-be while planning your wedding! :)