Friday, August 22, 2008

The long awaited announcement

So, I haven't blogged all summer, and now you hear from me three times in a week!!!

Much to say... so little time to blog....

Ok, enough dragging on the suspense! Yes, all my friends, the night has ended for me. Paul proposed last night in a beautiful simple way that is exactly us. The date has been set for Oct. 18. We even had our first pre-marital counseling session with our pastor yesterday.

But as for the good stuff that all girls love to know: I think I have mentioned our fire pit in the back yard. Having fires after the kids are in bed had become quite common for us and very special. We bought a swing a month or so ago, so the fire time is quite cozy.

It has been quite cool the last few nights here, so we made a fire and were sipping some great flavored tea and I was eating some of my favorite Dove chocolates. We talked of some of the stuff we had just discussed in counseling with Pastor and yes, of the challenges that lay ahead of us with blending the kids together. Paul so sweetly reassured me of his love for the Lord, me, and the kids. He said many other sweet things that I will save for just us, but before I really even realized what was happening, he was before me on one knee, the fire behind him, asking me to be his bride. The setting was perfect as the fire light reflected off the diamonds. Naturally, the tears began to flow, and the only word that I could find was "yes."

A year and a half ago it seemed my world had ended. I was alone with four small children to raise. I felt no one could possible want someone with four kids and was some one else's reject. It is still hard for me to see myself the way others see me. My pastor called me a "precious gem" that Paul must love more than his own life. I do believe he does!

I do plan to write more in the coming days on my process to marriage. School starts on Mon.-- maybe then I will have some free time to write!! Yeah, right!

Here's some pics that I have taken today of my new ring! He picked perfectly-- set in white gold, it has three stones in the middle and then three small stones on each side for a total of nine diamonds!!


Anonymous said...

WOW What a change for you! God will thrill you in his own time.

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening, accompanied by the harp and lute and the harmony of the lyre. You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done." Psalm 92:1-4

Rebekah said...

Congratulations! It's great to see the what the Lord can do if we let Him! :-)


Stacy said...

Congratulations! So happy for you and your kids.

mitchells2000 said...

CONGRATULATIONS! So happy for you and Paul and your family (well, what will be your family!) Beautiful ring, too... Awesome what God does, huh?

Betsy said...

Congratulations! So exciting to see how God has worked through everything. Can't wait to hear more!

Heidi said...

Congratulations. All I can say is Wow. Looking forward to hearing the plans for the future.
Will be praying for you as you work on blending your families.

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

Friend of a friend... I have kept up with you for awhile now. :-)

This is just so wonderful. The post actually gave me goose bumps. God is so good!!!

Ann-Marie said...

Okay, so imagine me running towards you, jumping up and down and shrieking hysterically!!! AAAAHHHHHH! WOOOOO! HOOOOO! AAAAAAHHHH!

YEA!!!!!!! This makes me oh-so-happy for you, and I promise I'll be praying for you, Paul, and the whole blended family!


P.S. - The ring is beautiful! Great job, Paul!

Juliet said...

Congratulations! What a joy!

May the Lord RICHLY bless !

Katie said...

Yeeee!! Oh, Jennittia, what a beautiful story! Oh, I just cried and cried when I read this! I am so happy for you!

We NEED to get together soon!

What an exciting time! I am so happy for both of you!