Monday, April 9, 2012

I'm Engaged!

We just returned from the Shiloh 150th reenactment last week.....and I have some wonderful news to share!

I am engaged!



Jordan and I first met briefly back in 2008 at a get-together at a mutal friend's house during a visit to Tennessee. Since then he and my brother kept up a 'phone friendship' off and on, then last November we met up again when my brother invited him to come down to Texas to stay with us to work on a month-long job we had going. So, with Jordan working with my brothers during the week, and spending week-ends and rain days at our house, it was a great time to get to know each other and we began finding out just how much we had in common. We were both praying separately about a possible future relationship and both felt strongly that God was leading us toward each other. Just before Christmas as Jordan was preparing to go home, he asked my father for permission to court me.

As Jordan left to go back home to Tenneseee soon after, we started talking on the phone quite alot! A month later, at the end of January, my whole family was able to go to Tennessee to visit our friends for a week and meet Jordan's family.


We had been talking about attending the Shiloh 150th reenactment since last summer, and were very much looking forward to finally being there! I was anticipating it even more since Jordan would be there! It ended up just being my two brothers and I driving up for it, and we got there on Wednesday night.
Jordan asked me to get up early and come see the sunrise with him on Friday morning. I was completely surprised when he asked me to marry him, and presented me with this lovely antique ruby ring.
And I of course said 'yes'! So happy! :)


We snapped these few impromptu engagement photos on Saturday morning, as it ended up raining most of the rest of the day on Friday.



We both feel that the best part of our story is that we can see God's fingerprints all over it! :) It's humbling and incredble to know what a loving Father we have, who would design two people to be such a perfect match for each other.



I know when the time comes, it will be hard to leave my family and Texas,
but I'm already beginning to love the beautiful Middle Tennesee countryside.

After the reenactment we had a wonderful couple of days at Jordan's house spending time with his family, wading in the creek, watching another sunrise, taking walks in the woods, and picking wildflowers.



I feel so incredibly happy and blessed and am looking forward to the new life God is presenting to me!
Jordan is currently working on building our house,
and we are planning a period 1860s wedding for next year!

56 comments:

Lilac Bud Gal said...

I've been waiting for this new ever since you told us about him and you courting!!!! I'm SO SO SO happy for you, Atlanta!!!!! :):):)
I'm sure the wedding will be lovely. :)

Debi said...

WOW! How romantic and CONGRATS!!

Rowenna said...

Congrats! I met my husband doing historical reenactment and we had a long-distance relationship--and five years of marriage so far :) All best wishes to you!

PS Will we get to see wedding gown production in process? ;)

a Matula ikrek said...

Congratulations, Atlanta, you are such a lovely couple! :o)

Stephanie Ann said...

Congratulations! You'll have to keep us posted!

Miss Virginia said...

How lovely!! I am so happy for you! Contgratulations! :)

Megan Martin said...

Congratulations!!! What a wonderful story about how you two met, it's absolutely lovely! :D Congrats again!

Rachel Nicole said...

Aww! That's so awesome! Congratulations!

Naomi said...

wow!! I am so happy for you!! Congratulations!!
I must say that Jordan is getting a very special woman for his wife!!
Love you~Naomi

Desiree said...

Congratulations! I am very happy for you.

Melody said...

Wow! Congratulations! And an 1860s wedding! *Happy sigh* Such a sweet story, and I love the pictures! Thank you for sharing. Congratulations again!

Natasha Marie said...

Oh!! Congratulations, Atlanta!!! =D
What a beautiful, beautiful story of how you two meet and a such a romantic proposal. And a period 1860s wedding! :)

Blessings,
~Tasha~

Naomi said...

BTW I forget to say that I love your wedding ring!! (:

Michelle said...

This could not be any cooler! I am so happy for you! I Loved all the pictures! It is so neat that you got an antique ring! I'm sure your wedding will be a dream!

Rozy Lass said...

Congratulations! What a sweet story. May God continue to guide and bless you.

Riah said...

Congrats!! Have y'all set a date? Itsn't it amazing to be engaged to the man you love?

Darby May said...

Two things.
ONE: This is the most beautiful story ever. I am so happy for you. I am literally crying right now. :)
TWO: That is the most beautiful ring I've ever seen.

Congratulations! :D

~Darby May~

Issy said...

Congratulations!!! :) That is wonderful news! And your ring is gorgeous. I second Rowenna's comment - please can you post photos of your wedding gown! :)

Mary said...

Congratulations!!! I wish you the best and much love in your life together!!!

Kristin said...

Congrats! :) I'm so happy for you, and the two of you look so sweet together.

~Kristin

Emily said...

Oh my goodness!!! Congrats! I absolutely love the idea of a 1860's wedding. SO cool! Lovely pictures!

Sarah Dawneé said...

Congratulations!

This was such a wonderful story!
I'm very happy for you and he chose a wonderful ring. =)

Vicki said...

You are such a lovely couple, and I love the story behind it all! Congratulations to you both!

~Vicki
deckedoutinruffles.blogspot.com

Bethany Lynn said...

Congratulations! What a sweet story! To God be the glory!

Sophie Covey said...

So happy for you, Atlanta! Congrats!
Maybe we'll see you sometime this year at reenactment...

Purity Leigh said...

I just happened to stumble upon your blog today and I must say that you do some pretty impressive work. I'm so happy to hear about your engagement. Congratulations! I assume you will sew your wedding dress?

the momma (aka Shannon) said...

congrats! You are going to make a lovely bride...I truly can't wait to see all the details.

cindy-the vintage hat shop said...

Congrats. Wishing you the best. Can't wait to read about the wedding planning.

Amy said...

What a beautiful story! I'm so excited for you. And he's already building your house! It's a charmed life (the God kind) for you, my dear girl. You are so lovely, and you both look so sweet together!

Jordon -- congratulations! You have really got yourself a good woman there!

Allison Elizabeth said...

Ahh! Ahh! Ahh! So sweet! I'm so happy for you guys. :)) (btw.. you guys are a super cute couple. ;) )

-Allison

Abigail said...

Oh, that's so exciting! Congratulations! May God bless you both! :)

Joanna said...

Congratulations!

Avonlea_dreamer said...

Oh Atlanta! Isn't that wonderful!!

I wish you every happiness!

Rachael Younger said...

Congratulations! Marriage has been a wonderful process and learning experience, and so I'm excited to see someone else taking the plunge!

My engagement ring has a ruby in it, also. I get lots of oohs and ahhs as its unique. I bet you will, too.

Rachael

Scullery Maid said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful love story. Thank you for reminding us that there are still real gentlemen out there(besides brothers). I know very few young men that I would want to marry, but you have given me hope.

Alexandra said...

Oh my!!!! I'm so happy for you!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brooke said...

What a gorgeous story! I'm so thrilled for you both!!! *squeal* :D An 1860's wedding is going to be positively wonderful! Praying God's blessings for both of you! ♥

Rebecca said...

congratulations!!

Really looking forward to those stunning wedding photos!

God bless, ~Rebecca

hannahlouise said...

Congratulations! At this point in time I'm still waiting and I hope that God will one day give me a love story to tell my children!

Krafty Girl said...

Beautiful!! Congrats! God Bless both of you!

elle.mental said...

It is difficult in this day to find a young man who is willing to court instead of date... It looks as though you have many like interests and he is quite handsome! What a blessing! I am so very happy for you both! I pray that the Father will bless your union with peace, hope, prosperity and joy!

Fairlightday said...

Congratulations on your engagement!!! What a sweet story you and your intended will have. Knowing that your love story is orchestrated by God is an incredibly overwhelming feeling and realizing how great is His love for you that He would plan something just so suited for you is very humbling.
Your little photo shoot is lovely and I especially love the 1st and 5th pictures. And you were at the Shiloh reenactment!??! My parents live right outside of there in the Savannah area. The Shiloh museum/visitors center actually sells handmade soaps and lip balm that my mom and I make.
You will love TN. After many camping trips and visits to my parents farm, my husband and I dream of living there some day.
Sorry for such a long comment, but I've been reading your blog for about 3 months now and have enjoyed every minute of it. I love seeing how other people take their passion and skills and do something they love with it.You are an inspiration.

Again, congratulations and many blessings on your journey. I can not wait to see your story unfold.

Kellie said...

I am so happy for you, Atlanta! Congratulations! This is such a blessed surprise.

You two make a beautiful couple, both inside and out, and I am excited to see how and where God leads you next. You've been an inspiration in my life, and I would love to meet you one day:)

Hugs and prayers for you during this exciting time!
--Kellie

Atlanta said...

Thank you so much, everyone for your very very kind comments! I so do appreciate in yall taking time to share in my happiness!

Yes, I will be making my own wedding dress, and I will be posting about it along the way, as well as about the other wedding preparations...! :)

Chip said...

Atlanta! How wonderful! I am so happy for you. :D May you be blessed in your future and the many exciting changes that are ahead of you.

Sarah said...

Congratulations to both you and Jordan!! :) God is good!
-Sarah

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!

Caytlin Sebo

Starlie said...

Oh, how lovely! Congratulations! God bless both of you! (He already has!)

Rachel Heffington said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! :) This made my day!

Anonymous said...

Atlanta,

SO very happy for you and Jordan!!! Love the engagement pictures and my very best wishes to you both!!

On another note, I am so glad that I found you on Etsy for that first commission. You continue to amaze me at your dressmaking skills and passion for historical accuracy. Can't wait to see more about your dress and period wedding details!!

-Brian Nickens

Lexie said...

I just came across your blog congratulations you and your fiance are adorable together and your ring is so pretty!

Hana - Marmota said...

I'm late with my congratulations, too - mostly because I felt shy, but whatever! Congratulations!
The Tennessee countryside looks very lovely.

Lindsey said...

Congratulations! I'm sure your period 1860s wedding will be beautiful!

Miss_Rachel said...

Oh wow. What a lovely pair you make! :) I am so happy for you, Atlanta! :) :) :) I pray that you may have many happy and blessed years together. May HYH always have his hand upon you!
congratulations! I can't wait to see what you do with your wedding! :)
blessings!
-Ra'chel

Rosie said...

How wonderful! I am so happy for both of you, Atlanta :)
~~Rosie

Diamond Ring Solutions said...

Wow! Congratulations and you surely did melt your readers' hearts! And that ruby ring is as great as diamond engagement rings! Years of happiness and love for you both!

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