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!