Today I write to you with some very exciting news! My brother, Brad, proposed to his girlfriend (now fiance) Jessica 🙂 We are so excited for them and for the blessing to be part of their very special day!
It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so after a quick background story, we can let the pictures speak for themselves…
For many many weeks, Brad has been brainstorming with us about different ideas for proposals. Yesterday while driving from our grandmother’s house in Mississippi to Jacksonville, FL, Brad announced his plan: to propose to Jess after watching the sunrise on the beach. We brainstormed and worked out all of the details… Brad would surprise Jess by waking her up early and taking her to the beach. The coffee would already be waiting for her in the car…
Mom, Mrs. Catherine and I were the “reconnaissance team,” and our day began early with a quick run to Starbucks.
Then we were off to the beach! While Mrs. Catherine and Mom waited in the car (With the car off of course! We had to be sneaky), I hid behind a palm tree to start my stealthy mission of snapping pictures of the proposal without being seen. 😉 The picture below is of Brad and Jess walking from the car and towards the boardwalk to go down to the beach…
I was right behind them the whole time, and–praise the Good Lord–they never saw me!
When the coast was clear, Mom and Mrs. Catherine even came out to hide out too!
While laying spread out within the thick of the sea oats, I prayed that God would send some birds to have for some pictures. Guess what happened shortly after…
The big question!
She said “Yes!”
“I will betroth you to me forever.
I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy.
I will betroth you to me in faithfulness.
And you shall know the Lord.”
Even while here tonight and think back on the wonderful morning that we had, I praise God for it all: the weather, the sunrise, the birds, the peace that He gave to Brad, the “yes” that came from Jess’s lips, the tears, the smiles, the laughter… Most of though, there is one thing that I am most thankful for, and that is the reminder of God’s patient and perfect love.
Over the past few years, it has been my joy and privilege to watch the way that God has molded and shaped both Brad and Jess. From friends to fiances, they have grown together in love and care for one another in a relationship that will only grow even deeper as they further pursue marriage. With this, I pray that the truth of God’s love for them as His very own bride will grow even deeper. May it be God’s glory alone that is continually revealed as they proceed step-by-step in this exciting, new step closer together in this journey of life!
To Brad and Jess, I love you both so very much and am sooo excited!!! Y’all are precious 🙂
Happy engagement and Happy New Year!