Engaged!! From His side
I have a big announcement to share…I am engaged to the love of my life: Taylor Whitehouse! We have been dating about a year (April 29th). We are both passionate about going into missions and devoting our lives to full time ministry. So here is the story of how I asked Taylor from my perspective. If you would like to read about it from her perspective you can go to her blog. Warning! It is long so if you may want to make sure you have the time.
My story began a month ago. You see I was planning on buying the ring in mid March, but God had other plans. Because my car suddenly decided to break down. So I saw the ring fund zapped on the very day that I was planning on buying the ring! But by God’s grace and provision, I had some people feel lead to help support me through the time. Mean while, I have been working on getting funded again. I had stayed at 33% for about 1.5 years and just been content being there, but due to life changes realized that I needed to be more proactive about raising support and letting people know that I am a faith supported missionary because most people didn’t know. In a month I saw my support jump up to 64%! God is so good and his provision is amazing!
So because of God’s provision, I had the ability to buy the ring the Wed before Easter; and I picked it up on the Monday after Easter. The next day April 2, I met with Taylor’s parents, Steve and Terri, and asked for their daughter’s hand in marriage. They granted it and wanted to know the timeline I was thinking. Much to their pleasant surprise, I whipped out a ring and said well how about in 10 days?
So the next 10 days were some of the longest days of my life. I eventually put the ring in my sock drawer so that I wouldn’t look at it every day. I had a lot to do and so I planned it out. I was going to do a scavenger hunt/ Amazing Race for her. She had always wanted to be on the Amazing race and she was turning 21 so she was now eligible.
So the big day had arrived April 13, 2013. I picked her up at 11am after a crazy morning of making sure everything was in place. She looked stunning. She had on blue pants and a grayish blue shirt and scarf. We got a quick bite to eat and then left. Because she had wanted to be engaged and wanted me to save up for a ring she insisted that I not buy her any thing. Because of this I gave her three rules with the instructions.
- There would be no complaining (about buy stuff)
- There would be no arguing (about having stuff bough)
- There would be no resisting (about the things I would buy)
Then I handed her the first clue. Which said
“Run run as fast as you can. But you might want to take shelter because it is about to down pore!”
This lead us to an empty house we took shelter in for a walk. So she got her first character quality that I appreciated and a second clue:
You might want to make a fruit salad. But on the way stop and do some exercise first.
Because she turned 21 there were 21 locations and 21 character qualities I appreciated.
Go to Clarks Creek and be a little kid
It was at this point that we had made our way from Puyallup to Seattle’s discovery park. The final clue took us to a lighthouse where we could see the Puget Sound for miles. I gave her the last character quality I appreciated which was love. I wrote a poem describing how I appreciated it and how I saw that she modeled what the scripture taught. Then I read for her Eph. 5:25-33 and promised to her to love her like Christ does, to sacrifice for her like Christ did, and to put her first. At this point I got on one knee and asked her to marry me!
She was so surprised, she stood there with her hands over her mouth and all she could say was “Is this for real?” “Are you serious?”. It was great. Then we just hung out for 10 minutes and let it sink in. The joy of the moment was glorious.
We had to leave pretty quickly after that because the worst hailstorm I had ever seen hit us on the way back to the car. After we hiked the mile back we were soaked but happy. We still went to P.F Changs for dinner soaked and all. The staff there was super kind and even wrote on our plate Congratulations!
We then headed home for a surprise party I had planned for her birthday/engagement. It was really cool to announce it to all our friends and family as we celebrated. It wasn’t till after the party that she came out of shock and really let it sink in. But we are both happy and excited to be married on Aug 17, 2013!
To God be the glory
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