At Thanksgiving last year, I was flying back to Atlanta from Lincoln Nebraska, my hometown. I got delayed 30 measly minutes. It's never enough to make much of a difference, but this time, it caused me to miss the last connecting flight out of Minneapolis. It meant I couldn't fly out until the next day and I was going to have to foot the bill for a hotel, because somehow, without a cloud in the sky on either end, it was weather related.
I sat waiting for the shuttle to the hotel and stress threatened to steal my peace. I decided to take a second to pray. I said, "Lord, I do not know what good you have planned for me, but I'm not going to let this get to me. I'm going to trust you."
I hopped on the shuttle, got 6 hours of sleep, boarded a plane the next morning and hit the ground running at work. A few days later I decided to check this dating app thing I had. There was a cute man who started talking to me and we were enjoying each other's conversations. The point of the app was to meet people near you, so when I saw that he was a good 900 miles away I asked if he was traveling for work. He wasn't. "I live in Maple Grove MN," he said, and loves it up there.
I figured that would be the end of our conversations. I thought we would both decide long distance is too hard and move on with the rest of our lives. But for some reason, we kept talking. He called a few days later and our first "date" was a FaceTime conversation. He even wore a tie to make a good first impression :) Maybe a month after our first phone call he bought a plane ticket to visit me in Atlanta. By the end of that weekend visit we both knew we didn't want to let each other go.
It's been a whirlwind of flights back and forth, meeting families, lots of FaceTime and phone calls.
Fast forward to last weekend [but slow fast forward or you'll miss the whole thing. We've only known each other since Thanksgiving, remember.] I had a work event Thursday evening I was preparing for. At just the moment I was going to leave to pick up 2 of my colleagues to join me for the event, my roommate called to tell me our alarm had gone off. With our history of break-in a year ago, I raced home to see if there was someone in our house.
I had only SORT of thought it through. I got in the front door after parking my car for a fast and easy exit, and the alarm wasn't going off. Also, there was a big bouquet of flowers in the entry way. I was so confused as to why someone would break into my house to leave me flowers. I was trying to figure it out for a solid 2 minutes, just staring at the gorgeous flowers.
Finally, from the kitchen, I heard a sheepish and familiar voice say, "hello??" Jason was sitting there all the while worried I had mace in my hand and if I came around the corner to see a man sitting there, that he was going to get a face-full of it.
I came around the corner and gave him a gigantic hug, still expecting to have to race off to the work event. I think I said something like, "I'm so happy to see you. What are you doing here? I have to work." He assured me he had taken care of all of it. In fact, he'd roped in several of my friends for an airport ride, for the work diversion, and the fake house alarm. He proposed pretty much right then and there. I, of course, said yes, because I can't imagine being without him now that I know the wonder of him. My friends generously threw us an engagement party, and we spent the rest of the weekend wedding planning and registering before he had to fly back to Minnesota.
All along the way there has been assurance after assurance that we are the man and woman for each other. Through dreams, affirmation of friends and family, fleeces we placed before the Lord only to have Him graciously and patiently confirm them again and again to both of us. We're so thankful!
We'll get married on October 11th in Atlanta, and then make the move from Georgia to Minnesota. This entire year so far has been an extension of all the firsts I started last year. Only this time, they feel orchestrated by Someone else, and I'm so thankful for God's hand on Jason and me. Neither of us have planned a wedding before, so I'm certain between now and October we're going to have a lot of stories to tell.
Thanks for your love and support! We're overflowing.