An Introduction & Announcement

I’ve started this post dozens of times in my head over the last two weeks, and have wondered for years what I would say when the time came to say it. So many emotions swirling, my head is spinning, and I can’t seem to make words flow the way I want them to. But I have something to share with you, sweet readers, and I want to share it well, so I’m doing my best to just get the words out, even if it’s difficult.

The Thursday before last I wrote a blog post about where I am with business, about the questions and fears I faced, and the truth I fought hard to remember. But it wasn’t the full story. Nothing over the past 9 months has been the full story, because other things were happening in my life that affected my heart, but were too close for me to share.

Until now, that is. 

Just hours after I hit the “publish” button on that blog post, I stood facing a man that I have come to love more than I knew was humanly possible, and watched in absolutely shock as he knelt on one knee and told me, for the first time, that he loved me, that there was no one else in the world he would rather wake up next to in 40 years, and then he gave me a ring, and my head is still spinning, because I can’t believe this is real life.

How did it happen? I’m so glad that you asked. 🙂 (WARNING: long post alert!)

An Introduction

His name is Joseph Buckley Bradshaw, but he goes by Buck. He was born and raised in South Carolina, and has just the tiniest hint of a southern accent. He’s the most steady, humble, honest man I’ve ever met. He loves dancing, coffee, travel, people, laughter, the show “Psych“, family, bowties, and most of all, the Gospel. He has dark hair that’s starting to gray, he wears glasses and a short beard, he loves plaid and the color green. He is perhaps the most intentional person I’ve ever met, and that’s saying a lot.

Our Story | Pre-dating

How we metBuck moved to DC for grad school in 2007, and joined our church (Capitol Hill Baptist) a few months later. He was very involved and deeply invested in the church community. Then he moved to Haiti for work in the summer of 2010. I started attending CHBC in December, and finally moved up to Capitol Hill in June of 2011 (you can read all about that decision and why I moved in this blog post). I poured myself into church relationship and built my life into the community, and did so very quickly. It turns out that many of my friends were also his friends… but had no idea he existed, because he was out of the country. He left his job in Haiti and moved back to DC in October, 2011. Just a day or two later, a bunch of friends went out for FroYo after Bible study. I joined late, and noticed a new face at the opposite end of our group. I stopped to talk with a friend as we walked out the door, and felt rude not introducing myself to this guy waiting patiently nearby. So I introduced myself, and that was that. Buck doesn’t remember this, but swears it’s because “it was too dark to see your curls.” Awwwwwww. 🙂

A few weeks later I was at a movie night at some friends’ house (where, as it happens, Buck was staying, and later moved into that house permanently). Buck walked in halfway through the movie, and, “I saw this gorgeous curly head sitting over on the couch.” That’s his first memory of me.

Becoming friends: Because we had so many of the same friends, we often ended up at the same events. Just a month after we met, about 30 of us drove out to a nighttime corn maze. We were in the same carpool vehicle on the way there, we walked and talked through the entire maze, and I was absolutely struck by Buck’s depth, his love for Christ, and his perspective on so many of the things I thought were important, particularly his love for the Gospel. By the end of the night, I was very aware that I liked him, a lot.

Over the next months, we ran into each other a lot— at Church, at friends’ houses, at social functions, etc. And I went from curious to interested to “oooohhhh, I need to be careful, because I think I’m starting to really like him.” Besides his rugged good looks, his incredible sense of humor, and his deep, resounding laughter, he was a man of character, of integrity, of leadership, with a precious servants’ heart. He moved back from Haiti without a job, and it took him 9-10 months to find one. Instead of wasting that time playing video games or feeling sorry for himself, he tried to serve as often as possible— he drove elderly church members to doctors appointments, he started teaching children’s Sunday School, he got involved with our Church’s International Student Ministry, he started meeting with a Chinese student to help him practice his English, and more. I watched him struggle with discouragement when, once again, he didn’t get a job, but also saw the way he intentionally used his time and was firm in his trust in the Lord.

And all of this time my emotions were going crazy. With every interaction, my respect for him grew, and I felt my heart growing increasingly attracted to him. But Buck, being the man of character that he is, didn’t give me a single indication that he was remotely interested in me. He was polite and cordial and friendly, but not a anything more than that. I had nothing to latch onto that would cause me to say, “well, maybe he likes me!”

Learning trust & waiting well: Buck’s carefulness was really hard for me. I liked him— a lot— but I had no reason to believe that he liked me, and that was hard to deal with. But it wasn’t the first time I’d been in this spot. And if there’s anything that I’ve learned over the past 28 years of my life, it’s that love for Christ is infinitely more important than having things that I want, and often God uses my desires to teach me to love Him more. My attraction to Buck was a sweet practice for me to trust God with unknowns (as He says here), believing that He has good planned for His children (as He says here and here and here), uprooting idolatry (as He says here), and waiting on Him for whatever He chose to do (as He says here and here and here and here). Was it hard? Heck yeah. Did it hurt sometimes? Yes— by  March of 2011 it got so hard that I decided I couldn’t really be around him anymore and needed to distance myself, because I liked him too much, and I needed to care well for my heart. Did I get frustrated with God, and wonder why on earth did you even let me like this guy in the first place??!? Yes. Often. But the bottom line is this: I trust God with my life, and the full course of it. I believe that He is fully sovereign, good, wise, and kind, and deals tenderly with His children. He has planned out my days, and does all things for His glory and my good. So even when I don’t understand what’s going on, I trust that my God sees all things, and controls all things, and I can rest in that. I wrote about a lot of this in a Q & A post on singleness, here.

And then suddenly…July of 2012 came around, and guess what? I still liked Buck. Toward the end of the month Buck and another friend of ours got jobs right around the same time, and my roommate and I  hosted a dinner for them to celebrate their employment. Yes, it was with some ulterior motives, but I’d prayed faithfully for months for both of these men to find jobs, and they both knew that, so it seemed like a good excuse. This was the first night that I thought, “… maybe??”

I saw him more over those next few weeks than I’d seen him over the previous months— mostly by accident, or so it seemed. My heart was going crazy every day, and I was doing everything in my power to not think of him as anything more than a sweet brother in Christ. And then one night after Bible study we stood in the hallway at Church talking with a group of friends. One by one, they all left the conversation, until it was just the two of us standing there, and he asked if I had plans Friday night. “Would you like to get dinner?” I was shocked, and it was all I could do to keep from coming out of my skin. I said yes, and then left as soon as possible. And didn’t sleep for the next few nights, and could barely eat. WHAT ON EARTH??!?!?

Our Story | First Date

He took me on a photo walk. How sweet, right? First along H Street NE, then at the Capitol, then we did dinner at Pacifico Cantina (where I couldn’t eat, I was so nervous!!), then finished up looking over our pictures at Buzz Bakery. (Crazy man was up in VT with a bunch of guy friends the week before, and shaved to have a mustache. And kept it for our first date. I had such a hard time taking him seriously!)

Our Story | Dating

Our first date was August 17, 2012. We “made it official” (aka, had the “defining relationships” talk) on September 1, 2012, at a close friends’ wedding. My sweet roommate Lindsey made us take our first pictures together. #awkward!!

From there, we just spent time getting to know one another. We set up regular date nights (I love Thursdays!!!), talked to one of our pastors about hanging out with him and his wife on a regular basis (for accountability and just to have someone involved in our lives), and did our best to get to know one another. Saturday brunches, where we looked through each others’ pictures from growing up, Tuesday nights working together in International Student Ministry, sitting together at Church, phone calls, texts, etc.

Dating wasn’t a hard, bumpy road, by any stretch of the imagination— but neither of us wanted to date long, both really wanted to be married, and both struggled for the first few months to know how to do this well. After so many years of keeping my heart on lockdown, I found it very difficult to open up and be vulnerable with Buck. For Buck, we both knew that I was much more emotionally “in” than he was at the beginning, and he dealt with a good bit of uncertainty. But compared to other couples we know, dating was, for the most part, sweet. (we both agree that we’re just excited to be married. we loved dating each other, but hated dating, in general)

At an International Student Ministry (ISM) outing in September

Introducing Buck to my hometown | maybe the best “us” picture I know of | Christmas party in DecemberThanksgiving with my familyAt a dear friends’ wedding reception (we really like weddings!)Random crazy picture, sometime around ChristmasIn Atlanta for New Years, for an annual get-together with his closest friends from college. I loved them ALL. Thankful for friends with cameras. 🙂Myrtle Beach in January to meet his parentsPretending we’re tourists in our own city.
The LumineersMumford & Sons for Valentine’s Day!
At another friends’ wedding— Buck was emcee, I was photographer. 12 hours in NYC (I’ll blog more of that trip later)
Visiting friends in Richmond (again, grateful for friends with good cameras!)

The Proposal

A few weeks ago, we sat down with our calendars and planned out date nights through the end of June. Yes, we’re planners, and we’re totally okay with that. 🙂 Thursday, May 2 was a scheduled photo walk. The plan was for us to eat dinner by ourselves beforehand, to meet up around 7:30, walk around and take pictures along H Street NE, and then visit a newly-renovated coffee shop at the end of the evening. Just casual, sweet time. The day before, however, Buck texted me and said, “Pick up time is 5pm tomorrow!” and I freaked out— oh my gosh, he’s going to propose.

Now, let me just stop right here and say that, just like when we were friends and I didn’t know that he liked me and I fought soooo hard to keep from reading into things, I did that same thing leading up to the proposal. For months now I knew that we both just… knew. I knew we were going to marry each other. We hadn’t talked about it. We never went ring shopping. We never talked timing (though I was sooooo tempted, and did bring it up once or twice). I just knew. It’s really hard to explain, and if I were to give you the reasons why/how I knew, they wouldn’t make sense to anyone else. But I just knew. However, I disciplined myself to not think ahead to wedding, to not think about the proposal, to not read into anything, because I didn’t want to be disappointed if something didn’t happen. And most of all, I just wanted to enjoy time with Buck whenever I was with him. So even though I knew it was coming soon, and everything surrounding the proposal pointed to it, I disciplined myself to not think it.

Even so, I made sure my nails were done and that I wore a cute outfit. Which is good, because he was dressed well, and wearing a bowtie. I promise you, we did not plan to coordinate so well that evening, but look at us!!

Quick version: He reenacted our first date. Photo walk on H Street NE, then photos at the Capitol (where he proposed), then dinner at Pacifico Cantina, then a quick stop at his house, then wrapping it up with coffee at Buzz Bakery. Amazing.

We started on H Street, like we originally planned. Just for a few minutes. Then he asked if I was ready for the second location? Second location?!? What on earth. No, he’s not proposing. Sure! Let’s go. We drove over to our Church, and when we parked, he said, “Actually I have a gift for you… mostly since it was our 8 month anniversary yesterday,” and he pulled out this beautiful box that looked like a book. Inside was a green journal that I had given him back in October, and that he told me he has been writing in. He calls it his “Book of Sarah,” and on it he wrote reasons that he likes me, or things that I do that he likes. “Because I want you to be absolutely certain that I do, indeed, like you,” he said. My heart melted. Awwwwwww. And then we got out and started toward the Capitol.

We walked around the Capitol for awhile. It was “magic hour,” that perfect time of day where the light goes golden and everything is peaceful and feels quiet. He made us pretend like we’re tourists and ask people to take our picture. What I didn’t know is that he was trying to distract me from seeing our friend Tim, who was following us with a camera.

We walked down toward the Visitor’s Center, where there were no people around. We talked about how much we love the gray granite and the green ivy all around there, that the color combination is just so sweet. And then he handed me his camera and asked if I would take a look at the pictures he’d taken and see what I think. “Sure, if you take a look at mine!” He said he would in a second, but needed to grab something from his backpack first.

Side story: The Monday before, Buck and Tim (who was following us) had gone to the Capitol to “stage” the proposal via pictures. Buck had switched out the memory cards when we were on H Street, so when I looked through the pictures on his camera, I was supposed to see this:

But instead, I scrolled BACKWARDS, and saw this:I gasped and nearly dropped the camera, and then this happened:
Most girls I talk to say that they don’t really remember what their fiancé said when he proposed. I remember everything that Buck said. There are lots of other things that I don’t remember, like how two cameras and a camera bag left my hands and arms and ended up safely on the ground, or what I said and how he went from being on his knee to holding me tight, but I remember all of the words.

Sarah, there was a time back in January that we were walking along H Street at night, and talking about our relationship and direction, and about how there was uncertainty, especially on my part. About two weeks later, all of that was gone, and I knew. I knew— that I want you. That there is no other person in the world that I would rather wake up next to in forty years. And then he said “Sarah—” and I said yes. I don’t even remember him asking me to marry him. And then he picked me up, and told me, for the first time, that he loved me. No, I didn’t cry. I was so overwhelmed by the fact that it was happening— really happening, right then— that I went completely numb with shock. It was all so much all at once. To go from fighting against reading into things, and guessing timeframes, to seeing him on one knee, and he’s giving me a ring, and telling me that he wants me for the rest of our lives, and that he loves me, and it was all so much all at once that I couldn’t take it in. I’m soooooooo so glad that we have it documented, though. I cried for the first time Saturday morning, when I first looked at these pictures.

We took a few pictures around the Capitol, and then we stopped by his house where he arranged a group of our closest DC friends to surprise me with a party. I pretty much didn’t talk, I was so overwhelmed. And then we went to Buzz Bakery, and stared at each other until they kicked us out. Whenever I interview with a couple about photographing their wedding, I like to ask them when/how they knew that this was the person they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with. Their answers vary— for some it’s like a flash of lightening; for others more like a slow dawn and one day they just realize that they know; for others it’s a decision that combines logic and emotion; and some have a combination of those experiences. I have no idea what mine was like. You would think that I would know, since I ask that question so often. But I don’t. It was slow, and dawning, and yes, there were moments when I felt more convinced than others, but I honestly think it had more to do with learning to trust God and trust Buck for what the future would hold, and less to do with being convinced of my own knowledge in the fact. I knew months before he asked me out that he was the kind of man I wanted to marry— his character, his strengths, his love for Christ, his leadership, and his servant’s heart were all things that I saw in Buck, and knew I needed in a husband. Somewhere, at some point, it changed from “someone like Buck” to “Buck,” and I don’t know when that change took place. But it did, and there is literally no other man in the world I could dream of loving and trusting and spending the rest of my life with, besides Buck Bradshaw.

I took these pictures on our first date. At the bottom of the stairs on the left is where he proposed. Amazing.I’m still overwhelmed. It’s all so surreal. Every time I look at my ring I think, “Is that real? Is it really mine? This can’t be reality.” Every time I look at Buck I think, “He wants to marry me? How is this real life??!?” He worked with a jeweler to design this himself, by the way. I tried on rings with a girlfriend a few months back (when Buck was out of the country), and came away even less certain of my taste than  before. So many options!! This ring? perfect in every way. It’s a thin band, nothing too gaudy or flashy. Cushion cut diamond (my faaaavorite!!) in a halo setting, but again, nothing too big. The band is plain on top, but has filagree work all along the sides of it, that you can only see when you turn it. It’s perfect. But honestly… I would be thrilled with anything from Buck. 🙂But it is real life. We are getting married! And we’re already over-our-heads with planning for our wedding and our future together. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you all of the things we’ve done in the last thirteen days!!

Our greatest desire is that the Gospel is proclaimed well at our wedding, and that the way that we go about planning our wedding (and being engaged) accurately reflects the glory of God. This desire has realigned a lot of things for me— we’re not emphasizing things (with time or budget) that many people would, or that I might naturally want to. And I think that’s a good thing. We’re doing our best to keep a balanced perspective— our marriage is more important than our wedding, and our wedding itself is more important than all of the little details that go into it.

We are overwhelmed with joy & excitement, and humbled by the amount of happiness shown by our friends and family.

And for those of you who want to know details… more will come later. As of now we’re planning on an August wedding (of this year! yes, you read that correctly! less than three months away!!!), and plan to be married at the place that has meant so much for us, our relationship, and our individual walks with Christ— Capitol Hill Baptist Church.
Jeremiah 31:12 is an excellent summary of our thoughts and emotions.

 

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  • Susannah - Sarah, there aren’t words to tell you how thrilled I am for you! Your sweet spirit is absolutely glowing and this post is absolutely perfect. Congratulations! Enjoy every step of the way as you walk into this next beautiful season of life!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - I cried so much reading this!! I am so over the moon happy for both of you! I am so overwhelmed by how good, gracious, loving and perfect the Lord is!!!! Wishing you a lifetime of joy! xoReplyCancel

  • Sabrina - I know we only just “met” today, but tears welled up my in my eyes for the journey and the joy that has come from your life and relationship with Christ. Both of you trust Him so much and it’s SO evident! Congrats again, Sarah!!ReplyCancel

  • becky fleeson - LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS POST AND READ IT WITH SO MUCH JOY!ReplyCancel

  • Jennilyn - I read this with tears streaming down my face! I am beyond words excited for you! Sarah, you are one of the most amazing women I have ever met. Your love for Christ is evident in all that you say and do. You are an example to me. I knew if/when God brought someone into your life, he would have to be extraordinary. Reading your beautiful story makes me so happy that God has brought you a man who matches your amazingness. 🙂

    I wish you both a wonderful marriage together!

    YAY!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • caitlin elizabeth - woot 😀 loved reading every single word of this!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Reese - one of the best lines you wrote, “our marriage is more important than our wedding, and our wedding itself is more important than all of the little details that go into it.” // AMEN AMEN.
    praying for you both. and joyfully so.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle - Sarah-dear,
    I loved this. Such a sweet and precious story. Just like you!
    I’m so, so, super excited and happy for you. Just reading this makes me smile.ReplyCancel

  • Christy Tyler - BEAUTIFUL! So wonderful to see you two both so happy!! Congratulations! You’ll be happy to have written this all out years and years from now to look back on! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Forsberg - Oh Sarah, this is precious. I am so so happy for you and Buck! Your love for Christ is so encouraging, and I strive to be like you in that aspect. Miss you! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Karen Allen - Oh Sarah, CONGRATULATIONS!! This story, this post, everything about it is simply amazing, and I can’t wait to see/hear how God uses the two of you in the future. I know He has amazing plans for you!! Love this post. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Susie Hadeed - So, so happy for you!! Congratulations! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Laura Navas - Congratulations… there’s such a beatiful and romantics History… i don¿t really know you but the way you say all the relationship details and moments make feel happy 4 both of you…

    Congratulations again, i a’m christian too and i know and feel mucho of the things you say… so i know too that not only you are happy, y believe that God it’s more than happy too.

    Greeting from Guatemala.

    P.D. Sorry if my english is not the best 😛ReplyCancel

  • Rachel May - My heart feels so full reading all of this. SO happy for you, Sarah. So thankful for the blessings God is pouring out on you!! Love you!ReplyCancel

  • sarah crawford - Sarah, Oh my word. This post is so precious. I have dealt with many of the same struggles in my own relationship – guarding my heart, waiting on the Lord, balancing emotions & logic – what an example you are, and what a blessing this post has been to me! As I’m in the middle of wedding planning and details, reading this has reminding me yet again the WHY behind getting married and what we value as our priority. Thank you for guarding your heart, and thank you now, for sharing it.

    blessings,ReplyCancel

  • Laura Gordon - Gosh Sarah! This is so, so beautiful. Words can’t express how excited I am for you and Buck! You are a BEAUTIFUL girl inside and out and I’m thrilled you’ve got Buck in your life to take care of you. This is such a special story and you two are such a special couple! I am so happy for you! Congratulations 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Tori Watson - oh friend. i just love you so much! i read every word of this post, even though i’ve already heard most of it. it’s just such a sweet, joyful story of trust, patience and God’s faithfulness. could not be more happy for you both! <3ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - So sweet!!!! Congratulations Sarah! I don’t know you personally, but love your blog. It’s so exciting to hear of God’s faithfulness and grace, and His gift of Buck to you. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Dixon - So excited for you both! Congrats! Marriage is awesome 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Crystal Paul - long or not, I read ever single word and found myself with tears in my eyes … tears of joy for the two of you, tears of memories of the when/how I knew my husband and I were meant to be, tears because of the powerful revelation of the Jeremiah verse, and tears over how I know God is going to use you and Buck together greatly for His Kingdom! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Juliet - Sarah,
    I took time to read this and tears flowed. Happy tears. I know you waited long as did I. I also know your growth during the unknown days and how you reached out to help me. I rejoice! You too are being blessed with a Godly man(as am I). My heart is glad. AHHHHH! *happy dances*
    May God bless you both!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna - yes! Yes! Yes! This is so beautiful Sarah! I don’t even know you but I’m over the mountains excited and blessed by your story. 🙂 God is so good! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Sarah, your story is so beautiful!! Thank you for sharing so much of it, and doing so in such an honest way! SUPER excited for you guys! And you definitely have a keeper… loves Jesus and watches Psych? *thumbs up* hahaha 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Cristal Veronica - We may not know each other personally, but I’m a fellow Showiteer & started following your blog a while ago. This post was so beautifully written & radiates the joy you two have found in each other. Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you both the best in your future together! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Massie - Oh my lanta. Thanks for the cry! Sarah, I have watched you for the past few years of knowing you, and thought “Why the heck hasn’t that girl been scooped up yet???” God’s plan is always SOOOO much better than our own. This gentleman, Buck, it’s obvious that he is truly your perfect provision. I am so, so happy for you two. <3<3ReplyCancel

  • Anna - I am so happy for you!!! I nearly cried reading this post. I have been following your blog for nearly 2 1/2 years now and I feel like I know you, like I can sit down to chat over coffee with you and we would be instant friends. My friend Courtney Craig introduced me to your blog. This is the first time I’ve ever commented, but I thought it was definitely well worth it. I can’t tell you just how happy I am for you two! Thanks for typing it all out and sharing all of the beautiful pictures!!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - What a sweet story!! And your nails (and ring!) are so pretty 🙂ReplyCancel

  • ellie be - this is one of the happiest posts i have ever read. THRILLED for the both of you 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Leigh Greene - Thank you so much for sharing y’all’s story. It was wonderful and so encouraging to read :D. God bless y’all, my friends!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - From the moment your post on singleness so encouraged me, I have reveled in every one of your posts. And none more than this one today! What a God-honoring relationship I can see you and Buck have had from the beginning, and *that is what matters*! Thank you so much for this example and…woohoo!! This is beyond, far beyond exciting news! God bless you and Buck!
    (By the way, my sister just got engaged at the Lincoln Memorial! http://www.onebrightcorner.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-love-story.html )ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - Congratulations! What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing with your fans. May you live a long happy blessed life together!ReplyCancel

  • Christina Hastings - Oh, wow! Congratulations Sarah and Buck! Thank you for writing this out because it is a sweet testimony of the goodness, wisdom, and faithfulness of the Lord, as well as an example of what Gospel-centered lives (and love stories) look like!ReplyCancel

  • John Danaher - You both look incredibly happy. And that makes me happy. Can’t wait to meet Buck. God Bless both of you.ReplyCancel

  • Deanna - Awww, Sarah, this is sooooo exciting and sweet! We’re so lucky you posted all about it! So happy for you and Buck!ReplyCancel

  • Angel - oooooh….I love peaking into your life. I am giddy for you! If you and Buck are ever in the area PLEASE stop in and say HI! And someday when the Larsen’s go on the road to tour the East coast…we are totally popping in!

    Much love!
    AngelReplyCancel

  • Sarah Goodwin - This is the sweetest proposal story! I got chills reading it and knowing that His timing is perfect 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Nicole - Oh, sweet Sarah! This makes my heart just swell. God is so good! Much joy and rich blessings for you two. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Hailey Huggins - Man. So happy for you. So happy! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jean - So Happy for you both, from the first time you and Buck came and had lunch with us, I knew that you both would become husband and wife.. You both have a very special gift from the Lord, so I want to say, Congratulations to the both of you, wonderful Blog.. JeanReplyCancel

  • Jasmine - Favorite blog post ever.ReplyCancel

  • Autumn - Psalms 20:4-5 ESV
    May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans! May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!

    I can’t tell you how happy I am for you, I have actually prayed for you as a single sister, that the Lord would send you someone to bless you in every way and continue to draw you to Him. I am full joy for you, and glory toward God.

    Your commitment to God, and desire to see Him glorfied above all is such a delight, and beacon of hope for me! Words aren’t sufficient to say what I mean here, but your story is so much my desire for my own future, I am praising God that He has so richly blessed you, and I pray that He might someday see fit to bless me in such a way as well.

    Many prayers for you and Buck =)ReplyCancel

  • Ciiku - This is awesome.
    Congratulations and may God be with you every step of the way!ReplyCancel

  • Madeline - your story is so beautiful and so sweet! The Lord is so so good! Congratulations Sarah! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anna - so so happy for you, my beautiful friend.ReplyCancel

  • heather - soooo thrilled for you Sarah!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - Something about you and your writing pulls me in, and I sat in bed this morning and read every. single. word. I am SO encouraged to hear how the Lord so clearly led you two and, despite uncertain seasons, He was faithful in His timing and everything is according to His plan all along. I am SO so happy for you and Buck!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - Sooo happy for you, Sarah! What a sweet love story. Thank you for sharing! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kristyn - this probably has to be one of my favorite engagement stories EVER. so much happiness for the both of you!!ReplyCancel

  • Erin Schrad - Got completely weepy while reading this!! So incredibly happy for you! (And wishing my church were more like yours with a population of young Christian singles… everyone but me it seems is already paired up!!)ReplyCancel

  • E.A. Creative Photography - such a beautiful story – definitely teared up at his proposal! super happy for you guys 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Gina Meola - Totally smitten! And what a blessing this post will be to look back on down the road. EEEEeek!! Totes excited 😉ReplyCancel

  • Lillian Rachel - Congratulations to you both, God is so good. How wonderfully happy! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ann - What a beautiful sharing of such a pure relationship. I’m blessed by it! You have a wonderful keepsake with all the photos and this post!

    God bless your life together. I’ve loved our 15 yrs of marriage and hope you feel the same way in 15 yrs!

    Take care,
    AnnReplyCancel

  • Serena Severtson - Oh, Sarah – this is just the sweetest. I read every word written here and am so happy for you and your future with Buck! The two of you fit perfectly with one another. 🙂ReplyCancel

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  • Lydia - Oh Sarah, I am so joyful and excited for you!! I couldn’t stop grinning looking at all the pictures of the two of you. And when I got to the last picture, I noted that you were simply glowing, even before I read the verse! So blessed by your story and hope you continue to share how your values shape your wedding planning!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Thompson - Congratulations!!!! This is sooooo Beautiful, I cried!! I’m filled with Joy for the both of you and your families!! <3<3<3ReplyCancel

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