On the night of Easter, after a full day of church and a fun dinner with our best friends, Kevin and I packed up the car with random items, including lunchables and sleeping bags, and drove up to the Peaks of Otter. We slept in his car for approximately 2 hours before beginning our ascent to the top of Sharp Top Mountain at 3am. We hiked for a couple hours, making it to the top, just prior to the sunrise. It was FREEZING and although the sunrise was pretty, it wasn’t breathtaking like we had hoped.
We were planning on hanging out up there for a while (I got really bad blisters on my feet while hiking up), but because it was so cold, we started back down after the sun was up fully. By the time we made it to the bottom, it was around 8:30am. We got back in the car, sleepy, cold, and hungry. Kevin decided we would drive to Roanoke along the Blue Ridge Parkway, then hang out in Roanoke for the rest of our day off.
As we drove along the parkway, we passed several beautiful pull offs. We stopped at one to take a couple pictures.
We got back in the car and continued journeying until we came upon another beautiful pull off. We decided we should just kick back and hang out at this one for a little while. We were literally on the Appalachian trail. Kevin backed his jeep up so that we could sit in the back in our pile of blankets and sleeping bags and look out and see God’s beautiful creation. Kevin grabbed his bible and asked if I was interested in starting our day off with God’s word. Of course I did! There is nothing better than hearing my fiance’s sweet voice reading the Bible. He started reading in Ephesians 3. Ephesians is my favorite book of the Bible. He read chapters 3, 4, and 5. He stopped and started talking about the passage he just read. It says:
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for herto make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—for we are members of his body.“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”
He starts talking about how the passage says that husbands are to wash their wives with water through the word. He jumps out of the jeep and walks around the car, coming back with a bottle of Fiji water, an Egyptian cotton towel, and a bar of Dove soap (I include the details because he is very proud of them). He proceeds to get down on his knees and wash and rub my dirty, blistered, and bleeding feet. It was a beautiful picture of God redeeming us from our filth. After washing my feet, he sat back in the car with me and read the entire passage I typed out above, again. He then talks about how it tells husbands to feed their wives and take care of her, just as he takes care of himself. Kevin got back out of the car and then returned with a small loaf of fancy bread. He broke pieces and fed me and himself. He talked to me about how he would die for me and I’m the first person he’s ever told that. We talked about unconditional love. He then read the passage from Ephesians 5 one last time. He then said, “But we’re missing one big part of this…” and got out of the car and went to get something out of his backpack once again. He returned with a bag from Bowen’s, a local jewelry store. As he fumbled to open the bag and pull out the box, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes, he put my dream ring on my finger, and I started weeping. HAPPIEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE.
We recreated the ring scene.
Here are some more pictures from the beautiful morning we got engaged.
Kevin proposed to me in the most amazing, beautiful, biblical, perfect way.
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me,
if only I may finish the race and complete the task
the Lord Jesus has given me —
the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”—Acts 20:24 (via jspark3000)
My biggest pet peeve is when men try to tell women what to wear and what not to wear because it might cause them to “sin”. If thats the case… I’m going to need men to stop wearing flannel shirts and pocket tees. Shave all of your facial hair off. Oh, and stop working out. Seeing your fit body and muscular arms really makes you a stumbling block.
“Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.”—(via outcamethesun)
“You don’t need to make your tastes a self-conscious statement about who you are. Just unapologetically like the things you like.”—Adulting: Step 179: Stop enjoying things ironically. Just enjoy them. (via 32flavors-)
So if any of y’all happen to be looking for something to pray for, it would be awesome if you could pray healing over my cat. I know that may sound a little weird, but he’s sick again and I don’t have the money to take him to the vet.