A True Love Story

Sweet sixteen and dreamy-eyed for the preacher's son.....yes, that would be me. 
Okay, the preacher's son was seven years older than me
and in his eyes I was way too young. . . 
To be honest, when I would see him at church I would say about four words -
"Hi! How are you?"
And then I would take off at an unlady-like speed 
because my face was crimson red from the encounter.
I think it's pretty obvious that I had a huge crush on the preacher's son. 
How could I not?! Everything about him was wonderful! 
He was gallant, treated his mom with the utmost respect, held the door for ladies, 
devoted his time to helping others and most importantly, 
he loved God with ALL of his heart and he poured his soul into serving Jesus Christ. 
And just a side note, he was extremely handsome *smiles*
But alas, I was only a sixteen-year-old girl slowly maturing into a woman. . .

My eighteenth birthday came and went,
surely the preacher's son would notice I've grown up in the last two years. . .or maybe not. 
Still the awkward encounters, you know, blushing profusely, 
drawing a blank when he was within five feet. 
Oh, the joy of shyness!

But wait, there was hope!

He offered to take me for a drive in his Chevy Camaro before he sold it. 
Things were definitely looking up. . . that is until he cornered me at church 
and told me he was able to sell the Camaro sooner than he expected 
so now there was no hope of a drive. 
How disheartening for me!

The time came for me to head off to college 
and obviously I'm not going to catch his eye 1,000 miles away. 
He told me goodbye and that was all, but I kept my hopes up. 
Miracles can happen. . .

We emailed each other occasionally while I was at college, 
but only because I had an assignment for my Church Ministries class 
and I needed to ask the Sunday School Superintendent 
(which was the preacher's son) some questions.

I arrived home for Christmas break and a group of us headed off to Benin, West Africa 
for a mission's trip and going along with us was the preacher's son. 
Oh, I was in bliss!
Ten whole days together, surely sparks would start flying. 
We talked, we laughed and we enjoyed each other's company. 
He snapped pictures of me and of course I "slyly" did the same. 
We arrived back home and I headed to college 
while he decided to head back to Africa for an extended stay.

Nothing "exciting" happened during the summer, and I headed back to college in the Fall. 
Then, I decided not to go back to college for the Spring semester 
and instead stayed home and worked at a bank. 
Things were pretty quiet with the preacher's son and me.

During the summer of 2006 I decided to be a counselor at camp. 
The church had a Doctor available to do exams for all the campers and counselors going. 
Well guess who was there helping the Doctor. . .the preacher's son. 
And he was the one checking everyone's blood pressure. 
My turn came along and I sat down in front of him
knowing my face was the color of a ripe tomato. 
He checked my blood pressure and told me it was rather high. . .actually really high!
Oh great! 
I do not have high blood pressure, in fact my blood pressure is always very low 
and here he is telling me it's high! 
I'm sure you can guess why it was skyrocketing. 
{ To this day, he still teases me about that }

But finally after years of prayer and "infatuation" with the preacher's son, 
things began to take a turn for the better. 
A few days after the blood pressure incident the preacher's son went to my father 
and asked him if he could date me. 
The 'Hallelujah Chorus' was going off in my head. 
Our first date was at an ice cream parlor;
he had an ice cream cone while I had a strawberry milkshake 
and we sat on a park bench, he on one side and I clear on the other. 
That night began a four month journey of getting to know each other. 
We had picnics, went 4-wheeling and jeeping,
took long walks under the moon, and went snowmobiling. 
He would drive me home after church and we had lots of time to talk and get to know each other. 
Yes, we grew up in the same church and he knew me since I was nine years old, 
but now we were actually able to have lengthy conversations 
without the shyness - it was wonderful.

After nine weeks of dating, the preacher's son told me that he loved me. 
We were sitting in his truck in my driveway when the glorious words came out of his mouth. 
I, in return, told him that I loved him as well. 
My love for him had been growing since I was sixteen.

December 17th  (four months after we started dating) - 
we had our Christmas cantata at church and afterwards my preacher's son drove me home. 
He hopped out of his truck to come open my door { he always opened my car door }
and dropped down onto his knees and asked me to be his wife. 
And I'm sure it's not hard to figure out what I said. . .

Then, Hosea 2:19-20 came out of his mouth, 
"And I will betroth thee unto me forever;
 yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness,
 and in judgement, and in loving kindness, and in mercies. 
I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the Lord."

We were united in Christ in May at our home church where we shared our first kiss. 
My love has only grown stronger and deeper for my preacher's son, 
and I thank my Lord for bringing us together in His time. 
God's timing is perfect and his blessings are forever abundant. 
"I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine." 
~ Song of Solomon 6:3a ~

"Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. 
What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder."
 ~ Matthew 19:6 ~

It is always worth it to wait for God's will and direction. . .
the reward is way better and far beyond our greatest dream.


Anonymous said...

What a tear jerking "love story"! So very beautiful and pure. God was honored in your relationship. May you be blssed!

Dawn said...

Your love story is so incredibly beautiful! I have truly enjoyed watching your relationship/marriage grow over the years! You two are such an adorable couple!

Devona Walter said...

Your story is every girls love story, that they would love to have happen to them, you are truly blessed to have found your sole mate,some of us look forever and never find him, I'm so proud of you, that words just can't tell you how much I'm, You are a true blessing from God, and I wish I could have been more like you.
I love you, and I love your blog, it warms my heart every time I come on.
Thank You :)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Stephanie,
What a sweet and heart-warming story! I'm glad you finally got your man and I'm sure he was worth the wait. God bless you both and thank you for sharing your love story with us.


Niki O'Reilly said...

Stephanie, thank you for sharing your beautiful love story. It has given me an extra reason to smile on this beautiful autumn Monday. May God continue to shower His love and blessings on you and Travor and Elijah.

Lauren Davenport said...

What a good love story. Thanks for sharing!

Little Birdie Blessings said...

What a sweet love story. Sounds like God had the perfect plan for you both. -Abby

Abiola said...

Reading through your beautiful love story, I could feel God's hand in it all.

Such amazingly pure love. May your love continue to wax stronger and stronger IJN.

Thanks for sharing this part of your life with us.

Melinda Ruth said...

AWWWWW! I love reading people's love stories...yours has to be one of my favorites. God is so good. :-) <3

Micaela Wood said...

That is just beautiful <3 :')

LeAnna said...

Came here via Melinda and Jen's blogs. Oh my, loved your sweet story. I married a man 8 years older than myself. We met and married within 6 months of meeting one another for the first time, so I cannot imagine the pangs of love that came with knowing your beloved for so long, and waiting for the perfect timing. Beautiful, beautiful story! Happy ever after.

Janice Petty said...

What a lovely story and happy ending! Thanks for stopping by Stephanie! I am always blessed! Jan

kitty said...

I'm just now reading this! What a wonderful love story, sweet girl. I know Travor was well worth the wait and I know you share a blessed life together. xo

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed your love story! :)

Sally said...

So beautifully written! I'm happy to be able to read your love story! God bless you and the preacher's son always. :)

bj said...

MERCY, GIRL...this is such a lovely story, it made me cry a little. May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You for ever and ever in love with your preacher's son. Love, TRUE love, comes to us straight from our Heavenly Father and is such a deep and beautiful blessing.
Love to you, bj

Kate Gold said...

Awwww :)

Katherine Koplin said...

OH my =) such such sweetness. God is the truest author of romance. I love your story <3

Patti said...

So beautiful. May each day bring you much joy together.

OhioLori said...

What a Beautiful story!! Full of Love & Blessings!! God truly brought you together...and it will last Forever, because His timing is always Perfect! Many Many Blessing over you both..Always!!

Anonymous said...

I was randomly browsing the web reading fairytales because I couldn't sleep, and stumbled on to your site, and wound up on this page. Your love story is so beautiful, it made my morning. Thank you for sharing it.

Taciana Simmons said...

What a beautiful, inspiring love story. So happy your dream came true :)

Anonymous said...

AWW! That is a really sweet story! It also give me hope for a guy i have a crush on, he is 99 years older then me. I have the same shy problem too!

Ellen said...

Those kind of love stories are so nice to here. Thanks for sharing.

Wilma said...

What a beautiful, beautiful love story, Stephanie !! I really enjoyed reading it.
Thank you so much for sharing !

Wilma. Shabby Royale.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Stephanie ~ This was beautiful!

May your love continue to grow with each new day that you are blessed with.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Material Girl Quilter said...

What a beautiful love story -

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Dearest Stephanie, This is so beautiful. I don't know why I did not read this before but so glad I did this morning. Your love story is such a gift from above. God brought your hearts together. I am so happy for your both and wish you many years of happiness and love.
Sweet wedding day photo.
Thank you for sharing. Blessings and Love to you, cm

Anne Payne said...

This is the first time I have read your Love Story! How sweet!!! And yes, waiting on the Lord is always best. He brings good things to His children.

Oh, I 'met' your moma by phone today! We had a LOVELY chat, and laughed and laughed. :-)

Anonymous said...

Gustavo Woltmann thinks this love story is beautiful- Gustavo Woltmann

Robyn said...

Stephanie! This is the first time I've read this and I don't know how I missed it in the past. It's so beautiful and heartwarming. You deserve all the happiness in the world, sweet lady. xoxo

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my goodness! My heart is melting at such a love story! Only God could do this for you in such a way. Waiting on God's timing is always perfect! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Donna said...

How absolutely Beautiful. God knows where to put us, He knows how long things should take, He knows what's Best for us, and He truly Blesses us for waiting. Thank you for sharing.

Deborah Montgomery said...

I've just read this. What a wonderful story Stephanie. It just blesses my heart! xo Deborah

Joy said...

Wonderful, wonderful love story!! Thank you for sharing it.

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