The time to drop your iPhone into the toilet isn’t hours before your middle olive shoot proposes.
Yes, you have read that sentence correctly.
My iPhone took a swim in the toilet on Saturday morning…
And my sweet boy Aaron is now engaged.
As of today,
I have an iPhone that needs repair – waa
BUT much more importantly
In the span of just SIX weeks
I have gained not ONE but TWO future daughters-in-love.
I have been the mother of three awesome olive shoots for many years
And a Brazilian exchange student for about two months
Truly the Lord has taken our family on a fascinating and creative journey. Love and loss, Alzheimer’s and abandonment, family and friendships, oh my goodness. Central America, South America, Chicago, South Carolina, our hearts have been all over the map. We have had a jam-packed season of suffering and joy, our spirits are dizzy and blessed. I scarce can take it in but I’ll try.
Here’s how the proposal unfolded.
After spending the day together in Chicago strolling the Lincoln Square area, Aaron took Kelsie to PF Changs for dinner.
Then they went for a stroll to the Trump Tower. The night was starlit, a slight chill in the air.
Aaron reminded Kels that this was the place where he had asked for their first kiss and professed his love for her.
And then Aaron, all fancy wearing a tie and looking oh so handsome,
My cherished bairn, he took Kelsie’s hand and got on one knee.
With all the confidence and happiness he has probably ever felt, with a host of truly thousands of prayers spoken over this boy throughout his lifetime just in anticipation of this one moment, my treasured Aaron reached into his pocket. Presenting his beloved her great aunt’s wedding ring, a family heirloom, he inquired,
With nary a moment of hesitation, this dear young woman answered, “YES!!!”
It was a surreal moment for the both of them.
Apparently so surreal that my ministry-minded olive shoot carefully placed the ring on the WRONG HAND! Oops!
But don’t you just love it when things don’t go perfectly?
That’s how life happens, it’s not flawless. I want my children to live real lives and be authentic people. Those little blips and bloopers are what make memories stick. Kind of like what happened when Nate proposed to Lu. Click here for that story. The Hubs and I have so many moments about our own engagement, I’ll save those for another day. I pray that my children accumulate many stories throughout their lifetimes.
So yes, my phone fell into the toilet yesterday.
It was an unused toilet, for the record and I wasn’t on the phone when it happened. It just fell out of my back pocket. I promise!
But I am thankful nonetheless.
God has answered my prayers. He has been good. So many nights, so many dinner table conversations and prayers about the women my boys would someday marry. And now two of them know who she is.
Nate and Lu –
Aaron and Kelsie –
praise Jesus for my two future daughters-in-
Thank you Kim!
WOW! Congratulations Aaron, Kelsie, Cindy, and Mark! Wasn’t he just in the 10th grade? 🙂
It sure seems like it, doesn’t it Cathy! Thank you! I know you are also going to inherit a new son into your family! Congrats as well!
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Oh Cindy! My heart is so full of joy for Aaron that I can hardly breathe. I remember, as I’m sitting at Tossed right now, in this same place, where you told me the equally beautiful story of Nathan’s proposal! God has certainly chosen a wonderful time of year to BLESS all those involved. I’m SOOO excited for him!! 👏👏👏👍😃🎶💃🎉🎉💝🔔🎈📢🎺💍💍💍💍💎💎💎
Thank you Carla! Those little boys who have mowed your lawn are growing up! It’s very incredible and like you, I’m having trouble breathing as I consider it all. They both have such sweet stories. Please be praying for our family as we start this journey!