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Old School Blogging: {All About Marriage}

Tonight I was too tired to write a deep and reflective post.  I came across this last night on my friend Lisa’s blog and thought this would be fun!  It’s been a long time since I shared anything random with you, and this is an easy way for me to write a post for my April challenge.

Here we go!

How did your husband pop the question?

We had only been dating for about three months (yes, you saw that right, three months). It was Christmas Eve and we snuck away to his apartment to open gifts.  When I walked in there were dim lights, candles, Phil Keaggy playing softly in the background, and several long-stemmed rosses tucked into the Christmas tree. (I found out afterwards that he and his roommate had spent all day preparing the proposal setting.)  After he opened all of my gifts (yes, I spoil a man after three months), he handed me a large teddy bear and a card. The card was one of those with a very long, poetic message and at the bottom he wrote, “Will you marry me?”.  Really girls, I had no clue what just happened.  I seriously thought it was a “will you marry me someday” type of question.  I sort of froze, and he had to direct my eye to the paws of the teddy bear, which was holding the ring box.  So I screamed, cried, jumped up and down and the rest is history!

What are the three most surprising things about married life?

  • People change over the years, or perhaps our circumstances have caused us to change.
  • How your spouse is almost always strong and full of faith, when you are feeling weak and lacking faith.
  • How annoyed I get at the smallest and seemingly unimportant things.

How did you find out you were pregnant for the first time?

It was our third anniversary and I was a few days late.  I had bought a test already, because I had a feeling.  I took the test, came out of the bathroom and exclaimed, “Happy anniversary honey, we’re pregnant!”

How did you choose your first baby’s name?

We had already had two girls’ names picked.  My husband liked one and I liked another.  So, we decided that we would wait until we saw her to give her a name.  My husband choose Rebecca.  I had always pictured a Rebecca as one with fair skin and light hair.  Our first daughter was born with an olive pigment to her skin and a full head of dark hair.  Needless to say, we called her “Alyssa”.

Describe where you see yourself in 10 years from now.

We have weathered quite a storm over the last few years, but I can say that I see myself faithfully standing by the man who has sacrificed everything for his family.  I see us about ready to celebrate #35, watching our children, now as grown adults, married and with their own children perhaps, we will enjoy being Nanna and Pop.  I see ourselves continuing to love on God’s people and perhaps we will have time to do some foreign missions work, which we’ve always wanted to do.

Describe how you find bliss, either with words or with pictures.

I find bliss in so many things. Here are just a few:

reading God’s Word,

a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day,

the dimples in my child’s cheek,

oh and how could I forget an amazing cup of coffee!

I am supposed to “tag” five of my friends, however if you are reading and would like to play along, consider yourself tagged!  You can join by clicking the button below.

*This post is part of a challenge to blog every weekday in the month of April.  You can read more about it here.


9 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennifer peterson
    April 10, 2013 at 6:09 am

    OH I love this and might do this. I have missed you and linking up, it has been so busy!! We too only dated for three months, everyone said it wouldn’t last, it was too fast, how do you really know? Thirteen years later… still going strong!
    Jennifer peterson recently posted..What my littlest child taught me about being small…..

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      Barbie
      April 10, 2013 at 8:38 am

      That’s so wonderful. We will celebrate 25 years in August. So amazing. Missed you too my friend.

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    Missy
    April 10, 2013 at 6:21 am

    These sorts of posts just bring a HUGE smile to my day. Sometimes, we get so caught up in The Deep of life that we forget to remember the fun and joyous moments that bring us to the moments of The Deep. Thank you for sharing part of your story with us, Barbie! I love the wedding proposal story! And, I was especially encouraged by your 10 year vision.
    Missy recently posted..One Withered Fig

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      Barbie
      April 10, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Thanks for visiting my space Missy! I love to see your smiling face here! 🙂

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    ~Karrilee~
    April 10, 2013 at 7:59 am

    So loved this! How fun – and what a testimony of love and faith!!! (Once I catch my breath and find my rhythm again – I may play along too!)
    ~Karrilee~ recently posted..A James 1:27 Review & Giveaway… Doing the Red Parts!

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      Barbie
      April 10, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Oh you should! I would love to hear some random facts about you!

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    Abbi
    April 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    We were just talking about engagement stories at our house last night as we had some friends over for supper that were recently engaged. It was fun to read yours.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Abbi
    Abbi recently posted..Ultimate Blog Party – About Me

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    Elaine A.
    April 11, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Awww, what a sweet proposal story! And 3 months does not seem that long but I think, when you know, you know!

    I like your photos for bliss. Thanks for linking up! 🙂

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    Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates
    April 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Loved hearing your stories and the photos are lovely!! And oops – I forgot to comment, but actually read the post a while back. Glad you shared! 🙂
    Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates recently posted..Stop And Write A Blog Post Mid-Month Recap {April Blogging Challenge}

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