Our Love Story…

When I started my blog in February 2012, I was single. I had asked God to not let me date one more man until the man I was going to marry. I could not go through the heartache one more time, and I decided to be smarter about the men I chose to give and receive attention from. No more getting impatient with God’s plan. No more making excuses. No more settling for a “fixer-upper” in terms of spirituality. No more ignoring with red flags. No more putting up with immature behavior. No more settling for treatment I did not deserve. No more giving my heart to someone who did not plan on loving me as I loved them. Don’t get me wrong I went on dates. I said no to lots of guys for lots of reasons, not all of them bad, just simply not for me. I had what I like to call “red lights.” A red light from God that said, “this one is not the one I have for you…keep waiting, keep looking.”

In July of 2013, I met the best man. Yes, literally. Michael was the best man in my brother’s wedding. I wasn’t planning on meeting someone special at my own brother’s wedding, but from the moment I met him, I knew he was special. I don’t wanna say it was love at first sight, but…. standing across from him while my brother and new sister said their vows, I thought to myself, “I’ll probably marry him.”

Who knows what he was thinking. Probably, “It’s so hot out here, and I’m sweating, and I wish they would say I do…”

Fast forward about six months. Michael in Alabama, and me in Connecticut. Michael and I had been talking almost every day getting to know a little about each other and laughing and sharing parts of our day. I started to wonder whether this is going somewhere specific. So I called him up and asked. I told him what I thought about him, that I liked him and wanted to date him…. Much to his surprise. He’s so sweet and unassuming that he told me he liked me too, but never thought I would like him back to which I said that I wasn’t stupid and I knew a good thing when I saw it. :]

Michael means the world to me. I once asked a friend if his wife was everything he ever dreamed she would be. His answer was, “yes and no” which was completely fair. So I was prepared for a “yes and no” kinda love, but that’s not what I got. At all. Michael is everything that I dreamed of, and more. He is the guy that I thought didn’t exist. The guy I was told I would be waiting forever for. The guy I hoped and prayed for. He’s smart, and funny, and loving and giving. He always wants to do the right thing.. Not just for me or because of me, but because he loves God. His standards were already in place when I met him. I didn’t have to change a thing. He treats me with kindness and respect and love. I have never been more loved, and cherished. I truly am his treasure, and I am reminded of that every day. I know everyone says this, but I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Yes, I know, not lucky… Blessed.

I am also truly blessed to stand here before you with my story. I’m so beyond happy that I got to share my journey with you. From the times when I cried to God, and the times when I was firm in my belief that he was good and wanted his best for my life and if I obeyed and was faithful to him and trusted his hand in my life, he would be faithful to me. You helped me remain hopeful and my times of doubt, and encouraged me when I was down. We waited together, and I’m so grateful to you for that. I’m so blessed I get to share my heart with you and that you’ve received it so gracefully and lovingly. I am so blessed to stand before you as a testimony of God’s grace and faithfulness, and to be able to say once again that God’s ways are truly perfect. It works! It’s everything I said I wanted because it’s what God wants for his children, and it’s what I got and I couldn’t be happier. I honestly couldn’t make this up if I tried.

Thank you so much for sticking with me. I can’t wait to hear your stories of God’s faithfulness! And I can’t wait for the stories that I have yet to tell.

Oh yes, one more thing… His proposal was sweet, and simple, and perfect, and just how I always dreamed. We are engaged. :]

   

A note from Michael:

“Like Lauren said, we met at her brother’s wedding. And yes, it was very hot! We had a great time at the wedding and I really enjoyed meeting Lauren. But I thought she was out of my league (she is ) and I didn’t have a chance, so unlike her.. I certainly wasn’t hearing wedding bells. There were several times in the next few months when I thought, “You know maybe we’ll work out? Maybe she likes me? Nah no way!” But I really enjoyed talking to her and never wanted to stop. Turns out I’m pretty thick and not good with hints.. But it all worked out. Long distance isn’t very easy or very much fun, but it makes us treasure our time together. Lauren is more than I could have ever wished for in a girl friend and now future wife. I was always afraid of loving someone more than they loved me. That was my biggest fear. She has removed that fear completely, to the point that I can barely remember I even had that fear. She is beautiful, godly, patient, funny, and the love of my life. I’m beyond blessed and thankful to have such a loving and caring girl in my life. I may not get why she loves shoes and tea cups so much, but thank God I got her.”

   

A special thank you to my wonderful and talented sister-in-law Nicole {oh yes, and my brother Richard} who got married and introduced us! And who also took our engagement pictures. If you are looking for an amazing photographer in the Atlanta area, check her out at nmariephotography.org and nicolemariephotographer.wordpress.com and visit her Facebook page here

      

 

58 comments

  1. my cheeks hurt from smiling so much!!!!! Congrats!!! So happy for you! You’ve been such an inspiration to me in your waiting for Gods best and it’s great to see how He worked it all out!!!
    God bless!!!!

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  2. Congratulations Lauren!! So very happy for you both! A wonderful testimony to God’s goodness and faithfulness & gives me hope that God will provide a Godly man for me one day.

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  3. Congrats! Really encouraging story for us other single Alabama boys left out here 🙂 Love the boots, pal… Roll Tide!

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  4. Congratulations!!!!!
    I’m so thankful for you and your testimony. I feel like I know you personally!! Thank you for being so real and faithful during your single season, and encouraging those, like me, who are still waiting for God’s best. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! And God Bless you and your future marriage. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  5. OH MY WORD! I’m so excited and happy for you guys! I can’t wait to see you when you come back! You guys are the cutest couple… So glad you’ve found each other. I knew it would be him. Lol. Lots of love, Jackie

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  6. Laurrreeennnnn! Girl! I am just so thrilled for you. I am so thankful for those “red lights” and that still small voice from our loving Father. I’m not married, or engaged or even dating at the moment but I completely trust the process… I trust His beautiful plan and I’m excited about it. Thank you for being a light. An encourager. A God girl. Happy wedding planning!!!!

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  7. Congrats!!!!! As I was reading and got half way down to reading you sharing your heart towards your fiancé I was like “I bet at the end of this she’s gonna share that she’s engaged”. Lo and behold… I bet right! 😉

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  8. congratulations! what a wonderful surprise. I believe you deserve all the best! May God bless you through your engagement and your marriage. May you continue to be a light to all of us around you!

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  9. OHHH MYYY GOOSHHHHH!!! hahaha! I feel like I’ve just read the ending to a novel I’ve been invested in for a year! and now I have, there’s this sad, missing piece in my heart because I feel like its over and the story has ended…BUT IT HAS NOT! ITS JUST BEGUN AND ONLY THE SEARCH IS OVER! PLEASSSEEEE keep writing Lauren! I love love love you. LOVE who God has made you to be and that he’s placed you in my life, even if its over a blog and twitter and instagram. SO grateful for you. You already know how you’ve inspired me to write and what God has done through that, but the magnitude of what you’ve been for me in my walk is so much more ❤ I hope we can meet one day and I can just talk with you and drink tea and love life together!

    Your little sister in Christ,
    Anna Koistinen

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  10. Have LOVED reading your blog for the past year Lauren, and it’s SO awesome to see how richly God has blessed you for your faithfulness to Him. You guys are adorable!

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  11. WOW! So happy for you two! Lauren Ive been so encouraged by your life over the years and i can’t help but praise God for his faithfulness to you. He is so good and truly has the best for us.

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  12. Congratulations Lauren. Been blessed by your blog countless times and I’m so happy to read your story today. As for God,His ways are perfect and there is no searching of His understanding. May your beautiful walk never be out of His garden in Jesus name. Happy wedding planning! Beautiful ring by the way. 😉

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  13. Wow!! What a testimony for waiting for the right one!! Ever since I have started reading your blog I have been sooo encouraged by your words. This one gives me even more encouragement to keep trusting that the right one is out there.
    Thank you so much Lauren and congratulations!! =)

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  14. Wow!! Your Love story aka God’s story brought tears to my eyes! Congrats on waiting for God’s best and thank you for sharing your journey with the fellow single ladies. Your “no more” s stated in your blog resonated with me…every single one! I will continually to look towards his faithfulness when honestly I (like you) cannot even fathom being loved through an earthly romance. It seems so unrealistic so far fetched but still I will trust him! Thanks again for sharing your story of hope…my heart rejoices to hear of his faithfulness! 🙂 many blessings

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  15. Congrats-what a beautiful story- so inspiring! Maybe I can share this on the website I write for Projectinspired.com?? Can you please email me? Thank you, God bless you! ❤

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  16. I think i have tear in the corner of my eye!!! this is the most beautiful news! Wishing you guys ALL the best for the future. God has once AGAIN shown you how Faithful HE is 🙂 x GodBless LDM

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  17. This is truly the most precious thing ever. So beautiful. I can tell that you both are so in love. You’ve shown me what it is, Lauren, to not only appreciate but to enjoy the season you’re in. And patiently so. You’ve shown me that it can be so incredibly difficult sometimes but the reward is so worth it, because our God is SO faithful. Thus, why I feel that you have been a part of my journey as much as I, yours. I’ve loved reading your blog posts, I’ve shared them with others, I’ve cried with you, laughed, been convicted, prayed to God more, became hopeful again.. You’re a true inspiration, a beautiful, classy, godly and gorgeous lady. I hope your gift will treasure you forever. Stay beautifully blessed. Its amazing to also have been a part of your beautiful journey. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. ♡

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  18. I’m so happy for you Lauren and Michael !
    I’m french and read your blog for 2 years. Teaching young girls and boys christian religion (11-13 years old) , I’ve translated one of your letters in french for them in September.
    I share this translate with you ( It’s not perfect, be kind with me! Its my gift for you ):

    Mercredi 25/09/2014 Rentrée aumônerie 6èmes
    Psaume 138
    01 Tu me scrutes, Seigneur, et tu sais !
    02 Tu sais quand je m’assois, quand je me lève ; de très loin, tu pénètres mes pensées.
    03 Que je marche ou me repose, tu le vois, tous mes chemins te sont familiers.
    04 Avant qu’un mot ne parvienne à mes lèvres, déjà, Seigneur, tu le sais.
    05 Tu me devances et me poursuis, tu m’enserres, tu as mis la main sur moi.
    06 Savoir prodigieux qui me dépasse, hauteur que je ne puis atteindre !
    07 Où donc aller, loin de ton souffle ? où m’enfuir, loin de ta face ?
    08 Je gravis les cieux : tu es là ; je descends chez les morts : te voici.
    09 Je prends les ailes de l’aurore et me pose au-delà des mers :
    10 même là, ta main me conduit, ta main droite me saisit.

    5 choses à garder en mémoire pour la rentrée
    http: // http://www.thefulltimegirl.com/

    C’est la rentrée de nouveau. En 6ème, avec de nouveaux visages, de nouveaux endroits, de nouveaux défis devant vous.
    Comme l’attente et l’excitation et un peu d’inquiétude remplissent votre coeur et votre esprit, voici quelques conseils à garder à portée de main.

    1. Gardez un coeur ouvert, mais ne fermez pas vos yeux.
    Vous découvrirez de nouvelles personnes, de nouveaux amis cette année. Amusez-vous! Apprenez à connaître autant de personnes que vous pouvez.
    Le collège est un endroit nouveau où on ne vous connait pas encore. Montrez-vous sous votre meilleur jour, soyez amical et ouvert.
    Mais ne soyez pas naïfs… Ceux que vous admirez ne le mérite pas tous. Soyez assez futés en choisissant vos amis, ceux que vous laisserez entrer dans votre vie.. Car vous serez influencés par ceux que vous côtoierez. Choisissez les personne qui seront les meilleurs amis pour vous, pour les études, pour vous soutenir, pour vous comprendre.
    Pas ceux qui sont sympas uniquement pour s’amuser sur le moment.

    2. Le Seigneur est à la maison… au collège aussi.
    A la maison il y a votre famille qui veille sur vous, qui veut votre bien-être. Elle n’est pas avec vous au collège, mais devinez qui est là et se soucie de vous et veut toujours avoir une relation avec vous. Vous savez…C’est le Seigneur.
    Vous ne pouvez pas le laisser à la maison. Il est là partout où vous êtes. Il est là dans les bons et dans les mauvais moments. Il est toujours, toujours là et ses promesses toujours, se réalisent.
    Ne l’oubliez pas !

    3. Soyez celui que le Seigneur vous a appelé à être.
    Etre dans un nouvel endroit vous perturbe un peu, ça se comprend. Mais vous avez les pieds sur terre. Peut-être vous ne savez pas ce que vous voulez faire du reste de votre vie, ou avec qui vous vous marierez, ou ce que sera l’année prochaine, mais vous savez qui vous êtes.
    Vous êtes un enfant de Dieu, qui a été choisi pour faire ce qui est juste. Restez fidèle à ce que vous êtes. Gardez vos yeux sur le Christ.

    4. Apprenez, grandissez et amusez-vous!
    Le collège est un merveilleux temps de votre vie.
    Un temps pour apprendre … Hé oui, vous devez étudier! C’est pour ça que vous êtes là. Cà ne va pas vous tuer, et ça ne durera pas toujours. Ne râlez pas quand vos professeurs donnent des devoirs. Faites vos devoirs régulièrement et gardez à l’esprit à quoi servent les études. Vous pouvez le faire! You can do it !
    C’est aussi un temps pour devenir plus grand. Il y aura des moments difficiles (Je ne parle pas uniquement des controles). Vous apprendrez à travers vos amitiés, vos relations et à travers les circonstances dans et autour de vous. Acceptez tout, priez le Seigneur qu’il vous aide, Demandez-vous ce que le Seigneur aimerait que vous fassiez dans chaque situation et faites-le le mieux que vous pouvez. Vous serez bénis pour cela.
    Enfin, amusez-vous ! Ne vous abrutissez pas ! Ne restez pas tout le temps enfermé dans votre chambre en étant timide, en vous ennuyant, en restant devant des écrans.
    Faites-vous de bons amis. Donnez aux autres la chance d’être votre ami. Et vous aurez des souvenirs qui dureront toute votre vie.
    Et…N’oubliez pas de parler et de demander conseil à vos parents !

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  19. This is best news ever!!! Congrats Lauren…this really makes me so hopeful as I continue to wait on God’s best for me! Happy wedding planning!! 🙂

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  20. Congratulations on your engagement! May God always be the center of your relationship and future marriage. Thanks for all the encouragement you give. God bless!

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  21. Congratulations! 😀
    I’m so happy for the both of you! Such a beautiful story for a beautiful couple. That was such a blessing to me and gives me hope that the waiting will not be as long as it seems.
    I will be praying for you and Michael’s future!

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  22. This story has given me hope on one thing…Waiting is worth it…especially when you’re waiting on the right thing. Congrats Lauren. May your years together be sweeter as the days go by 🙂

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  23. Lauren, don’t know why tears of joy rolled down my cheeks and my jaws hurting from smiling but one thing i would like to say is”i celebrate this union with you and Michael”. Truly, when a girl is waiting on God’s best for her,it seems like her kind of man doesn’t exist but is anything impossible with our God? I praise God for your union and connect to the anointing of a godly-man too(smiling) Wishing you a God-filled life together.Lots of love. Cindy

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  24. WOW LAUREN!!!!
    I have followed your blog for a long time now and this totally made me cry. God IS faithful and perfect in all of His ways! Congratulations to both of you and I am so happy/grateful that you were willing to share your life and this wonderful news with us!
    The princess finally got her prince ❤
    I'm ecstatic for you 😀

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  25. Awwwwww! Yay!!! So happy for you both. I so love to see God in action; it is truly amazing!!! Totally worth the wait to honor God like you all have. Thanks for your transparency and all that you share on this blog. Be blessed!

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  26. Dear Lauren,, thanks for the encouragement and hope you’ve shared here.. Congrats on your engagement.. God bless you and Michael..!! Much love all the way from Lagos Nigeria!!!!

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  27. Oh sweet Lauren, I really needed to read this after the day I had yesterday. I lost my second mom to cancer and she always wanted a wonderful man of God for me and prayed so much for him to come into my life. I feel that this amazing news of yours is a sign from her because I saw it at the right time. Thank you for this beautiful story and for your ministry that has touched my life within these last 1 1/2 years of my life.

    Congratulations my sister in Christ! I pray for a lifetime of happiness for you and Michael!!! ❤

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  28. Lauren, I’m a teenage girl who admires you. I’ve been reading your blogs for about a year, and you have really helped me along difficult times. I started writing a teen column for a Christian website last year, and you have been my role model since before then, but especially after I started writing. I’ve been hurt by past relationships, and your words are always exactly what I need. Thank you, and CONGRATULATIONS! I love you, girl!

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  29. Ohhhh! Ohhh! Ohhhhhh!!!!!!! This is too wonderful!!!!!!! I’m SO happy for you!!!!!!!! 😀 CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! I always loved seeing pictures of the two of you on your Instagram and you are truly inspiring to me and to everyone else. ❤

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  30. I am so happy for you you are an inspiration! Glad to know I wasn’t the only one crying lol they were tears of joy I am so pleased to see your beautiful Union and I wish you a lifetime of happiness

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  31. I haven’t been a reader for long, just a couple of months, but I have tears in my eyes (at work, not so good). I wish you and Michael so many more heavenly blessings and a beautiful life together. Maybe one day I can share a story too, until then I’ll be happy for couples like you!

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  32. WOW! Lauren! That is an amazing story! I am so happy for you. I am so glad that you waited for God to lead you to the right guy, and that he is everything that you have ever dreamed of!
    I wish you the very best in you journey, and a happy and Godly marriage.

    Lauren R.

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  33. Congratulations! Being newly married, I can tell you its work but its so worth it. I waited till I was 34 before the right man came along. Its a long story but it was definitely God orchestrating things. My hubby treats me amazingly and has a tender heart to serve the Lord. I am so blessed. A good book for both of you to read before marriage would be preparing for marriage God’s way. We went through it with a marriage counselor and it was very good. Good luck on wedding planning!

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  34. OH Wow!!! this is tooo beautiful! Can’t stop smiling and i really wanna cry right now! this is so so so so very beautiful!! Congratulations you two, and praying for your ministry! Reading this just reminds me that God’s plans for our lives are so awesome, and always lead to an amazing future. Im so happy for you Lauren! God bless you! Thank you for sharing thiss

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  35. wow. This is the best love story ever. Congratulations on your engagement. im so happy for you. You are such an inspiration to me. This really shows that God’s timing is always perfect. Thank you for being a role model to us all. May God bless you and Michael. Much love from Zimbabwe

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  36. Your love story is beautiful. It’s funny, because it’s actually very similar to mine 🙂 I love hearing about love and seeing it in the pictures. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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