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Welcome, friend! Relax & rest awhile, if you please. I'm an ordinary girl, a follower of Christ, mama to Gabriel, & wife to Evan. Here in this little space of the online world, I share all manner of bookish things, including full content reviews, writerly snippets, encouragement for everyday life, and a whole collection of names & their meanings.

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|| Surprise! ||

To Evan J. Cnossen. 
(pro. ke-NOSS-sin)

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He proposed this past Thursday night, the day before our seven-month, dateship "anniversary." And with the ring we'd designed ourselves and had custom-made by an friend of his.


          And it was so perfect.  
          We took a picnic that evening and hiked to the woods behind my house.  BLT sandwiches, chips, and Swedish Fish for dessert, with carefree conversation and lots of laughter. 

          I remember laughing over something he said, though most everything that wonderful evening is simply a happy blur.  And the thought came to mind right then, so I voiced it: "I want to spend my life with you." We'd each shared this wish before, so it wasn't really new.
          He looked at me as we were reclining on the old quilt and I failed to realize his hand had disappeared into his pocket.  For a moment, he was silent.  But a smile graced his lips and my vision found his fingers as he held them before me.
          I admit, it took a moment to focus on what those fingers were holding.  I blinked upon recognition and my heart skipped as a simple dream came true.  
          "I want to spend life with you," he said. "You love me like Christ does, and I wish to do the same for you."
          Maybe something was in my eyes, I don't know, but a wee bit of moisture found its way in them, though I didn't cry.  My mind was still in slow-motion, but my tongue finally found words and I lamely blurted, "You have it!"  Then starting laughing into his shoulder.
          The ring was gorgeous.  Just what I had imagined it would be from those drawings I'd sketched all those months ago.  
          Meeting his blue-green eyes again, I matched my smile to his and he said those magical words:
          "Sarah Elizabeth Dake.  Will you marry me?"
          A dream come true! "Yes," I immediately replied, perhaps in a whisper at first. 
"Yes! A thousand times yes!"


And that's just a small part of my love story.  Perhaps someday I'll share more of it with you!

Currently, we do not have a date as there are many things that need to happen before we set one.  But you'll be one of the first to know!  In the meantime, your prayers are muchly appreciated and definitely needed. Thank you, my dear friends!

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  1. Oh my goodness, congratulations, Sarah!!! How exciting! That was a lovely proposal, and I'm so very happy for you both. Beautiful ring, too. ^__^ Praying for much wisdom and peace as you plan your wedding and, more importantly, your marriage.

  2. Yay! I'm excited for you! That sounds really exciting and lovely and thrilling and all those wonderful things. :)

  3. O MY GOODNESSSSS!!!!!!! I flipped when I saw your post on my blogger account!!!!
    Congratulations, and I truly do hope that you will have a God centered and grace filled life together.


  4. Congratulations, Sarah! How wonderful! You look such a beautiful couple. May God richly bless you both!

    Much love, dear <3

  5. YAYAYAYAYAY! Aww, I got warm fuzzies while reading this. So happy for you two. <3


    Okay, okay. *tries to breathe*

    SARAH. This is so wonderful! Like, literally when I saw this on my blogger dashboard a HUGE grin formed on my face and stayed there the whole way reading this. This is so SWEET. Your answer was so adorable. "You have it!" XDDD Too cute!

    And the RING. o___o It looks like something from a fairytale. It's so unique and gorgeous.

    Aaaahhhh, girl! I don't even have the words. I'm just so ridiculously happy for you. Absolutely praying for you both through this new time in your life. Congratulations!!! <3333

  7. How sweet and romantic!!! (Your ring is lovely, by the way!)

    Congratulations to both of you, and many happy wishes. :)

  8. Ooooh! I'm so happy for you, Sarah! I will definitely keep you both in my prayers :D

  9. Oh my goodnesssss, congratulations! You two are such a gorgeous couple. So happy for you.

  10. DAWWW... Congrats, Sarah!!! So precious. <3 <3 <3

  11. What a gorgeous couple! I'm so thrilled for you guys.
    You captured your beautiful love story so perfectly, Sarah.

    -T. x

  12. AHHHH! This is so awesome. Congratulations! I am SO happy for you.

  13. Eep, that is so exciting!!!! Congratulations!!


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