Jun 1, 2012

a perfect day

Certain dates have memories connected with them.
This past Saturday - May 26th will forever
be a special date for me.

Jack surprised me by showing up at my house...
best surprise ever! :)
It was an absolutely perfect day in every way.

Jack and I along with my parents
went down to the beach where we enjoyed a picnic dinner.
Then Jack and I went for a stroll
along the shore.

We stopped and sat in the dune's grass watching the water
and talking.
In that moment I felt as though everything was
right in the world and I couldn't
have been more content.

Jack reached into his camera bag to get a book he said he had
picked up at Barnes and Nobles for me.
Before I opened it though, he said I had to
read the card first.
I opened the envelope and read the outside of the card:

I want to grow old with you

and then inside it read:

There's nothing in the world
that I'd rather do
Than spend my forever
together with you.

I felt my pulse quicken and my heart race
as I looked at Jack who was at this time
on his knee.
My voice caught in my throat
as I said,
Oh, Jack...

Jack asked me to be his wife
and as he did
the clouds parted (I lie not) and the sun seemed to
shine directly on the sparkling ring he
was holding.

I am sure every girl thinks her engagment is the best
and I am no different.
For you see, ever since I can remember
it has been my dream to someday
get engaged at Lake Michigan.
My dream became reality even
without Jack ever knowing that.

I also always wanted my future husband to be able
to pick my ring out without my help
and Jack did just that.
He chose an absolute gorgeous ring
and it will always be so much more
special because of that.

I did get a book from him that day as well -
The Bride's Book of Lists
He knows me all too well.  :)

Jack and I are so thrilled as we start this next
phase of life together and we are even
more excited to see what God has in the future for us!

Come see some of my photography over at Serendipity-Images.


  1. Aww...very sweet! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!

  2. Love this Nicole!!! I have been checking everyday since last Saturday to see when you would post about this special day!! :) I am so so so happy for you! You deserve this beyond words can say! And Jack is such a great guy..so glad the Lord brought you two together! Have fun wedding planning...it's an exciting adventure! ;) I miss you and wish I could be there to help you with things!!! Let me know if there is anything I can do, even though I'm miles away...I'd be happy to help in any way! :) Love ya girl..

    1. Thank you, Michelle! You are only a text away and I am sure I will be asking you lots of questions! Love ya!

  3. Love this nicole!!! I'm so incredibly happy for you!! Our dreams of "happily ever after" have finally come true , no more are we two lil girls playing barbies, but two grown woman who's dreams have come true!! :) can't wait to start planning your wedding!! :) love you so much!!
    Tab :)

    1. Where did those years go, right?? Excited to plan too!! Love you! :)

    2. What a nice story ...love from Uncle Dean and Aunt Arlene!
      Hope you can come to see us!

  4. God bless you and Jack, Nicole. We just couldn't be happier for you both! Jack is a favorite with our family and we are all delighted that he has found such a jewel for a wife. God's ways and His timing are worth the wait, aren't they? I look forward to observing the wonderful things He has planned for the two of you together. Again, may God bless and lead you in each step of your plans for the wedding and your future. Much love, Tracy Nymeyer

  5. Like Michelle, I too have eagerly been waiting for this story. It reads just like a true love story should and I can't help but think of the verse in Psalms that talk about delighting yourself in the Lord and He would give you the desires of your heart. I am really happy for both you and Jack!

  6. Congratulations!

    Thank you for sharing and god bless you.

  7. So happy for you guys!
    And looking forward to having you as a sister~in~law!:)

    Anna McDonnell

  8. Yay! How exciting! :) Your story never ceases to amaze me and makes me even more sure than before that waiting on the Lord is truely the ONLY way to do things. :)
    So sweet.. and the beach/dunes is such a romantic place to get engaged! Beautiful ring as well!! Can't wait to see how everything else continues to unfold...
    Prayers :)

  9. Aww, this has to be my favorite blog post EVER! I am so so happy for you two, and so thankful that you waited for God's perfect timing! I look forward to more updates about wedding plans, and can't wait to be part of your special day with you! Love you so much!

  10. Wait...what? How did I miss this post???? Oh my goodness I am sooooooooo excited!!!! I can't wait to see all the pictures of the future Mr. and Mrs.!!! Jack got himself a Proverbs 31 wife...what a treasure you will be to him!!
    And I can't wait to see all your ideas you pin on pinterest!!



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