This post is LONG overdue BUT, better late then never! I want to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS to my little bro on his recent engagement to his most amazing future wife Jennifer! My little brother is 7 years younger than me and because of our age difference I always felt more like he was my child than my little brother and I have taken on that role of "other mother" in good ways and bad... the bad ways would be like bossing him around and telling him what to do. The good ways would be taking his life, safety and future very seriously, even from the moment he was born. As he got older, this progressed into praying for that one special person he would meet and would be his wife someday.
I remember the night my brother left for Florida, I held it together in my mom and dads drive-way. I gave him a brave smile and a long, loving hug.... BUT, when Jimmy and I drove away, it took about two seconds and the tears started flowing. I mean tears like someone was ripping my heart out. I thought of John not being there to be with Anna anymore. I thought of how much she loved him and how much she would miss her "unclie" John. I thought of how few and far between we would even see each other in person and I just cried.
I prayed that the Lord would use John's time in Florida for something great in his life. I think in the back of my mind I hoped that "great" thing would be meeting his wife but I just wanted the best for him whether it was time to meet her yet or not. To me it would be all worth the sadness of not having him close by in Texas if we could have the joy of seeing him fulfilled and happy in Florida.
Answered prayers are wonderful things. God brought an amazing girl to make my brother happier than I have ever seen him and complete our "in-law" family. First my amazing hubby joins the crew and now Jennifer! What a blessing for John and what a blessing for us all to get to see God bring our family this amazing gift!
John and Jen I love you both so much and I can't wait for July 18!! Yea for marriage it's the best thing EVER!!