Thanks again for sharing this story with Leah and I this week. We'll see if we can bring it home today.
To celebrate the moment on Friday night, I did something I rarely do. I cooked! I actually prepared a memory meal. A sentimental spread if you will:) It was a collection of random food that has been a part of our journey.
Since neither of us had much of an appetite, we spent most of our time just sitting at the table laughing. Leah read me a letter that she'd been carrying in her purse since the end of July, when we first started talking seriously about the future. Every word was beautiful and it inspired me to kiss her again! Needless to say we had alot of leftovers.
After dinner we drove to the waterfront. We hit Starbucks, where the barista gave Leah a free engagement frappucino. Then I suggested we sit down at Barnes and Noble to look at bridal magazines. Didn't know what I was getting myself into with that one. Young women in the store were attracted to our table like bugs to a light and Leah had a great time telling our brand new story to strangers.
I was actually just trying to kill time, setting up the grand finale. Our families had agreed to meet in Pittsburgh to surprise Leah and celebrate the engagement. It was Samantha's last night in town before going back to Grove's City College. Leah's parents (Bruce and Patty) were already in town and helped me plan the night. Ashley and her husband Nate drove in Friday night from Washington DC. And my parents drove east from Detroit. They all gathered at the Edward's home while I learned the difference between A-line and ball gown wedding dresses.
When we pulled back into Leah's driveway at 9.30 everyone was waiting inside. When we walked in they all yelled "surprise!" Then my dad jumped out and said, "Will you marry us?"
We spent the rest of the night eating cake, opening cards, and sharing stories. And about twelve hours later Leah went to David's Bridal and bought the first wedding dress she tried on. Seriously. My fiancee gets it done!
Keep her in prayer. She's got alot more to get done over the next four and a half months. I've promised to try and be as helpful as possible while not getting in the way:) And this week I feel a bit like a kid on Christmas Eve. There's the promise of presents in the morning. I've just got to sleep through the night.