Monday, May 26, 2008


On May 22nd, 2008, I said yes to the man I love when he asked me if I would marry him! That little word has turned my world upside down! I am now a fiancé and the future wife of David! Whoa!

Okay, now for the story…

The Start:
It was a perfect day and we woke up early to head out to Itasca State Park for a good bike ride. But first we had a nice breakfast of Dad's famous oatmeal which was a lovely start to a perfect day. After chatting with Mom and Dad for a bit, they bid us farewell and off we went (they both knew what was going to happen!). The bikes were in the back and David was driving Dad's truck. He was feeling very trucker-ish and completely enjoyed the ride. I was entertained just watching him hang his arm out the window and pretend to be a country hick from the sticks. He really couldn't pull it off though, thank goodness!

The Proposal (my favorite part!):
When we arrived at the Headwaters to the Mississippi River, we got out of the truck and started off down the path to the river. I noticed that David seemed to be in some sort of an awful hurry and thought we should maybe slow down a little and just enjoy the walk but he was on a definite mission and there was no stopping him! When we arrived at the source I said, "There it is!" expecting some sort of exclamation of wonder and amazement at this humble beginning to the mighty river. Instead he took my hand and nearly dragged me across a log lying over the river. His mind was obviously not on the river. On the other side we stopped near the flowing water and David turned and looked at me. THEN he said it...those amazing words that have changed our lives significantly! He asked me if I would be his wife! I was shocked and delighted and amazed and…well, I think I nearly choked him with a hug and then said YES!! What an amazing moment it was, forever frozen in my memory. The sky was brilliant blue, the sun was shining bright, a pair of ducks watched us from their nest nearby, fish were jumping in the lake, and a loon was calling across the water and I became engaged to the man that I love with all my heart! It was a perfect day!


Joe & Sarah said...

HOW WONDERFUL! We are so VERY excited for you. CONGRATS!

The Christiansen's

Janna said...

Many, many congratulations from next door, Melanie and David! What a lovely engagement story. Fun times to come, eh? :D

The Ericksons said...

Congrats Melanie! Can't wait to meet him - maybe at the family reunion??

Karen said...

I have been checking your blog several times daily hoping for an update! =) Aww...I just love a good love story!

I am looking forward to seeing you soon to hear all of the juicy details firsthand!

Love you Mel....congratulations again!

The Fafach family said...

Congratulations Melanie!!
I am so so happy for you two!
Loved hearing your story! Can't wait to see you in July and give you a big hug!! Love ya, ~Krista

Jessica said...

Hi Melanie,
I came accross your blog from your sister's blog actually when I read her courtship story on the young ladies christian fellowship website. Even though I don't know you I just wanted to send my congratulations to you! You look so happy and thank you for sharing your engagement story! I've not been there yet so it's exciting to read about!!!
God Bless You!!!!

In Chistian Love,

Timothy and Rebecca and Carolyn said...

Congratulations!!!! I am so happy for the two of you.

Mindy Caron said...

Oh, Melanie - how beautiful! And just think...the best is yet to come - married life is AWESOME! How God has brought you & David together in His perfect timing just amazes me - but that's our God, faithful to bring His best to those who wait on Him. You have been a testimony to me as I've watched you wait on the Lord. Now, let's get down to those wedding details...go green!

Love you forever,
your baby sis :)

Craig & Jessica said...

It is such a sweet story!! Thanks for sharing! We are SO excited for you both!!

Kate said...

Awww! I am so happy for you two!

I don't even remember how exactly I found your blog but I've enjoyed stopping in every so often!
I'm excited for you and don't even know you! But I know what your feeling as I got engaged in January and will say I Do in 18 day! Tis bliss, is it now? :)



Anonymous said...

Oh, Melanie!

I'm SO very excited for you! I know the 'upside down' feeling a really good, exciting, happy, busy, and yet special sort of way! I rejoice with you in the Lord's working in your, and David's life! We serve such an AWESOME GOD!!! I'm hoping to meet you in person of these days!:) May God bless you, and give you wisdom as you prepare for your special day!!

Happiest of hugs sent your way!

~The future Mrs.Josiah Wissmann :D

Jordan and Marianne said...

Melanie and David,

We were so excited to hear the news. CONGRATULATIONS! It was great to get together with you a week ago and get to know you and David a little better. It's so much fun to know another international couple and to share experiences with each other. Enjoy the wedding preparations as we will, too. Hope to see you again sometime in the future.


Anonymous said...

Hi Melanie!

You don't know me, but I've been coming to your blog for about the last year. (I think I found you via. Bethany W's blog.) Anyway, I just had to comment and say 'Congratuations'!!! Such a cute couple!


The Bontrager Family Singers said...

Congratulations, Melanie! May the Lord bless you and David as you start your new life....together!

Amy said...

Congratulations, Melanie! How exciting and romantic! :)

Kate said...

By the way, how did you guys meet?I'd love to hear the story of how you came together.... ;)

tshavlik said...

So happy for you. May God continue to bless your relationship!

Amy Vest said...

I am rejoicing with you at the Lord's goodness!!! You are a beautiful testimony of waiting on the Lord for His best. Truly, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." 1 Cor. 2:9
I am praying for you as you prepare for all that the Lord has in store.
With love in our great God,
Amy Vest

"God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him!"