[April 13 2009]
I use the word court because it's old-fashioned, and has an old-fashioned meaning. To court someone is to have a relationship with someone of the opposite sex, with the intention of marriage in the future. In the 21st Century most 19-year-olds are not courting, but dating. Their intention is not marriage, but sex, and having fun.
On April 8, 2009, my future husband's intention was to one-day marry me. We barely knew each other at this point, only having spent a few weeks talking with one another. But, I knew even before this day that I wanted to marry Daniel.
Today is December 8, 2011. In two years and eight months the following has happened:
May 7, 2009: Daniel tells Brianna that he loves her for the first time. Brianna feels the same.
June 25, 2010: On Daniel's 21st birthday he proposes to Brianna, she says YES!
May 7, 2011: Brianna and Daniel become husband and wife.
September 7, 2011: Brianna takes a pregnancy test and discovers that they are expecting their first child.
May 7, 2012: The due date of Daniel and Brianna's first child (notice that May 7th is a special day for us)
I wasted a lot of time in high school and university. I dated men that I had no intention of marrying. I wasted time on unimporant pursuits and passions. I neglected my relationship with God, I ignored the Lord nudging on my heart. Finally, I started studying the Bible and searching for God in January 2009.
The Lord doesn't waste time. It hasn't even been three years since I crawled back into the arms of my Father, and he has already given me a husband and a child, and a lifetime of beautiful memories.
During these 2 years and 8 months I have grown closer to God, studied his Word and really thirsted for the knowledge that only God can provide.
[November 11 2009]
Books that I received on my 20th birthday, vastly different from my 19th!
During these 2 years and 8 months by vision for my future has completely changed. My values regarding marriage and motherhood have grown and evolved.
During these 2 years and 8 months I have learned to really love my husband like no one else on this earth. It's incredible the relationship that we have, and how deep it is over such a short period of time.
Now, as we prepare to add a new person to our lives, a new person to this world, God is teaching me new things. Our child will arrive shortly after our 3-year "courtship" anniversary. What an extraodinary 3 years it's been!
Note: Please know that although things have happened quickly for us, I'm not recommending or telling people to "hurry up" with their lives. We are in no hurry at all, it's just simply how life has played out for us. We wanted to get married quickly because we loved each other and wanted to spend the rest of our lives together sooner rather than later. Other things, like having a child on our one-year wedding anniversary, weren't intentional on our part, but are certainly intentional on God's. In all things, we pray that our lives will be based on God's timeline, not our own.