Last April, Joshua and Michael and I began to pray in earnest for a wife for Joshua. We turned 23 and felt it was time to settle down. He felt that God layed Brittany on his heart as the one God had for him. We prayed and felt this as well. We also felt God leading us to walk the path of Betrothal. Michael called and approached Brittany's Dad about this possibility. He and Terri, his wife began to pray. Jeff, Brittany's Dad began to start a process of questioning, etc. After about eight months questions, counsel, grilling, and a few more questions he and Terri felt it was God's providential work in the lives of both families. About half way through this process Brittany, who knew nothing about this, came to her Dad and let him know that she thought God had put Joshua on her heart as the one He had picked for her. He agreed to seek the Lord's counsel and would strive to hear His voice in this most important matter. Both sets of parents feel certain that this is the Lord's blessing in our lives.
In early December Joshua was given their blessing and we all planned "the asking" to take place during a previously scheduled vacation to our home. The two families met in 1996 and we were in the same home church together. We all loved each other very much from the very beginning, A few years later we moved back to Ohio, but we still remained great friends. Time and distance are no obstacles to the Lord who brought about His will in His time.
On December 29, 2007 Joshua asked Brittany to marry him. She said yes. He presented her with my Mom's engagement ring.
Terri and I (Michael also helped) prepare a special meal in which we passed the betrothal cup from the brides father to the groom's father and then to the groom as each accepts the covenant and then Josh passed the cup to Brittany. She accepted it and drank from the cup which made the Betrothal legally binding in the eyes of both families and God.
We are very pleased and excited. There are no dates or plans set yet since we wanted to wait until after "the asking" so Brittany would be included. We thought that would be nice! =)