And what an amazing two years it has been! God has blessed us in so many ways, and I am thankful for how our love for each other has grown in that time, and for our sweet little baby that He has blessed us with. As I reflect on all the little details of our relationship and all the things that the Lord had to work out to bring us together, I still stand amazed at how good He has been to me. I love doing life with Josh, and being by his side is my happy place!
Josh and I never really got to know each other until we went on the Asian Games Outreach to Incheon, South Korea in 2014. Up until that point we had known who each other was and had occasionally served in the same church ministries together, but we hadn't ever really talked to one another. It was just an "Oh yeah, I know who Josh/Heather is" kind of thing. And though we both attended Master's Baptist College at the same time, we only ever took one class together.
Upon our return from Korea, we definitely knew each other better and were more like friends than acquaintances.
|Flight home from Korea|
We continued to faithfully serve in our own various ministries at church, and would occasionally give each other an "Olaf" gift here or there. It was kind of an inside joke after watching Frozen for the first time on our way to South Korea.
|We had a little too much fun with it sometimes :P|
The first few months of 2015 were a challenge to me with a painful relationship experience that the Lord was faithful to bring me out of, following which I didn't really know what to think or where the Lord was going to lead me with my life. And I didn't really know where to start. I made plans for the summer to be a counselor at Junior Camp, to attend Family Camp, and to attend a Singles' Retreat that I had been blessed by in previous years. But past that, I didn't know what my life held for the future.
The church that had organized the missions trip to South Korea was planning a missions trip to Mongolia, and I thought I would pursue the possibility of being a part of this trip as well, especially after how much of a blessing the first one had been in my life. So on June 25, 2015, I put up a short blog post on my blog Unto the Uttermost (You can view all of my pictures from South Korea here as well).
|This missions trip ended up taking place just two months ago :)|
Typical Josh :) Always ready to make someone laugh lol. When I saw the picture, I emailed it to him right away with a comment about how I had made a post on my blog that night and then got carried away enjoying my memories from Korea. We emailed back and forth a little bit that night reliving some of those fun times, and then that was that.
If you had asked me that night if I thought I would be married to him - or anyone else for that matter - by the end of the year, I would have told you that you were crazy lol. We did start to email every few days as friends, but I put up a mental wall in my mind, telling myself that I didn't want to get married. Thankfully, the Lord had other plans :)
Not knowing quite how to move on from where I was at that point in life, the Lord led me to pursue a lifelong goal I had always had to obtain my music degree. I turned in my application and all necessary documents to Baptist College of Ministry, and things were rolling along quite well. I went back to the place I used to work and got a job doing customer service so I could start to save for tuition.
On July 25, 2015, a group of people from our church drove to Devil's Lake, ND to help knock doors in town for a new church plant that was opening up. After some passenger rearranging so one of the college girls didn't have to drive alone, Dad ended up riding there and back with Josh so Nicole could ride with us.
When we got home that evening, I could tell there was some sort of excitement in the air, but no one was saying anything. So I figured it had nothing to do with me and proceeded to get ready for bed. When I went out to wish my parents a good night, Dad mentioned that someone had expressed interest in me that day, and right away I knew it was Josh. After meeting with my parents the following Monday night (July 27th), Josh asked me if I'd begin a courtship with him...
...and the rest is history!! We got engaged on September 6th, and a few weeks later were married on November 28th, 2015...
We are so thankful for these two years, and we look forward to so many more together!! We are excited to see what God has in store for us in the future! 💗