Okay, I’m a little new to this blogging thing, but as Sachel’s mother, I just had to get this out!!
Ethan is a very special young man whom I have had the complete honor of watching spiritually and physically grow up. You see, Sachel and Ethan have known each other since the age of nine. They attended and grew up in the same church, attended christian academy together, served in our church’s youth ministry and went on their first youth missionary trip to Nova Scotia, Canada together when they were teenagers. As I served as a youth leader in our church, I’ve literally watched him go from a boy to a man.
Ethan has always been fond of Sachel. From the moment he met her, he hit the ground running pursuing her. I still remember when, as a child, he told me he was going to marry my daughter. I may have thought he was just talking back then, but now?? Now I am a full believer. As a little girl, Sachel was not “feeling” him. She’d run from him, wanting absolutely NOTHING to do with him. But, as time progressed and they matured, they both went to different colleges and kept in touch. It’s funny how God moved next. Once they both graduated from college, Ethan joined the United States Air Force and unbeknownst to him, Sachel gained employment as a civilian journalist/photographer for the United Air Force. Talk about God’s paralleled paths of destiny in its rarest form.
About two weeks ago, I received an impressive and important phone call from my future son-in-law. We chatted for a while and with me and her two sisters on the phone, he asked the question we all have been waiting for:
“May I have Sachel’s hand in marriage?”
OMG!!!! By now, I’m sure you all know my response: “Of course you can!!!”
I cried and cried and cried…..but most importantly, I was bursting with excitement!! I knew keeping this secret for two weeks was going to be such a struggle!
Fast forward to July. Ethan flew home from Alaska with one mission in his heart: to solidify his commitment to his found “good thing” & virtuous woman Sachel and ask her to become his wife. Sachel’s best friend and soror, Tammy, flew in from New York, which made it even more special. We were all hiding in bushes just to capture that moment live! Can you just imagine me, crouched in the bushes with my girls…on our knees with the critters waiting to capture this moment?? But then, it finally happened!!!
When she said yes, we all jumped out screaming with tears, joy and excitement. In that moment, I could not have been more proud. Here are two young people I’ve seen grow together and in Christ committing to each other as adults in one of the most sacred ways. To witness, on our sorority’s 66th Boule Opening Day, Ethan surprising Sachel at Wing Haven Garden
, getting down on one knee and popping the question was definitely something I as her mother will ever forget.
As we all celebrated and joined hands, with Ethan and Sachel in the center, we prayed to God for His divine covering and blessings over this union to be. Now, as the royal wedding plans begin and Prince Ethan & Princess Sachel prepare to enter into holy matrimony, I am SO filled with joy! I can’t believe MY FIRST BORN IS GETTING MARRIED!! I am one proud Mother with thanksgiving in my heart. The prayers of this righteousness woman has availeth much!
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