Okay you guys.
I can remember being a freshman at A&M and meeting Maddie Garner, only to meet her super sweet boyfriend Brock a short time later. The fact that I used to sit and hear her talk about "if" her and Brock got married how she'd be so incredibly happy blows my mind-- how it is already a reality now?! Brock contacted me a couple of months ago and told me his plans to propose to his gal of five years. It felt like that day couldn't come quick enough! Finally, on April 8th, I got to drive east to Tomball, TX, drive in a pasture of cows, hide my truck, and then crouch in a muddy bank next to a pond where Brock planned to pop the question! (see photo below of me hiding out)
This wasn't just any old piece of land, pond, or dock for that matter. Over the last five years these two had made memories at this very place-- it had become a memorial of sorts for the two as their relationship went through the journey of various seasons and stages of life. Brock re-created their first date once they left church that morning, even including talking in past tense and acting like they were still getting to know each other! Five years ago, Brock had time to kill before the plans he had for He and Maddie that night, and decided to take her to this piece of land. Once they arrived there, he let her drive his jeep he owned at the time (which is a huge deal if you know Brock at all). Even though Brock no longer owns a jeep, when they arrived there in his truck, he asked Maddie, "Hey, would you like to drive my jeep?" Maddie then, with shaking hands and a high heart rate, drove his truck down the long dirt road to the dock they had spent so many days on. Brock led Maddie by the hand out onto the dock, all the while speaking of the memories they had shared out there. Finally, he told her he wanted to make one of the biggest memories for the both of them out on that very dock. He dropped on one knee, and joyfully asked Maddie to be his bride!!!
Seeing these two grow together in our time at Texas A&M has been the greatest honor. Brock, you truly set Maddie up to flourish-- it has been so cool to witness the ways you push her to be the exact woman God has intended her to be. Maddie, your patience with the Lords timing, your respect for Brock, and your trust in his ability to lead your relationship gives me a joy like no other. I think my favorite part about these two is how they spend their days declaring the Lord's faithfulness. In every stage of life-- every moment of rejoicing, and every season of sorrow and hurt-- I have seen nothing but thankfulness and praise come forth from this relationship for their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. These two and the love they have for one another is truly a reflection of how Christ loves His bride, the church. I wish y'all all the best!!
So pumped to see all the Lord does with y'all's marriage!! Love y'all!