Thursday, December 11, 2014

"Will You Marry Me?"

My heart is practically bursting at the seams!

It all began so many years ago..

The day we first met - for him he says it was love at first sight.

I was 6 years old and he was just 8.

Little did I know all that would transpire 10 years later.

In early fall of 2008 we began emailing.

Casually he would appear as I would Skype his little sister Anna 

{Who happened to be my best friend!}

Little by little he would appear more frequently and 

then one day he would ask if he could have my cell number.

Then on December 31st - he texted me asking 

"Can I call you for a quick question".

I couldn't imagine what that question would be as I quickly texted back,


As my phone rang I looked at my Mom and asked her 
what she thought he had to say.

She mumbled something and I shook my head.

As I answered the phone on the first ring,

I questioned what he needed.

He responded "I wondered if you'd be around on the 24th of July"

I giddily asked if he was bringing his sister to visit.

He responded, 

"Actually, NO I was thinking we could just hang out?"

I told him I'd look and let him know.

As we said goodbye - I was dumbfounded.

Did Joshua Q. really just ask me out?

So I did what all teenage girls do and I texted him back.

"Did you just ask me out?"

He responded with a "Yes" 

{Just kids!}

And so it began,

We eagerly began counting down the days until our very first date.

Just two days after my 16th birthday.

Our first date.

We  fell so in love and we dreamed of our future together.

We were each other's best friends, confidants and encouragers.

Yet to our heart break,

after three years together we would part ways.

and say goodbye to what we had thought would be forever.

He would head off to flight school and I'd 

 move to  Uganda and call it home.


To my surprise after living in Uganda for just about 7 months,

I would journey to a local Orphanage to drop off food for their kiddos.

As I was visiting and playing with the kids.

I heard a car coming up the lane,

As I turned around to my complete surprise

there stood Josh.

The man I had fallen in love with so many years before.

Only this time we hardly knew each other.

We hadn't spoken in almost a year.

But God would have other plans as he would begin to do some healing in our lives.

Some of you may have even read the post titled:


That summer a new friendship would start.

We spent many hours that summer spending time together and talking.

As he journeyed home,

we'd continually talk on the phone, Skype and text.

Not a day would go by that I wouldn't miss him.

As he left he made me one little promise.

Within one year he would be back.

I apparently didn't take him seriously at the time.

But true to his word,

Within a year passing -

the guards came to tell me that there was someone waiting on the porch for me.

As I'd walk out to the porch to my surprise there stood Josh.

I was so shocked that I just stared at him 

and then ran inside to tell Macey

 {my assistant, picture taker and best friend!}

How funny it must have been.

There stood Josh and all I did was turn around and run.

{poor guy!}

We joke about it now!

Those few weeks we'd spend together would be some of the best ever.

We'd share our passions, talk, laugh and spend time loving on my gems.

Just two months later Josh would travel to my parent's home to

 spend some time with my family,

talking with my Mom and Dad and to ask their permission 

and blessing on our relationship.

We were so excited that they gave us their blessing to pursue a courtship relationship.

We'd then begin Skype dating. 

Which living in Uganda can be a bit difficult.

We'd soon plan that he'd fly in for Christmas.

We began counting down the days.

But then on December 7th - something truly special would happen.

Josh would ask me to have a candle light dinner on the balcony of

The Gem Foundation

{conveniently we'd lose power and this would have been the perfect set up!}

As I came out to the balcony to my surprise I'd find it lit up with tea light candles,

and classical music playing.

We'd sit down to dinner and talk.

He began sharing how he'd love to spend his life growing old with me.

Then he'd stand up and ask me to dance on the dance floor,

{Josh is a romantic so of course he lined the floor with more candles!}

We'd dance to our old song and then another and on the third song,

He'd stop,

all the sudden to my surprise there he was on one knee!

thats when he asked;

"Will You Marry Me?"

to my reply I said, 


Oh my sweet friends,

it's officially official,

I'm marrying my best friend and we couldn't be happier.

We are so excited to spend our lives growing old together 

and caring for our most precious 'Gems'.

We are so thankful that God redeems and restores our brokenness!

Out of our Ashes He makes such beauty.

We haven't picked a wedding date yet - but hope to soon.

Rejoice with us sweet friends -



Sometimes Photojenik said...

Sucha very beautiful story! I'm so excited for you, congratulations!!!

Kati Mendez said...

This made me cry tears of happiness!! God is so good and you guys are so wonderfully blessed!!!

Sandy said...

So Wonderful! And also though it was hard, it is wonderful that God has helped to confirm and establish it now. That will be such a blessing to help you in times ahead when sticking with it needs that foundation.

Sandy in the UK - who also courted across the ocean over years. But there was no Skype or even email then!

Tara said...


Sophia Apostoldes said...

CONGRADULATIONS EMMA AND JOSH!!!!! I am so excited for you! I have been waiting for this post since you and Josh started dating. I can't wait to get the wedding details. May God bless your relationship.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Em- that's such great news!! Although you don't know me, I pray that you and Josh will grow in love and faith with each other and God!

Becky L. said...

Congratulatuons! I read your mom's post earlier in the week. Now I am reading your detailed version and still so happy for you. I will keep you both in my prayers. Is he in the military, as you said something about flight school. Hugs and blessings.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! :-)

Bianca Jago said...

Such a sweet love story! Congrats Josh and Emma!!

Sending love from New Zealand <3 :)

Lashae Bowen said...

Oh sweet friend I am beyond excited for you two!!! Congratulations times one thousand!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations dear Emma. You are such an inspiration to many and I wish you and Josh a blessed life together. Your story brought me to tears!

Bailey B. said...

Oh how very, very exciting! God is so good. What a beautiful Christmas present!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Emma! You look so incredibly happy. Many blessings on your marriage, your life together and your gems. How amazing they will now also have a "daddy". Dads are so important. Enjoy every moment. I have been loving following your blog and will continue to do so.
Judy from the Netherlands

Joy said...


K said...

What a precious love story, one to tell for generations! Congratulations! I wish you both every happiness and joy.

Anonymous said...

When is the date?

Bonnie Billeb said...

EmmaLee, Congratulations, I'm so happy for you both. And so glad to know the story from your side.The culmination of my years of prayer since our walk over the bridge in Durango.
Emma, as you and Josh read Proverbs 31 to each other, I pray it will help you to honor each other as you work on verses 8 and 9 together.
Love you sweet girl. Now to be your real Aunt Bonnie, too.