Friday, May 27, 2011

Love Story: The Decision

When I last left you, E had dropped some big news and was waiting on a decision from me.
(To catch up on the rest of our Love Story, click here)

There was a part of me that took the decision really seriously--I mean, we hadn't talked marriage yet, but I knew it was on both of our minds.
Me? A pastor's wife?!

I didn't have a clue what it would involve, so I allowed my mind to wander.
I imagined being broke & living in a parsonage we hated, because we wouldn't be able to pick out our own house. I envisioned us stuck in a rural area far from family and city life, dealing with impossible expectations of people who barely knew us (that I should have to have 8 kids, and play the piano, and be the church secretary and lead the weekly Bible Study. Ugh!)

[ps. most of those were misguided perceptions]

But then I remembered how much E loves studying the Bible. What a joy it was to worship at our church with him, and have discussions about life and faith.
I realized that the same things that fueled his desire to go to seminary were what made me fall in love with him in the first place.

After our engagement, the parents of a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to be a pastor's wife. My (unrehearsed) response then accurately portrayed how I felt about it that weekend, and how I still feel about it.

"I don't know that I want to be a pastor's wife. But I do know I want to be the wife of whoever E is going to be."

So I headed up to E's dorm room on Sunday night, sat down with him on the couch, and told him that whatever adventures were in store for us--I was in.

us in Dec '07 on that same grody dorm couch


Anonymous said...

I love your love story. This is so sweet.

Kelly Loy Gilbert said...

Even though obviously I figured you guys got together ;), this was so exciting to read! I think the idea of being a pastor's wife would have really freaked me out too. I definitely can't wait to hear more about that!

Layla said...

Such a sweet story! I would have had the same misguided perceptions about being a pastor's wife, because that's how the pastor's wives were in the churches I grew up in! But having branched out from that now, I can see that it's not always the case. What you said about marrying whoever E is going to be is the sweetest thing ever.

Anna said...

ummm don't diss that couch!! i opened many christmas presents at my grandma's on that very orange masterpiece!

ps. love the story :)

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