From the monthly archives: January 2013

Engagement Photo 1Christy and I have had a very blessed relationship. For starters, we met in a very special way. We each had a profile on a dating website, and after we swapped contact information, we ended up talking on the phone for seven-and-a-half hours the first night! Neither of us had ever been on the phone for half that long before, so we both knew that we had just found something special.

Another blessing we have is shared interests. Christy and I both love the outdoors. We have always enjoyed walking, hiking, and swimming together. We also love to kayak. There is a beautiful lake near Litchfield, IL where Christy and I get together to kayak. We scheduled a kayak date in early June, and she brought up her two single-seat kayaks. We paddled around Yaeger Lake for a few hours, enjoying the scenery, the wildlife, and the exercise. We even saw a bald eagle perched on a branch by its nest! As far as afternoon kayak trips go, this was almost as good as it gets.

As dates go, it wasn’t my favorite. There was something missing. We were in separate boats going separate directions at separate speeds… there was very little unity. I didn’t tell her about the issue, since it wasn’t very important at the time. However, that day, as we pulled the boats onto the shore, I decided how I was going to propose…

A few months later, Christy and I went to southern Wisconsin together for a short vacation with my family. We stayed in a cottage on a gorgeous little lake. Early Monday morning, Christy and I went kayaking again. This time, we were in a two-seat kayak. We launched the boat into Rock Lake and began paddling.

Right away, we ran into some trouble—the boat was turning a little to one side without our help. We had to talk about the problem and compensate to overcome it. We also had to get used to one another. With some effort and communication, it didn’t take long before we were paddling at the same speed, going in the same direction, and working toward the same goal. There were even times when, stroke for stroke, our paddles were perfectly synchronized. We loved it!

Engagement Photo 2After we had circled the whole lake, we pulled the kayak up onto the shore and walked to breakfast at a local café. When we finished eating, we walked through the park downtown. We quietly strolled along, enjoying the morning air. After a while, I sat down with her on a bench and we began talking about that morning’s kayak trip, and about how much we had both enjoyed it.

Finally, I confessed to her about how I had disliked the kayak date a few months before. I compared the two trips, explaining how odd it felt to be working separate like we had been in Yaeger Lake, but also how wonderful it felt to be working together like we had been in Rock Lake. I told her that the unity we had experienced that morning was like the unity I wanted to have with her for the rest of our lives—through both the easy times and the struggles, we’ll always work together to get through.

I knelt down on one knee and presented the ring. “I love you. Will you marry me?”

She was nodding yes before I said “Wil…” and she shouted, “Of course I will!”

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 319480_506038429410076_1190628031_nWe were talking about our Easter plans and we had decided to stay in Illinois. We spent the past year in Nebraska with his family, and would be traveling back more than once during the Summer.  I wanted to make this Easter really special since I knew that Jarrod would be missing his family.  Little did I know that he was busy planning this to be the most special Easter of all!

He suggested we plan our own little Easter egg hunt the Friday before Easter around the house here where we live.  It’s a tradition in his family and I just figured he wanted to have a little of back home here for the holiday.  I thought it was a really cute idea and we could get really creative.  I also thought what would make the night even more special would be for me to make the first meal I ever made him. No wonder he fell right in love with me right?! 😉

After dinner he was cleaning up and I got my eggs ready to hide.  Now here is something funny!  We BOTH kind of did the same thing!  I put his favorite Easter candy (skittles and starburst jelly beans) in the eggs with little messages to him in them.  I did 6 (of the many) reasons why I love Jarrod.  (Sorry they are pretty-mushy-gushy-lovey-dovey, so you don’t want to read that part.)  He found all my eggs pretty easily and I excused myself while he hid mine.  I’m sure his nerves were going NUTS at this point.

Sarah's Camera 563As I said he did the same thing as me.  But it took me longer to find the eggs that he hid.  I am the worst person to find something hidden.  My Mother can attest to that.  I don’t look for things well.  When I did find them he told me the order in which I had to open them and they had the most amazing messages to me.  I will hold those words in my heart forever.  He is wonderful.  I’m getting emotional right now just thinking about them.  When it came time to open up the last one, he held it in his hand and said some very sweet things to me and before I knew it he was down on one knee!  He said, “Sarah, will you marry me?”  I was so happy and overflowing and I of course said, “YES”.  We will be married May 25, 2012 and I cannot wait to be Mrs. Jarrod Rempel.


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My fiancée and I have been together for about a year now. We are still new but just cannot wait to make the commitment to spend the rest of our lives together. On Dec 6th, we had plans to go Christmas shopping after I got done with clinicals for nursing school. I came home and he had the car on in the drive and I figured I’d hop in and off we would go. He turned his car off and asked if I wanted to get changed real quick. Not thinking anything of it, we go inside and the house is lit with candles and covered in rose petals and flowers. He immediately dropped on one knee and told me how much I meant to him, that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. I replied let’s get married very teary eyed. He put the ring on my finger and we kissed while tears rolled down my face. We will marry on Friday May 17th, 2013. We are very excited!

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