Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Day 230 and the Proposal.

Friday August 27, 2010
It's been while friends. Our summer apart proved to be more difficult than expected, but it was fun to keep up with each other on the blog when we did, and we're back now that school has started.

And boy, what a way to restart the fall. Cale asked me to marry him!

Our story began just over a year ago when we met right before the start of the school year at a church hangout. I remember being nervous when he shook my hand, I thought he was so handsome. Bailey and I met Claire Bellington, who invited us to her Wednesday night LIFE group; the same one Cale attended. It didn't take me long to realized I liked him a lot, but ultimately until he made a move, we would just be friends. The following months involved a lot of trusting the Lord and being patient, which was not easy, just ask Bailey! haha

In the spring, however, the opportunity presented itself to attend a conference in Maryland called NEXT that June with four other friends including Cale. We had so much fun exploring Baltimore, meeting new people together, discussing theology (which at times was way over my head,) silly things, keeping each other awake on the road, etc... After months of knowing he was someone I respected, I realized on this trip that he was someone I really enjoyed as well.

When we got back from the trip we kept in contact via texting and email, even though he was in Houston for an internship, I still saw him on weekends too. A few weeks later he asked me out on my very first date and we immediately began our relationship. Somewhere between all of the mini road trips, intentional conversations, goofy jokes, prayers and coffee shops we fell in love. It happened quicker than I thought it would, but then again, I think I always loved him.

He proposed this Friday. I was in shock of course. He took me on a picnic to celebrate the conclusion of internship and the beginning of the school year. After we ate, he brought out a puzzle for us to put together. It had pictures we'd taken of us on it over the summer; only, a piece was missing. I stood up to see if I was sitting on it, and when I looked at him, he confessed he had it.
"But before I give it to you, I have to tell you..."
That's really all I remember. The rest is a blur until I heard the words every girl dreams of hearing, "will you marry me?"
I was in shock. I didn't respond right away either, just hugged him for a long time.
Then I cupped his face and finally responded with something like, "Cale I'm scared but I love you now, and I'll love you tomorrow, and two weeks from now, and two years from now... Yes! I'll marry you!"

Shortly after this Ryan and Sara Price came out of the bushes screaming, congratulated us and took some amazing pictures of us in all of our excitement. We drove to Mugwalls (our favorite coffee shop in town) where Cale surprised me with a huge party of practically every person in my life who (whom?) I love and adore. Our families, friends from Conroe, old roommates, family friends, church family,oh it was so special! I first remember hugging my mom and crying a bit. Then I began looking for Bailey. It took a while to find her, amongst all of the people and hugs. But I finally did and was just so thankful to have her there when I'd missed her all summer.

I'm so thankful for Cale and his careful planning and thoughtfulness. The ring is perfect. The proposal was amazing. The surprise party after was icing on the cake. The Lord is so faithful in providing me with a young man like Cale, who loves me so much yet loves Jesus more.

I'm looking forward to this new season of life and hope that Bailey and I can treasure every moment of it. We are busy girls now, both with weddings to plan. We may not post as often, but know that we'll keep it up! Thanks for being patient readers!

Jessie Jean

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Day 229 and Adios at Pappasito's

Hey Bailey,
You've met the Liverett family, right? They've been a huge part of my life since high school and their oldest son (and one of my dearest friends) Thomas, is leaving for New Zealand tomorrow . He's going for a five month long discipleship/mission trip and we are so excited for him! Tonight we had a going away party for him at one of his favorite restaurants, Pappasitos Cantina in Houston. It was great getting to spend time with the Liveretts, Jill and Tyler, other church friends (and of course, Cale.)
Enjoy what's left of your time at Sky Ranch!
Talk to you soon I hope.
Jessie Jean
P.S. It was so humid outside tonight... hence the light haze on the camera lens. haha

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Day 228 and the Hammock


This was Jeff's graduation gift from me and has become one of our favorite things to do. After spending some time at the local coffee shop spending time in the Word, we set up in Tyler State Park and read. We also went to Pier One and dreamed of what our house together will look like. I think we already have some paint colors picked out for his (soon to be our) apartment :)

I feel like I haven't talked to you in ages. Can we talk soon?

Love you!


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Day 227 and the Surpise Anniversary Dinner

Hey Bailey,
I'm so glad you got to spend the week with Jeff's family, I bet he was so refreshed by their company and encouragement. Plus I bet y'all had lots of fun! Last night I was invited to celebrate the 25th wedding anniversary of Alan and Melissa Gardenhire. Hannah arranged the whole thing, secretly inviting the Floyd family, who are very close with the Gardenhires. We ate dinner at Madden's in Bryan, and sat outside the Village Cafe for a bit just talking and enjoying each others company. It was so neat hearing how the success of their marriage was a complete testimony of God's faithful work in their lives; they are an amazing family and I've loved getting to know them. It made me so excited for you and Jeff and the journey you two are about to embark on. How great will it be to sit with y'all (and your children) one day, celebrating 25 wonderful years of pursuing the Lord together! I miss you dear friend, thinking of you and praying for you.
Jessie Jean

Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 226 and the Green's Come to Town


I love the room! It's fun seeing some of my things already being used! I was also thinking I love how bright and sunshiney all of your pictures are...beautiful! Well, this weekend the Green family (minus Amberly) came to visit us at camp. We went and ate dinner last night and blueberry picked this morning. I think I spent more time eating them than picking them, haha. We are having such a great time...they been such a huge blessing in my life this last year, I can't wait until I'm officially a part of their family :)

Love you friend!

Bailey Elizabeth

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Day 225 and A View of the Room

It's been a tiring week; with working before and after class, and two tests in two days for anatomy, I definitely looked forward to coming home and resting (and reading a letter from a pretty sweet guy) today. ;)
I wasn't in a really creative mood, but when I read your phrase in the 224 post, "pillow talk," my train of thought went something like this: "pillow talk... she doesn't know what pillows I used for the bed!... or the bedspread I used... or what I put over the bed... She doesn't even know what any of the room looks like!" Haha I told you I'd take some pictures of it for you, and here I am delivering. Click here to see more pics on our public Picasa Album.
It was such a pleasant surprise getting to talk to you last night as well. I know it will be hard to leave Jeff (tell him I said hi too!) but I'm definitely going to cherish this last semester together. Hurry back okay?
Love you,
Jessie Jean
P.S. I'm so proud of how "on top of it" we've been with our posts lately!

Day 224 and Reeci Moon

Tuesday, July 20, 2010Jessie,

So glad I got to chat with you last night and hear about what's going on this week. Although it's going to be sad leaving Jeff at the end of the summer, I am looking forward to spending one last semester with you! Late night pillow talk, wedding planning, 365 adventures...can't wait!

I would like you to meet my friend Reeci Moon. One of my favorite things about my job is getting to play with my John's kids Reeci, Boston, and Charli. Reeci is five years old and all girl! We love braiding hair, dancing, and playing barbies together. One of my favorite things about this girl is her sweet spirit. She is so loving toward her younger siblings, and it so evident the Lord is moving in her heart.

Tell Cale I said hi!

Love you,