Vicki Anderson, Linda Cate, Leila Aldrich, and Marie Mallach we thank you whole-heartedly for your participation in our How You Met Your Husband/How He proposed contest. Believe me when I say we laughed and cried. We are truly grateful for you allowing us to take a trip down memory lane with you. We appreciate the fact that you are willing to let the rest of this blog’s readers partake in the joy that these memories must bring. All the stories were great. They were well-written and as unique as the people writing them. It was hard to select a grand “prize winner”, but we said we would so we must.
Vicki Anderson gets her choice of Passionate Housewives Desperate for God or Passion and Purity.
As well as that, Vicki, Linda, Leila and Marie all are invited for a “girls night out” at Betsy Aldrich’s house for dinner and a movie, chick flick of course, to show our deep appreciation for your stories and your friendship.
For our readers, enjoy…..
It was Easter Sunday 1991. Rick and I had been attending both our churches together. On this Sunday he was acting a little strange, but I didn’t know him well enough to suspect anything. After the service he urged me to go help Ruth Aldrich. Ruth was acting strange, too. She asked me to help her go around the church property to pick up any stray toys or Easter eggs that she had put out for the children to hunt but that they had overlooked. We had somewhere to be after church, either a celebration with his family or mine, so I couldn’t understand Rick’s prodding, but I finally acquiesced. Ruth insisted that we go out the seldom-used east door of the north side of the church. In the meantime, Rick had disappeared and was nowhere to be found. I grudgingly ((yes, I was still very self-centered!) followed Ruth out the door, which put us directly in front of the church sign on 52nd St. There to my complete surprise stood Rick, beside the CHURCH sign which read, “LINDA, WILL YOU MARRY ME? RICK”! Well, I was utterly shocked and honestly, somewhat embarrassed. I felt that it was totally inappropriate, but we all know what my answer was. Praise God that the Lord led Matt to our Body and we have received true, good teaching since then. 🙂
So, here goes the story of how Randy proposed. It all started more than 12 years ago. I was attending Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. When I came home on breaks and for the summer, I would attend Temple with my cousin Judy Love. At the time Temple had “cell groups” and Judy invited me to her group, which Randy was a member of. At the time Randy was dating someone else, but our mutual love for tennis and volleyball led us to become friends. I had just graduated from college and was now back in Kenosha for good, and as the Lord would have it Randy was now single. We began hanging out more often, getting to know each other better and better. As our friendship grew there was one thing keeping us from moving on to something more, I was not saved. Randy being a wise Christian man new he could not marry a woman who was not also a Christian. The Lord saw fit to save me and I was baptized. This opened the door to take our relationship from just friends to possibly something more. It appeared we were “dating” as Pastor Matt was not at Temple yet and we were not educated on “courting”. Several months go by and I am unsure of where we stand, are we just friends hanging out a lot or are we looking to have a future together. One night I asked him where we stood, were we “dating” or were we just friends? Were we exclusive or should I keep my options open so to speak? At the time I just wanted to be Randy’s “girlfriend”, and the Lord saw fit to make it official. So, it’s official, now comes all the helpful people talking about marriage and kids. Randy was not going to be pressured into a proposal, he was waiting for God’s timing. A year or so goes by and people, myself included, have pretty much given up on a proposal coming anytime soon, well Randy surprises us all. It is New Year’s Eve and we our celebrating with Randy’s family at his parents house. As the clock strikes midnight Randy gets down on one knee and asks me to marry him. As I say yes and he slips the ring on my finger, we are covered with silly string. As we our about to celebrate our 10 year anniversary, I thank the Lord for giving me wonderful husband unlike any other.