I love this time of year. The crisp, cool nights, the changing colors, and reveling in the busyness of summer winding down. I find it a beautiful time of year to be moving into another season of life as well. The Lord's leadings over the past two months have been amazing to behold, and I am thrilled to share with you a bit of what HE has been doing!
A couple months ago, I wrote a bit about our trip to the Lake Itasca Family Bluegrass Festival. This trip was eventful in more than one way, and our family came back with three big things. I wish to call them all blessings, but I guess in a way, even chicken pox can be! :-) We never have to have them again, eh? Dad also came home with an upright bass, (which has been a dream of his for a few years) and I came home with a lost appetite and a whole pile of hopes that were all wrapped around an amazing Canadian the Lord crossed my paths with.
Our conversation started at a concession stand of his brother-in-law's that he was helping with, and his interest was piqued when I innocently asked what type of coffee it was they were advertising. Having just returned from Guatemala and having enjoyed a tour of a coffee farm there, I was quite curious about the origin and type of what they were advertising. What I didn't know is that he had been to the same language school that I had just returned from, and this piece of information started a conversation that first evening that lasted around an hour. Several more hours of visiting followed over the course of the weekend, and by this time, I was seriously interested in what God seemed to be doing.
Two long weeks of waiting followed, during which time I had no clue what was happening in Manitoba. Though I suspected God was doing something, I had no clue I would have a weekend visitor three weeks after Itasca. After that blessed three days, Joel and I have spent quite a bit of time communicating via phone, getting to know each other, and discerning how God was leading. When he returned this past weekend, I was overjoyed to respond affirmatively to his request for courtship.
We are both incredibly blessed at how the Lord has gone ahead of us, and would covet your prayers and we continue following His leading. The Lord truly makes everything beautiful in His perfect timing, and I think one of the prettiest times of year is a perfect backdrop to this story only He could have written.