Monday, September 27, 2010

Changing Seasons

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. 


Anonymous said...

Hallelujah to the King of Kings!!
Hi Andrea! There are praises ringing on the east coast with your hearts as well!Our children were also so excited to see Uncle Joel with "Andrea", they love him very much and have often prayed for him.
We are awed and overjoyed with the Lord's leading in your lives, truly He does make ALL things beautiful in HIS time!
You look so precious together,
thank you for posting a picture today we have been waiting and waiting!! We look forward to meeting you some day soon.
So congradulations and best wishes with all our hearts, we will be praying for you.With all our love,
Mike Nancy and family

Elaine said...

Beautiful Andrea!! You are an amazing writer. We too are so excited and happy for both of you. I sure am glad I called up my brother and begged him to come down to help us, for more ways than one. I see that clearly now. The Lord plans events perfectly! We are looking forward to more of you.
Arnold and Elaine K

Elaine said...

By the way we have been praying for you two for a while and will continue to do so.

Mama Herrlinger said...

This mama is tickled to death! :0) We have SUCH an awesome God.

Linda M. said...

Oh Andrea, what a blessing you are to me. All I could say when I found out you were in a relationship was WOW!!!!! I'm sure its quite a surprise to your parents, but the Lord knows what your plans were before you were born and had your maybe future husband out there somewhere. I have a deal to make with you though, you still haven't played my piano with a sing along at our house, just because we've moved doesn't get you out of playing either. So we as families and famliy have to make a date, your mom knows our no.. Luv ya girl and real happy for you. Blessings!!

Shelley said...

Andrea, I'm SO happy for you!! May God bless you and continue to give you wisdom!

Andrea Herrlinger said...

@Nancy - Your comment made my day! Thank you! Joel has talked much of you, and I look forward to meeting someday. I just got to see pictures during his last visit, and now I can put faces to your family! God has been so good in how He has led!

@Elaine - I'm just smiling! I'm grateful too you invited him! I enjoyed meeting you, and will anticipate more time together in the future! Thank you for your prayers!

@Linda - I guess we will have to work on that! Quite honestly, I had completely forgot about your invitation. I guess my mind has been rather full of late, though! :-)

Hannah C. said...

Dear Andrea, I don't know you very well, but I have been incredibly blessed by reading your blog over the years, and just wanted to say how happy I am for you! May God continue to bless and guide you both as you seek His will together.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anrea
We are very happy for you, we look forward to meeting you when you come to Manitoba!

Phil and Crystal

Andrea Herrlinger said...

@Hannah - Thank you very much!

@Phil and Cyrstal - I look forward to meeting you as well! Joel has spoken often and highly of you!

Anonymous said...

God Bless you both!!! May he be with you as you step into the Future, He loves you and will take care of you if you let him.

God Bless!!!