Preparing for the Big Day (Part 1)


As we (Brandon and Michaela) prepare for the wedding that is now just a few weeks away, we continue to be amazed at how the Lord has been bringing various details together. There is definitely a lot more involved in planning a wedding than either one of us originally thought :), but the process has been a fun, new adventure as we’ve been able to learn more about each other, and discover how our tastes and preferences complement each other.

As we look back at our relationship up to this point, and how the Lord has brought everything about, we are beginningIMG_3050 to see more clearly that a relationship of this kind is incomplete without 2 things – a genesis and a revelation. Yes, these are the names of the first and last books of the Bible; but if you look at the meanings of these words, it can be seen that a relationship, as God intended it to be, cannot be complete without either of them. The word “genesis” means “beginning,” and the word “revelation” means “something revealed or disclosed… as of something not before realized.” It’s obvious to all that a relationship needs a “genesis”… that is, it cannot take place if it never has a beginning. Everyone that has ever entered into a relationship has obviously started somewhere.

For us, the “genesis” of our relationship officially happened on November 28th, 2013… and what a day that was! 🙂 After permission was granted for our courtship to begin, each of us have been genuinely grateful to the Lord in bringing about this relationship in the way He did and in the time He IMG_3072did!

Since the time that our courtship progressed to an engagement last April, there has been a shift in what we talk about. Up to that point our conversations had been more focused on our past… our upbringing, our convictions, our struggles. In other words, we talked a lot about where we came from, and that was so incredibly helpful in deepening our relationship. However, that was only the beginning (the first part) of what a complete relationship really needs. The second is a revelation… the revelation of a mystery.IMG_3110

(To be continued – What life has been like since our engagement began.)

Comments 13

  1. Your journey is a blessing and a great testimony to your faith and a Godly relationship. Can’t wait to see what God has for you both, God bless.

  2. The proposal was so amazingly sweet! Thank you for sharing that lovely moment on the show. God bless.

  3. Thank You for sharing, it’s so sweet to read about your journey. One question, is Nov. 28 2014 a typo? Should it be 2013? Sending my prayers to both of you.

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  4. Dear Michaela,

    You family is such a blessing to me and I want to thank you, Brandon and your whole family for leading such a Godly life! Your courtship and engagement stories are truly amazing! Thank you for sharing it with us! I was also wandering if you or one of your sister’s would do like a weekly devotion for girls? I know y’all are extremely busy so I understand if not! I hope you have a great day!!


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  5. The relationship you two have is absolutely beautiful and blessed! Everything up to this point seems to have been orchestrated by God and it is a blessing to watch. Thanks for sharing your life with us 🙂 Wishing you the very best with the up coming marriage and your move to Chicago. As an individual who is working to grow a deeper walk with God and work to be the best wife I can be to my husband, it is absolutely beautiful to watch and learn so much from your beautiful family. I live in Chicago as well and would love to meet and learn from someone like you who seems really deep rooted in her faith. Stay blessed and wishing you the very best.

  6. Interesting choice of words to describe a relationship. Looking forward to reading the next part!

  7. Your engagement was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! I cried right along with you the entire time! I hope your Mom is planning to update the family blog with your engagement pictures and, later, with wedding pictures. I know she did a post for Erin, Zach and Alyssa’s engagements in the past so I’m very much looking forward to her blog to hear more of your story. Good luck and God bless!! 🙂

  8. Michaela is a beautiful young woman. Her patience rewarded with Brandon, you are a match made in heaven by our lord. Bless you both.

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