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our story.

i don’t think i’ve ever written anywhere about how jay and i ended up together. so this may be a bit lengthy, but here we go…

i will start off our story saying that i had never really dated before jay. i waited it out..and waited, and waited. i gave my dating life over to the Lord and decided that when the time was right…when it was HIS time, He would bring someone into my life. some guys came and went but i still waited to see who the Lord had picked out for me. it was a huge lesson of patience.

after moving back home from texas in 2008, i decided that i would go to a christian university nearby in the fall. i moved into a dorm and classes started. there was one class, however, with a hippie-bearded-bandana-wearing tall guy. at first, i just noticed that he was extremely outgoing (opposite of me) and had my kind of style ;)

a few days into the class i accidentally (yes, accidentally…not meaning to…) sat by him for the day. he started talking about how wonderful it would be to raise a family on the mission field and i, on the other hand, was a little taken aback. anywhoo, we started talking more, writing notes…you know how it goes :) little did i know that he had planned to go to africa and skip that semester of school. i’m so glad those plans were changed.

the more i got to know him, the more i saw how gentle and kind-hearted he was. he truly loved the Lord, which i adored. there was something different about him than a lot of the other guys i seemed to run into. every time i went to meet him he had on a new western shirt and a different kind of bandana….and that was the sign! yes, he was the one. (haha, only kidding!)  by Christmas that year, after praying and asking for my dad’s approval for courtship, we we started dating. by late spring, we were happily engaged. i was planning on going to a tom’s shoes internship in california the following summer but that didn’t go through.

we were only engaged for six months and married in september. i am very thankful our engagement was short. i am also thankful that God gave me the grace to wait for the right guy even when there were times when waiting was hard. it was more than worth the wait.

so all of you lovely ladies out there, i promise you from the bottom of my heart that waiting to find the one whom you’ll one day marry is worth it. enjoy your singleness (if you are single) in this moment and one day, when the Lord sees fit, he will bring you your own hippie-bearded-bandana-wearing guy ;)

…and that is how our journey started.

love,
arielle

  
Caroline

I remember when your mom first wrote about Jay, this “friend” who made her daughter “so happy.” She shared a picture of you two that said everything. :) When two people so willing to go with God, it will be interesting to see where He takes you!

Greta Zunda

Arielle, I love your story. I’m curious about something… how and when did you know Jay was the one God had chosen for you? There have been a few guys that I thought were “the one” but obviously, they weren’t. I just wanted them to be. How did you know Jay was your “one”?

arielle

Thank you Greta! I honestly didn’t know right from the start that Jay was the “one” for me. If you would have told me that he was the one God had chosen for me the first couple of time we met I wouldn’t have believed it :P But the Lord never really gave me a clear sign….I just had peace about it and I knew that others around me backed me up. There are some great articles here: http://www.boundless.org/datingcourtship/ that were an encouragement when we first started dating. Blessings!

I’m dropping by from Kelly Ann’s blog and I am so happy I found yours. This story is unbelievably sweet and I am so glad you two found each other!

your love story warms my heart… i’m so glad you shared it. <3

Faith

What a lovely blog, and what a beautiful love story! It is encouraging to read about other couples who have chosen to wait upon the Lord.

these are lovely pictures, and what a lovely story.

glad kelly ann introduced me to your blog

I love your blog! … and your love story is beautiful! God is always faithful to fulfill the desires of our hearts. He’s awesome!

Hannah

I agree with everyone else, indeed what a lovely story. I love how you said “when the Lord sees fit, he will bring you your own hippie-bearded-bandana-wearing guy.” You seem like such a lovely person and you instantly get points in my book with the TOMS internship, even though it didn’t work out. I also wanted to do a TOMS internship! Leland is so cute! Thank you Kelly Ann for the introduction!

arielle

Thank you so much Hannah! :) Yes, TOMS is awesome. I went on a trip with them and it was wonderful. Thanks for your sweet comment!

just found your adorable blog! I’m excited to start following you guys on your journey!

<3

Oh! I just came across this post, and I loved reading it. It was so inspiring and really makes you think things do happen for a reason! <3

ah, i just read your story and wedding posts. love your wedding dress (and nails…). loving your blog right now!

I felt so much encouragement after reading this story and as I wait for my own to take place. thank you for encouragin me and many other single girls to wait by sharing how lovely your story turned out cause you chose to honor our heavenly father.

im your new follower… :)

Thank you so, so much for sharing your story! At 22, I’m still waiting… but I know it will be worth it and that God has everything planned out. Blessing to you!

Wow! Our stories are so similar! I started dating my now husband {first bf} when I was 17. We talked about marriage over Christmas break, we were engaged by spring, and married in August. {I also read articles from Boundless as well}. Now we are in missionary training together. Thanks for sharing your story! I love reading of how couples met, and how the Lord works in unexpected ways. Your blog is really inspiring :)

loved this! you’re so cute! <3

arielle

thank you! :)

Aw wow I just realised that we got married the day before you, same year! :) Time has sure flown. x

This is beautiful. How great to hear how two people that love the Lord were brought together by Him! Xo, Katie

waiting on the Lord could be so hard at times… but it is definitely worth it. <3

Beautiful . . . your story, you, your family, your blog. Thanks for sharing.

What a beautiful story. thanks for sharing. many women need to hear that it IS possible to wait for the Lord. :)

Wow. What a fantastically sweet, endearing story. I’m really glad I stumbled upon your little gem of a blog now because this semester I’m leading a small group at my university for girls about letting God romance you and lead your love story, and your story is a wonderful testament. Lovely pictures too by the way. :)

Elizabeth

When I tell people I’ve never dated before, I get shocked responses. And it’s not because of me personally, but because dating is the norm. Jesus was counter-cultural. His followers must be the same. (Not that dating is wrong in any way. But too much of a right thing is wrong.) Your story is huge to me. It speaks so clearly of God’s faithfulness and encouraged me so deeply. In turn, I want to encourage you and say a huge THANK YOU. For seeking God and being an example. To God be all the glory!

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a sunday night…

what a busy weekend! i’m quite honestly not ready for monday to be here but, it will be here soon so i am going to take it and make the best of it! i really need to be cleaning right now but procrastination has got the best of me at the moment :) anywhoo, this is what jay and leland like to do in their spare time: put on a little show on for me on my dresser:

ok, i really must clean now. our house has baby bottles and clothes just about everywhere. hope you had a blessed weekend! happy-almost-monday!

love,
arielle

  
Chanin

LOL. I love it :)

staying home is not for the faint of heart.

it has been about 4 months now since i stopped working in the corporate world. well, since i stopped working an eight to five job in an office all day. before i had the little one, i thought “yeah, being a stay at home mom seems so easy! of course i can do that!” but now that i am three months into this, let me tell you, it does not come naturally to me.

first, being an independent person by heart, it is definitely an adjustment to have not much income coming in from my own work. after seven years of working on my own, it is a huge change of pace for me to have to rely primarily on someone else’s income.

second, there are days that i look back and see how much easier those eight to five days were in the office. there were people…lots of people. which meant there was not so much loneliness. there were no repetitive days of cleaning the house, changing diapers, and feeding after feeding. i was also able to actually take a shower before 3 in the afternoon.

so what does this all mean? being a stay at home mom is not for the faint of heart. and i applaud all others who have multiple children and do this. it brings to mind one word: self-less-ness. to me, it was easier working and looking out for my own, eating lunch when i wanted, making my own money.  i really think that is why it says “children are a gift from the Lord.” they teach you how to be selfless. how to give of your self. how to love without getting tired. and being selfless, my friends, is one way He molds you and shapes you into the person He wants you to be. i am finding this to be very true.

so here’s to changing diapers, not taking showers until 3 in the afternoon, and the little guy who won my heart.

love,
arielle

  
penny

beautifully said! :)

bridget

Yes there are many women who dream of being stay at home moms but I guess the grass always looks greener. I think the moral of the story is embrace and cherish where you are in life whether that’s changing dirty diapers or going to work…. or a mixture of both.

what a lovely post ! you are a great wife and mom !!

arielle

i totally agree bridget :) some people have to work for financial or other reasons. i personally might be getting a part time job at nights here soon so i can get out some. i have so much respect especially for single moms who work and raise their kids alone. phew!

Tommy Gausman

You’re a good mommy!!!!! Thank you ….I appreciate the love and care that you give my grandchild.

Love MaGe…..( Mama Gausman)

catrina

Hey Arielle, before you go applying for jobs, let me introduce you to our business team.:-)

This is adorable! I just found your blog!!! Love love love it!!!

I’m almost 2 months pregnant and will be a stay at home mom. Thanks for the insight & the heads up! =) I know it won’t be easy, but I also know it’ll be worth it. Very encouraging post!

What a lovely, honest post. I am currently still in the 8-5 cubicle world, but wondering whether or not that will be a good fit for me once I’m a mom (which will hopefully be relatively soon!). I think what you described is a perfectly normal reaction and response for a personality such as yourself. I’m sure over time it will become easier as you learn to balance your sense of self with your sense of selflessness. Really glad you found my blog, because I am glad to have found yours! Subscribing right now ;)

a little view.

from the upstairs of our home each day i look out our windows and see these same horses running through the fields. so beautiful. my view is much farther out than this picture shows but i really love being able to see them from my house. when we lived in our apartment, we we’re only five minutes from downtown.  now we live in a neighborhood, much farther out in the country, and i absolutely love it. it seems so peaceful and serene. not to mention, the stars are so much brighter out here. mmmm, just lovely.

  

oh my goodness, i literally gasped when i saw this! what i would do for a view like that… i LOVE horses. they’re so beautiful. and the snow is so magical. :)

so lovely! what a view! xx

our weekend.

this weekend the three of us went up to indianapolis a couple of times. we were planning to visit my grandma before she moves out to arizona and get some of her unwanted furniture so we took a huge truck. the first time, we were able to stop in a little town that i absolutely love. we drove around looking at all of the different building and shops and took some pictures. then, while we were about a half an hour from the city, our truck decided to die on the highway. we’re not so sure why because it was a brand new truck. but anywhoo, it was quite a long day waiting for a ride and a tow truck.

however, we tried going back up the next day and brought two vehicles (you know, just incase!) and we finally made it. the weekend flew by because of all of the driving and traveling and before we knew it, jay had to go back to work. leland was such a trooper in the car all those long hours, definitely a blessing while traveling!

here are some pictures from our little weekend…

…this building reminded me of our trips to new orleans with raven ministries :)

hmmm…

…and then our truck broke down!

stranded…

and then we were rescued! the end.

love,
arielle

  
Tommy Gausman

LOL! I love the lost,truck broken down with a baby in the car look.. GREAT STORY! LOVE YA

little update.

i almost forgot what it was like here in the winter…but now, i remember. without beautiful snow winter is just plain…winter. pretty dreary and no sun for several days, maybe even weeks in a row. with all of this not so lovely weather, comes not so many pictures. unless you want to take pictures of some sticks and branches ;)

so here are a few very random pictures from my phone over the past few weeks. (don’t worry, i asked jay permission to use the one where he is in the hospital. hehe.) hope yall have a great weekend! we are heading up to indianapolis tomorrow. woohoo!

1. leland’s learning to sit up ;)   2.  think it’s time to grow out my hair again…

3. little baby in a reindeer suit  4. moby wrap jay got me for christmas..it works!

5. poor jay in the hospital last weekend.  6. aw, what a tiny round face!

7. a lovely shirt i found for just $5.       8. jay, feeling much better now ;)

9. “mom, can you please stop taking pictures of me!” 10. jay and i.

love,
arielle

  

So cute. :) I love the photos.
xxo,
Rylie from http://www.outnumberedblog.com

little leland is just the most precious thing. :) he has the sweetest face! that shirt is adorable, and i’m so glad your husband is okay!