5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
I wanted to start with this Bible verse because I wholeheartedly believe in it. I don't know about you, but I know for me there were a few times in my life when I questioned certain life events when I thought I had it all figured out. Little did I know then and what I am understanding now is that my own plans of the way my life is supposed to unfold has very little to do with the big picture that God has planned for me.
I didn't know I was going to be Jeff's wife and neither did he. I stand by him today as his second wife and we couldn't be more blessed with the turn of events that have happened in each of our lives that eventually brought us together. If you would've asked me six years ago if I had plans of becoming a wife and mother, I probably would have said yes to marriage but absolutely not to becoming a mother. I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life pursuing a scientific career, married with no children. But here I am today, standing proud to be Jeff's wife and together, as Ella's parents, we are building a legacy bigger than what we could have ever imagined.
I read a quote once,
"Love does not choose a place, time, or situation.
Love happens between two souls."
When Kristin asked Steve what he wanted for his birthday in September of last year, she thought they would have a small birthday celebration somewhere, like at Olive Garden perhaps? Kristin had no idea but Steve had other (way bigger) plans. Together they flew to his favorite city of Chicago in Illinois and as soon as they landed straight from the airport Steve couldn't wait to ask Kristin, the love of his life, for her hand in marriage. They walked around Burnham Park along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, Steve with a big rectangular ring box in his pocket (which Kristin thought was a really bulky wallet!), and within minutes of landing they become engaged! If I knew them then, I bet if I'd asked either of them five years ago if they ever thought they could be as happy as they are now, they probably would've given me a maybe or a timid yes rather than that wide-eyed bushy tailed happy "yes!" that they wear on their faces these days. Autumn chickens, that is what Kristin called herself and her fiancé Steve at our meeting. Yes, they may have met a little later in life. Yes, they may have already raised a family before. But truly, is there a perfect time to fall in love?
Kristin and Steve, autumn chickens are better than spring chickens. Because us autumn chickens are seasoned well enough to know and appreciate the good things in life. Do you agree? The way you look at each other is indescribable and I am honored to become a witness to your love as you progress into the union of marriage. You are both just so delightful to be around. Your fun-loving and kind personalities are very fitting for one another. I am so happy to have gotten to know you both! It may have been snowy and cold during our session, but I can tell you that I left with a warm heart. You two have the most genuine connection... thank you so much for sharing your inspirational love story. While I'm sure being engaged is fun, being married to each other will be even better. In less than a month you will be husband and wife, so I hope you enjoy these photos as fiancé and fiancée until then!