My daughter, Judy, is engaged!
That's right. It's wedding season at our household, so let me play the song that has been on replay in my head all weekend.
Last weekend, the two of them took a trip to the beautiful Mackinaw Islands in northern Michigan. Everyone just knew Alex would propose to Judy there, so he had to throw a curve ball to make for a surprise. On Thursday, the night before they left, Alex bought Mowgli a new collar, lit tiki torches in the backyard, and tied a diamond around the dog's neck. He proposed on one knee in a circle of white rose petals.
Of course this post would not be complete without the story of how they met. We call this "beshert" or destiny as if these two are soulmates and their union is meant to be through God.
About twelve years ago, when these two were a mere 15 years old, they met while camping, just one night, in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Judy was with a group through Camp Sabra that traveled to the Rockies, while Alex was on a trip through Camp Tamarack. The two groups made stops at a camp site where they happened to be placed at sites next to one another. So, our kids from Memphis and Detroit, mixed and mingled for one night.
I remember vividly how Judy came home with emotions of thrill and despair because she had met the most perfect guy, but she would never see him again. He, too, was totally smitten with our Judy, but at the age of fifteen, who thinks about a life long commitment? They left without exchanging phone numbers or any other personal information.
However, God had plans. Two years later, Judy was walking down the street in Washington D.C., and there is Alex! In this short amount of time, Facebook had grown to connect the world. The two of them became Facebook friends and could thus communicate, sorta. I say sorta because Alex was not on Facebook at the time that Judy wrote to him about moving to Ann Arbor for a two year Fellowship job at the University of Michigan Hillel. She never heard from Alex, in the ways of a Nicholas Sparks novel, because he had been ill and was not on Facebook. Judy took this to mean that he wasn't interested in her and moved on with her life, until . . .
Our son Daniel and his fiancee Sarah came to Ann Arbor to visit Judy. The three of them were sitting in a bar when Judy sees Alex after all these years; AND, he was excited to see her! A week after that, they ran into each other AGAIN in Detroit. That's when they decided to purposely run into each other and a relationship quickly grew. Two years later, voila, Mr. & Mrs. is a short year away.