Very Special News!
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On Sunday evening, my best friend Ben Beichler asked me to marry him! We’re engaged!! I am pleased to share with you our story. Happy Thursday!

love,                                                                                                                                            ~Kristen ♥

Our Engagement Story~

Ben had been planning his proposal to me with the help our dear friends Buddy and Jill ! They live on a beautiful farm nearby and had invited us over for a cook-out Sunday evening. Their farm has a hill where one can see mountains on either side ~ it’s breathtaking!

After chores Sunday afternoon, Ben and I drove to Buddy and Jill’s farm and helped them finish chores. Afterwards we packed up Jill’s cute picnic basket and headed up the hill. Ben picked a beautiful spot and we set up our picnic blanket and the guys built a campfire.

We all enjoyed hanging out together and roasting hot dogs over the fire. The sun set behind the clouds, and the lights of Staunton could be seen in the distance.

Someone mentioned marshmallows, and we realized Buddy & Jill had forgotten to bring up the food to make s’mores. They left on a four-wheeler, leaving Ben and me by the campfire. The mountains could be seen on the horizon, and the campfire gave out a beautiful glow.

Ben reached over and gave me a hug, putting his arms around me. I could sense his hands moving behind me and then suddenly he was on one knee and holding a ring~

“Kristen, will you marry me?”

I was so amazed and overwhelmed with joy that I began to cry. I even forgot to answer him until he asked me what my answer was!

“Yes!”

We enjoyed that special moment, just the two of us. Making a memory and pausing to take in everything is so precious. Ben and I prayed together and then called Buddy and Jill!

They arrived on the four-wheeler and were so excited and happy for us! I began to cry again when I hugged Jill ~ this was really happening! They surprised both of us with fireworks, which was so fun to watch on top of the hill.

The evening was perfect ~ September 25, 2011.

Jill is a wedding photographer and has her own business! She brought her camera and with Buddy holding a flashlight, they were able to capture those first moments on the hill.

Later when we were back at the house, Jill shot some more beautiful photos! Isn’t she amazing? Thank you so much, Jill!

The ring is perfect! It was Ben’s grandmother’s engagement ring, and I am blessed to wear it. Ben is so thoughtful.

I called my parents that night and told them about the whole evening. Ben had received their blessing prior to proposing to me, and my family is so happy for us!

We spent the next day calling and writing our family and friends and then went to Lexington, Va. to have the ring sized and see our sweet friend and “Polyface patron saint” Liz L. Lexington has a cute little downtown area and it was a memorable visit!

Ben and I are planning to marry in 2012 and manage DoubleB Acres, LLC! We are so thankful to the Lord and for our loving family and friends!

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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About Kristen Long

Kristen Long came to Polyface as an intern in the summer of 2010. She enjoyed the lifestyle and work here and is now freezer organizer and inventory manager. Kristen was born and raised in Virginia and was homeschooled most of her school years. As a teen, she began raising dairy calves and milking cows before coming to Polyface. Kristen is blessed to be engaged to her best friend, Ben Beichler. They will be married in 2012 and manage DoubleB Acres, LLC.
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12 Responses to Very Special News!

  1. Marci says:

    Congratulations!!!! What a wonderful memory of how and where you were asked!!!

  2. kristin says:

    yay!!! I LOVE this story! 🙂 What a perfect ending with the fireworks 🙂 Congratulations, you’ll make a splendid wife. I have something for you, too! xoxo Kristin

  3. Paula says:

    Congratulations!! I know you will always remeber this wonderful day and the place sounds absolutely beautiful. Can’t wait to see your ring. God bless both of you!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love you!

    Aunt Paula and Uncle Tommy

  4. Caitlyn M. says:

    Oooh,CONGRATULATIONS!!! Many blessings to you as you start a new journey of life! 🙂

  5. Ken H says:

    So happy for you both. May God bless your marriage and your farm!

  6. Congratuations, Kristen! What wonderful, happy news. It sounds like you have a very fun future ahead of you. God is so good!

  7. Shari Miller says:

    Oh….God Bless you both!!!!! Keep God first and it all falls right into place after that. So Happy for you both. 🙂

  8. Ewetoo says:

    Seeing the picture of my Mom’s ring on your hand just made me cry! Kristen, I’m so thrilled for you both….Lots of Love and Congradulations!! MA B.

  9. Patsy says:

    God bless ya’ sweetie!

  10. Jan Roth says:

    Hi, Kristen and Ben- Many congratulations and much happiness to you both. I remember seeing that ring on Carolyn’s hand many times. How very special that it is on your hand now for you to enjoy! Well done, Ben!

    Our best to you!

    Dr. Hap and Miss Jan

  11. sarah moore says:

    That is an amazing story. Mine is very similar 🙂 I really wish that all girls could experience this and have this type of love. God bless you guys!!!

  12. Rose says:

    A women should leave here mother and father
    And Cleve unto her husband …
    You beginning is beautiful , may your future
    Be blessed. Live your dreams.