Well, two weeks later on July 13th Eric and I went on a picnic on the Blue Ridge Parkway. He had wanted to do it for about a month and we finally were getting around to it. Little did I know what kind of planning this picnic had gotten. 🙂 I was totally unsuspecting of what life changing event was going to take place that night. We were originally going to do this picnic the evening before, but because of weather Eric said we would wait until the next evening.
Well, we started driving and about 15 minutes from our destination we saw a beautiful double rainbow! I thought that was a special sign to see on a night out together. 🙂 We had just started making our way up the Blue Ridge when it started raining in torrents! Eric said we needed to pray for the rain to stop, so we did and by the time we got to an outlook we thought we would like (we couldn’t see the view because it was so foggy) the rain had stopped. I wasn’t terribly concerned; we could eat in the truck if it rained.
We had our picnic and were reading together. We were in the middle of a chapter when I heard a vehicle coming up the road. I glanced up as it passed, but because of the fog it was hard to see. I exclaimed though, “That looks like Jonathan’s truck. It has a flat bed and everything.” (Jonathan is my 22 year-old brother that works at Polyface too.) Eric brushed it off casually. I then heard the truck down shifting at the next overlook and exclaimed again, “It’s a manual too! Just like Jonathan’s!” At this point Eric was as calm as calm can get on the outside. He just was quiet for a minute and then asked if I would finish reading the last chapter. I started reading and noticed that he quickly texted someone. I assumed it was a quick question from someone back at the farm. We finished reading and then started talking. Eric then asked if there was anything I felt like we needed to talk about that we hadn’t brought up yet. I thought for a moment and said “no”. I flipped the question back on him and he became silent, staring off at his truck. My immediate thought was, “Oh no, either we need to talk about something big and hairy, or…..this is the, “Will you marry me?” question!
Eric then turned to me and asked; “Will you join me in showing the world the love of Christ? Will you marry me?” There was no hesitation! My answer was “Yes, yes!!!”
After a few minutes of trying to letting everything soak in, Eric said, “Well, I guess we should call Jonathan back for ice cream and pictures.” In surprise, I almost shouted, “It was Jonathan!” As soon as Jonathan drove up it started raining so we hopped in the truck, enjoyed our ice cream, and took a group picture. We called the families and shared the news. The Barth family had been expecting the call and had cheesecake waiting so they could celebrate!
If I was a normal girl I would probably tell you at this point, I didn’t sleep a wink that night. But I’m a farm girl and Saturday was the end of a big week of preparing the farm for seminars that we host, so I fell asleep quickly and rested well.
Eric and I both decided not to discuss wedding plans for the first week, which I am so glad we did. It allowed us to enjoy the first special days of engagement without already planning out the ceremony. Although, we quickly found out that when people know you are engaged the most common question is, “When’s the date?” 🙂
I still feel like pinching myself sometimes when I think about all that has taken place since April 6th. God is SO GOOD all the time! Through my relationship with Eric, a lot of God’s attributes have become real to me. I know Eric isn’t perfect all the time, unlike our Heavenly Father who is perfect, but he has given me a glimpse of how God sees and values me just for who I am and not for what I do. Because of this I know I have married a man beyond my wildest dreams!