The Story: Part 5

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!!!”


The ring!

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!

Engagement night!   We are just a little happy! :)

Engagement night! We are just a little happy! :)














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!



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About Leanna Hale

Leanna Barth, born and raised in NC, first came to Polyface in July 2010 to attend one of the Intensive Discovery Seminars. She loved it so much that she applied for an internship position and was accepted for the 2011 season, after which she took the inventory/gardener position. Before coming to Polyface, she sold produce from her family’s market garden, along with homemade baked goods. This venture was mostly inspired by having read “You Can Farm” by Joel Salatin. Having always loved the outdoors, animals, and gardening Leanna is excited about this coming year, all that she will learn, and how the Lord will use this job later on in her life.

4 Responses to The Story: Part 5

  1. David Morrow says:

    To GOD be the glory! This is one of the best testimonies and neatest engagement stories I have ever heard, and that is saying a lot as my wife and I have introduced 7 now married couples. I hope that my daughters future husband, whom I have been praying for since my daughter was born is able to truly love her the way Christ loves the church and makes her feel as special as your fiancé makes you feel. She is only 8 so we got a long time but its never to early to start praying for the really important stuff. May the road rise up to meet you.May the wind be always at your back. May the rain fall soft upon your fields. May the sun shine warm upon your face. May the Love of Christ be central in your marriadge and until we meet may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

  2. Kristin says:

    Hey, Leanna! It’s so awesome reading over your story again. It’s great to be reminded of God’s goodness and faithfulness.

  3. Rose says:

    Really loving this series of posts. Thank you for sharing your lovely story!!

  4. Scott McCabe says:

    Read part 1-5…NEAT… May God bless you…thanks for your “Polyface Story”… I met you processing chickens in summer 2012, I worked at Boeing, Seattle WA.. I have quit this job and moved to Bourbon, Missouri…. I have my All-Natural-Meats business- Sunshine Farms- My website will be turned on in the next couple of months