I have a seriously strong testimony of tithing and fast offerings. Alex and I are seriously the luckiest soon to be married couple ever. Things have just worked out for us so well! We were originally going to get married on July 25th! It was going to be great and I was actually pretty excited about it, BUT look at this we went into financial aid to figure some stuff out and found out that if we get married before June 30th we'd be able to receive a very nice refund for last year. We've been so worried about money and it was such a relief that we were going to be okay.
I also have a very strong testimony of prayer. I know that Alex & I have been praying a lot to find the right place to live. Alex went and looked one day at 13 different places and no luck. Then, Yesterday I was given the opportunity not only to put my contract up for sale on Bulletin BOard, but ALSO to look for apartments! There were seriously a bazillion apartments being sold! I called probably 15 people and we looked at four apartments yesterday. We both felt as if we found two places that we both really like and feel at home and it was such a blessing we didn't even realize! Heavenly Father really loves us! He really is watching and praying for us always.
Last night as Alex & I were saying good night on the phone I was checking my email and this girl, this angel found that she wanted to buy my contract for Summer Second Block! I really hope she buys it. I'm not totally sure yet, but if she does than really everything has been working out for us to get married on JUNE 20th 2009!!!! We really are the most blessed couple alive.
We also got to register at Bed, Bath, and Beyond yesterday. It was beautiful and wonderful! I felt really lucky to be there. We registered for the coolest stuff, and we tried to be "smarter" about it. We tried not to register for things that were ridiculously expensive, because of course that wouldn't have worked and we also tried to only register for one of the things we needed instead of 50 toasters, for example! I was really excited for that and it was a ton of fun. We still have one more place to register and that's Wal-mart and we'll be done!
We're hoping to be able to getting the wedding plans in order, right now I'm just having a slightly difficult time finding Bridesmaids dresses, but I hadn't been praying for the help because I just thought well, Heavenly Father doesn't care about that, but last night I started. I have such a testimony of prayer, and JUST doing the things that Heavenly Father asks of us: Paying our Tithing , trying to keep the spirit. WOW I just love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so lucky!
My baby brother Idean is getting baptized! HOw cool!? Huh!? I've been a member of the church for four years and he's never taken a strong interest.
He came down for my graduation and he had long conversations with Alex, my fiance, and he just felt the spirit so strongly. I love My little brother and he's such a stud!! He's in the picture on the far left and that is Molly Davis his lady friend *wink* and that's me and my fiance on the right. I'm so sad that I can't be at his baptism, but I'm excited for his baptism! I love him so much and I'm so proud of him! I LOVE YOU BABY BROTHER!!!!
STRESS is the key word to my life lately... I am the I-Team Director and man was I a crazy woman taking that on. I am so blessed for it, but my life has been a mess since! I am so stressed out and have so much to do so if I can just have the prayers of those around me? Yes? Maybe?
So I got engaged to Alex Marshall Christensen on Saturday Night the 28th of March! It was the craziest thing ever! I did not expect it at all. We had just gotten back from a triple date with Katie, John, Abby & Ryan and we were at his house talking about how much we loved each other and how we just wanted to be together. We went and sat on the step going into his father's room next to the Ferret's cage and theit litter box and it was smelly ( funny ha ha ) and Alex got really quiet while we were talking. His face seemed a little scared and I went on to ask him what was wrong and he said, "I can't" and I said, " You can't what?" and he said, " I can't" and on his side of the story he said he got this prompting from Heavenly Father that he was suppose to ask me at that moment to marry him, but he thought that was crazy. Finally he looked up at me scared and shaking and said, " Orchid, will you marry me?" and I was shocked I was kinda quiet and then my eyes got really big and I look at him and nodded yes. I then asked, " Was that a purposal?" and he said, " I think so." We hugged and kissed and were so excited. We told our families and they were excited as well! We didn't have a ring yet though because he didn't think he'd ask that night. Tuesday morning he tied a piece of string around my finger apologizing for not having a ring. Then the rest of tuesday came... it was such a hard day. I was crying because I was scared and nervous and I just didn't know what to do. I knew I loved him and I knew I wanted to marry him, but everyone asking me about the engagement just stressed me out... So emotionally it was a rough day, but then Alex had come in for the Mentor Training meeting and long story short we went back to his house for dinner. THere was a sweet table set up of candles and a long stem red rose and dinner. Frank Sinatra was playing and it was so romantic. He sat down and served me food and then he got up and got something. He came back to my chair and got down on one knee and started to tear up and said, " Orchid, will you still marry me?" and I said "OF COURSE!" and we both were crying and kissed each other and held each other. This past few days have been crazy and amazing. I love Alex and I'm so excited to marry him. We're getting married July 25th in the Rexburg Temple! Cool, huh?!
Jenaca, my sister, got engaged that night ( tuesday) and Alex and I went to go see her and my brothers Chase & Travis! Engaged girls!! We're getting married 5 days apart!!! The ring on the left is mine and the ring on the right is Jenacas'! That's me and Al. I don't look cute in that picture because it's been such a long day, but that's the boy I'll be with FOREVER! I love him and I'm so excited!