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let me tell you a story…

Years ago, when I was just a little kid, I was convinced God  sent me a birthday present 3 days late. She was this cute baby girl, with chubby cheeks and a bald head. She was adorable in every sense of the word and boy did I love her…my new cousin Sarah. Little did I know then what a gift she would be in my life. Just like my brother, for years I spent weekends hanging out and “watching her,” the responsibility of the oldest grandchild.  Then as time passed, the difference in age seemed to dissipate and we became more than cousins who shared relatives and sometimes birthday cakes- we became friends. Friends who talk about great dreams, who share hopes and prayers, who have lost sleep over guys and decisions and mostly homemade cupcakes; cousins who have so many memories perhaps, volumes of books could never contain them all.

Ever since I fell in love with my husband and saw how God orchestrated our story, I have been praying for that very same thing for Sarah. I’ve asked God to allow a man who follows hard after Him to come in and sweep her off her feet, to treat her as the precious gift that she is and to lead her with compassion and love as they serve Him side by side.  A few weeks ago, the answers to that prayer became so clear, when her boyfriend Jonathan extended an invitation for our family to be a part of a special engagement weekend.

My heart spilled over with excitement, particularly as I read his words, “I am absolutely blown away that God has seen fit to trust me with the awesome privilege of being a permanent part of Sarah’s life. She has truly impacted me like none other and I could not be more humbled by God’s goodness in blessing me with her.”

Geesh, I love this guy already!!

This weekend we traveled to Tallahassee for the surprise of Sarah’s life, a proposal and a sparkly diamond, to match the glimmer in her eyes when she speaks of this incredible man! Boy was she surprised! (More of those pics to come later)

Then in true Sarah fashion (remember, she’s often my second shooter at weddings), her and Jonathan got up early Sunday morning before church for a mini session to document their engagement weekend. Because she’s my cousin and because their love is so beautiful, I couldn’t help but to post a few of my favorites right away.

I can’t wait for all that is in store for these two! God is going to rock their socks off!

Congrats! Love you guys tons!

P.S. I know I’m biased, but these may be my favorite “engagement” pictures…EVER. Seriously. Early morning light + love= awesomeness!

October 18, 2013 - 7:36 pm

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February 9, 2011 - 5:43 pm

Ashleigh Grooms - The wide angle one with the sunlight coming through is amazing. Gorgeous pics as per usual!

February 2, 2011 - 5:59 am

Sharon - GORGEOUS! Congrats Sarah!

January 31, 2011 - 7:39 pm

Sarah - These are just what I wanted. They are perfect. I have the best family ever. Including my sweet fiance! <3

January 31, 2011 - 3:50 pm

Summer - Annie…these are GORGEOUS! I love reading your posts too…they are always so heartfelt.

January 31, 2011 - 1:00 pm

Doris - Annie,
What can I say? You have captured my daughter’s happiness so beautifully. Thanks so much!

January 31, 2011 - 12:53 pm

Andrea Shef - yay! Awesome!!!!!!!!! Congrats!!!
Great pictures Annie!!!!

January 31, 2011 - 12:40 pm

Dee - I LOVE these and of course the couple in them. Great job Annie!!

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