This is a really good story.

on January 4, 2008 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 10 comments by

I have a very good friend named Candace. I don’t blog about her a lot… she likes her anonymity. I’ve written about here here and there, but not by name. She’s kinda like an secret agent, except not. Exactly. I can’t give you the details- too risky. Anyways, we’ve been friends since the fall of our freshman year at UGA. That would be 1998. That would be 9 1/2 years ago. Wowsa.

We are really funny. She recognizes that I am hilarious and I recognize the same trait in her. And we recognize that our combined hilarity makes people love us. And we have been through a lot- sometimes trouble we managed to get ourselves into (planning beach trip 2001, I believe), sometimes troubles others thrust upon us, and sometimes just junk that we threw on each other because believe it or not, we are not perfect people. But our friendship has miraculously survived and transformed. And by “miraculously”, I mean “only by the grace of God have neither of us killed the other at some point in the last 9 1/2 years”. So I guess you’d say she’s kinda like family. Can I get an amen to that?

I have another very good friend named Jason. We also met my freshman year at UGA. He was an intern at the Wesley Foundation. I will never, no not ever, forget his kindness towards me as the new kid on the block. And through the years we have remained good friends, mostly via email. Emails that always included this line- “Any update on the dating front? Yeah, me neither.”

July 2007- “Candace, you’ve met Jason before, haven’t you? Jason, you remember Candace, right?

January 3, 2008- God exceeds every expectation.I’ve cried three times since they called me last night to tell me of their engagement. Well, four if you count the moment they told me and my emotions got the best of me. [I’m getting it all out now so I can be under control come summer.]

I cried when I wrote in my journal how grateful I was to God for being so good to two people whom I love dearly.

I teared up (no full on tears) when I saw Candace’s ring this morning.

And, of course, I’m crying a bit now telling you.

Because, in case you didn’t know, I’m a crier.

BUT more importantly because it never ceases to amaze me when God, in His goodness, hears our prayers and answers them; gently and slowly weaving our lives together until two threads are woven so closely together that they decide it would be best to just be one.

I’m thrilled. I would say “I’m thrilled beyond words”, but that is obviously not true. 🙂

Psalm 145:3-9

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
His greatness no one can fathom.

One generation will commend Your works to another;
they will tell of Your mighty acts.

They will speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
and I will meditate on Your wonderful works.

They will tell of the power of Your awesome works,
and I will proclaim Your great deeds.

They will celebrate Your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of Your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.

The Lord is good to all;
He has compassion on all He has made.

**P.S- I did get the couple’s permission before proceeding with this blog post.**

10 comments

  1. brad
    posted on Jan 05, 2008 at 1:12 AM  |  reply

    Fantastic news! I will email Candace to let her know how lucky her man is.

  2. Kat
    posted on Jan 05, 2008 at 7:51 PM  |  reply

    “…gently and slowly weaving our lives together until two threads are woven so closely together that they decide it would be best to just be one.”

    I love that!

    Annie, I don’t know why I haven’t visited your blog before, but I’m completely loving it. I want to write like you when I grow up. (Yes, I realize that you are, in fact, younger than I am so that statement doesn’t actually make any sense. Whatever.)

    Seriously, I love the way you write. I’m honored you lower yourself to read my blog on occasion.

  3. Annie
    posted on Jan 05, 2008 at 8:00 PM  |  reply

    Brad, agreed.

    Kat, you are too kind. Seriously. But thank you. And I also LOVE your music blog. You’re great. Glad to have found you.

  4. Writeaway
    posted on Jan 06, 2008 at 6:12 AM  |  reply

    This is wonderful news and I didn’t know! They are both terrific – so two times terrific is double terrific… and that’s a good thing to be when you’re married.

  5. Kelly Sprinkle
    posted on Jan 06, 2008 at 6:09 PM  |  reply

    Annie, this is so exciting! Candace, congratulations if you are reading! I am so happy for you.

    Annie, I love reading your blog and thanks for all of your sweet comments on mine!

    Love,
    Kel

  6. jenny
    posted on Jan 07, 2008 at 1:45 AM  |  reply

    SO EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Whitney
    posted on Jan 07, 2008 at 1:20 PM  |  reply

    OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Annie, please, please tell Candace I said congrats!! And thanks so much for keeping us posted on oh-so-important information!!!!

  8. booty
    posted on Jan 08, 2008 at 1:27 AM  |  reply

    holy crap!! couch and curry. unbelievable. the connections. the circles. it blows my mind. congrats to them:)

  9. Jess $
    posted on Jan 08, 2008 at 5:43 AM  |  reply

    What a great picture and blog post. Oh how fun this summer will be!!!

  10. Katie
    posted on Jan 09, 2008 at 1:21 AM  |  reply

    Wowsers…love those guys. You realize we will be tearing up about you one day.

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