Here’s the story of a lovely lady … Whoops, wrong generation, wrong story. 😉
Here’s the story of a “marriage made in Heaven“….
Standing before the preacher / elder in the beautifully decorated church are a young groom and his beautiful young bride. The congregation is full of families who have come to witness the marriage of this couple. They all think the couple is perfectly suited for each other.
The groom is a twenty year old young man who is the eldest son of a large family. He was homeschooled from the beginning. He has always been his dad’s right hand man. For highschool he was dual enrolled so he completed his college eduction right along with his highschool by using online courses. He never stepped foot on campus until his college graduation. Since graduation he has developed his own company working from home. He has been so successful that his younger siblings are employed by him now also.
After he had set aside enough money he began to build himself a house on the 20 acres he purchased and cleared in his early teens. Working every free moment and on weekends he was able to mostly build the whole house on his own. He only took breaks from building to put in his garden, the fruit orchard and mow the hay. Now at twenty he has a fully self sustaining farm with a nice three bedroom home. He works from his shop behind the house.
After he was established, then and only then, did he approach the father of a young lady to seek the father’s approval to court his daughter with the plan to marry as soon as the father gave his approval. After having read all the important courtship books, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Boy Meets Girl, What He Must Be: … , and Her Hand In Marriage, he felt prepared to pursue this next step. The young man had prepared a book with the answers to as many questions as he could possibly imagine the father asking. This was presented in a bound volume to the father at the meeting. The father was so impressed with the book, the very sound Biblical answers and what he already knew about the young man over the years, that he instantly said yes. The book also contained the young man’s personal guidelines on how he envisioned the courtship and its boundaries to proceed. No physical contact at all, no time spent alone, no social media, never anything done without the parents approval and the father would be given weekly accountability updates from the young man. Included were bank statements that showed the money set aside as the “bride price”, three years wages. The young man also volunteered to work with the father once a week so that he could be mentored by his future wife’s father. For added accountability the young man offered a job to the young lady’s older brother.
The father approached his daughter to let her know about the young man. Even though she really didn’t know the young man she was willing to court and marry him because her father thought it was a wise choice. She trusted her father completely. Thankfully she had been preparing her trousseau (hope chest) since she was a child, all she lacked was a wedding dress. She had “guarded her heart” so well that she knew very few young men beyond her own brothers.
As a nineteen year old young lady she was very busy serving in her home and helping to serve other families. She could run a whole household without any trouble. She had in the past year taken over for a bedridden mom with several children. By the time she left that family’s home she had made new church dresses for all the little girls in addition to her other responsibilities of homeschooling, cleaning, caring for the baby, cooking and helping to manage the family’s home business.
The bride also was homeschooled. She has an herb and soap business she started at twelve. She had also become such a good seamstress that she had made dresses for the last few weddings at her church. But her true love was baking. She found the greatest pleasure in serving her family the softest, whole grain bread. Her father had allowed her to buy a neighboring field with her own income. So now she was able to pay her brothers to grow wheat for her baking. Nothing tasted better than home grown wheat, ground and baked by hand. Her honey from her bee hives provided just the right amount of natural sweetness for her bread.
Everyone who knew her would attest to her gentle and quiet spirit. No one ever remembered her saying a harsh word or even joking around with others. She was very, soft spoken and was known for her smile that could bring joy to anyone.
Today is the culmination of the past four months courtship. The bride is dressed in a beautiful wedding dress she had made during her courtship. The bridesmaids all have dresses the bride made for them. The wedding cake and much of the food was lovingly prepared for the guests by the bride.
Disclaimer: Any resemblance to actual marriages is purely coincidental. 😉
So what did I leave out of the “perfect” marriage made in Heaven?
Just in case you didn’t catch on this is all said in jest. 😉 Life doesn’t work like that.