Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Brent and Jennifer (Berg) ~ Engagement Story

Not sure if I will be able to show everyone the DVD that our dear friend Ted had made for us of the actual engagement........(though you will see it at our wedding I think ! :)
(thanks Ted and Gina again......for everything you did......and for being so good at in Gina's case - "subject changing")

Here's how it went down ~

Looking back….I should have picked up on things a bit better…….but was trying to guard my heart so that I wouldn’t be let down if he didn’t propose this past weekend…….I wasn’t thinking too much about any little thing like I was when a few friends and I were at Minnehaha the week before....…… I think that that little excursion helped me to get my mind on the here and now and just enjoy my time with Brent rather than stirring with expectations.

Brent and I went camping Friday night with Ted and Gina (who are engaged and set to be married in October this year- YEY!)
Don't worry though, it was wholesome.....guys on one side girls on the other....and we were all bundled up in many layers at night cuz it was SUPER chilly.

Brent brought his guitar and when I saw it I was excited to think that we were going to get to sing worship songs …….and thanked him for bringing it even………he said (without being any kind of shady) “yeah, I brought a bunch of worship songs too……..”

Friday night we all went on a walk and checked out the stars…..Brent and I stopped at this one spot and Ted and Gina felt like exploring a wee bit more ....... so they just kept walking on the trail ………it was beautiful out.......and would have been a good time to propose, now that I come to think of it…..hmm……but he had other plans.

So, Saturday we spent the day hiking and fishing – it was super restful and peaceful………..perfect weather beautiful views – just amazing. After all the fishing and sweating and such, we got back to the camp site and took showers..........then we all ate dinner together, Brent had taken out his guitar and was just playing random chords…...I asked him if he could play that song that I love so much, he fumbled around and said, “sorry hun, I can’t remember how it goes”…….
Ted and B were casually talking about weddings and whatnot, and Brent asked me what kind of rings are my style….and that he was planning on looking soon, but that he hadn't yet……and suggested that maybe I could show him some that I like.
SERIOUSLY – I was bummed…….I thought….”wait….I thought he would have BOUGHT it already……but ….?” B could tell I was bummed too......but I fought being too bummed and forced a smile and said that I would be happy with any kind of ring, as long as it's from him.

Anyhow, shortly after that, Ted had a great idea to bring our chairs out to the scenic overlook where he and Gina had walked to the night before……..and for Brent to bring his guitar for worship out there.
Needless to say, I was pumped….worship Jesus in the wilderness??!!!! DUDE !

We walked down there, peaced out and B was calm as ever….no red flags or anything.
Ted, being Ted…..brought a video camera to take ‘stock’ footage of the scenery (which Rock TV often uses) and still….I didn’t think anything of it…..because it was Ted.

We got there, and set up our chairs and Ted took some footage of the scenery and then put the camera on a tripod……facing B and I …….I didn’t notice for a wee bit, but then asked him if it was on and he said “’s off……” all casual-like.

We sang some great songs, and my heart was just resting and loving Jesus………..taking in God’s creation and his majesty…….and I wanted to pray…… I said so.
Brent looked at Ted, then moved to the edge of his seat and said, “well, actually I have a song for you”
He started playing his guitar and I knew right away that it was my favorite song

“Bring it on Home to me”
He sang it really well.........and I felt like we were all alone in the world.
What are the lyrics you ask?

“You got someone here wants to make it alright
Someone who loves you more than life, right here.
You got willing arms that'll hold you tight
A hand to lead you on through the night, right here.
I know your heart can get all tangled up inside
But don't you keep it to yourself.
When your long day is over
And you can barely drag your feet
The weight of the world is on your shoulders
I know what you need, Bring it on home to me
You know I know you like the back of my hand
But did you know I'm gonna do all that I can right here
I'm gonna lie with you till you fall asleep
When the morning comes I'm still gonna be right here (yes I am)
So take your worries and just drop them at the door
Baby leave it all behind.
Baby let me be your safe harbor, Don't let the water come and carry you away
You got someone here wants to make it alright
Someone who loves you more than life, right here”
As he was singing (and after he finished) he looked at me with such a sweetness in his eyes;
Then he reached down into his guitar case and pulled out a little white box and came over in front of me and got down on one knee and told me he loved me…..and asked
“Will you marry me?”

I didn’t even see the ring to know what it looked like, and I’m not sure if I even answered him right way………….my heart was melted so fast and I was bawling so hard--- I just wrapped my arms around his neck and hugged him weeping for joy.
We got a few more pictures taken and walked back to camp……..Ted and Gina gave us a gift of “his and her” camping mugs.....and a patch from the state park where we got engaged.
This verse hit me as I fell asleep that night praising the Lord that I get to experience God's steadfast love through our relationship.
Though tried and tested as by fire, It never failed....
There is no explanation other than that it seems to be the steadfast love of the Lord poured into our hearts by our Heavenly Father.....we love the gift of each other, but we love the giver more than life itself.
To Christ Alone be the glory in His church, His bride....beloved, redeemed, not to be forsaken. We love you Father.
Prov 13:12
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”


At 6/12/2007 10:54 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Sheesh, my second time reading this and I still got all teary.

At 6/12/2007 11:14 AM, Blogger Ted said...

I got teary too... wait does teary mean what I think it means?

Jen you are now linked to from my blog... congrats

At 6/12/2007 2:28 PM, Blogger Jen2 said...

I'm linked to Ted's blog....?
now I'M all teary.....

At 6/13/2007 2:07 PM, Blogger tex said...


At 6/14/2007 2:41 PM, Blogger Craver Vii said...

That's wonderful. Much happiness to you both.

At 6/16/2007 3:22 PM, Blogger Joanna Martens said...

"Needless to say, I was pumped….worship Jesus in the wilderness??!!!! DUDE !" The wilderness is always the best place. Lol. I miss you- and this story is such an encouragement of God's faithfulness! Love you and miss you!!

At 6/20/2007 6:44 AM, Blogger Jen2 said...

Hey a Joey.....I tried to email you but you're too popular...your email box was full so the email came back undeliverable for that reason!
Hokey Pete!

I'd love to hear how you're doing sister !

At 6/20/2007 6:46 AM, Blogger Jen2 said...

Thanks Craver and Tex.......I couldn't be more grateful to God for what he's doing with Brent and's like my TBI teacher says...."when God shows up, things get messy"

(as in, things are much different than we had expected.....)


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