Delight thyself also in the LORD, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:4-5)
I told my friend Jenna at the beginning of the new year (2011) that this was going to be my theme verse for the year. How much that was true, I didn't even know.
In April, I met through a friend and began communicating with an amazing young man named Daniel Schrock. Daniel is in the Marine Corps and was then stationed in Afghanistan serving our country. I didn't know a thing about this young man but when one of the first questions he asked me was if I could share my testimony with him, I knew that God had sent me something pretty special.
Daniel and I began talking on the phone and skype every day unless he was out on a mission. We asked each other every question that you can think of. "What do you think a church's standards should be on alcohol?"(honestly, this was the first thing we ever talked about on the phone, yes welcome to the life of Bethany :D) "How many children do you want someday?" "What does commitment mean to you?" "Opinion on debt?" Etc. You get the picture. :) We talked about favorite foods, hobbies, everything.
On August 25, Daniel came back to his home in Ohio for a 3 week post-deployment leave. Over the previous 3 weeks he had been traveling from Afghanistan to North Carolina (where he is stationed). The next morning he came to Michigan to meet me in person. Within an hour of him arriving, we were on the tractor moving the baler from the hay field and cutting down branches that had fallen in a storm. I knew, this was a man I could work with for the rest of my life.
Only a few days into his leave, he was asked to partake in recruiters assistance in his hometown in Ohio. So once the paperwork was all done, he was given another whole month to be on leave! You can only imagine how excited we were!!!!! Over his weeks at home, we realized that even though we'd never met in person, we had already met in heart and were completely comfortable with each other and.....loved each other.
On September 25, 2011 Daniel Schrock asked me to become his wife. I gladly told him YES! We are looking forward to starting a life together soon, as in December 23, 2011. :) Daniel will be going back to North Carolina in just two weeks and I will be going to visit him over Thanksgiving. Then he will be coming back for the wedding. We covet your prayers, being apart will be difficult!
My greatest desire and goal was first, that I could serve God to my highest potential and second, to be a good and virtuous wife and mother. I'll be working on the virtuous part but God has given me the opportunity to serve as a wife. May I be the best that I can be.
So to summarize this for your brain to wrap it's fingers around (do brains have fingers?), I am engaged to Daniel Levi Schrock and we will be married on December 23, 2011. May God receive the glory for the work that He has done in us!
Bethany & Daniel