Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Blessing

On Monday morning when I got up I still felt as if I were moving inside a bubble of happiness. I had promised to marry LV. I now needed to ask Mom and Daddy for their blessing so we could go on with our plans.

I waited until after breakfast and there was no one in the kitchen but Mom. I started by saying that I had something important to tell her and Daddy. She must have sensed what was coming because she said. "Let me go get Daddy" and went out to the shop to get him.

When the returned they both drew a chair up to the table. Daddy cleared his throat and said, " Mom said you have something you want to tell us."

Feeling suddenly nervous, I told them that LV had asked me to be his wife. That I had said yes but we still wanted their blessing.

Daddy told me how happy they were for me. That LV would make a good husband for me. That they would bless our union. But we would have to wait to get married until I was twenty. LV could have me for the rest of my life but they still wanted their daughter at home with them until I turned twenty.

I wasn't really surprised that we would have to wait for a while but the thought of having to wait for a little over a year seemed like a really long time. As Daddy went back to the shop Mom and I spent the rest of the forenoon talking about everything we wanted to do before the wedding. We would be doing a lot of sewing to make that I have everything I need and planting a bigger garden so that I could can food for my new home. There was a lot of other things that needed to be done too and I knew that the wait would be filled to the brim with all our regular work besides a lot of extra in preparations for the wedding. And on our next date we would get to choose the day for our wedding.


  1. What a precious request & deep love from your parents ... & that you honored them enough to be patient, JC.

    Love your sharing your life journey ...

    Have a lovely Christmas week ~
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  2. Even though you felt plenty old enough, wait until your girls are that age ~ they'll seem so young. At least mine do to me. Can't wait to hear about all the wedding prep!

  3. Oh my, over a year is a long wait! I can't wait to hear more. :)

  4. I'm loving your account....Thanks for sharing it!

  5. Hello fellow former Amish!


  6. Hello there!

    I only recently found your blog, and it has quickly become a favourite. Hearing your sweet memories is so interesting! Thank you for sharing with us.


  7. Love reading about the story of your courtship, Mary Ann! I still just smile when I think of how you first felt about L.V. So funny!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Warmly, Suzanne

  8. I am so excited to read the next installment!

    Your parents sounded so sweet about the whole situation.

  9. I really enjoy reading about your life at home with your parents and siblings. I can't wait to hear about the wedding plans and the date you and LV choose for your wedding.
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas holiday!



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