Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Engaged!

Its with great rejoicing that we announce my [Rachel] engagement to Alan Busenitz! I am overwhelmed with the Lord's goodness and faithfulness throughout this journey. We both look forward to the coming days and covet your prayers during this special season of life as we plan a June 30, 2012 wedding!

"Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works
which You have done!"
Psalm 40:5

Postscript:
Alan and I are looking forward to writing out the Lord's specific working
in our lives over the past few months.
We hope to share the details with you soon!

60 comments:

Annie said...

Dear, sweet Rachel,

I am so, so, SOOOO happy and excited for you! I can't tell you how much you have blessed me, and I look forward to hearing more details. =) But for now I am praising the Lord today for His special blessing in your life!

Congratulations, my friend... Allan has found a true treasure! =)

MUCH love,
Annie
Psalm 37:4

Annie said...

P.S. Your ring is absolutely stunning and gorgeous!! Alan has very good taste. =)

Jerry Ficke said...

Alan you have a real treasure there. Wishing you both the best.

Hannah Rebekah said...

Congratulations! I love your ring! :)

Jodi said...

Praise the Lord for your faithfulness and God's perfect timing! How beautifully exciting to finally meet the one whom you were created for! Many prayers and blessings for the years to come!
Mrs. Jepson

Desiree said...

Congratulations, Rachel! I am so happy for you! May the Lord truly bless you and Alan!

Rachel said...

Congratulation, Rachel! How exciting!! Can't wait to hear more details! :)

~Rachel <3

Rachel said...

P.S. Love your ring too! <3

Rachel said...

Congratulations, Rachel! How exciting! Can't wait to hear more details...and your ring is gorgeous too! :)

~Rachel <3

Blythe said...

Congratulations,Rachel.
I am SO happy for you!!! I can't wait to see future post on wedding planning and the wedding itself. Annie is right Alan has truly found a 'truely precious' treasure. :)

Oh,so I adore your ring.

May God bless you two as you plan to spend your lives together. :)

Mikailah said...

Congratulations, Rachel!! :) I am so excited for you. I know the Lord has big things for you two together.

Excited hugs,
Mikailah~

P.S. Your ring is beautiful! ;)

Tori said...

Congratulations, Rachel!! I am so happy for you!

Your ring is gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and Best Wishes to both of you. We are very happy for you. Love, Uncle J and Aunt D

Linda said...

Congratulations, Rachel! Enjoy these months of planning. It's a fun time.

forevermemoriesphotos said...

Congratulations, Rachel!!! You both look so happy! Gorgeous ring!

Hiswayserves said...

I don't believe it!!! Wow. Congratulations to you both! Can't wait to hear the story! Can't wait to see more pictures! Hope we get to hear you in one more concert with your family!Soooooo exciting! WOW!!

God bless! Rebecca K.

Hiswayserves said...

P.S.
Gorgeous ring! Alan has good taste!

Annah's Blog said...

Congratulations Alan & Rachel! Your ring is beautiful! I can't wait to hear your love story.

~Annah~

Becca said...

Congratulations, Rachel!
I can't wait to hear more details.

It is such a blessing to see your faithfulness in waiting for God's best.

Blessings,
Becca

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you! I can't wait to read your story, it is always fun to see how God works in others lives. Congratulations to both of you!

goatpod2 said...

Congrats to Alan and Rachel!

Blessings,

Amy

Sisters of Grace said...

So exited for both of you:)

Blessings as you plan the wedding!
Emily

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Rachel! We'll DEFINATLY miss you: Hopefully you'll start up your own blog we can keep up w/ on you!
Allan has found an amazing young lady to share his life with!

Jenna said...

Dear Rachel,

Praise the LORD and congratulations!!! We are so happy for both you and Alan.

In the future, would you consider writing a post on your single years and how you kept a pure heart/served God/prepared for your future and not just pine away...?:) Through your family's ministry, it is obvious that you have served the Lord well with your single years and accomplished the plans that HE had for you...

Myself and many others have been so blessed by what you share here on the blog and if you have the time to share your experience in the "single" or "waiting" years, that would be wonderful:)

Thank you and may the Lord bless you both richly! Looking forward to your story!

Love in Christ,
Jenna

Talitha said...

Dearest Rachel, I am so overjoyed for you! Congratulations to you and Alan! God is so good. I'm praying for you! Can't wait to hear more. :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Rachel! That's wonderful news :)

Budding Violinist said...

Congratulations!!!!!!! I'm so, so, so happy for both of you. Praying that the Lord would continue to bless you and make you a blessing. :)

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!!! What a surprise! Congratulations!!!! I'm waiting to hear how all of this came to be. hint, hint:):) God's blessings to you and Alan both.

Sylvia said...

Congratulations!!! :) That's so exciting! :D

Holly said...

I just woke up to this (we're over here in Germany) a few hours ago and had to tell you that I am thrilled for you, Rachel! I don't know you except through your blog, but I feel as if I do, having read it for the past 5 years. You two look *wonderful* together and since you're a little older, you're blessed with a more pragmatic mindset. I also love the ring he chose - elegant and different - the stones on either side of the solitaire make it very special, indeed.

One thing I'd tell you to be happy about as you begin this journey: as a person who is getting married later in life (realizing that you are not as old as I was - I was 34 - and that I am not calling you old, by any stretch of the imagination!) you will find that since you've lived a little, you know what you're getting into and you're more relaxed about each other not being "perfect" all the time. My best advice? Just be KIND to each other, "forgive first" and remember that a hug pretty much solves anything. :) I'm still in the "pinch-myself-because-I-got-such-a-great-guy-and-I-couldn't-be-happier" phase, and I absolutely predict the same for you.

Sorry for the "tome" - but I'm just so happy for you and can't wait to see blog posts on the wedding preparations. xx, Holly

P.S. Have you registered anywhere yet? I'd be willing to bet that you have many "blog friends" (like me) who would love to help you set up your new home with a wedding gift or make a contribution in your names to y'all's favorite charity.

Rebecca at Cotton+Wood said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news!!! Can't wait to hear more of your story. :)

Catrina said...

Congratulations! What happy exciting news! Can't wait to hear more of the story unfold. :)

Addie said...

I am so happy for you both! Rachel, thank you for your example in waiting for the Lord's best! You two look wonderful together and I love the ring!

Addie said...

I agree that, Alan, you have found a treasure far above rubies!

Lily Marie said...

Oh Rachel,
I am sooo happy for you!! =) God bless you both, I am completely excited. ;) Can't wait to hear more! Alan is one blessed man. Your ring is stunning!
Praising the Lord,
-Lil-

9Browns said...

Congrats Rachel and Alan!!
Yea!
Have a sweet holiday season with your beloved.
9Browns

Sarah Lee said...

Dear Rachel,
I rejoice and praise the Lord for His goodness in your and Alan's news on your behalf. May He give you joy and wisdom as you seek Him together and enter into marriage for His glory. May He make you fruitful unto every good work and may He give you thousands of godly descendants. 1 Peter 5:10 Thank you for your testimony of waiting on the Lord and joyfully serving your family during your years as a daughter. Merry Christmas to you and your families! Isaiah 9:6

JoyfulJewels4Jesus said...

Oh, Rachel, I am SO happy for you!!! It is so beautiful and precious to see how you waited for the one the Lord had planned for you, and He has blessed you abundantly! Congrats to you and Alan! Can't wait to read the story. =)

Blessings,
Elizabeth
P.S. You've been such a blessing to so many through these years and I'm sure you'll be such a blessing to Alan, too, as you are already. =) Many blessings as you prepare to begin this new season of your life together.

Hannah said...

Congratulations!! We can't wait to hear more!
Love, Hannah and Ellen

Amy K. said...

How exciting Rachel!!! It is so true that "He who finds a wife finds a good thing,And obtains favor from the LORD." Prov. 18:22

May God richly bless you and Allan!
In Christ,
Amy K.

Leah said...

Yay, yay, yay, yay!!!! Congratulations, Rachel! Would you PLEASE consider sharing more details? How you met, etc?!?! God bless you!

Jonathan Bloom said...

Congratulations to both of you! May God bless you both even more for waiting on his perfect timing. Jonathan Bloom

Anonymous said...

Yay!!

Can't wait to hear the story of how God brought you together:)

Blessings,

Sharon

Amy said...

Congratulations!!! I'm sooo happy for you. Alan you've found you a good one! =) Amy

Lilyofthevalley - Tanya said...

Congrats to Rachel and Alan!!! Look forward to reading about how the Lord brought you both together!

What an exciting time for your families. :)

Alicia said...

Congratulations! I have 5 daughters 1 to 16 (in a week) and I love to share your blog with them. You are a wonderful example to young girls trying to keep their heart for their future spouse. Thank you.

Rachel said...

Congratulations!! So happy for you - your ring is so pretty. :) Hope you enjoy this new season of life, preparing for a wedding and for marriage!

Marjo.....B. said...

CONGRATULATIONS!
I am rejoicing in God's goodness to you. :) Have a wonderful time planning your wedding! The photo is beautiful, as is your ring. Can't wait to hear the entire story!

Emily B. said...

Congratulations! So excited/happy for you!

Terryn said...

Congragulations!You are an inspiration to me in how you were patient in waiting for God's best.
God bless you both,
Terryn

Hannah B. said...

Praising God with you!! I can't wait to hear more about the story He has written for you. :)

maureen said...

Congratulations!

Cathy said...

congratulations Rachel may God bless you both in your marriage

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I am SOOOOOOOO happy for you!
~Elizabeth Lindsay

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you and Alan. We look forward to getting to know you when you begin your lives together here in our community!

Anonymous said...

Yay! ! ! This is awesome!!! I'm so happy for y'all.
Maddy H.

Anonymous said...

Rachel - We re all rejoicing with you and your beloved. God's ways are indeed perfect. - The Bryson Family

Bianca said...

Congratulations Alan and Rachel!
Wishing you the best!

Love from Bianca in New Zealand. =)

Naomi T. said...

I am so happy for you both. Rachel, I've been praying for you and your future husband for a few years now. Praise His Name! :)

Kristi said...

Dear Rachel,
I was so delighted to hear your news. God does all things well! Congratulations to you both.
Kristi (Unger) W. - Your old Seward neighbor