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Shelley Shepard Gray

Introducing the Bride Blog

Posted Jan 12 2015, 12:01 am

This is Laurie. I’ve been working as Shelley’s assistant for a little over a year now. We’re excited for this month’s release of The Promise of Palm Grove, the first book in Shelley’s four-book series called Amish Brides of Pinecraft.  To celebrate this series, she has invited her Amish author friends to answer a wedding-related question each month.  Their responses will be posted here.  January is devoted to proposals.  Shelley asked me to share my story with you as well.

My husband and I started dating the summer before our senior year of high school. We dated for eight years before we got engaged because I was working on my master’s degree, and he wanted me to finish school before we got married. While his proposal was sweet, it was expected…by everyone.

What was not expected was my response when he asked me to be his girlfriend.

early_morning_rowboat.fullOne late summer evening when we were seventeen, Travis and I went to a park and rented a rowboat. We found a quiet spot on the lake to listen to music and enjoy some snacks he had packed. We were out on the water for quite some time. I was just about to ask if he’d like to return to the dock when he reached in his pocket and pulled out his class ring. I had been waiting for this moment for the better part of the summer. As I accepted the ring, I heard myself say, “Thank you so much. Can we go back now? I really have to go to the bathroom.” Shameful. When I think back to that moment, I simply cringe.

Shelley, Kelly Irvin, Mary Ellis, Amy Clipston, Amy Lillard, Jennifer Beckstrand, and Vannetta Chapman will share proposal stories with you here tomorrow! 




2 responses to “Introducing the Bride Blog”

  1. Robin Bunting says:

    How very funny. Too much time out from the shore leads to needs. At least you accepted first.

  2. Lynne says:

    I’m still laughing! I remember! And, I am so very glad you said yes…. both times!

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