Sam asked for and received Bro. Harris' permission to propose several months ago, but he did ask that Sam wait until the Harrises were in town (they are missionaries to Japan) so that Juliana could share her special day with her mother. Sam readily agreed, and over the past few months, several dates were suggested, but none worked out until May 5th.
|Jessica, Juliana, and Jannah. Juliana has no clue that by the end of the day, she will be engaged!|
On that morning, Juliana and her sisters drove to Los Angeles to pick up their parents at the airport, followed by a morning together and then lunch. After lunch, the family arrived at the Vasquez Rocks park, a place Juliana has wanted to go for the entire five years she's been at college, but had never done. Juliana was under the impression that Sam was at his usual weekend extension ministry in a nearby town. Little did she know that Sam was actually at the top of that rock waiting for her!
The entire family (parents, three girls and little brother) climbed up almost to the top, allowing Juliana to go on ahead.
|A little puzzled. She said something about everybody acting weird?!|
|Sam's friend, who handily disappeared once she took the roses|
|I love the look of delight on her face as he shows her the ring and asks her to marry him!|
|This is actually a re-enactment, but it's one of my favorite pictures!|
We're able to have pictures of the entire event thanks to two people. Andrew went with Sam to the rocks that morning to set up his camera on another rock. He took pictures during the actual proposal. Juliana's sister, Jannah, always has a camera with her, and many of the before-and-after pictures were taken by her. Since we weren't able to be there, I'm very, VERY thankful for Andrew and Jannah taking pictures!
|Sam had some 'splainin' to do!|
Sam and Juliana are enjoying this new level of their relationship, and I'm enjoying watching them. They're planning their wedding for late this year, in Georgia, where Juliana's family is from. Then she'll be joining Sam in Lancaster, where he will be teaching at WCBC. We're pretty excited! And we're so thankful to the Lord for His leadership in Sam and Juliana's lives. Wes and I couldn't be more pleased with his choice of a wife if we had hand-picked her ourselves!
To God be the glory! Great things He hath done!