Madison and Lijah

How We Met

Lijah and I met in 7th grade at a church service project where we helped paint and remodel the outside of a house. The week was filled with lots of laughs, and awkward flirting.

He asked me to be his girlfriend in 8th grade, and over a long 4 1/2 years, we learned to grow, love, and seek God together.

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How He Asked

We’ve been together for 4 1/2 years.. Two years ago, he called me and told me to get ready, because he wanted to take me on an adventure. I got ready, and he came to pick me up. When I got in his car, he handed me a blindfold and told me to put it on. I was hesitant at first, but knowing how much he loves surprises, I willingly put it on. When we arrived at the destination he walked me to a little clearing next to a pond where he set up a picnic for just him and I. After we had finished eating, he handed me a bottle he’d picked out at an antique shop, and handed me a paper and marker. We wrote letters of why we loved each other and buried the bottle.

Since then we have gone on many picnics, blindfolds always involved so that I’d be surprised at our next destination picnic. Then, April 8th, 2016, he asked to take me out again. He told me to find something cute to wear and that he would pick me up from work. I got in the car and he handed me a blindfold. I then thought, “Oh yay! Another fun picnic!”

On our way to our destination picnic, we talked, sang, and laughed.. When we arrived he helped me out of the car and carried me to our picnic spot, set me down, handed me something, and told me to take off my blindfold. When I took it off, I was holding the bottle we’d buried two years before, and he was down on one knee with a BEAUTIFUL ring in his hand. When I opened the note I read “Will you marry me?” I felt my heart melt, and through my tear filled eyes, I said ” Is this for real? YES!”

From there we were greeted with friends and family, filled with joy, love, and many adventures to come!

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Special Thanks

Logan Sparlin
Photographer