When I was in 8th grade (awkward middle school times) my dad retired from the military and decided we would move to West Virginia. I was very attached to my friends, and as you can imagine, I thought leaving them was the end of the world. To make matters worse, I was home schooled and our new house was in the middle of the woods with no neighbors in sight. Considering the fact that I am a “bubbling extrovert,” as my dad would say, I cried many tears the first few friendless months in my new home in the woods.
My dad preached at many different churches during those beginning months as he transitioned to becoming a full-time pastor. Then one day we went to a small, country church. I sat with my family and reminisced of the days when I had friends to sit with each week. Then after church, a petite 6th grader walked up to me and grinned. She greeted me and handed me a folded up note. I thought it was strange since I didn’t know her. However, when I got home I read it. It said something like, “Hey, I hope your dad becomes the pastor because I really like his preaching. I know you are new here, but we can be friends. Here is my phone number.” Little did I know, that random act of kindness would lead to over ten years of friendship filled with countless laughs and hearts to hearts.
Sometime in those ten years of friendship, DJ fell in love with her. He pursued her heart many years before she was ready to give it to him. Years later, these two are engaged, and I can’t wait to see them walk down the aisle as they promise to spend their lives together growing in Christ.
This is Chelsea + DJ: Engaged