an email.

April 20, 2012

I get quite a few emails daily and honestly get a lot that look like this one so I thought it might be fun to post my response just in case anyone out there has wondered these same questions!


Hi Casey,

I am sure being a blogger you get random emails from people all the time.

I wanted to start off by saying your blog has changed me. Thank you. You are a wonderful writer and you have a beautiful life that has taught me so much and instilled a desire in me to change and become the person I want to be. You are inspiring and you have made a difference in my life.


I have a few questions. I realize you might not want to answer them but I figured I'd ask.


-How did your husband propose to you?

I was an art teacher at an elementary school right out of college and Chris proposed to me using my students on our one year anniversary. He had each child walk up with a photograph and tell me a reason why he loves me. For example this one below said- "I love you because you see life the same way as me". The last photograph was a framed picture of an empty ring box! Now these beautiful pictures are hanging in our home!!


-Before you met your husband, did you consider marrying someone else? Did you ever lose hope that you would find someone like him? That boys like that still existed? I, too, am a sensitive soul, and I want a husband who understands that, connects with me, understands me, and is sensitive too. Boys just aren't like this! And I lose hope sometimes, especially because these days people just don't hold marriage as high as a priority.

I dated a guy my senior year of college that had talked marriage with me. I think he maybe looked at ring? Not sure if he really did or not. But I knew deep in my heart he wasn't for me. I knew we were too different at our core. It was hard for me to call it off with someone who I really believe loved me deeply....when you feel loved it can be hard to walk away from that. But I trusted and walked away. I did summer school at Baylor....graduated in August on a Saturday, started teaching on a Monday and met Chris October 21st. I remember my brother saying to me that I would never meet anyone if I never went out and did anything. I told him "God knows me, He knows how I tick...if He has to- He'll bring him to my doorstep." And He literally did. I had read this book "when God writes your love story" and just knew that I had to give up trying to control and manipulate relationships into working.....I needed to let God bring someone to me, let him pursue me and honestly we were a perfect match. I truly believe that no one else was made for me. Some people believe that we could be happy with lots of different people but the longer I am with Christopher the more firmly I believe that he was the only one ever for me.

-Finally, how did you "find yourself"? I am at a stage in life where I want to find myself, my passions, ME. I need a hobby, something that is my own to love. And I am stuck on what to do. I am passionate about people, families, relationships, love. But I want a hobby. Any advice?

I hate to say I found myself when I met Chris because I dont think you NEED a man or a friend so that you can "find yourself" BUT in my case that is when it happened. He gave me the courage to pursue a career in art, he encouraged me to start A Little Artsy, he encouraged me to not wait/ not hold back, he encouraged me to blog, he literally has done everything he could to make every single of my dreams come true... and follow my dreams. 
When I have a dream he says leap...and that encouragement is what I need. I can truly say I never would have done any of that if he hadnt given me the courage to do so. I battle fear in many areas of my life and Chris' faith and ability to lean on God's will for our lives and ability to pursue our individual purpose has been life changing for me. 

Thanks for sharing your life with me. You are a wonderful mother and you have given me dreams about what I want my future to look like.


With love,


Lauren

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52 comments:

  1. How sweet of you!! Good thinking. :)

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  2. i love this post, you're amazing. and i love your love story :)

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  3. I just went and purchased "When God Writes Your Love Story" on amazon right after reading this :) I really need to learn to give up control and hopefully that will help. and I agree with everything Lauren said, you are SUCH an inspiration!

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  4. Such a sweet engagement story! Just the sweet little reminder that God wants our hearts to be happy! So glad your's is!

    XOXO

    -Tori
    torigjohnson.blogspot.com

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  5. What a lovely blog. I totally identify. Thank you for sharing your stories.

    http://bnoelwilliams.blogspot.com/

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  6. Thank you for sharing your love. I don't know how that wouldn't touch every single person's heart that takes time to read it. Again, you bring tears to my eyes. UGH I am such a chick! :)

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  7. Thank you for sharing your love. I don't know how anyone's heart can't be a little more loving after reading your words. Again, you bring me to tears! Ha - I'm such a CHICK! :)

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  8. I love your story/history with Chris. It's hard for your readers to not be in love with your family. =) I a lot of ways, I wish I had read this many years ago: when I needed the encouragement to listen to God in my romantic choices/life path. Things may be a lot different if I had. No regrets, right?

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  9. This is probably my favorite post I've read from you yet! God Bless.

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  10. How sweet! I would have never thought to ask those questions but I'm so glad another Lauren did because I loooove your answers!!!

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  11. Change of Plans

    http://www.laurenrebecca.com/2012/04/change-of-plans.html

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  12. What a thoughtful, romantic way to propose!

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  13. Im sitting here, in my 8 a.m. European History class, and I literally started crying. I don't know you. I've never met you. but your heart radiates through your words. I can relate SO much to you. i actually could feel myself thinking something and reading it as your next line.

    i, too, believe that there is only ONE person in this entire world for you. You grow and you learn from others but ultimately God only set aside one.

    I'm still not at the age for marriage, in my opinion, but I want to let you know that I admire yours and Chris' relationship so. and that you've inspired me in ways that i cannot even express.

    thank you, Casey.

    Tiana of l'esthetique

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  14. I loved this. Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend lady!

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  15. Hey Casey, I'm just wondering why there hasn't been a link up on Fridays anymore?? I always enjoyed being a part of that and I've met a lot of bloggers through it, plus it's been really helpful in getting traffic to my blog. I'm just wondering if it will ever come back. Thanks for all you do!

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  16. Beautiful post. What a great read to start a Friday?! Thanks for sharing:)

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  17. Love the photos and the story of how Chris proposed--so romantic.

    And I know what you mean about not needing a man to find yourself, but my husband has helped me go for it even when the voice in my head is telling me not to--he gives me the courage and support I need :)

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  18. http://leelala.net/2012/04/dearest-landyn-2/

    I LOVE this!! Thanks for sharing girl!

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  19. That sounds like the sweetest ever proposal!! Wow, what a blessing it is to have such an amazing husband! I know I am blessed too, my husband is wonderful. But we really are so different, it must be nice to have someone with such a similar heart to your own who can understand you more. ♥
    I loved your reply about waiting on Gods timing for love and not manipulating a relationship. Ive seen that happen so often now these days... with friends, family and on MOVIES/TV all the time. Its so acceptable. I believe if people were as faithful to wait and just let God take the control and write out love stories, we would have a lot less divorce and unhappy people in this world!

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  20. These are all lovely questions (and beautiful answers) Cassie. You have such a kind soul :)

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  21. That proposal story is the sweetest one I've ever heard! I absolutely love when men propose using the things that you love and cherish.

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  22. what lovely replies to these questions! i especially loved the part about God bringing you the right person, so very true about giving up on trying to make relationships fit when they don't.

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  23. this is so sweet. you have such a sweet soul.

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  24. I loved reading the answers to these questions, especially your proposal story! I have enjoyed reading your blog since winning a giveaway on "take heart" and gaining one of your lovely paintings that is now joyfully hanging in my room! Thank you so much for being so transparent, it is so encouraging to see you have so many followers as you proclaim the name of Jesus.

    SO SO GREAT!

    xoxo Victoria

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  25. I LOVE that book "When God Writes Your Love Story"!!!!! I read that book the summer that I met Josh and I have a photo of me reading it on the beach and little did I know that we'd start dating that summer and get married 2 years later! Love this post and your answers :)

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  26. my heart is beaming a little, reading this. no better feeling than being supported and encouraged to follow our dreams by our husbands. i feel humbled to share my life with a dude who whispers in my ear, "leap!"

    xo.

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  27. Your proposal story is so cute! I love this.

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  28. A fairy tale come true! :) How beautiful! I've been reading your blog for a few months now and you are such a sweetheart. Some people, like you, are so very blessed. Happy weekend!

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  29. Love your story, so romantic! Thanks for sharing :)

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  30. "When God writes your love story" is an awesome book

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  31. Sunshine in my heart! Love this post Casey...I don't think I've ever heard of such a sweet proposal. Tears!!! I love it. If anyone should ever doubt in true love, they need to read this blog. They need to see your photos. They need to read your heart stories.

    I hope you, Apple, Chris, Aiden & Ain's have a beautiful weekend!

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  32. This is so sweet. You are an amazing person and will touch many peoples lives.

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  33. Loved reading this. I feel extremely lucky to have found the man who lets me be myself and pursue my dreams as well. Just after I decided to stop searching for someone, God literally brought him into my life! It's amazing what He can do when we just surrender it all to Him.

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  34. "when God writes your love story" changed my life! love that book and how God used it to draw me ever so close to his heart during my single years.

    love this post and your heart! :)

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  35. This is beautiful... love hearing more of your story.

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  36. It's so nice to read your answers, thanks for sharing them!

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  37. beautiful story. Adorable love story. I love how God was intertwined through out your story. the love you have for your husband shines through in those pictures and I am so happy for you that God led the two of you to get married. Thanks so much for sharing that little piece of your story with us. <3

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  38. Casey thank you so much for this post! It is so comforting to know that I'm not alone in having these kinds of views about marriage. I pray that someday God will bring someone amazing to my doorstep too :) Keep up the amazing blogging you are truly an inspiration and its so encouraging to see how He is working in your life everyday!

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  39. This spoke right to my heart. Thank you! xo

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  40. One of the loveliest engagement stories I've heard! Thanks for sharing:)
    Lulu x

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  41. The whole time I was reading this post this morning I thought it sounded exactly like something my younger sister Lauren would write to you (she also reads your blog all the time :) We had JUST been talking about these things so when I scrolled to the bottom and saw "Lauren" I called her right away! I was shocked when she said it wasn't hers but I want to thank you for opening yourself up and being such an inspiration to me, my younger sisters and everyone else that has the pleasure of reading your blog.

    Please never change! :)

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  42. What a sweet photo and I LOVE the engagement story. Amazing!

    This post is so beautiful, I too have an amazing hubby who is my #1 fan and encourages me when I may doubt myself. I hope Lauren (and everyone else looking for their special someone) realizes they deserve someone who encourages them to go for their dreams and treats them like gold.
    xo

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  43. I love engagement stories! Thanks for sharing.
    -ashley
    http://pencilleddaydream.wordpress.com

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  44. such sweet words. I work on campus with college students as a campus minister so I've gotten a lot of those over the years, and it' so wonderful to know that God is using us to make an impact in so many different ways. Anyway, just wanted to encourage you to keep doing what you do, and loving on others through sharing your story...I'm trying to do the same myself. Blessings...

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  45. How sweet and fun. I am almost 29 and am just now figuring out who I am and what my dreams are, what my hopes and desires for life are. All that while putting Christ first. Not the easiest thing in a fleshly body. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  46. I love your blog and you and after reading your answers, I love you more! You are so honest and sweet. Love the proposal story :)

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  47. This is beautiful Casey. Your love story gives me the chills every time I read it. You are such a beautiful soul... I know I have told you that before but you are such an inspiration, I am so blessed that God has allowed us to know each other. xoxo :)

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  48. Just read this and LOVED it!!! Every. single. part :)

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  49. LOVE this post! (new reader-where have I been!!!-ha!) How sweet is your God written love story! I love to read/see His hand at work!!! I also have read "When God Writes Your Love Story" and it's one of my faves!!! As a single gal, I'm waiting on "the one" He has for me :) I think that my sister feels about the same way as your bro. did when it comes to me being more "social"-ha! It's just NOT me, ya know :) Anywho...great post!!! God bless!!!

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