More than five years ago, my mom (Lily) and I (Ellie) started the Duggar Family Blog, which follows the lives of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children. A few years later, we launched the Bates Family Blog about Gil and Kelly Bates and their 19 kids.
After I shared my engagement story in March, readers asked me to start my own blog. Your wish is my command! I am pleased to share this new website with you all. My fiance (Mr. Handsome) proposed on March 10th, and our wedding is this summer. For those who have not read my engagement story, here it is:
Handsome decided he wanted to propose and that he wanted to make it really special, so he found cheap airline tickets and arranged for me to fly to Florida. I work for his uncle at a Christian organization, so Mr. Handsome had my boss
tell me that I was going on a work trip to write a news article about a retirement community for missionaries.
My parents, Lily and Mr. Lily, also happened to be in Florida on a
business trip, so they picked me up at the airport and took me to a
hotel on St. Petersburg Beach. The next morning, my parents told me that we were going to meet
my dad’s high school friend for a quick lunch on the beach before I had
to leave for my interview at the retirement community. Mr. Handsome
popped out of the bushes and said, “Hey, do you want to come over here?”
My parents joined his parents on a bench about a hundred yards away.
Mr. Handsome read Proverbs 31 and said: “I’ve been looking for a
Proverbs 31 wife all my life, and I’ve found one. Will you marry me?” I
After the proposal, we were blessed to spend a couple days in
Florida with our parents. Our siblings were all pretty jealous about that, but they are excited for the wedding, so they quickly forgave us.