Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Young, in love & engaged!






So there is some exciting news for my family...my brother Matt is engaged! For the past two years, my brother has been traveling with a ministry called Life Action. They travel all over the country hosting revival summits. He plays guitar and sings in the worship band. His girlfriend Kellie joined the team last year. However, they are now home and moving on to the next step in life. They are the sweetest couple. I couldn't be happier about having his new fiance as my future sister! Before I get to the proposal I want to share a bit of their love story.


My brother first noticed this lovely young lady in the youth group. I think Kellie was still in middle school, but don't quote me. Everyone knew that they liked each other, but at the advice of my parents they decided to just be friends. It was still obvious that they had a little bit more than friendship. Still, my brother's heart was set on her so waited and watched. (He started writing songs about her too. They are so sweet!) They both had some growing to do. During this waiting time Kellie became great friends with my sister. 


Over the years their friendship grew. After a couple months of college, my brother still wasn't sure where the Lord was directing his life. Then Life Action came our our church and he knew that was what he should do...for the time being. Finally, they made it official just before Matt went off to travel with Life Action. I know that wasn't easy on Kellie. Long distance is never easy! After another year of traveling together, my brother started making plans for the future. He was thinking about moving from Florida to Chicago for school. We all knew there was no way he was going to far without Sure they both are young, but they know and they've always known. They're ready for this kind of commitment. 


Now on to the proposal...


Today is my brother's birthday, so he and Kellie went out for a birthday lunch. My family just so happens to be vacationing at the beach, so of course he picked a nice restaurant on the water. After a lovely lunch he took her to a quiet beach. After walking for a while, the beach cleared. There was no one to be seen for miles. Perfect! I don't know the exact words, but Matt said all kinds of sweet things and finally that he was ready to commit his life to Kellie. (Cue the "awe") Then he bent down on one knee...and well, you know the rest! 


I couldn't be happier! They are two amazing and godly people and I know they will have a God-honoring marriage! 


Let the wedding planning commence! 




Fun fact: My brother and I both got engaged on our 21st birthday! 



34 comments:

a girl with a smile said...

Congrats to your brother Matt and your soon to be sister-in-law :)
an "I do" is the best birthday present ever

Alexis Kaye said...

that's so great! yay for marriage! being married makes me really LOVE hearing when people are taking that next step :)

Callie Nicole said...

Aw, congrats to your brother!

Emily said...

Ok, cute story. What a special day it is I'm sure. Yay for your brother and his new fiance.

Great fun fact by the way.

Jessica said...

Congratulations to your brother and his fiancee! How exciting for them and your family! =)

Stephanie said...

Awww, congratulations to them!

Haley Galloway said...

Congrats to your brother and his beautiful bride-to-be! Love their story.

Alyss said...

How cute are they? What a great birthday present for himself. A fiance!

Rachel said...

Aw, congratulations to them! <3 They are a truly adorable couple, and I wish them all the best.

Fun fact: ever since I was 8, I have been attending Family Camp with Life Action. I practically grew up at the Niles camp, and it's now a place that my husband's family attends, and that Jon and I plan on taking our children in the future. =)

LeAhnna said...

aww...congratulations! it seems like everyone i know is getting married all of a sudden...there must be something in the air :P

a simple, peaceful life

Hollie Ann said...

how exciting! congrats to your brother!

Beka said...

LOVE IT! :) SOOOOOO EXCITED FOR HIM!

I LOVE LOVE!!!


If they need a good photographer. ;) I do travel!!!!

then we could meet and I could be on CLOUD 9! ;)

have them check my work out

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Luisa Rodríguez said...

I wish them all the best!! :)


Many blessings,
Luisa
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SavedthruLove said...

aw. THat is so cute. And how selfless to propose on "his birthday". I am so happy and excited for the two young lovebirds!

♥cheche

http://savedthrulove.blogspot.com

Nela said...

Congrats to your brother and his fiance! They make a great couple. :)

kinze said...

they're such a beautiful couple ... and that ring is gorgeous!

Jennifer said...

Rachel, that is so cool that you went to Life Action camps! Ha! What a small world!

Bethany G said...

This is so exciting! sigh.... I remember the day I got engaged. So wonderful. She must be thrilled!!!

Mrs. C said...

Aw super cute! How exciting! I recently found your blog and am a new follower! Love it!

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meme-and-he said...

aww congrats to your brother! They are adorable, and I love that ring!!

Carly said...

Aw! So sweet! And soooo cute that he wrote her songs! That is such a special keepsake! He should compile them and give them to her for a gift at the wedding or set them out for people to see! That is so beautiful!
I love when stranger love (that being love between people I don't know - not strange love, haha) brings a smile to my face. :)

So special. And definitely, as someone said above, a very selfless thing to do to propose on his birthday - taking the attention, in a way, off of himself, and intentionally sharing it - that's a great and loving act, to me.

<3
-Carly
www.createliveblog.com

Danielle said...

congrats to your brother and kellie! that is a really sweet story!

The Soul Anchor said...

Congratulations to Matt! They look like a lovely couple. That is SO exciting! And I love that they're connected to Life Action! If they (or you!) ever head up there again, let me know!

Jennifer said...

Well, they are moving to Moody this fall...I'm sure they'll visit!

Tatiana said...

How sweet and romantic is this! They are such a cute couple! Congrats!

The French Mouse said...

Congratulations to your brother and his gorgeous girl! And to you for a soon to be new sister!

Carly Anne said...

Aww - congrats on the addition to your family. I love the story. :)

Michelle said...

Congrats to your brother and your family! What a happy time!

Ana Patricia said...

Posts like these make me happy.Congratulations to your brother :)

Amylou said...

what a beautiful couple! so sweet!

hannah singer said...

congrats! such an exciting time when siblings get engaged;)
(love life action ministries!)

Angie said...

such great pictures! congrats

Corrie said...

awwww that is so sweet! gorgeous
Corrie:)

Sierra said...

Awwww! That is soooo sweet!And so awesome that they waited.It must have been really hard.So sweet... :)
Sierra
Keep Growing Beautiful♥

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