Happy Valentine’s Day!
Today is the most special of days for the month of February and this post is dedicated to our nephew, Jacob, who proposed to his lady-love, Katie, in early December. She said “yes!” and wedding plans are in the making for a beautiful July 29, 2011 wedding at Sawtooth Winery in Nampa.
They met in the 6th grade at Family Camp and Jacob liked her from the start. What Jacob finds ironic is what he told his dad one day after school in 7th grade — that he would one day marry her! (I love a happy ending, don’t you!) Love waited for the moment as they both went on to attend Cole Valley Christian, graduate in 2008, and then start to date last year (some things just get better with time). Heads turned, eyes batted and the rest they say, is history. Young love, how sweet it is.
When I asked Katie what the first thing that attracted her to Jacob was she wasn’t shy. It’s such a beautiful thing seeing a young woman in love with her man … (why is the chorus of “Hopelessly Devoted to You” by Olivia Newton-John suddenly running through my head?). Here’s what she had to say: “Simply put, he’s a man’s man. He can camp like a mountain man but he also appreciates a good novel and my sappy indie films. He loves the Lord and strives to live his life honoring Him. He’s a natural leader and definitely the best pick for my partner in life! The man can plan, and could probably plan our wedding just as well as I can. He’s organized and a realist. He takes the necessary time thinking through things before making a decision. I know he’ll always do what’s best for us in our marriage.” I’d say this girl is smart. Weren’t those beautiful tributes? For sure, but here’s the best part … she says “and I love his rugged facial hair!” Now, you have to admit that’s not something you hear every day! Jacob, you’ve got it made! I’ve never been anything but impressed with Katie and can see she is sincere, full of integrity, fun, and a natural beauty inside and out. Welcome to the family Katie!
For Jacob, he says what first attracted him to Katie was “her smile (killer isn’t it?), her eyes (seriously now, check out the baby blues both of them have), and the way she looked at me. She has a fun-loving, outgoing spirit, a down-to-earth personality, a heart for God, and compassion for those in need. She truly lives out her faith daily and she always knows just what to say to make me feel better.”
I think I know what he means by a fun-loving, outgoing spirit.
Both Katie and Jacob are 21 and working in Meridian. She’s next to the youngest in a family of six kids, is currently a student of BSU majoring in Early Childhood Studies, and a runner training for Robbie Creek (who might attempt a full marathon this fall). Jacob is entering the nursing program this semester at BSU with a career goal of becoming a Nurse Anesthetists. He coaches basketball at Cole Valley and plays on an intramural men’s basketball team at BSU as well as summer softball. You can see they are both committed to hard work and health so kudos to them! When they have any extra time (when can they possibly have extra time?) you can find them just hanging out, walking her dog Millie, checking out new restaurants, eating frozen yogurt, or snooping around Barnes and Noble looking for that perfect clearance book or movie.
Both believe God is the success to a happy and lasting marriage, but they also know the good will come with the bad, and that it will take good communication and compromise to make it all work. They’ll look for that common ground where both will be happy. (I think they both look pretty happy on the ground above, don’t you? Translation … dang you guys look cute together!) Following are several more shots of our photo session together.
Our little nephew is all grown up. He was a cute little kid growing up, but just look at him now! Congratulations you two and Happy Valentine’s Day! Thank you for sharing your story and allowing everyone to get to know each of you a little better. I think you have a wonderful future ahead of you! Love, Aunt Mary