Thursday, 7 January 2010

I scarcely like it when bloggers post only about 'inspiration' or 'what I just made,' so I guarantee you the lack of interesting stories and deep thoughts on here (apart from what comes out ever so naturally, of course) is purely the result of the increasing shortness of time. To be honest, this is ok, as there are more important things and I don't see life in terms of 'I should blog about this.'

But, there's some news I'd very much like to share with you, since those of you who really read this little blog are caring enough to be interested and happy. In mid-November a courtship was begun between a truly wonderful and exceptional man named Joel, and myself. That occurrence held incalculable delight and surprise for me, and continues to astound me.

Those comments on my blog about contentment, and joy, and fulfillment from the beginning of this year until now did indeed increase over the past month, but they were heartfelt before too. Because I was happy before this happened too. And if I wasn't content and satisfied before, finding my satisfaction in God, 'He Whom my soul loves,' I wouldn't be content now either. But He is worthy, and this is an added, undeserved gift, and I couldn't be more happy.

But what is courtship?
For us this means an intentional relationship under the authority and guidance of my father, for the purpose of getting to know one another better with increasing commitment (determining whether it is God's will for us to marry). Some would refer to it as a wise alternative to dating, but I think it is rather a Biblical model.

If that sounds stuffy and old fashioned; trust me, it's exciting =) And what makes it more exciting is the assurance I have that I'm being protected, cared for, held accountable, and kept from unnecessary emotional confusion or pain. And that this man measures up to my dad's (high) standards and was 'evaluated' for months before it reached me. That I get to learn about him and pray for him and have this time is something to praise God for every day.

If you have any questions please ask; I'd be happy to explain and try to answer.
I'm sure you'll hear more about it.
This is a very happy Cait typing, and a very thankful daughter.

much love;
p.s. he's amazing.


Sara said...

He looks like a handsome, gentle young man!!

I think I understand what a courtship is,it seems to me more like what I would call a "fat-ha" meaning you're not really engaged but almost are? or more like..."officially" dating- officially here meaning that your dad knows and approves of it?

I am happy for you, Cait!

LeAnna said...

Ahhhh! I wish you could see my smile! He is very handsome, and you two make for a cute couple (you are just grinning ear to ear in that picture, and I LOVE it!). I'm so excited for you, which you already knew, but I am, I am, I am! Praying God continues to shower you with wisdom and guide you in the coming months. :) :) :)

Elena said...

I love the picture; we all think you look radiant :)

I am praying for you both my friend.

Anonymous said...

What a deep smile on your part! As Elena says, You look radiant!! Glad to see your joy before- but especially now!


erin meagan said...

that is fantastic! it makes me very happy. i like the whole idea of everything you wrote! i like a boy! i think i would like to marry him.

Brette of the Wood said...

I love reading your blog, wheter it is about what's going on in your life, your lists, or your most recent thoughts or crafts. I am happy for you and I will carry you in my prayers that God would be glorified and stay the center of your relationship! I am excited for the happiness you are experiencing and cannot wait to see what the future holds for your beautiful life!

Mostly Graysie said...

I love your blog! And I to have decided to court one day as well. Reading courtship stories like yours, not only encourages me in my own decision...but lets me know that I am not totally weird. :) Thank you for your little encouragement. Here is my spiritual blog:

JMay said...

omg, I love your blog.

He's so cute, good job ;-)


Tizzalicious said...

That sounds very interesting! I am happy you are so happy. He lookes very handsome too, and you look adorable in that picture!

Ms Leaney said...

I have jus stumbled on your blog. it is lovely and I love how you write.

Thank you

Anonymous said...

Aw, Cait! I haven't been by awhile and coming back and finding this...I'm SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! :D How exciting! May he be all you ever dreamed of and may he be worthy of you! :) You do look like one happy girl! :) I would again love to send you something in the mail in reply to the card you sent - email me sometime with your address if you'd like me to send you something. Much Love!

~Nastya A