Intersecting Life and Faith

Here Comes the Bride

I said ‘yes’ to Rob’s proposal of marriage, the blessing from parents was granted and we were married five months later in my country church in Iowa as an ice storm raged outside while I walked down the aisle on my dad’s arm biting my lip so I wouldn’t cry as he gave his oldest daughter.

Pink and silver were the colors of the day because it was my favorite way back when. We exchanged our ‘I do’s’, gave our love and thanks to our parents, ate ham sandwiches, homemade mints, and wedding cake before we ran out the door to the honeymoon paradise of Iowa…the Holiday Inn in Des Moines.

The car broke down, our parents had to get us the next morning and Rob forgot the car keys as we went to get it fixed. One of his first questions to me as husband and wife…Jody do you know where my keys are? Guess what??

He’s STILL asking.

A few days later we made the trek back to Kansas as husband and wife where we would begin our first pastorate together. Penny his(now ours) basset hound met us at the door as well as a frig full of summer produce that had been ‘aging’. I knew something moved in the bottom drawer as I cleaned it out for the first time I’m guessing. Wedded bliss in the parsonage had begun.

I don’t remember my first Sunday at our small church in Kansas, but I remember when Rob got dressed to go to Wednesday night Bible study with a striped, short sleeved polo shirt and a…navy blue tie. Who wears a tie with a polo shirt? I think it was the last time he did that. I’ve never had to dress him or lay out his clothes…but we had a few discussions early in our marriage.

We had a blast going to Wal-mart to pick up a few things for the house, but came home with a cart load. Who knew married life could be so fun. We set up our house, he went to the office and I said…now what?

I know I wanted to be this woman…

Women who hope in God are women who look away from the troubles and miseries and obstacles of life that seem to make the future bleak, and they focus their attention on the sovereign power and love of God who rules in heaven and does on earth whatever he pleases. John Piper


  1. Kirsten

    I have loved hearing your love story!

  2. Terri

    I love that Piper quote! This post just made me laugh out loud because it reminded me of Dan and I when we first got married. Especially, the “dressing” part. Dan used to wear white sports socks with dress pants and of course, everything was wrinkled.

    Love the memories, Jody. They are not even mine, but made me teary none the less!

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