OH MY GOODNESS, YOU GUYS. I have greatly anticipated this blog post! I am so excited, I almost don’t know what to say. But if you found out on my Instagram, the rumors are true – I. AM. ENGAGED. This is no prank, no test – it’s the truth and I am so blissfully happy!

*takes a deep breath*

I’m sure you all want to hear the juicy details, especially since most of you had no idea I was even in a relationship, right? So let me give y’all some backstory and tell you about the proposal, and then I’m planning to make a little blog series. 😀


My fiance’s name is Andrew Lewis, and he’s a chemical engineer in Missouri! He virtually met my parents through mutual friends and after long phone calls with my dad, drove out to meet me! We entered into a courtship on June 13th, 6 days after we met in person. We saw each other two more times before my parents and I drove out to see him, and then he came for Thanksgiving and proposed Thursday morning!


Don’t worry, I will have so many more details to share about our story later! But for now, I think I’ll just tell y’all about the proposal.

When Andrew came in October, he unofficially asked my parents if he could marry me. After receiving an affirmative, he began planning the proposal. Somehow, he found my best friend Allison’s blog, contacted her, and asked her if she would help him out. She very excitedly obliged and they began looking for rings. Allison told me that at one point, her entire family was in the living room looking at rings for me! Besides the rings, they also started planning the proposal. (Andrew chose three and decided on the final one without telling anyone else. 😉 )


Andrew knew that what would mean the most to me would be if he proposed on the farm. But he wanted to make it special, longer than just the proposal. He knew that the thing I talk about the most is how much I wish Allison would come and visit, so he asked Allison if she would come! They figured out the logistics, and Thursday morning, after we hugged for the first time, Allison came running out of the woods, shortly followed by Andrew’s best friend Fleet!

Allison and Fleet had arrived early that morning and hidden in the woods with their cameras. Andrew and I were already planning to go on a walk (which I was very suspicious he would propose at) and take pictures. We got to the bottom of my driveway and there was a rag (hiding an audio recorder) on the driveway. Andrew said to me, “Huh, that’s funny – what’s that?” “You got me,” I replied, extremely suspicious but not showing it. Immediately, Andrew pulled a book (Becoming Mrs. Lewis) out of his jacket and dropped to one knee.


“Aria,” he said, “Will you marry me?”


“YEEESSS?!” I replied, grinning. I put my tripod down and looked more closely – the ring was in the book! I held out my hand and he very shakily put it on. It was a slightly tight fit and he was worried it wouldn’t fit, but it did, and after the ring was on my finger, he stood up and we hugged for the very first time.


Then I heard a rustling and a scream as Allison ran out of the woods. I turned my head to see and I yelled “NO! NO!” and we crashed into each other, hugging so hard we almost fell over. I couldn’t believe that Allison was there for Andrew’s proposal! The thought had crossed my mind, but I put it away because it seemed impossible.

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Andrew, however, knows me so well and achieved the impossible for me. We group hugged, and then Fleet came running out of the woods and joined our hug. XD I don’t think I’ve ever hugged so much as I did last weekend! It was so surreal to be with Andrew AND Allison, my best friends, at the same time.

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After we gathered up all our things, Allison and Fleet did an impromptu photoshoot of us as the sun was rising, and it was simply magical. I love those pictures so much because we just look SO HAPPY!


We spent Thanksgiving together with our friends (more on that later) and did two more engagement shoots (more on that too!). I can’t wait to share the rest of the pictures, but I hope y’all enjoyed these! I’m so happy. We’re getting married next year and hopefully setting a date and getting a venue within the next couple of weeks, and there are going to be a lot of changes. But they’re so exciting.

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I really can’t explain my feelings right now! I am so, so thankful for Andrew – God has fulfilled my biggest dream in him. I am so blessed to be engaged to him, and I can’t explain how excited I am to spend my life with him! Andrew is sweet, thoughtful, caring, Godly, a wonderful leader, very smart (I mean come ON, he has a B.Sc. in biochemistry?!?), and absolutely perfect for me in every way. I am still overwhelmed at God’s provision. So. Much.

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I would love to answer any questions y’all have, so feel free to ask them! I may answer them directly or in a post. :) I hope you all survived this very exciting post! XD

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  • Reply Megan

    AAaaaAAH!! HOORAY! I loved seeing these pictures! It’s so exciting and amazing and GASP. YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED?? Hehe. I can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures and AHH CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN ARIA I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU!

    December 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm
    • Reply Aria


      December 2, 2019 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Elle

    ARIA, YAY!!! So excited for y’all and what God is doing in your lives!!! I’ve been waiting for this post and I’m now looking forward to the rest of the series!

    December 2, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    • Reply Aria

      ELLE, EEP! Thank you so much, my dear!

      December 2, 2019 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply Claudine

    This is SO exciting! So happy for you and how God provided so wonderfully. Isn’t He good to us? Excited to hear more of your story, too! <3

    December 2, 2019 at 12:07 pm
    • Reply Aria

      AHH YES IT IS! Thank you so much, Claudine! Yes, I am so overwhelmed by God’s providence and provision!

      December 2, 2019 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply Audrey Kate Brown

    I love this so. so. much! How amazing and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! This is just wondrous. I’m so happy for you and what a great idea from Andrew to prepose with Becoming Mrs. Lewis!! Oh my, i’m excited for you! And what happiness for Allison to come running out. I just, WOW! ♥️

    December 2, 2019 at 12:10 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Oh my goodness, I love your comment, Audrey Kate! That pretty much sums up everything. XD I KNOW. AND THANK YOU. AHHHH!

      December 2, 2019 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Rachel L

    Oh my goodness Aria!! I am just utterly flabbergasted! You’re getting married?!?!?
    Yeah, I had NO idea- kudos on the secret keeping!
    In case you are wondering, I have been reading your blog for around four years by now and have always loved hearing about your life. I feel like I know you, which is wierd cuz you obvs know nothing about me! hehe. Anyways, congrats! Can’t wait for more details and pics! XD

    December 2, 2019 at 12:14 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Yay, I’m so glad I did a good job! Aww, Rachel! Thank you so much for following along! That means so much to me! Thank you so much, dear! <3

      December 2, 2019 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply Allison

    GAHHHHH I GRINNED MY WAY THROUGH THIS POST. Oh my GOODNESS these pictures make me happy. YOU GUYS ARE AMAAAAAZING. I can’t explain how very incredible it was to be with you guys and to see in real life how perfect you and Andrew are for each other and how God has blessed you guys’ relationship so far. I feel like I could go on and on about this but I won’t… Anyway, I am so happy. My best friend is getting married to HER new best friend and they are going to be SO happy together. I know it.

    December 2, 2019 at 12:19 pm
    • Reply Aria

      I KNOW I DID TOO AND NOW I’M GRINNING THROUGH YOUR COMMENT. Ahhh! Awww, thank you so much my dear! No words. Simply no words. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

      December 2, 2019 at 12:20 pm
  • Reply Sam

    Congratulations Aria!! I heard about the trip from Allison and was praying for you Thanksgiving day. 😊 I’m so happy for you! 💜💜

    December 2, 2019 at 12:45 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Ahh thank you Sam!

      December 2, 2019 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Kiley

    AHHHH! Aria! Can’t believe you’re getting married! So excited for you. I wish you and Andrew all the years of happiness! :)

    December 2, 2019 at 12:53 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you so much, Kiley!

      December 2, 2019 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    AHHHHH, Aria! CONGRATULATIONS! How exciting!! 😀 What a sweet proposal, and I love how he used Becoming Mrs. Lewis as part of the proposal! And aww, what another sweet surprise to have Allison come running out, then also his friend! I love how you guys are a great example of a Christ-centered relationship! Best wishes and prayers for the future! ❤❤

    December 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm
    • Reply Aria

      AHHH, THANK YOU HANNAH! I know, right? AHH, I was so overwhelmed! Thank you again, so much!

      December 2, 2019 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Kiara

    Oh yay! Congrats!

    December 2, 2019 at 1:10 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you Kiara!

      December 2, 2019 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Claire

    OH my goodness!! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! I’m sure you will be so happy together!! You look so happy Aria!!

    December 2, 2019 at 1:14 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you sooooo much Claire!

      December 2, 2019 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Olivia

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! This is so exciting!!!!! I’m so happy for you both!!! <3

    December 2, 2019 at 1:25 pm
    • Reply Aria

      AHH I KNOW! Thank you so much, Olivia!

      December 2, 2019 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Averey

    EEP!!!! This was such an incredible post dear! I am so happy for you!
    You all make such a sweet couple! The pictures are precious!
    The Lord is such an amazing God to give us such wonderful people as future husbands/wives! What an amazing Gow we have!
    You have a wonderful blog, and this post was certainly a highlight!
    Loved it!

    December 2, 2019 at 1:35 pm
    • Reply Aria

      AHH THANK YOU, AVEREY! Yes indeed!

      December 2, 2019 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Liz - Home with the Hummingbirds

    AHHHH! Congrats Aria!!! That is such a sweet proposal and I can’t wait to hear more about this!!!

    December 2, 2019 at 1:45 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you so much, Liz!

      December 2, 2019 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Cailyn

    AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I have been waiting (so impatiently!!) for this post!! I NEEDED MORE PHOTOS. You two are so precious together, and I know God has a perfect plan for your future – together. I can’t wait to read more in future blog post, but for now –

    December 2, 2019 at 1:46 pm
    • Reply Aria

      AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Thank you so much, Cailyn! <3 <3

      December 2, 2019 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Hannah Foster

    This is so exciting! I love hearing peoples courtship and engagement stories, so I hope you will do that series you mentioned. :)
    Praying that God bless you and your fiancé as you move forward in your relationship! This is such a sweet season of life, so treasure every moment of your engagement time before marriage.

    December 2, 2019 at 1:47 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you so, so much Hannah! <3

      December 2, 2019 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Callie

    OH my GOODNESS ARIA this is such an awesome testimony to God’s awesome provision!!!! 😁😁 Who says you have to go to college etc etc etc to get your MRS Degree?!?
    Wow. I am Sooo WAY happy and excited for y’all!!!❤️💕🌸

    December 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Ahh, thank you Callie! haha I know! I’m so excited and happy too! <3

      December 2, 2019 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Maddison Merriman

    AHHH Aria, I’ve told you this personally already, but I am SO HAPPY for you. As an old soul, y’all’s relationship is one that just gives me ALL THE HAPPY FEELS. There is just something oh so sweet and special about two people finding each other in all the chaos of this world and falling crazy in love.<3 Especially when most young people are only concerned about fleeting passions and immature squabbles. Yay to you for breaking that mold! Best of luck in the planning!- I'd be happy to help in any way I can! :)

    December 2, 2019 at 2:18 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you so much, Maddi! I knoooooowww. It’s hard to be counter-cultural – but oh so amazing at the same time!

      December 2, 2019 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Tom Eldredge

    May your love only grow, and may you together be a channel of blessings from the LORD to others. Remember that true love grows as it meets new challenges in the LORD. May you be bright lights in a dark world. May your relationship bring much glory to our Heavenly Father, because He designed this wonderful relationship called marriage. Helen and I have been enjoying it for >48 years so far! I never cease to be amazed at God’s design…out of love, comes new life!

    December 2, 2019 at 2:20 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you so, so much! Your comment means so much to me and I am so thankful God used you and Mrs. Eldredge the way He did in bringing Andrew and myself together! All praise to Him!

      December 2, 2019 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Christina

    OH MY GOSH I’M GRINNING SO BIG RIGHT NOW. ahem. congratulations aria!!! I love how he used the book too. I can’t wait to read the rest of the blog post series 💕

    December 2, 2019 at 2:36 pm
    • Reply Aria

      AHHH GUESS WHAT ME TOO! Thank you so much, Christina!

      December 2, 2019 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Victoria Goodbrand

    AWWW CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I am SO happy for you ahhh! these photos are absolutely beautiful!

    December 2, 2019 at 3:09 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you so much, Victoria!

      December 2, 2019 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply Gaby

    Oh my goodnessss! I saw this on Goodreads and couldn’t believe my eyes. What a blessing! It was so sweet how he used that book. Praying for a Christ centered marriage and grace as y’all prepare to get married <3. Congratulations from the bottom of my heart.

    December 2, 2019 at 4:32 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Ahh, thank you Gaby! Thank you so much. I so appreciate it!

      December 2, 2019 at 6:48 pm
  • Reply Ariana

    WHAT? I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! And I love your shirt…and the book idea-he’s clever. I like it! That’s amazing!!

    December 2, 2019 at 5:04 pm
    • Reply Aria

      AHH, I KNOW! Thank you so, so much Ariana!

      December 2, 2019 at 6:49 pm
  • Reply Annie


    December 2, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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      December 2, 2019 at 6:50 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    AHHH MY GOODNESS!! this post literally made me so happy. once again, congratulations to you both. you look so happy and excited in this photoshoot – what a beautiful surprise you must have had! <3

    December 2, 2019 at 5:46 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank youuuu, Sarah! Yes, it was a wonderful surprise!

      December 2, 2019 at 6:50 pm
  • Reply Kendra

    Oh my goodness HOW EXCITING! I know I don’t comment on your blog often, but I’ve been following along and thoroughly enjoying your posts. This is DEFINITELY the most exciting so far! I am so happy for you two! What an adorable couple! If I were engaged I would be brimful of uncontrollable excitement, and I’m sure you must be absolutely thrilled! 😀

    December 2, 2019 at 6:35 pm
    • Reply Aria

      I know! Ahh, EEP! Thank you so much, Kendra! Haha yes, I’m very excited. 😀

      December 2, 2019 at 6:51 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    AHHHHH THIS IS SO EXCITING!! IT’S SO ADORABLE, especially hearing all the behind the scenes details. my favorite part is how Allison got involved XDD it sounds exactly like the best friend dynamics you read about in books where the bestie and the boyfriend/fiance collaborate to surprise the main character!! I know I said congrats like twice already BUT CONGRATS AGAIN and all the pictures are stunning!! so happy for you!!!!

    December 2, 2019 at 6:56 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you so much, Lisa! I KNOW IT IS SO EXCITING OH MY! Haha I know! It was so great, they know me so well! I love them so much. Thank you so much, dear!

      December 2, 2019 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Fleet

    I am sooo happy for you and Andrew!!!! This has been a work in progress for a while, and it has been exciting to see the entire courtship process. From way back when Andrew first called me to tell me that he was talking to a girl’s father, to hearing about starting courtship…. and then to planning for a proposal!!! It has been an amazing experience to watch both of you throughout the past year. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for you both!!!!

    December 2, 2019 at 7:15 pm
    • Reply Aria

      My goodness, Fleet, the exclamation marks! XD Ahh, I am sure it was exciting to watch all that! It was exciting enough on my side! Thank you so much for everything!

      December 2, 2019 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Sarah Schreckhise

    Congratulations Aria! So happy for you and Andrew! 😀 May God bless you greatly as you follow Him! I wish you the best! :) God bless. <3

    December 2, 2019 at 10:27 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you so, so much Sarah! <3

      December 3, 2019 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Kristen

    Awww! I loved reading this post so much!! I’m so excited and happy for you, girl, and can’t wait to see all the ways God uses the two of you together as a team to advance His kingdom!

    December 2, 2019 at 10:38 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you so much Kristen!

      December 3, 2019 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Rosalyn R.

    OH MY GOODNESS!! SO EXCITING!!! :) I’m SO excited for you!!! <3 I pray your wedding preparations are smoothly for next year!

    December 3, 2019 at 5:39 am
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you so much, Rosalyn!

      December 3, 2019 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Samantha Grady

    AHHHHH!!! How exciting this is! I’m right there with Fleet: seeing the entire progression and being a part of it has been an incredible privilege, and I’m SO excited to see what God has coming you guys’ way! It’s amazing to see how God brought the two of you together and I can’t wait to see the rest of the story pan out with, you know, the wedding and all 😛 Love you two!

    December 3, 2019 at 8:16 am
    • Reply Aria

      Ahhh, thank you so much, my dear! <3

      December 3, 2019 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Starling

    WOWOWOW congratulations ARIA!! 🌠 I’m so pleased for you and Andrew; you two look so happy together! I wish you both all the best in your future together as husband and wife :) I do have a question though and forgive me if this comes off wrongly, I’m just really curious. How old are you actually? Because you look rather young to me and I’m not sure if it’s just the culture differences or something but.. just asking hehe feel free to let me know if you’re not comfortable with answering this question hahaha.

    December 3, 2019 at 9:10 am
    • Reply Aria

      AHH THANK YOU, Starling! Hahaha good question! I just turned 18 a few months ago. God’s timing is perfect but it did take us all a bit by surprise!

      December 3, 2019 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Callie

    Oh, and quick Question: Where did your fiancé get his BA?? (I’m *trying* to blast through college and couldn’t help but be curious 😉❤️❤️❤️)

    December 3, 2019 at 3:50 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Andrew actually went to college at Bob Jones and although he was there a year early did not do an accelarated route. He’s 24 and graduated two years ago, so yeah, his college was pretty normal – he was there four years.

      December 3, 2019 at 6:02 pm
      • Reply Callie

        Oh wow how cool!! My best friend is actually going to Bob Jones right now and she loves it <3 That's awesome!

        December 3, 2019 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply natashaannh

    AWWW SO EXCITING!!! Congratulations!

    December 3, 2019 at 4:39 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank youuuuu!

      December 3, 2019 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Kiara

    I’m around the same age as you . I’ll be 18 soon. But all my friends are married and I want to get married too. I’m not jealous by the way.

    December 3, 2019 at 4:53 pm
    • Reply Aria

      I’m sure you feel left out Kiara! But God’s timing is perfect. I do understand how it feels to wait, though!

      December 3, 2019 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Kenechi Duatron

    Hello Aria! We’ve never met, but I’ve come here from Clara’s blog, and I’m so excited for you! Congratulations! 😀 <3

    December 3, 2019 at 7:39 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you so much, Kenechi! <3

      December 3, 2019 at 7:45 pm
  • Reply jo


    (even though it’s almost over BUT IT COUNTS)

    there are too many emotions to properly describe BUT I AM EXCITED FOR YOU 😀

    December 3, 2019 at 7:56 pm
    • Reply Aria

      HAHA I KNOW IT REALLY IS! I love that one. It so accurately describes Allison and me. XD
      Thank you SO MUCH JO! I know, same here. 😀

      December 3, 2019 at 8:00 pm
  • Reply Bronwyn

    May the Lord bless both of you!!!! I will be praying daily for both of you and both of your families too! :) How exciting for Allison to surprise you and come running out of the woods! :) Again, congratulations to both of you! :)

    December 3, 2019 at 8:15 pm
    • Reply Aria

      THANK YOU SO MUCH! Ahh, oh my goodness, that means so much, Bronwyn! Thank you so much!

      December 3, 2019 at 8:23 pm
  • Reply jul

    Aria! I am SO excited and happy for you!
    Not gonna lie … when I first saw this I was SHOCKED! I just didn’t see marriage on the radar for you for at least a couple of years!
    But now that I’ve thought about it, I realize how beautiful and right this is for you. When you’ve found the right person, and they have the same Heaven-oriented goals as you, why wait?? Young marriages are what the world needs – brave young people unafraid to make a lifelong commitment to each other and to Heaven!
    You must be over the moon Aria, you face says it all. You looked so gorgeous in the pictures and it makes me so happy to see you so happy <3
    I can't wait to see more pictures and read more about this beautiful new step in your life!
    Best wishes to you and Andrew <3 <3 <3
    power to the local dreamer ||-//

    December 4, 2019 at 12:49 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Jul! Thank you so much for your sweet comment!
      Well I’m glad SOMEONE was shocked! Not everyone seems to be, and I was kind of hoping to shock everyone. XD I totally get that!
      But oh my goodness, that was the sweetest! <3 I agree. I am very happy indeed! Thank you so much for your comment – again! It means so much. <3

      December 4, 2019 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Julia

    Aria, I am so shocked and so happy for you!!! And so excited to hear more 😀 I bet you didn’t know how many people REALLY read your blog until you put up a post like this and get 40+ comments (assuming half of the 80 are your responses ;D)
    This is SUCH an exciting post for all of us readers but I’m sure it’s infinitely more exciting for you! I’ll be praying for you and Andrew as y’all embark on your new journey together.
    And I love the burgundy/purple and blue of the “official” pictures 😀

    December 4, 2019 at 2:28 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Ahh, Julia, thank you! Hahaha I know, right? XD Thank you so much, my dear.

      December 4, 2019 at 7:04 pm
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    December 4, 2019 at 2:29 pm
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      December 4, 2019 at 7:04 pm
  • Reply Gracie

    Oh my worddd!! I was so os shocked when I saw your post on Ista! :) That is so precious!! CONGRATS!!! :) This post legit made me cry, so so sweet!! <3 I am so happy for you and cant wait to hear the rest of the story, as well as the future stories with you two!! :) <3

    December 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm
    • Reply Aria

      AHH! Thank you SO much, Gracie! <3

      December 5, 2019 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    I was not expecting this! OH MY! I was SO shocked! I still am – I had NO idea this was coming! A thousand congratulations, Aria! God’s timing is so perfect. You are 100% in my prayers. Blessings to you and Andrew. :)

    Just curious… Do you have any siblings? (If yes) Have any of them gotten married? (If no) What’s it like being the first one? Also, what’s it like being a wedding photographer that’s engaged to be married?

    December 6, 2019 at 4:39 pm
  • Reply Kiara

    I have 2 questions. One is what’s it like being engaged ? And did you find it hard for you to be patient till it was time for you to be engaged????

    December 6, 2019 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Anise K.

    Ohmygosh, Aria, I’m so happy for you! Congratulations on your engagement! May God bless you and your fiancée—I’m so glad He found you such a Godly, amazing man! <3

    And xD you don't even know me so this is kinda weird, but okayyyy.

    December 7, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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