Instead of just telling you about my love story with Dāv, I want to take you inside my journal and inside Dāv’s journal.
Over the past few years, the two of us have been recording our thoughts, hopes, prayers, and desires for life. We’ve poured out our heart’s to God and surrendered our desires to Him.
Little did either of us know that God was weaving our lives together.
He was drawing our hearts towards one another in the most unexpected way. This blog post is filled with the journal entries that Dāv and I read to each other, and to our friends, on Oct. 14th, 2018 (our wedding day). You can actually watch the wedding HERE!
I hope this peek inside our journals encourages you as strive to trust God with your own love story.
The first mention of Dāv in Bethy’s journal…
Bethy – March 3, 2016
On a totally random note, we’ve been spending a lot of time with David Beal. Being around him has just opened my eyes to how fun and joyful life can truly be. He is so sweet, funny, and just SO easy to be around. I don’t know if he would ever be an option, but something about him sparked an interest in me.
Bethy – March 9, 2016
I am so bad at reading people for myself, but I think I was feeling some vibes from Dav on the Dallas trip. IDK… Just the way he looks at me and smiles seems to be different. And one time I think he moved to stand by me… I kind of like him. But he probably views me as super old! I just pray for the Lord’s will for me and for him.
Bethy – March 10, 2016
Reasons why David Beal would never like me!
- I’m older
- I’m taller
- I’m too “strong”
- He’s not attracted
- I’m too old (yes I said that again)
- He likes my sister
- He doesn’t view me that way
- He just doesn’t
I don’t even know if I would ever be seriously interested or not. I just like being his friend… but maybe… I don’t know.
Bethy – March 20, 2016
I’m almost convinced DB does not like me and wouldn’t. I don’t know why I care about him! I feel so incredibly awkward about the situation and hope it all quickly passes over. I hate having to think about this! Why is this guy on my mind! I was so happy before. Lord please take away this desire and take it away quickly. I don’t want this unless it’s from You. I seriously haven’t had a crush on a guy for a very long time. Why do I feel like I can’t get rid of this one on Dav? Lord have mercy.
Silence about Dav in Bethy’s Journal until 2017.
The first mention of Bethy in Dāv’s journal…
Dāv – March 8, 2017
I observe that I have been becoming very attached to Bethany Baird. I care a lot what she thinks of me and have repeatedly gone out of my way to impress her in just about every way I know how. She is an inspiring person, but to be honest, I think I’m pretty much wrapped around her finger.
Dāv – April 8, 2017
I am observing my mind as I think about Bethy. I find within me this desire to define her, to figure her out. Would we be a good match?…
…I find this desire to sort of define both myself and her, what I value as well as what she values. Where I am going and where she is going. The challenge is that her spirit cannot be contained in a definition, and neither can mine …
…I do not believe that God views us in that way. He knows we’re growing. He has not limited to my understanding of the “way it seems today”. So it’s beginning to appear that I will not be writing the book “Bethy Defined” any time soon 😉 As far as “would we make a good match?“ I am certain I have no idea! Praise God! I surrender! God bless Bethy tonight!
Dāv – August 8, 2017
Planning to move forward with regard to Bethy. I am interested in pursuing the option of a relationship with her. Lord willing, I’ll talk to Mr. Baird about it in two days when we meet for mentorship…
…I have at once a sense of peace and excitement. I fully expect the very best Christ has for me. I’m trusting that, at any rate. I’m grateful for the rollercoaster. This action is at once insignificant, and life transformative. Whatever comes of it, I will never be the same!
Dāv – Oct 13, 2017
Today, Lord willing, I get to take Bethy to dinner! I am so excited! It so far feels unreal and at the same time, kinda normal. I am enjoying the process and am so grateful for the place to which God has brought me…
…This date tonight is all I have. It all may be over soon…I want to rest in the joy of these moments! Lord, I give you my joys, my expectations, my insecurities.
Bethy – October 14th, 2017
Well, it finally happened. Dav officially spoke up. He called dad this past Monday and asked if he could take me out. Thursday night Dav asked to Facetime me. He called and asked if I would go out with him. I was actually really nervous on the call with him, but of course, I said yes. We went to Bliss. We left our house around 6 and got back around 11. We were gone for over 5 hours but had a great time. We talked about everything. It was fun and strange all at the same time.
Dāv – Oct 14, 2017
Took Bethy to dinner last night. Wow, I can hardly imagine that any of this is real! I had such an awesome time with her, and she seemed to have a good time as well. Now it’s time to seek God’s wisdom on the next step. She’ll be talking to her parents and others! and I’ll be seeking God myself and council as well. I surrender my hopes and my desires. More than anything, I want God to be glorified and known more fully in each of us…
Dāv – November 4, 2017
On Sunday, October 22, 2017, Bethany and I officially entered an official relationship 🙂 …for the purpose of intentionally figuring out whether or not we should get married 🙂 Wow, I still can’t get over this! and How amazing, how wonderful, and how simply adorably delightful this girl it!
Bethy – November 9, 2017
Wow! Dav and I have officially been in a relationship since Sunday, October 22nd. Wow. 2 and ½ weeks as Dav’s girlfriend. I really do love it. He is surpassing all of my expectations. I need you though, Lord. I need wisdom I need discernment. Please help me to know what your will is. I pray that your will would be made known. Please guide us and lead us.
Dāv – December 9, 2017
Yesterday, Bethy and I went out for dinner and I told her that she is the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with. I told her “I want to marry you” It’s true! With my whole heart, I am going to marry Bethany Baird. I am fully confident that I am in a relationship with the woman I want and am going to marry. And now I have such an amazing joy knowing that my only priority is to love this woman with everything I have. And yes, we’re still figuring it out, but I know this is it. I just know.
Bethy – December 9, 2017
So yesterday Dav and I went on a date to Thai Dee. After that, we went to hotel Emma and just hung out for so long. Crazy. Dav told me that he is 100% done with his search and knows he wants to marry me. He literally said, “I want to marry you!” It was shocking and so sweet. I had no idea he was that far advanced in his thoughts. He is so sure though…. Honestly, I think he is the one too. I really like him.
Bethy – February 12, 2018
Well, I’m still 100% sure I want to marry Dav. He’s such a sweet man and I love him so much!
Bethy – May 24th, 2018
Oh. My Word. I think I’m getting engaged on Saturday. Dav wants me to wear a cute dress and he’s picking me up at 10:30 am. I am beyond thrilled and I will say yes for sure! There is no doubt in my mind that he is the one. I love this man with all of my heart. I can’t wait to be his wife. Bethany Beal. I’m so ready.
Dāv – May 25, 2018
I am absolutely FREAKING OUT!!! Tomorrow is the day I propose to Bethany Lynn Baird. I am so excited, I’m almost crying. She has grown to mean more to me than anyone ever has. She 100% has my heart forever. I will always love her. I’m just so grateful. Lord, why do I get to be with her!? She is beyond anything I ever will deserve.
Dāv – May 27, 2018
On May 26, 2018, at about 2:20 pm, I proposed to Bethany, and she said: “of course!” We are now an engaged couple! I could not be more thrilled and excited! God is so so wonderful to give me a relationship with such an amazing angel! I LOVE BETHANY SO SO MUCH!
Dāv – September 9, 2018
We are just over one month from being married! I’m just so amazed and grateful for this kind, beautiful, and completely lovely woman. I adore Bethy with all of me and it’s just so hard to believe I get to be the most special man ever and marry her! Wow! I do not and will never deserve her.
Bethy – October 11, 2018
I marry my best friend in 3 days. I can’t even believe this is happening. When did I become an engaged woman? How? It’s all so crazy. And more than my every dream. David Beal is more than I’ve prayed for. His heart is so kind. I love that he is my teammate, companion, and lover for life. I love him so much it hurts.
Dāv – October 14, 2018
Wow! Today is the day I am going to marry my sweet Bethany. My heart is so full of gratefulness for the wonderful gift that Bethany is. Looking back on this past year, I could not be more thrilled with our relationship. God has kept us in His will and we have enjoyed the ride. And now…HOW DO I GET TO MARRY THIS ANGEL!? Lord, thank you! She is far beyond anyone for which I could have hoped or imagined! Thank you for her heart. Thank you for creating her. I love her. Thank you for this special day 🙂
Bethy – October 14, 2018
Today is my wedding day! I am honestly overwhelmed with joy and shock that this day is here! How? How did I get here? I never imagined that this would really ever happen to me. But here it is. Thank you, baby, for choosing me, pursuing me, and asking me to be your wife. I am the most blessed woman on earth. I love you, David Beal. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you!!
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