Friday, November 6, 2009

Over And Over















This afternoon I was listening to a song that I have heard umpteen hundred times! I actually love this song but today it hit me hard. "Over and over again and again God is faithful." As the chorus played I thought of my sister. Oh. boy my baby sister watch it you may just get splashed with my tears if you read on. ;)



"Over and over again and again through it all He made me able!" As I sat and listened to the words flow through the speaker I thought how faithful God is and how faithful He is to my own family. And how faithful He was when he put the perfect man in Carole's life.



Carole smiles in a different way these days her eyes light up in a way I can't describe. It has been so fun to watch my sister get to know a special someone this way. No, I am not going to say they are engaged or the wedding is next week. But, I promised you a post about Carole and Mark and I decided today I am going to write it....



And the story begins........






Are you ready????



The story of Carole and Mark



Carole first met Mark at a Christmas program at our church when she was turning seventeen the next week. Mark has told us since that he was tired that day and didn't really feel like going. However his mother told him you may just meet someone new tonight. He highly doubted but came anyways.



We had been attending the church Mark was visiting with his church for about five years. And he probably had seen Carole on a number of occasions but he said when he went into our small church and saw Carole in her blue velvet dress he just stopped and stared. He was determine to "meet" her after the concert.



And sure enough he did when we were all down stairs in the fellowship hall Mark made his way to Carole and started a conversation. Mid conversation though he realized she was still in school and not the same age as himself (21) like he had first thought. So that was a surprise. They said there goodbyes and didn't talk again until the following year...




Christmas time...




Carole was wearing a dark blue top and black skirt and after the Christmas concert she was nominated as "Punch girl" and she stood by the big crystal bowl of punch and poured the drink into people's cups. Mark had his eye on her all night but every time he looked she was talking to someone else. But when he told his mom he was ready to go she suggested he had some punch. Normally he hated punch and at first was very much confused by his mothers comment until he realized Carole was finally alone.







Of course she is not wearing a blue top in this photo that is because it was a different day however this was taken about the same time.:)


So he slowly made his way to her and casually said hi. Carole politely said hi back but her demeanor was different from the year before. She seemed almost annoyed at his presence. He must of thought she must of been told she had to stand by the punch bowl or she stubbed her toe coming into to church or she only had one hour of sleep the night before or she was told before she went that night that Santa was not real! Or something. Because this girl was not very out going that night. He tried to pull her out of her quiet mood but he realized it was loss when she politely finished her sentence and walked a way!





Mark thought that was the end and told his mom he was ready to leave little did he know Carole agonized over the way she treated him the whole ride home. And casually mentioned the incident to her sister (that would me) or her mom for months!


Well, the following summer her sister (me again) decided to get a Facebook and since Mark and I knew each other from school and church he asked me to be his friend. I remember nowthinking back he would always mention Carole getting a Facebook at the time I would say she really doesn't care about that which she would always say to me. But one day Carole was enjoying being on my page so much she asked me to help her start an account and who was one of the first people to ask to be her friend you may ask? Yup...Mark!




April 2009....


By spring time I knew something was up and one night at my grandmothers house Carole spilled her heart to me and I said. "He likes you!" Well, I was right by the summer time he wanted to take her bowling so myself and his sister (one of my best friends) tagged along with Carole and Mark and we went bowling.

That point on is just a blur the phone started ringing often and it was always for Carole. We started getting a particular guest often at our house. Carole's phone is always buzzing from a new text from Mark and like I said before that smile is incredible! My baby sister is all grown up!


I think this is such a neat story. Because like what I said at the begining of this post. God is faithful to His children. Carole was not looking for anyone she was very content being single. But God knows best and He put Carole and Mark together at the perfect time.


I want to give a shout to my single bloggy friends some of you may be like me and wonder when is my prince going to show up at my church's Christmas program? When am I going to have my turn?


You know in my single state I have learned a lot. And one of the things I have learned is patience. God knows where you are right now and He knows if there is a prince out there for you, and if there is He will show you in His time!

Trust Him,

7 comments:

Jodi said...

Awww... so sweet!! Congrats to Carole and Mark ... God is faithful!!!!

Katie said...

Oh, I just love reading stories like that!! God is so good to His children!

Tiffany said...

That was the sweetest thing ever! I so enjoyed reading that. Congrats to your sister!

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love it Ginger!! :) Both reading it and the pictures! Sooo cute!

Just a word of advice--enjoy every minute. She may not be getting married next week but it'll probably sneak up on you sometime and when it does you won't believe how much you miss her. :)

I'm so glad you FINALLY posted this!! ;) (LOL)

Morgan

Mrs. H said...

sniff...sniff...sob...sniff...sob...

How can this be? She's only 5!!

Courtney, Jer.33:3 said...

Sweet story! :) Don't worry......God has something special for you too! :)

Megan said...

Congratulations! To your sister and whole family!! (sorry its been forever since I last commented, dang school) Such a wonderful story, always such fun to read "the story" :-) And yes, definitely tteasure each moment!!