Thursday, December 22, 2005

We're ENGAGED!! The story...

Jason arrived to Brisbane on Friday, December 16th. From the airport we went directly to Hervey Bay where we took a ferry to the oh-so-beautiful Fraser Island. We stayed at Kingfisher Bay Resort which was absolutely wonderful in itself. You really appreciate air conditioning and clean bathrooms after you haven’t had them for three months! Saturday morning, Jason and I had a delicious breakfast, complete with pancakes, maple syrup and scrambled eggs (another delicacy that I had not had the pleasure of enjoying for three months). He said he had a surprise for me and we didn’t have time to do anything else so we laid out by the beautiful marsh for a little while. At 11:15, a van picked us up in front of the hotel and took us to a helicopter pad!!
The “heli” took us for an aerial tour of the island. It was a lovely day and the water was so clear that you could see all kinds of fish from the sky. Because it was a little windy, the pilot didn’t take us to the planned destination (a sandbar in the middle of the bay), but instead to a delightful private island. We had it all to ourselves for four hours. Jason and I were dropped off with a picnic lunch, blanket and a tent for shade. We decided to explore “our” island and walked to a point where there was a 100 yard long sandbar, just a short wade away over crystal clear water and smooth multi-colored stones. At the tip of the sandbar, with an audience of several exotic pelicans and some sting rays, Jason got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! After I said that there was nothing that I would rather do and jumped up and down a few (okay, maybe more than a few) times, we sat on the shore and talked about the buying of the ring and him asking my dad’s permission (that’s a funny story in itself!). Then we walked back to the tent to celebrate over our first meal together as an engaged couple! And what a meal to celebrate with – cheese, olives, veggies, fruit, several dips, Caesar salad, oysters, prawns, crab, cheesecake – YUM! After the heli picked us back up and dropped us off, we went out 4-wheel driving (you have to drive a 4-wheel drive on Fraser Island because there are no roads). It was a little scary at first, but ended up being a blast. We didn’t have much time so we went to Lake Mckenzie and swam in the refreshing, bacteria free, crystal clear water. We finished off the day with a wonderful dinner at the resort and a couple of joyous phone calls to the pleased parents. And as if he hadn’t already done enough, Jason gave me a wedding planning guide (I am sure that we are going to look back and laugh at the thought of me planning our wedding while on outreach in India)! Talk about a fantasy of a day! It is still hard to believe that it really happened.


Jason and I are so blessed to have one another and are delighted to announce our engagement. We will be married in May or June of next year.


We are writing this post from Sydney, Australia, wishing you a very Happy Christmas!


49 Comments:

At 11:59 PM, Blogger Ashley Fazal said...

I'm SOOOO happy for you both! What special people you are and what an amazing couple for Christ you will make!

 
At 2:59 AM, Anonymous Mom and Dad said...

Debbie and I are reading this through sweaty eyes...how awesome!
We look forward to the busy year ahead. Congratulations!

 
At 3:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congradulation, I'm excited for both of you.
Love
Aunt DeMarva

 
At 3:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

congratulations jason and jenna....well done we are very excited for you both, what a great day:)martin sarah rory jakob and iona

 
At 3:56 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

Congratulations!!! A cuter couple would be hard to find. :)

 
At 4:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! You don't know me... I'm with Seacoast in West Ashley and I think the entire staff got this link. Jason is the coolest - what a memorable proposal! I was excited to see you are with YWAM in Australia. My sister (Krystal Halvorson) is there right now in Art Discipleship Training School and is leaving for Egypt soon. That would be crazy if y'all are in the same place! Congratulations again. Y'all are a super cute couple. :)
-Pricilla Svendsen

 
At 4:12 AM, Anonymous Geoff Surratt said...

Awesome! Congratulations, you guys will be an awesome team.

 
At 4:19 AM, Blogger Rick said...

so is everyone flying there for the wedding, too?!?!

:) congratulations!

 
At 4:30 AM, Blogger Chris Surratt said...

Way to go guys! That is very, very cool.

Chris

 
At 4:49 AM, Anonymous Frank & Michelle Ortiz said...

Congrats Jason & Jenna!
You are both blessed to have
each other! Cherish this time
as an engaged couple!

 
At 4:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We love you guys, and are soooo excited!! We'd love to help in any way we can. Nate, Carrie, Nathaniel, and baby davis

 
At 4:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats guys! I love you both and can't wait to help with the wedding plans! Jenna, I'm so glad you are going to be my new sister in law!!

 
At 4:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that was from Jessica, sorry

 
At 5:52 AM, Blogger Amy G-side said...

Naeem told me the news yesterday. Dang, I would have just been blown away with the day y'all spent. Adding in a proposal just put it over the top! Can't wait to hear about your plans!

We all miss you..can't wait for you to come and visit us in Charlotte!

 
At 6:09 AM, Blogger Josh Surratt said...

All I'm saying is I am glad that I've already popped the question and gotten married. Jason, you are going to have a lot of single men that are very upset with the standard you've set.

Congrats Jason and Jenna!!

Josh

 
At 6:23 AM, Blogger Chris Russo said...

I'm one of those single guys that Josh talked about......thanks for setting the standard brother.....I'm not bitter though....nah, that's awesome homie...congrats...

-Chris Russo

 
At 6:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason,
Congrats to both of you! When is your book coming out---"Jason's Guide to Romantic Moments"? :)
Ross in G'ville

 
At 6:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason & Jenna, Lolie and I sent our congradulations. I remember that night on the Folly pier while we were shagging. We both thought maybe God was putting yall together. Awesome couple! Jack

 
At 7:07 AM, Anonymous kendal buckendahl said...

You "Go" boy. And you "Go" too girlfriend. I'm so excited for you both. Can't wait to hear all about it. JASON - I had a feeling you had something special in the works when we were talking about Frasier Island. What a Great Place for a Great Memorie.
Love ya both - Kendal & Meredith

 
At 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

jenna,
yippee! so... did he tell you how much fun I've had teasing him for the last month. how wonderful. we are so excited for y'all.
jessica and travis

 
At 11:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason and Jenna
Congratulations! We were so so excited to hear the news! We look forward to see what The Lord is going to do through you guys!
Andrew,Lindsay and Roman Page

 
At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys... Congrats once again!!! I can't tell you how honored and excited I am to have Jenna as a new sister in law and the memories we have to look foward to!! We hope you are having a wonderful, quite memorable Christmas!! This may be one of the few we spend apart! Miss you! Lots of love... Lisa

 
At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Jenny Surratt said...

Hey guys,
Yeah!!!!! I am so excited for you two. You guys will make Brianna's day when I tell her there will be another wedding to go to!

 
At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You two are a PERFECT match! We are so excited for you both!!
Matt, Callie, & Daniel

 
At 1:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason & Jenna,

How disgusting you are, Jason! I can't believe you didn't want to go to Mississippi with us instead! Oh well... CONGRATULATIONS to both of you. What an awesome story. Jenna, it's your job to insist that he continue to be this romantic for the next 100 years or so. Haha... that'll fix you, Jason! I can't wait to see you guys again. Have fun....
Love,
"Uncle" (haha) Doug

 
At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awsome! I have always wanted a little brother, and I can not think of someone better to fill that roll. You two will be very happy together.
Love Your Brother,
Brandon

 
At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

jason and jenna I just wanted to say congrats I cannot even begin to tell you jenna how honored I feel to have you as an addition to our family I love you both love jenny mayer

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger Marti said...

Wooooooopeeeeeee!!!!!I told Todd I had a feeling you guys would get engaged. God is so wonderful and we are so happy for you both. I know you guys will be blessed with a wonderful marriage. We will be praying for your safe travel home. God Bless! Marti and Todd Bozarth

 
At 2:56 PM, Blogger The Berry Bunch said...

Yeah! We are sooooo excited for y'all! what an awesome story. I know God has great and mighty things in store for y'all. Jason, good stuff on the planning! Wow! We are impressed! We love y'all and are praying for y'all during the engagement.

 
At 1:38 AM, Anonymous The Schuermann's said...

congratulations, we are so happy for the both of you. when you write "Jason's Guide to Romantic Moments," maybe you could include a chapter called "How You Old Folks Can Get It Right." we love you both and are looking forward to the big day.

 
At 12:48 PM, Anonymous lori said...

Once again, I am so happy for y'all and there is not a better way I can think of for Jenna to get engaged! (mad props, Jason). I am glad to see the pictures after hearing the story!! As awesome as I'd imagined.... Tons of Love and Congratulations!
~lori

 
At 3:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to the family, Jenna. I can't tell anyone, but Jason's always been one of my favorites. You two will make an awesome team!
Love, Aunt Sherry

 
At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found out and am soo excited. Jason, I didn't know I was onto something when I was teasing you about popping the question months ago. So happy for you two and not the least bit surprised: God's favor is upon you both!
Love, Heather & Ray

 
At 11:12 PM, Blogger April said...

Congrats to you both!! Jenna, I just saw Naeem, Ashley, and Amy right after Christmas and heard the amazing news! Isn't it awesome to see how God works. I'm just thinking back to Sri Lanka and some of the talks we had. God is so good! You two look fabulous together!!
Jason, you're the man! What a proposal?! :) I haven't had the honor of getting to know you that well, but I am very happy for you and Jenna!
Can't wait to hear about the wedding planning...this should definetly make for some interesting blogs. :)
Love you, Jenna!!

 
At 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH!!!
Howell and I both had tears in our eyes as your Dad told us the beautiful story of your engagement.
We wish you great love, joy, peace and success.
Keep safe,
Leila, Howell, and Bentley too!

 
At 6:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yipppeeee!!! Wow, what a story! Jenna, thank you so much for your phone call....i'm sorry i missed you!! I would have LOVED to talk. We all miss you a ton back here! EJ said you're in India now...wow time goes by so fast. It's amazing to see how much God is doing in your life, and you still have your outreach ahead of you! Wow again! I can't wait to read about your time in India...my prayers are with you and CONGRATULATIONS to you and Jason.
Love, Rhea

 
At 2:13 AM, Anonymous Brett McBride said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to meet you. That man of God shouldn't have been on the "market" for so long. But wait. The Lord was saving both of you for each other. Excellent.
Excited for you.

 
At 6:55 AM, Blogger Michael O said...

YOU GUYS ROCK! look out world, you two will be stronger united...
we have a spot for you in our couples' small group :)
Michael Overcash

 
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Congratulation Family
I wish you guys the best!

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