I have mentioned that we are in the middle of planning Brooke's wedding to Adam Terpstra. It looks like THE day will be August 4, 2012, and while it seems light years away right now, I know time will go very quickly.
Brooke and Adam's love story is part magic, part unbelievable, and mostly God! I wanted to be sure to tell it on the blog for three reasons. One, so that it is saved for "future generations" and maybe someday, my great grandchildren will enjoy the story of how their grandparents found one another and fell in love. Two, as a testimony that God works in amazing ways, despite our human foibles and incredulity. Finally, it is truly a fairy tale or, at the very least, one of the coolest love stories I've ever heard, and I hope you'll enjoy reading about it as much as I will enjoy telling it.
Once upon a time, in a state not-so-very far away called Ohio, four young and impressionable college students landed on the campus of Cedarville College, ready and eager to earn their diplomas and make their ways in the "world". Steve, a tall basketball player from Iowa, was studying accounting. Jeff, a handsome, quiet guy from western New York tried out several study tracks before landing on Psychology/Sociology. Amy, a sweet and studious blonde, came from Wisconsin planning to be an elementary school teacher. Jen, a tall, homesick overachiever, felt very far away from her home in eastern Pennsylvania as she studied Professional Writing.
Back then, Cedarville was a small school of just 1,900 students so Steve and Jeff and Amy and Jen all "knew" each other, although for the first few years, their paths never really crossed. Then, during Amy's junior year and Jen's sophomore year, divine providence placed Amy as the Resident Assistant (RA) for Jen's unit and co-unit in Printy dorm. And also that year by divine providence, although she questioned it regularly, Jen was assigned the roommate from hell. Said evil roommate meant that Jen and Amy spent quite a bit of time together getting to know one another as they dealt with various issues and infractions involving the evil roommate. It was a rough year for Jen; it was an even rougher year for Amy.
By this time, Amy and Steve had met and, after a summer of written correspondence and getting to know one another, were definitely an established "couple". (You see, in those days, the written word was frequently used to express one's feelings of love and affection since computers lived only in computer labs and telephones were still attached to walls.) Earlier that school year, Jen began dating a basketball player who was a friend of Steve's. The four students became friends and even went out on a double date that winter. By divine providence, for which Jen is eternally grateful, her relationship with the basketball player ended at just the perfect time.
Just a year later, Steve had graduated from Cedarville, gotten a job in Indianapolis, and bought a diamond ring. While Amy was busy finishing up her student teaching and planning a wedding, Jeff and Jen were touring Australia on a musical missions team. Once again, divine providence stepped in and made Jeff and Jen microphone partners and, by the end of their six-week trip, Jeff was planning to buy a diamond ring himself.
The following summer, on June 25 and July 23 respectively, Amy and Steve were married in Wisconsin, and Jen and Jeff were married in Pennsylvania. Steve and Amy settled into their apartment in Indianapolis, and Jeff and Jen lived in Cedarville while Jen finished up her final year of college. College had been a success, and the couples went their separate ways. Twenty-two years would pass before their paths would cross again.
To be continued..........