Our Story: Treasure of Love

Chapter 7
Forever in Love

That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love. Colossians 2:2


Something was in the air. I just knew it. There was no way around it. All the pieces were falling into place. Here it was, 2:30 Monday afternoon (5:30 Daniel's time) and Daniel hadn't appeared online as usual! Sure, he'd told me he was going to be busy in the morning, but he'd never said all day. Then too, Dad was coming home from Spokane after spending an extra night there on his way home from Seattle. Mother was coming home early from work (something she rarely does) to fix a special pizza dinner to welcome him home. And to top it all off, she sent Elisabeth off to Grandma's house to peel garlic, leaving me home by myself right when it was time to fix lunch! But no, it was impossible. It just couldn't happen. Kristina, forget it. You're just being silly. Close your eyes and relax until Mother gets home. Everything is just fine. You're just reading into things a bit too much. I sighed and rolled over for the hundredth time while trying in vain to take a nap.

"Ding dong!" I sat straight up in bed. Who could be ringing the doorbell? Mother and Dad never do, Grandma is busy with Elisabeth at her house, the neighbors usually just open the door and holler. My heart pounded as I walked slowly towards the door, as if in a dream. Who could it be? What if it was Daniel? I reached the door, grasped the door knob, and stopped. Breathe deeply Kristina, I coached as each breath came in little gasps. Breathe. Slowly, I opened the door—and there was Daniel!


There Kristina stood in her favorite green dress, giggling and smiling like I've never seen her before. "I knew it was you!" she whispered, when she could finally speak again. "Come look!" Together we raced to the next room, where she'd been chatting earlier with one of her friends. The excited flow of words spilled off the screen: "there's no way Daniel could be flying...just...tell me I'm crazy!!!"

But, crazy or not, there I was. I found it almost as hard to believe myself! But it was real—and we both knew it.

Going quickly to the kitchen, we assembled the pizzas in record time, and were just sliding them into the oven when the others arrived. Somehow, actually doing something together was helping us to believe we weren't dreaming. As I set the table, I glanced over toward the stairway, where Kristina's, no, our Charlie plant flourished—its vines spilling far over the sides of the pot—each leaf a tiny heart.


Dad, Mother, and Elisabeth walked in the door, faces wreathed in smiles. "What a surprise you brought home!" I exclaimed, running into Dad's arms and giving Mother another hug. I was so happy, yet everything felt like a dream. It was hard to believe it was actually real! After all our talking and laughing, we finally sat down to eat. I'd been too excited to eat much breakfast, so it wasn't hard to eat now. All through the meal I kept looking over at Daniel, again and again, still trying to convince myself that he was really sitting there!

After the meal, I waited for what seemed like an eternity, while Daniel brought in his things and got settled. Finally he came upstairs and told me he was ready to take a walk. He wanted me to show him all my favorite places on our property. My heart did a little leap, as I was sure what he had in mind, but I tried to contain at least a little of my excitement as we stepped out the door. We walked to each place, starting at the furthest and ending at the closest. I had planned it that way on purpose, so the last one would be my very favorite spot.


Kristina may have tried to keep the excitement from showing on her face, but it was pretty apparent in her step. As we headed up the hill towards Kristina's old fort, each step came faster and faster, until she was half running up the hill, through the slush and snow. I could hardly keep up with her!


Finally we arrived at the fort, which my brother and I had built together when I was eleven years old. Up on a western slope, facing a beautiful view of the valley below, it was now directly in line with the setting sun. As a teenager, I had dreamed of someday sharing this view with the one with whom I would spend the rest of my life, and had always wished that he would propose there. As we sat down on the grass, I wondered if maybe that dream was becoming a reality.

"Kristina, I have a poem to share with you." Daniel's voice broke the busyness of my thoughts. His hands shook as he reached into his pocket and pulled out a small folded paper. "I have it memorized, but want to make sure I don't forget any lines."

As I listened with wonder, he shared the most meaningful poem he'd ever written, and the most beautiful poem I had ever heard! It told of the longing in his heart, his dream of working together in ministry, and how much I meant to him. Then, looking me straight in the eye, he quoted the last line of the poem: "Kristina, will you marry me?"

I was shocked—too surprised for words! Tears filled my eyes and I began to weep. Finally collecting my thoughts, I realized that Daniel was still waiting patiently for an answer! Then I remembered his poem. It was so beautiful, I couldn't just answer with a dry, boring, "Yes". How could I say something that might reflect even a little of the love and joy overflowing in my heart? As I looked out over the setting sun, the words came. I turned, and once again looking into Daniel's eyes, said slowly, "Yes, My Love, your words are true; I promise I will marry you."

We sat together for a few moments, letting the words sink in. Slowly, Daniel pulled from his pocket a beautiful silver and gold watch, with little golden hearts interlocked in the band. "I'm giving you a two-toned watch," he explained with a smile, "because the gold represents you, and the silver represents me." My smile spread from ear to ear as he carefully snapped the watch around my wrist.

"I have a little something for you, too." I said quietly, reaching into my pocket.


Now it was my turn to be surprised. With teary eyes she sang a beautiful song; one I'd never heard before—one she'd written just for me. Unbeknown to me, she had been preparing for this special day, and when I asked the question, she was ready. Tears filled my eyes as the words and music spoke to my heart. Together we watched as the last rays of the golden sun sank beneath the wooded hills.

We were engaged! We would be married soon! It seemed too good to be true. Yet I knew in that moment that it was true. Walking home together in the gathering twilight, it was as if the whole starry heavens reflected in our eyes. Bursting through the door, we found Kristina's parents sitting together on the sofa.


"We're engaged!" we almost shouted in unison. Smiling and laughing, we hugged Mother and Dad as we told them how everything had happened on our walk.


The next few days were like living in a dream. Calling our family and friends, we would put each one on speaker phone, announcing in unison: "We're engaged!" I'll never forget the look on everyone's face at prayer meeting, when Kristina introduced me as her fiance to her church family! We set our wedding date for March 8, 2009 and began to make plans for the wedding attendants. The week sped quickly by, and all too soon it was time for me to fly back home. But as we said goodbye, looking into each others eyes, the light and joy of true love was unmistakable—a love grounded in earnest dedication and deepest commitment. There was no more suspense, no more wondering, no more worry. We were engaged! We would be married in less than a year. Soon we would be together... forever!

But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13, RV

Daniel and Kristina

As we have pondered over all the ways that God has worked to bring us together, it is with awe and wonder that we recount them now to you. When we dedicated our lives to God's service, we never even imagined what He had in store for each of us. Now we have the joy of continuing in His work, not just as individuals, but as a team—a couple: "Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,"4 when we may see Him face to face.

The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad! Psalm 126:3


  1. E.G. White, The Adventist Home, page 71
  2. E.G. White, Messages to Young People, page 152
  3. E.G. White, Messages to Young People, page 447
  4. II Peter 3:12

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