S: Megan, my beloved bride.
FC: Megan, my beloved bride.
1: David Joel Lundin Megan Jo Anderson June 9th, 2012 My dear Megan, you are the love of my life. I am so excited to be your wedded husband and. I truly look forward to grow old with you. Let this book celebrate a little of the story that brought us to where we now are.
2: November 16,2007 12:05am | hey! Im swedish-- almost half and then some english, french canadian... the list goes on, so i wont bore you. :) ive never been to sweden but i would absolutely love to go. im writing to you because you seem down to earth... :D anyways, write me back! Thanks, Megan (sorry if what i said sounds weird, i dont really know what to say)
3: Megan, these were the first pictures I ever saw of you. Over 4000 miles away I just thought you were an attractive girl. Oh, I could never have guessed what was coming my way.
4: I was 16, you 15. I was on that site for school; you because your cousin told you so. Could either one of us have had any idea? You started talking to me. You wanted to be my friend. | I remember always thinking: she is really different! why does she care so much? How come she's so genuine? I think she's special. | I | I had a good childhood and had what I thought I needed, but yet I suffered much from depression and always felt like I had a big hole inside of me. I hadn't really had any good friends for years and I felt really alone. When you came into my life it was like a bomb that dropped down: here's a girl that cares, that puts up with me and is determined to make my life a little better. Little did I know then!
5: Winter came along and in December you asked me what I ate for Christmas. And one day you told me: "You're right. One day things will get better. I'm glad you're aware of that. :)" I don't think I had any idea. | But despite all of this I wasn't really getting better. In fact, I was heading the opposite direction. You wrote me the 30th of January, 2008 and said: hey again. I wanted you to know that I cried last night until there were no more tears left. I wanted you to know why I talk to you. I talk to you because I see something in you. I talk to you because you're not like anybody I've ever met. You're unique and I see so much potential in you. Don't throw it away. I believe that you will be someone great someday if you just push through. I love you. Please remember that. Please. Take care. Much love, Megan I wasn't doing good and you were hurting for me. I didn't even want to live my life anymore. You knew that you had to do something drastic.
6: You invited me to come to Ludington in June and visit. I had never been outside Sweden, and though there were so many obstacles it happened. It was a dramatic month but you and your family didn't give up on me. In late fall, you were in Sweden. At Christmas, well, I was there celebrating it with you. In one year we met three times. I think it was inevitable for us to develop feelings for each other. We were good friends. But I was still me and I had not accepted Christ. | As I look back at the year of 2008 I realize that it was a miracle in itself. It wasn't perhaps perfect or best in any way; but I had gotten to meet you. I was very confused at this time. I liked you but you were so different. I desperately wanted life like you had it, but couldn't believe it was for me. But no matter what, the year was a tremendous blessing to me. Had it not been for you or even that I had gotten to meet you in person - I honestly don't think that I would be alive today. You gave me hope, you gave me a friend and you loved me. That alone meant very much to me.
7: The year of 2008
8: I really started to like you by this point. You were so different. So special. So beautiful. But I was so broken and everything fell apart when I went back home. I thought I had messed everything up, lost everything that I had gained in the last year. But in one of the most loving acts I have ever received you forgave me and asked if I wanted to come and spend my whole summer with you. I could honestly not believe it. But I knew that it was my only chance. I had to get back to Ludington My life was falling apart more than ever.
9: But in all honesty, it wasn't the fact that I was given the blessing of another summer with you that was special. I broke down, realized my sin and how real God was. I accepted Christ. | Everything kind of changed after that summer. I haven't yet been without sin, but something surely did change. I received true life - and again, little did I know!
10: I went home and finished up my senior year in high school. I now had real joy in life. You came with your father and relatives and visited me in Sweden the second time, me and my mom came for Christmas again. As I was wondering what to do with my life I decided to try and go to college in America. I graduated from high school, and you were there for a week! and since I had gotten admitted to Muskegon Community College I started studying there after spending the summer with you and your family. Oh, and do you remember? I finally asked if you wanted to be in a relationship with me. It was kind of lame but the stars were our witnesses. June 25th or something like that.
12: I had received Christ as my Savior and I was dating a beautiful young lady. I was even studying at a college in the United States. What else could be in store for me? Well, I began to realize that I wanted to go into ministry. I got admitted to Moody Bible Institute and began studying there in August of 2011. But as if that wasn't enough I went home over Labor Day weekend and I proposed to you on the 3rd of September. I had arranged a little scavenger hunt of letters and they led you to a picnic below two apple trees. You said yes when I asked if you wanted to marry me and be my wife. Oh the joy in my heart!
13: Unbelievable, huh? I, David Joel Lundin, get the privilege and honor to marry such a fine young lady? It's true. Megan: there is nothing I could ever say that would would be able to express not only what I feel for you but also what you mean to me. I am the happiest and the luckiest young man on earth. God blessed me tremendously when He put you in my life. May we always have each other for as long as we live. Thank you for all that you have been, all that you are, who you're going to be and for loving me so dearly as you have. Yes, you are the love of my life.
14: My darling one you are the height of beauty I am compelled by your warm heart and the loving spirit within you Oh, out of the billions of men I am the luckiest, Will you marry me? You said yes. You are the most wonderful woman, my darling one. In you what could a man ever lack? How is it that I, mere me, bear the blessing of your love? The union of us two? Oh for you stand out like the wild flower in the bed of grass, my darling one, God knows me well for He gave me you. For life it is now us Oh, my joy reaches the peaks of mountains. How is it that the Lord has been so gracious? Megan, oh my darling, you bless me well, No man is like me because of you. May I always be yours and I always yours, Oh, my love is an endless river. You are my sweet sea. Always marry me, Your husband.
15: And you are like a flower blooming in the spring And you are like the colors of an autumn leaf And you are like the sea in all its majesty And that is why I love to be with you | If love is an ocean wide We'll swim in the tears we cry They'll see us through to the other side We're gonna make it When love is a raging sea You can hold on to me We'll find a way tonight Love is an ocean wide
16: Our story moves on. Due to an unfathomable string of events you and I know each other. The American girl and the Swedish boy met and became friends. God changed their lives and they fell in love. But the best is yet to come - our union in marriage for the rest of our lives.
17: I had all but given up on finding The one that I could fall into On the day before you I was ready to settle for Less than love and not much more There was no such thing as a dream come true Oh, but that was all the day before you Now you're here and everything's changing Suddenly life means so much I can't wait to wake up tomorrow And find out this promise is true I will never have to go back to The day before you
19: A good wife is heaven's last, best gift to man, - his gem of many virtues, his casket of jewels; her voice is sweet music, her smiles his brightest day, her kiss the guardian of his innocence, her arms the pale of his safety, her industry his surest wealth, her economy his safest steward, her lips his faithful counselors, her bosom the softest pillow of his cares.
26: We're pilgrims on the journey Of the narrow road And those who've gone before us line the way Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary Their lives a stirring testament to God's sustaining grace Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses Let us run the race not only for the prize But as those who've gone before us Let us leave to those behind us The heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives
27: Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful May the fire of our devotion light their way May the footprints that we leave Lead them to believe And the lives we live inspire them to obey Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone And our children sift through all we've left behind May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find
29: I found the one whom my soul loves. Song of Solomon 3:4 | This is my beloved and this is my friend. Song of Solomon 5:16 | Place me like a seal over your heart., like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. Song of Solomon 8:6-7
30: I promise to always hold you when you need me to. I promise to always keep you close to my heart. I pledge to lead you, protect you, take care of you and serve you. I will always love you.
31: Let the wife make the husband glad to come home. Let the husband make the wife sorry to see him leave. | When I have learned to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. C.S. Lewis
32: There are three things that amaze me— no, four things that I don't understand: how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman. Proverbs 30:18-19
34: Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. Corinthians 13:7-8
36: The most wonderful of all things in life, I believe, is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a glowing depth, beauty, and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing, it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of Divine accident.. | Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 1 Corinthians 13:4-6
39: My Dearest, Our story has taken us far. God has done incredible and unfathomable things for us in the past few years. As I look back at my life I cannot comprehend how I managed to arrive where I am today. The fingerprints of God are evident and He has bonded us together strongly. We have been through a lot; things have not always been perfect. But the journey that began in November of 2007 has now taken us to a marriage union. I knew long before I proposed to you that I wanted to marry you, I had seen enough of life to realize that you were special. Something else. I just had to have you. When you have this in your hand I will be your husband. For the rest of our lives we shall be united together in the closest possible way two human beings can be. God brought us here and I believe we can rest assured that He will carry us furthermore on in life as well. I want to thank you for all that you have been to me. You quickly became the best friend that I had ever had. You loved me so unselfishly and helped me find my way to my Lord Jesus Christ. You have never left my side, never betrayed me and never given up on me. And then you agreed to be with me for the rest of my life as my dear wife. Megan, I love you. I am so thankful for you and feel so blessed that I am now your man. God has been very good to me. Please, never cease to be you. Allow me to tell you that you are amazing. I look forward to being your husband and I look forward to you being the mother of my children. There certainly is no one like you. Now just be my wife. I love you so dearly. Your beloved husband, David Joel Lundin