a life-changing question: will you marry me?

On Friday I became engaged to Scott Bentley. Woo hoo! It’s 3 days later and I still feel like I’m on cloud 9.

My friend Kourtney called and left a message that the word on the street is that “Angie Bring got some bling.” I laughed out loud.

THE STORY

Scott found a great deal on a ticket and flew me up to Kansas City for a 3-day weekend to visit. I arrived Friday morning and then we drove to Crown Center for lunch, followed by a drive down to the Plaza south of downtown.

It was overcast and cold, but this Orlando woman was just so thankful to see fall.

I spotted 4 gorgeous, just-turned-orange trees next to a creek running next to the Plaza — I asked Scott if we could park and walk down there.

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Scott took his phone out and turned it off. (Hmmmm. I missed that detail at the time.)

We took a picture in front of the trees and then crossed over to the other side, where there were benches to sit.

Then, Scott reached into his jacket. I thought he was going for his cell phone.

He pulled out a ring, looked at me with those incredible green eyes, got on his knee in front of me on the pavement and said, “I love you. Will you marry me?”

I was stunned. I grinned and said a glowing, “YES!”

My mind was whirling and I thought, “Oh my gosh! This is really happening!! THIS is what this feels like!”

After giving him the answer, I was like a broken record because I kept saying, “Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!”

Three women and a girl walked by and before I knew what I was doing I burst out, “I just got engaged!”

The women swarmed around and congratulated us, looking at my ring. I asked them if they’d take some pictures. (I’d just taken my camera out of my suitcase an hour before. Look how that worked out!)

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After the women left, we talked more and I was a CNN reporter, asking for all the details…making him start at the very beginning.

He’s amazing. He drove to visit Mom and Dad in Lincoln to ask for their blessing in person — right after he got off work in Omaha Thursday night. How cool is that?

Another fun part of the story: he’d picked up the ring Thursday morning (the day before I flew in) and his plan was to propose Friday or Saturday. He’d thought he’d probably propose on Saturday morning at the little church where his parents married — but he said he couldn’t wait — and so when we walked down to the Creek he realized it would be the perfect time.

It was perfect, indeed, because I LOVE the outdoors, especially when it involves being in a beautiful setting. And fall is my favorite season. That’s what we got! I love how God orchestrated that.

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We looked at rings at Borsheim’s last month and this beveled band was one I immediately fell in love with but didn’t know it’d be the one he’d give me!

I’m a blessed woman, indeed, and the ring is only a small part. 🙂

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We walked around the Plaza for a bit and enjoyed holding hands with the new feel of an engagement ring involved. 🙂 Then, we jumped in the car and started driving to his uncle’s farm in northwest Missouri. On the way, we spotted this gas station. Love’s gas station. I think their motto should be, “Fuel your love.”

I mean, how can you NOT stop and take a picture?!

As I was in the restroom, Scott spotted a postcard of Brush Creek that was almost perfect to show where we got engaged. What a fun provision from God.

We bought 10. LOL. Thanks, mystery photographer who will never know what fans we are of you!

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After I landed in Orlando, dear friends Virginia and Jennifer met me at 7-11 for a quick hug and we-want-to-check-out-your-ring visit. They told me to get in the back of their car (reminiscent of my senior year when I got kidnapped after making varsity tennis) and proceeded to lavish me with fun gifts.

Yay for gifts! Thus the face. (I was commanded to display the ring, too.)

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Thanks, girls! You made my Sunday evening…make that 1 a.m. on Monday!

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So…what next?

Scott asked what I’d think about not jumping right into planning the wedding. I was relieved to hear that because I have a feeling that when we start the planning “train” it will go full-speed ahead. And I don’t want to rush this.

We’re going to enjoy this season for a bit, relishing God’s incredible gift in bringing Lord Bentley and I together.

More details to come!

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59 Responses to a life-changing question: will you marry me?

  1. jennifer says:

    Yippee! I love how God wrote your love story…and continues to write it.

  2. Wayne & Nita Martindale says:

    Dear Angie & Scott,

    What a wonderful story and wonderful news! Thanks so much for sharing it. We look forward to the time when we can see you both together. You are welcome to visit us in China before July 2008! Rich blessings,

    Wayne & Nita

  3. Tracy Moffet says:

    AAAAGGGGHHHH! WHAT INCREDIBLE NEWS!!!! You’re the prize, Ang and you can tell Scott that he is the WINNER! I’m so glad that the Lord blessed you with your “turn”. I only wish I could be there to ask all the same wonderful questions tha t you pegged at me when we got engaged.

    Now that you’re engaged you are going to start getting various kinds of free (unsolicited) advice. Let me be one of the first:
    1) Stay CALM and enjoy this time of engagement! Don’t let others stress you out.
    2) It’s your and Scott’s day – don’t let others tell you what you can or cannot do!
    3) Have a group of friends praying for the “intimate” requests as you prepare for marriage! I would love to be one of them! 😉
    4) check out Theknot.com

    I can’t wait to see what God will do. We love you and look forward to meeting your Scott.

    Tracy

  4. Liz Folland says:

    Angie!

    We are so excited for you and Scott is one blessed guy! Enjoy this special time and thanks for sharing your story with us.

  5. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! We are so thrilled for you…sad to possibly lose you as a neighbor though. Boo Hoo! But, just know we share your joy and just rejoice in the Lord’s provision and plan for your life. Hallelujiah!

  6. GiGi says:

    This is the “Love Story” God created and it’s so sweet! I’m so happy for you both. Thank you for sharing your story and life with me from when you first met Scott ,until now. You both are making incredible memories and I’m so glad to follow them and witness God’s amazing grace! Congratulations to you!!!!!!! Tina Goerges

  7. rob says:

    I am so very happy for you two! Congrats! And a great story to go with it too.

  8. Phyllis says:

    Sweet Angie! I’m so excited for you that you now have your Scott, too.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

    May God richly bless you in this new chapter of your life and may He fill you with wisdom when you start in the planning of your life together.

  9. Chad says:

    Just so Scott knows, even though he didn’t stop by my house – he would have still had my “big bro” blessing!

    “He drove to visit Mom and Dad in Lincoln to ask for their blessing in person.”

  10. Congratulations to you both says:

    Congratulations and God’s Blessings to you both… We can only imagine the joy God has given to you both. ( But we can see a lot of joy, love and happiness in your faces!!!! We loved the email and the story and the pictures… Jim and Sheri

  11. Sarah says:

    Congrats! What a beautiful story. Blessings to you both!!

  12. Jessica says:

    Angie!!! This is WONDERFUL news!!!! I am so, so happy for you! Just to think that we were sitting at Lucielle’s this summer talking about how God brought him into your life… I love it. So amazing. Congratulations, friend!

  13. Becky says:

    Oh my gosh Angie!!!!!! Congratulations to you both!! I’m sharing this wonderful story with my office neighbor across the way. We both are almost in tears! Truly inspirational and a great example of how God’s plan is perfect. love you!

  14. Cristi Hergenrader says:

    Hi Angie! Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. I have some news too. I’m pretty sure I’ve met that man that is going to start a new chapter in my life. He is wonderful and best of all a lot like Roger and Roger would like him. I’m happy and I’m happy for you!
    CONGRATS again!
    Love, Cristi

  15. caryn says:

    YAY!!! you, scott, & the ring all look beautiful together!!

  16. Mary says:

    YEAH!! So excited for you Angie. Beautiful!! I love the idea of enjoying the season!

  17. Amy Reeves says:

    Congratulations Angie! What wonderful, wonderful news! I’ve got this big grin on my face as I read your email and all my coworkers are looking at me kind of funny. Way to go! Right here in Kansas City too. I’m so incredibly happy for you. Marriage is great!!!

  18. Doris J. King says:

    Wow! Get outta the way! Here they come, full speed ahead….after all the engineer is God and He has more great plans for these two…I am so very happy for you Angie and I do want to be sure that Scott knows the value of this dedicated Christian….. Rejoice and continue to live in His Light!

  19. LeAnne says:

    Angie,
    I’m soooo excited for you!!!! Enjoy this season of being engaged to the full. It’s so fun to see godly women, get snatched up by men who knew what they were waiting for! Blessings to you both!
    Love,
    LeAnne

  20. Megan says:

    How exciting!! When you said you were flying up there for the weekend, I wondered if this would be “the time” (as every other weekend trip I’ve heard of involving two seriously dating people have ended up this way) and I’m excited that it did! Yay for you guys.

  21. Kerry Jelinek says:

    Woo-hoo! Congratulations friend! It was great talking with you before your trip. I’m so glad you had a great time and have a great engagement story as a result. Enjoy this season!!!

  22. Carolyn Walthall says:

    Congrats to both of you!!

  23. Virginia says:

    It was so fun to hear your TELL your story but then I even enjoyed reading it in your blog. You are such a great writer. I delighted for God’s gracious provision for you in this area. And rejoice with you in this happy season! You have trusted God and He provided. I’m excited for the life you and Scott will have together as you continue to serve the Lord. BEST WISHES FRIEND! Now it’s time for some wedding planning….ENJOY! 🙂

  24. Kimberly says:

    Dearest Angie – I am so happy that you are now on this new journey of life together with Scott. I pray it is an amazing time as you plan and prepare to join together in marriage! My heart is overjoyed for you and Scott – you look so happy 🙂 Happy in LOVE.

  25. Brooke Moore says:

    Congrats! What a great story to read on today! I am so excited, I could not get to the link fast enough to read about this very special day…moment by moment. Enjoy this season of life…I love how you said “this is what it feels like”…hang onto that as you start planning for the big day and even through your marriage…that moment is priceless and it is something that you both will always share together! Keep me updated with your emails…how exciting! I had head through the grapevine about you and Scott and I am so glad to hear that God has brought you your mate that He has designed just for you.

    Love ya.

  26. Lisa says:

    “In His time He will do it swiftly…” The LMB version. I still have to find that reference. ( :
    Scott, you are the answer to years of hopes and prayers and dreams!! Welcome to the “Britzius Branch of the Honorary Bring FAM”!! And Angie, you know there are no words for my joy for and with you…You are the GRAND PRIZE!! It (he) was worth the wait, wasn’t he? ( : So thankful I have a front row seat for experiencing life with you. All my love! Lisa

  27. Sarah says:

    Angie!! I loved your re-telling of the story! Such a romantic event … and your ring is beautiful — Scott’s a good shopper! :0) Congratulations — many of them — again!

  28. Angie W. says:

    Congratulations, Angie! Your story is precious! I am so happy and excited for you 🙂

  29. Sarah says:

    FELICITATIONS ANGIE!! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND GLAD I GOT TO SEE YOU IN PERSON TODAY. I’m here whenever you need to chat about how you’re feeling or when you get to wedding planning – later! :->

  30. Nancy Damer says:

    Dear Scott and Angie,
    How fun!! I am thrilled for you both!! Angie, I am so happy for you. Scott sounds like a great gift to you from God. It was great to hear how God brought you two together when we talked last week. Scott, I am so glad for you. You are getting a GREAT woman! I love Angie and after talking with Angie, I love you too, Scott. I pray for you two a LONG and HAPPY life together.

  31. Kathy says:

    Congratulations!!! We are so happy for you! Thanks so much for sharing your story~~it’s precious.

  32. Diane Terry says:

    Angie,

    I am very happy for you and Scott. I will miss Scott in our small group, but I am glad he met such a wonderful woman. Congratulations!

    Diane Terry
    & family
    (from Scott’s small group in Iowa)

  33. Coté says:

    No sabes lo felíz que estiy !!!!!!!!!! felicidades !!!! I’m so so happy !!!! I send a bug hug to both of you > Que Dios los bendiga mucho , Un besito , Coté 🙂

  34. Coté says:

    uppps I send you a big hug too jajajaja 🙂

  35. Sadee says:

    Woooooo Hooooo is right! I am sooooooooo happy for you and Scott! Rejoicing with the future Mr. and Mrs. Scott Bentley!!!!
    Love,
    Sadee

  36. "Cousin Jane" says:

    Angie,

    What to say? I am SO happy for you. God is good and you are blessed. I look forward to the day when I can meet Lord Bentley!

    Love,
    Jane

  37. Laurie McDaniel says:

    What a great story, thanks so much for sharing it! The pictures are so cute! What a great memory! We’re so happy for you and Scott. We pray God will bless the two of you as you become a family!
    We wish you all the best.
    Love,
    Matt and Laurie

  38. Myrle Canonge says:

    WOW, WOW!! CONGRATULATIONS!! WE ARE SO HAPPY FOR YOU BOTH. THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE TIME AND I AM GLAD YOU ARE RELISHING EVERY MINUTE OF IT. PRAISE THE LORD. MAY HE CONTINUE TO GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART AS YOU SEEK HIS FACE.
    LOVE,
    MYRLE AND DON

  39. Justine Nielsen says:

    Angie!!! I am sooo excited for you and Scott. I knew this day was coming merely by the smiley glow that has remained on your face since the day you met him..ha,ha! I am still amazed by how the Lord has woven this piece of your story. It has been so fun to watch this process and see Him provide for your deepest longings. How good of Him to do this for us.

    You go girl!!!

    Love you,
    Justine

  40. Melissa Lehman says:

    THIS IS THE MOST INCREDIBLE, AMAZING NEWS!!!!! Okay, how out of touch have I been because I did not even realize that you were dating this sweet man? Hurray for love and romance and new beginnings and AWESOME GODLY WOMEN who wait patiently for their knights in shining armor! I am bubbling over happy, happy, joy, joy for you Angie!!!!

    Love,

    Melissa

  41. Lynn & Bob says:

    How exciting! Congratulations….what wonderful news! We are really, really, happy for you & Scott. Sounds like God brought a great guy into your life. What a blessing!

  42. Anne Bridgforth says:

    Hey, we got engaged in the KC area, too! It was after a Steven Curtis Chapman concert in 1992. We were on our way to Lawrence and the proposal took place in the parking lot of a McD’s in Desoto, KS! It was way more romantic than it sounds!

    I’m glad for you! What awesome news!

  43. Carrie Barber says:

    Congratulations to you both! May God richly bless you in the days ahead as you make exciting plans for your future. We wish you well. We live right outside K.C. so know exactly where your engagement took place. How special! Thanks for sharing your story!

  44. Amber Kinneer says:

    YAY FOR YOU!! I’m so excited for you and Scott!!! Woo hoo!!! Angie’s getting married! Thanks for being amazing! 🙂

  45. Kerry Acker says:

    Our God is an Awesome God and in His timing He does wonderful things! It sounds like you are off to a beautiful start. We are so happy for you!

    Love,

    Dan and Kerry Acker

  46. "Lindy Hop" says:

    Hey Miss Angie!!

    Congratulations on an amazing experience! I’m so happy for you and Mr. Bentley, Yes, enjoy this w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l engagement period as long as you can before the “planning train” takes off. WooooHoooooo!

    Congratulations Sweet Thang!
    Lindy

  47. ann-marie duffy says:

    angie, i am flabergasted! i didn’t even know you were dating someone. i am so thrilled for you and your husband to be. he is one lucky man. i have always admired your enthusiasm for life and i know you will be blessed in your marriage because of this wonderful trait the Lord has given you. i will be praying for you two!

  48. April says:

    I AM SOOOOOOO EXCITED FOR YOU, ANGIE!!!!!!!!!! I got your message on my cell phone and just haven’t had a chance to congratulate you!! It has been a fun adventure “watching” from the sidelines as this awesome love story has played out. You are such a prize that Scott, in God’s goodness and grace, has won! Enjoy the engagement period. It’s so easy to get caught up in “the day” and I think he had a good idea when he said let’s not rush into it. You’ll never have this time again!
    Love you friend.

  49. Jacob & Christina Magdaleno says:

    Angie, Congratulations on your engagement to Scott!!!!
    I am SOOOOOOO HAPPPY for YOU and SCOTT.
    Continue to keep us posted on this new chapter of your life.
    You are so special and I am sure Scott is too!
    We love you.

  50. Michael says:

    Angie,

    Congratulations!! Thanks for continually keeping my family and me in the loop with all the “goings on” in your life. Much love is being sent your way. God Bless you both!

  51. cousin Linda says:

    Our God is awesome and his timing is perfect! Congratulations to two happy people. When you walk with God and seek his guidance, your cup runneth over. I can tell that He is with you from those beautiful smiles!!

  52. Mark Winter says:

    Hi, neighbor-‘cross-the-partition!

    Sorry to be so slow in conveying my joy over the latest blessing in your life. I’ve been on the MPD trail, and it so happens that I’ve hardly been in the GMO office at all for the past week. Congratulations and best wishes!

    I look forward to seeing you again in the good ol’ break room. And yes, DO feel free to take as much time as you need to show off your ring.

    GOD is truly making all things beautiful in His time! — Eccl. 3:11

  53. Donna Ritchie says:

    Dear Angie and Scott: Even though we will not be able to attend your wedding, please know we are so happy for you both! I am from Kansas City, Mo and I really enjoyed hearing your proposal story. It is amazing and encouraging to hear how God blesses his children who have been so faithful, and especially when you least expect it. And from someone who has been married for 30 yrs. (to my very best friend), I can confirm that marriage is one of the greatest gifts from God above. Here’s to a beautiful life!

    Love, The Ritchies

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