Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ellie's Engagement

The past seven days have been a whirlwind for our family. Ellie, coauthor of the blog, got engaged to her Mr. Handsome. At the request of our readers, we would like to share the details.

Ellie and Mr. Handsome

I (Ellie) work for Mr. Handsome's uncle at a Christian organization. Mr. Handsome arranged for me to fly to Florida last Monday and had my boss tell me that I was going on a work trip to interview someone at a retirement community for missionaries.

My parents, Lily and Mr. Lily, also happened to be in Florida on a business trip, so they picked me up at the airport and took me to a hotel. The next morning, my parents told me that we were going to meet my dad's high school friend for a quick lunch on the beach before I had to leave for my interview at the retirement community. Mr. Handsome popped out of the bushes and said, "Hey, do you want to come over here?" My parents joined his parents on a bench about a hundred yards away. Mr. Handsome read Proverbs 31 and said: "I've been looking for a Proverbs 31 wife all my life, and I've found one. Will you marry me?" I said yes!

After the proposal, we were blessed to be able to spend a couple days in Florida with our parents. I am considering starting a blog about wedding planning and will keep you all posted. :)

144 comments:

  1. Congratulations!! So happy for you!

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  2. Dear Ellie, Congratulations to you and your awesome Mr Handsome! Thank-you for telling us about your engagement experience! I like the idea of including the Bible verse in the proposal, no confusion there, you must have a really good guy there who will respond in kind. You are probably going to have a great life together if that is what you are both like. Best wishes.

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  3. Lilly and Ellie,
    How old is Ellie?

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  4. Yep. That is a Mr. handsome. That was a sweet way to propose!

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  5. How long were Ellie and Mr. Handsome courting?

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  6. Congrats, Ellie
    You and Lily have done a wonderful job on this blog. I read it and re-read it every day. The Duggars are such an inspiration in my life.
    loyal, reader

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  7. Congratulations! A beautiful picture of a beautiful day and a beautiful couple!

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  8. Congratulations! What a wonderful engagement! I would love to see a wedding planning blog!

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  9. Congratulations, you two! May the Lord bless you with many years of a delightful marriage!

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  10. How sweet, congratulations!

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  11. Congratulations! :-)

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  12. You two are so happy and positive, that is very admirable, best wishes!

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  13. So happy for you!! Thank you for doing this blog!

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  14. Congratulations!!! I will be praying for you as you start this new chapter in your life! And thank you so much for sharing your story! Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV
    "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy
    ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy
    paths."

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  15. Congratulations! Best wishes and God's blessings to you and your Mr. Handsome! A blog about you and your wedding would be a fantastic idea!

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  16. Did Lilly and Mr. Handsome court or date? Are you of the same belief system as the Duggars?

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  17. Congratulations Ellie! Wonderful news!

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  18. Yay congratulations!! This is the best, most interesting news I've read in months! Mr Handsome sounds like a wonderful man! Thank you for your updates! You have the best blog! And I would most definitely follow your wedding blog. Such a beautiful couple

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  19. Congratulations Ellie and Mr H. I hope you do start a wedding planning blog that would be lovely!

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  20. So sweet of you Ellie for updating us fans! Thank you for your and Lily's upkeep of this busy blog you both are super wonderful. God bless you both and your Mr. Handsome!

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  21. Ellie, you are just glowing! Congratulations on your engagement. You are such a cute couple and I wish you the best.

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  22. Thank you so much Lily for sharing this with us...hopefully you'll take more time in planning your wedding than the duggar girls...I bet that's a lot of stress!

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  23. Wonderful engagement story. Congrats and may God bless your future together!!

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  24. Awwww congrats! How lovely. Looking forward to more updates!!
    XO, Big Fan :)

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  25. Congratulations, Ellie and Mr. Handsome! I'm so excited for you! Please do start a wedding planning blog; I'd love to see details of the planning! May God bless both of you as you prepare to begin this new stage in your life!

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  26. Congratulations Ellie! What a happy time in your life! I pray God will bless you and Mr. Handsome.

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  27. What a beautiful engagment Ellie!! Just wondering, do you wear skirts like the Duggars and do you know the Duggar family?

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  28. Ellie, CONGRATS! I'm so excited for you! (And of course we're excited for Mr. Handsome too, because he's got a pretty special girl! :-D) I wish you all the best! And, as a side note, thank you so much for your diligent work with this blog. It's the only reliable blog out there! Do you think you'll continue with it even after your married? Whatever you decide to do, I hope it works out for the best for you.

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  29. Aww, that is so sweet! Congrats Ellie! I'd love for you to do a blog on wedding planning. :)
    Grace

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  30. Gill Hill from WalesMarch 17, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    Oh how romantic and it is so lovely to have happy news! God bless you both as you begin this journey through life together. Please keep everyone updated on your wedding plans.

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  31. Aww - love the use of Proverbs 31! Congratulations!!!

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  32. Congratulations. What a sweet way to propose.

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  33. Is Mr. Handsome his name?

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  34. Congratulations and best wishes!

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  35. thanyou for the pic

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  36. Oh my goodness, Mr. Handsome sounds like a keeper! :) How romantic and thoughtful. Thank you for the update!

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  37. Congrats Ellie! I'm happy for you and your Mr.Handsome!! God bless you all!

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  38. cograts you guys god bless yall

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  39. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  40. How wonderful! Congratulations! God bless you both.

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  41. Awwwwww.... So cute.... Cant wait to see what God has in store for you both!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!

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  42. Wow! You both are really blessed! May he bless you even more in your future! Many warm and lovely greetings from Germany!

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  43. Awwww, wow. I was blown away with the scripture reference. That is the most beautiful proposal!!! Congratulations.

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  44. congrats ellie! soooooooooooooooo excited for you! love the idea of a wedding planning blog. Would definitely read that. pleeeeeeeaaaaaaassssssseeeee do it! lol

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  45. Congratulations Ellie! It is so nice to see your photos and to get to know you too...thanks for the great blogs you have for the duggars and bates! I will look forward to your newest blog!
    Blessings, from Oregon

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  46. How wonderful for you. I wish you wouldn't start a new blog as we'd never find it or if we did once we'd not find it again. Thank you for putting your updates here. And yes, he is handsome!

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  47. I am so happy for you! I look forward to reading updates on your blog.

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  48. Congratulations again, Ellie and Mr. Handsome! This story of your engagement is so warm and wonderful! I'm sure it was a pleasant surprise to you when he popped up out of the bushes!!!

    Many Blessings to such a wonderful and Godly couple! Can't wait for the updates! -Mary

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  49. Congratulations. Looking forward to your blog.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

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  50. What a sweet way to propose! May God bless both of you.

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  51. Congratulations Ellie,

    May you always be richly blessed.

    Love,
    Alexis

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  52. Congratulations Ellie! Such a beautiful proposal:) May God bless your upcoming marriage!

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  53. Congrats on your engagement, Ellie! This blog is amazing!

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  54. Congratulations!! And, is there actually a retirement community for missionaries somewhere??

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  55. Congratulations Ellie! You look so pretty and happy! Looking forward to updates!

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  56. Congratulations - what a lovely proposal. God bless you both

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  57. Mes félicitations Ellie !!
    With love from Québec, Canada
    Brigitte Estelle xxx

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  58. That's awesome!!! Congrats!!

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  59. love the side hug there!!! #duggarapproved
    mary clare

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  60. Congratulations!!!!! Awww such a sweet proposal.......

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  61. That's SOOO cute!! I am very happy for you and I am praying that you will have a beautiful marriage!! Please keep us posted!!!

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  62. Congrats Ellie!!! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. What a beautiful couple! God bless you.

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  63. So Sweet .Great news .Congratulations!! Best Wishes.

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  64. O I LOVE this post!! Keep them coming! That was the sweetest proposal! I hope someone videotaped that for you!

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  65. Congrats Ellie and Mr. Handsome.. when is the big day!!

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  66. That is so romantic; congratulations again!!!!! Thank you for sharing the details with all of us :)

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  67. That's so sweet! And it's sweet how he went to all those lengths to make the proposal just right!

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  68. Congratulations Ellie! Enjoy this fun and exciting time! I was married on June 21st, 2014 (same day as Jill Duggars!..I had my day picked before that though lol) and I still remember it like it was yesterday. My husband made all our wedding decor ourselves so it made the day so much more special. I know you have lots to look into, but maybe take a look at "sola flowers". They are a thin wood flower made from the tapioca tree and are made into many different looking flowers. We went with them instead of real ones so we could keep my bouquet and his boutonniere forever (we have them displayed in our curio cabinet). They are surprisingly much cheaper than real flowers as well, so we ended up making our centerpieces and aisle decor out of them too. Anyways, enjoy this special time and congratulations again to you and Mr. Handsome!

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  69. do a wedding blog! if u do keep is posted. Congrats💍

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  70. Awwwww! That was such an awesome proposal! I love Proverbs 31! If you don;t mind me asking, how old are ya'll?

    God Bless,
    Cecilia

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  71. Congratulations! That's such a neat story! We hope hope everything's been going well and smoothly. May God bless you in this exciting time of your life! :)
    Love in Jesus,
    Grace

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  72. Aww, congratulations, Ellie! So happy for you!! :))

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  73. Congraduations Ellie!

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  74. It is nice for a young woman to have a clear 'mandate' right from the beginnings of her marriage!

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  75. Congratulations, Ellie! I'm so happy for you! Y'all look so sweet in that picture

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  76. Congratulations! Yes please would love to read a wedding blog!

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  77. what an awesome story! thank you for sharing! Enjoy you blogs! and looking forward to maybe another one...you do have a gift with words!
    Blessings and Best Wishes to you both on this next step!
    Emma Cate

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  78. Congratulations!

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  79. Congratulations! What a wonderful surprise!

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  80. What a beautiful proposal! You are both in my prayers :) Thank you for the details and the photo, I know it must be rather annoying to share your life with the world, especially since you have a blog about other people rather than yourself :P :) May God bless you both <3

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  81. Congratulations, hope you both have a great life together!:)

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  82. Awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  83. Congratulations! Thanks so much for sharing your story.

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  84. Congrats! I am very happy for you!!!

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  85. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would love for you to start a wedding blog - I hope to get married also in the not to distant future. :)

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  86. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing with us! Such exciting news. I've been reading this blog since around the time you started it. Maybe since the very beginning, I don't even remember any more. I do hope you start the wedding planning blog, Ellie! :) Again, thanks for sharing your exciting news!

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  87. Congratulations!

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  88. Congratulations Ellie! Can't wait to here about your wedding.

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  89. Blessings to you both!!!!!!!! And thanks for sharing your engagement story. Very nice.

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  90. Aw that's sweet! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!!

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  91. @Lia

    Hi Lia,

    Yep, there is a retirement community for missionaries in Florida. :)

    ~Ellie

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  92. Congrats ellie!!!!! So happy and excited for you!!!!!

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  93. Are y'all saving your first kiss for marriage?

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  94. Congratulations Ellie on your engagement - but please tell us your fiances name - it's really strange that you call him Mr Handsome all the time.

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  95. God grant you many happy years!

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  96. Ellie,

    Can you tell us you and Mr. Handsome's ages? Also, how long did you court before the engagement?

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  97. Wauw Ellie! Congratulations! Lots of fun with organising the wedding.

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  98. aaww...that is the sweetest proposal ever! Congratulations, Ellie. You make a really cute couple. :)

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  99. Your face says it all...you look so very happy :-) May your marriage be forever blessed :-) Have fun with all the upcoming wedding preparations. Sincerely, Natalia

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  100. Ellie, that is precious! You look so happy! :) Thank you for sharing!

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  101. Hope you will be telling it here on this blog or on your own wedding blog, let us know.

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  102. why cant you say his last name? what he does for work? is it a secrect? why do you call your dad mr. lily? esther graber huntsburg ohio mennonite mom of 13 LOVES GOD! also why dont you wear pants? GOD still loves you if you do

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  103. Congratulations!!!! So sweet. Thanks for sharing and thank you for being to dedicated to updating this blog. I hope these next months are joyous and you plan your wedding!!!!

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  104. Yay! That's a very cool(and sweet) way to propose!!

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  105. Is handsome his last name? Or is it just a made up one.

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  106. Congratulations!! So happy for you!! Just wondering, do you know the Duggars personally? Also, do you wear skirts as well?

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  107. Just popped back over to this blog for one reason; to see if there is anything new that Ellie has to share with us. colors? Venue? anything at all? Just excited for you. Would love to hear how you met.

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  108. Congrats on your engagement!! So exciting! And what a beautiful proposal. Please keep us up to date on your wedding plans etc! :)

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  109. i am so happy for you ellie! thank you for sharing your wonderful news with us. i believe you and your mom are providing a wonderful ministry by your blogs. and, it seems you will already have quite the following if you do a wedding blog! (i'm a 56 y/o grandma but i'll be following it)
    will you still be doing the blogs with your mom after you are married?

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  110. Congratulations Ellie!! Thanks for sharing your photos.

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  111. It pleases me to see Ellie looking so happy snuggled up beside her Mr Handsome. (He looks like a nice, good guy!)

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  112. So we see another example of what God did with Adam's rib!

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  113. God Bless you both on your engagement

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  114. So happy for you both!

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  115. Sweet! Congrats Ellie! You look happy. Be blessed!

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  116. Congratulations!! May God bless you

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  117. Ellie and Lilly,

    How old are you Ellie and Mr. Handsome? When did y'all start courting? I think you should do a wedding blog!! Congrats and thank you for sharing!!! ☺☺☺

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  118. Ellie what wonderful news!!!!
    So very happy for you both and I am certain your future is blessed and will be full of joy.
    You work so hard on this blog with Lily and have given so much of yourself to so many people over the years. I hope everyone rolls up their sleeves are are there for you now.
    God bless your beautiful union.

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  119. Congratulations!! God bless you guys.

    Faith Metz

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  120. Oh my goodness!! that is literally the sweetest thing I've ever heard!! for a man to read Proverbs 31 and then say he has found one and ask her to marry him in front of their parents!!! May God Almighty bless your marriage for ever and ever, Amen!! Is that his last name Handsome?

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  121. Congratulations! This is wonderful news! I, too, have been reading your blog since you first started it, and I am very grateful for all your hard work over the years! So take some time off, and enjoy this very special time in your life! Mary

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  122. Ellie and Lily, can you post the link to the blog post of Ellie and Mr. Handsome at Jill's Wedding? Thanks! Btw Congrats!!!!!
    Annie

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  123. Congratulations! I'd love a wedding blog

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  124. @darlene

    Hi Darlene,

    Thank you for your kind words! We will definitely continue blogging after I get married. :)

    ~Lily and Ellie

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  125. Thank you for the well wishes! We are blessed to have such wonderful readers. :)

    ~Ellie

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  126. Congratulations and many blessings!

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  127. OHHHHH Congrats!!

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  128. Awww! How sweet! So happy for you all and may God bless you both!

    themessage.com

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  129. Hi Readers,

    We were in a relationship for almost two years before our engagement. We are blessed that both our families know each other well. :)

    ~Lily and Ellie

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  130. I know I'm a little late on seeing this but congratulations Ellie and Mr. Handsome! I love this blog! You should definitely do a wedding planning one!
    Amy

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  131. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wishing you well. God bless.

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  132. @Anonymous

    Hi Annie,

    Sorry for the delayed response! Here is the link you asked for: http://www.duggarfamilyblog.com/2014/07/photos-of-duggardillard-wedding.html

    We are blessed to have you as a reader. :)

    Lily and Ellie

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  133. Congratulations Ellie!! I love your guys' blog! Best wishes! ~Rachel

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