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She Said Yes!

MJ brought two wonderful children into the world, Stephanie, thirty-five years ago and Jonathan, thirty-one years ago.

Over the years, our children have brought great joy to our home with little to no hardship along the journey. A blessing we do not take for granted. In all stages of life, we have formed lasting memories that are re-visited from time to time as an opportunity to thank God for His faithfulness.

This past Friday, an event took place that has been added to the top of the “memory pile”.  MJ and I woke up at 3 in the morning to watch live through the amazing technology of Face Time as Jonatas Trindade bent a knee and proposed to our daughter Stephanie. Rather than a quiet engagement, Jonatas chose to propose in front of their closest friends and family at Stephanie’s thirty-fifth birthday party.

Over the years, Stephanie has chosen to wait for the right man that God would bring into her life. In a recent conversation she said to me: “Dad, it has been worth the wait!”

I have watched as Jonatas has treated our daughter with the dignity and respect she so deserves.  To see the happiness that he has brought to Stephanie gives to me as her father a peace and joy that seems to move beyond the ability to put into words.

In the three minute video that captures  the engagement moment, you can hear Stephanie say to Jonatas, “My Dad knows?”, and “he said yes?!” Stephanie, I said yes because of the maturity with which you and Jonatas have handled this brief relationship. Jonatas, I said yes because of the gentleman like qualities you have displayed towards our daughter. The other yes is the fact that Jesus is at the centre of your relationship. Yes, yes, yes!!!

Mom and I are literally an ocean apart from both of you, but our family members who are closest to us have shared with us how happy you are, how genuine your relationship is, and Jonatas, the gentleman that you are. We may be an ocean apart, but the expanse of an ocean can not hinder the closeness we feel to both of you in our hearts.

Jonatas, I am so glad you asked the question, and Stephanie I am so glad that you said yes!

Be assured of our love and support as you begin this journey together. As a family we look forward to adding to the “Mann memory pile”!

Love to both of you!

Dad

P. S. This blog was shared with Stephanie and Jonatas first, and they gave me their blessing to share it with you.

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