After being certain that this was God's will for them, my Dad proposed to my Mom in a letter. He sent a long 12 page letter, with his marriage proposal on the last page (which was pink)! Mom later admitted that she read the pink page first, expecting that it was of great importance! She answered "yes".
Being in robber territory, they didn't dare have the traditional diamond engagement ring. Instead, he had a beautiful pin made, of the Chinese character "love" and had their names inscribed on the back of it. He also had a lapel pin for him to match.
Now, they could announce their engagement to the world! And no longer had to keep their courtship a secret.
Mom remembers sipping tea with Dad in the living room of the mission station, while the song "Red Sails in the Sunset" played on the old Victrola phonograph. That was where they made the plans for their wedding.
God led these two servants of the Lord together and what a blessing they were to each other through the years.
Looking at these pins now, I can see that there is no safety clasp on them.
I'm so glad those pins weren't lost in all their travels in China.
I'm also glad that the last pink page wasn't taken out of the envelope, as other pages that had sometimes been missing.
God had His hand in all the details - and He cares for us with all the details of our lives as well!
ONLY LOVE TODAY
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