Hi friends! - I am so thrilled to share with you the story of one of our April brides, Kim Hamilton, a good friend of mine and Dana's. Kim was a co-worker of ours who quickly became a sweet friend. We are ecstatic for her and Keith's upcoming union at The Bradford this month!
I am very excited to have the honor of sharing a little bit about my journey. I am also very excited that Keith and I will be the first couple to be married at The Bradford. I hope my words are able to touch your soul and see a wonderful example of God’s grace and mercy.
On May 29th 2010 I was a blushing bride full of joy and anticipation for my future as Mrs. Ryan Hamilton. Little did I know that on May 28th 2011 just one day prior to our one year wedding anniversary that I would come home to find my husband killed in a tractor accident. At this time I was also 4 weeks pregnant. Our love was so strong that the last words he ever said to me were “I Love you”.
I instantly went from a life full of certainty to a young pregnant widow with shattered remnants of a beautiful life. Only through God's grace and mercy, support of family and friends, and an abundance of prayers that today I can joyfully say that I am blessed. I have a handsome 2 year old son named Hudson. Many, including my doctors, did not think that I would ever make it full term with no complications due to the immense amount of stress and grief I was facing. Yet my son is perfect in every way. I was able to fully turn to God and allow him to embrace me, carry me and meet my every need. God’s continual blessings affirmed that He is in control and has a plan for my life that is beyond anything I could imagine.
I knew that God created the family unit and in September 2012 I was ready to find the missing piece to mine. Within days of sharing this news with my best friend she had realized that she knew a gentleman that she wanted me to meet. So even though I was terrified, I took a step towards my future. On October 3rd 2012 Keith called around 8 pm and over the next 2 hours we went from strangers to “finding the one for which my soul loves” (Song of Solomon 3:4). Keith later told me within 5 minutes he knew that I was the one for him. YES he knew my story and still was open and followed his heart. Hudson now calls him Daddy. Keith has a love for us both that is generous, fierce, and adoring. I am daily reminder of God's goodness and how much love one person can experience.
In Keith I have found someone who makes me a better person. He keeps me laughing, makes me feel beautiful, and reminds me to enjoy life and not get caught up in completing a to-do list. I truly believe God created us to love each other unconditionally, without limits and brought us together in His timing.
On December 22nd of 2013, Keith proposed on the beach with the help of Hudson. On the drive back home I had time to get lost in my thoughts and found myself smiling and crying over God’s goodness and his ability to turn a tragedy into a beautiful story full of hope, mercy, grace and love. We each have to make the choice to trust Him, not worry about things we cannot control and to patiently wait on Him. Making the decision to trust God can sometimes be a daily, hourly, even minute by minute choice. After the tragedy on May 28th I completely surrendered my life and the life of my unborn child to God. It was the most freeing experience to let go of all the stress, what ifs, and unknowns in my life. I left that moment knowing that I serve a God so big that He can guide my every step and the steps of others.
Our wedding is April 26th 2014 and I cannot wait to continue my journey with Keith and Hudson and to experience all that God has in store for us!