The ecstasy, dangers, agony and rewards of falling in love with

Way back in their childhood (late teens) Elizabeth and Nicholas had imagined they'd
been given "7 wishes" ... 1 wish (for each of them) on each Christmas eve they spent
together in their "secret place" ... so that's a total of 3 Christmas eve's, PLUS a final 7th
wish that they'd have to make together, in full agreement, if they ever ended up together.
Their 1st 2 wishes were made on moonless Christmas-eve in 1973, as described in "Prince Charming" (Vol-3).
"Oh ... Canada" (Vol-6) reveals their next 2 wishes made under a 1/2-moon on Christmas-eve 1975, and their
last 2 wishes made under a full-moon on Christmas-eve of 1977. The 7th (and final) wish would have to wait a while.
Now if all of this sounds a bit juvenile, consider this ... All 6 wishes made in their "secret place" have now come true,
even the most fanciful ones! Perhaps the secret was to dream, never give up hope, steadfastly believe and just to be sure, pray?

Christmas-eve 1975, back again in their "secret place":
“I’m done making my wish. How about you?” Lizzie asked.
Nicholas breathed in, cleared his throat, then made his wish.
Star light, star bright, the first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish
 I might, have this wish I wish tonight . . . that I will only ever
be engaged to, and marry, one woman - my true love, regardless of
whom Lizzie’s mother thinks, for her, is right.”

“That’s a beautiful wish, Nicholas! Lizzie whispered in his ear.
I wonder who that lucky woman is? Have you met her yet?” Lizzie
teased him, giving him a kiss on his cheek, knowing full well
whom he meant. Nicholas just laughed, wrapping both his arms
around her before replying, “Oh yes, Lizzie … many times!”
(Excerpt from Vol-6, "Oh ... Canada", P58, rounding out their 1st four wishes)

They could never have imagined, not even in their wildest dreams, how exactly this wish would come true in real-life!
Lizzie - now known as "Jungle Jen", has been married 3 times - on 3 Continents.
But how exactly does that make Nicholas' wish come true? Why 3 times? To whom?


Jen, will you marry me?
... and again ... and again?
Did I mention that Jen and I "had to finally get married"? ... at 50!

Oh yes ... I still have to (wink) get to that part.
Anyhow, it happens -  but what a cute little guy!

PS. Notice that "V-Shaped" Gold Choker Jen's wearing? Well, after
reading the story below - you'll know exactly why Jen likes it so much.

How many girls dream of what they will wear on their wedding day, what they'll look like walking down the isle on their dad's arm with the string quartet playing a wedding march while their mom sits in the front row, dabbing her eyes with a tissue, sobbing (not so quietly) and up ahead of her stands the priest, her groom, the bride's maids, the best-man? What happens if, to get all that, you have to marry someone you like (even a lot) who your mom approves of, someone who can give you most everything, BUT he's not your true-love, not the man you want to marry, not the man you dreamed would be standing there waiting for you? What if, without your knowledge, the real love of your life is cruelly chased away by your mother, pretending to represent you and your interests? What would you do if you find that out at the last minute? Would you call the wedding off ... back out of the engagement at the last minute? Would you try to find your true love to tell him it was not you that broke his heart? Would it be too late? Wouldn't you at least try? Lizzie did, and with God's help, miraculously, something very unexpected happened next. Like Dominoes cascading, that was the beginning of a series of tough challenges - but all with intriguing outcomes.


In Vol-5, Jen almost lives another's dream - but it's not our wedding ... and he's not Jen's choice!

Serendipitously, at exactly the right time, where they'd 1st met, she re-met her true-love

and so it was that this story managed to live on and become reality.

 

 The fantasy - every girls dream, a beautiful wedding gown! The reality - it's who's in that dress that really matters!


Jen was an gifted Ballerina throughout her High-school years, and that's why this Bridal gown, was
the young Jen's dream Bridal gown (she was a brunette then) - but it was just not meant to be ...
Jen defied her mother in an epic battle of wills that lasted almost 8yrs, and did finally marry the
man of her dreams, the man of her choosing! But for that she was made to pay a very high price!
Given no dress and no assistance, her dad and family were prohibited from attending her wedding.
Jen had to return to Africa, from Canada, alone, and at her own expense, organizing it all at age 22.
Her dad was told instead he could now buy himself a power-boat and take his family on a fancy RV vacation!
So she returned to Africa (to her true-love) with no parental blessing ... instead, she was told she would be disowned.
But Jen defied all of those odds, worked hard, saved every penny she earned, then when she had enough, bought a ticket,
and then returned to Africa, alone, found her true love (as she had promised him) and, within days, they were finally married ...
Look at the joy and relief on their faces ... Married! 7 Years, 7 Months and 7 Days after they first met and fell in love as teenagers.



Cape Town South Africa, 1979 the actual wedding #1 ... for us, saw Jen wearing her old
 yellow dance dress. Having dreamed, longed for & fought hard for this day for almost 8yrs,
Jennifer could have worn a tee-shirt, shorts and flip-flops, and I wouldn't have cared less.
Since Jen's family "declined" her invitation, I asked my family not to attend, so that she would
not be reminded of her family's absence and feel sad on her day. It was a joyous wedding ...
After so long, so many forced separations, so many goodbyes, we were finally married!

But some 27 years later, the validity of our African marriage paperwork was questioned,
and CANADA wouldn't marry us, saying that with the same last name we could well be
brother and sister, BUT they'd consider it if we could get her mother to vouch for her,
Right ... like that was ever going to happen! So we asked Montana ... and they said:
 "Absolutely! Come on down to us here in Helena - We'd love to marry the two of you!"
We've 2 things to say about that: "Thank You America!" and "Shame on you Canada!" 
Governments ... when you really need them, they find ways to say "NO! ... NEXT?"

Helena, Montana and wedding #2. But this time we had to get married!
 
But, it turns out that "twice was not enough!" Due to bureaucratic bungling in our new land of
"Far, far away", in South America, we had to get married there, with her maiden name, yet again!

OK ... for the 3rd wedding, let's dream! After all, we do have the help of a world-famous artist
(who has done so many paintings for me of Jen) to design Jen's ultimate "dream wedding dress!"


And since we do live in an "Avatar-like land of Pandora" ...


It was very tempting ... but why buck a trend that has worked so well for Jen?
Once again Jen chose to concentrate more on what is happening - rather than
what she is going to be wearing ... keeping it simple and sweet, just like her.

So, finally, almost 4 decades late, here is Jen's signature Hawaiian wedding dress - and this time, in white!
In our new land of "Far, far away" ... weddings happen a little differently. First you get all the government paperwork
done and pay their fees - at which point you are actually considered "officially married". That's done. Then there is the
optional church wedding or other ceremony, and afterwards a wedding reception - which can happen anytime later.

I may be a guy - but I'm a bit perceptive. I knew that she had really wanted to look and feel like a Princess in a
beautiful dress AND have her dad give her away, tell her he loves her and that he's so very proud of her.
So, with a lot of help from "serendipity" and a bit of imagination, I set to work to fix as much as I could.
Unlike my student days, now I had lots of money, and I could right this wrong. I sought out the best artist
in the world for painting beautiful woman and exquisite dresses, and told him I would become his patron
and I would buy most of his artistic output, BUT only if he painted a huge, elaborate, artistic masterpiece!
It took almost a year to plan and complete, but in the end, costing as much as a luxury car, it was done!

Here's the short version of events:

First we must design the most exquisite dress imaginable, and
over time she had changed what she thought of as a "dream dress".


I had to involve Jen in this part - I mean, she had to love her "DREAM PRINCESS DRESS" ... But she had no idea what I was planning ... Then I had to make sure that he captured her image and essence (by now aged 35) perfectly, it had to be her - before starting on the masterpiece, so I had him do this painting.


Then the boys and I presented this to her, and she thought we were all done. She loved it!

But we were only just beginning! Next we found a photo of "the little girl Jen" ... at around age 2.
She was such a cutie-pie, I'm sure if I knew her then, as a little boy, I'd want to hold her hand!

And then we did the much smaller watercolor study first ...

And finally, after all was approved, he started work on the Masterpiece ... and it took 7 months to complete.

Then, about 1 year later, with relatives of ours from the great state of Montana present,
we unveiled it, the boys leading her in and taking Jen's Blindfold off and ....

She was just a wee-bit surprised and little teary-eyed ...

That's "Little Jen" (2) looking at her later-ego "Grown-up Jen" (35) leaving to start her new life - having just given her some Roses for her hair - permission to cross over the bridge, into that new life ... but the look on the little girl's face tells you they're parting ways now ... and for her it's been a very sorrowful goodbye.
There's a lot more symbolism designed into this masterpiece, and for those of you who have visited and seen it up close, well ... you know the story well.
What do you think this painting is called? What does it represent? The trained eye may spot the significance, but when you read (below) what it is called, you'll find yourself saying "Ah ... Yes, of course!"

Well, that's about all the planning that I could humanly muster - But God had a loving grand finale planned ...
Somehow ... not sure how, Jen's dad got to go on a business trip that placed him a few hours away from us,
and for once, without his wife! So on a whim, he decided to rent a car, and drive to our city, and find us!
Thus it was that one Sunday afternoon - unannounced, he pitched up, alone, on his daughter's doorstep.
I immediately spotted the opportunity God had given us, and reminded him of how he'd let his daughter down,
rather badly, on her wedding day many years before - then told him the time had come for him to make amends.
And so it was that Jen got to stand underneath her newly finished wedding portrait, with her dad! How sweet is that?


And he then told her that he loved her, and that he was so very proud of her!
He asked for her forgiveness for not being at her side on her wedding day, and play-acted
walking her down the isle and giving her away to me, with his blessing ... to be my wife, for life.
And so I took this photo of the two of them, though Digital Cameras were still in the infancy, but it worked!
Sadly that was the very last time Jen ever saw her dad but, thanks to God's love,
it was a perfect grand finale!

Note: I've blurred Jen's dad's face in these photos as her mother will go ballistic if she gets news of the existence of these happy photos.
BUT we have the originals, Jen has the memories, and the history of what a wonderful day that turned out to be will be preserved forever!

So you think that's "as good as it gets"? I did. Well there's more ... God had something so special planned
for that day, that even the lovely heart-warming story I've related (above) was about to be "scooped".


You see, on that day, with both of their emotions raw, God used Jen to
lead her own dad to the lord! How sweet is that! Here they are after I
came back outside to check on them (camera in hand) only then finding
out that he had repented of his sins, asked for forgiveness and for Jesus
to become his Lord and Savior ... like a lamb, and with a beer in his hand.
Considering they knew that this would be the last time they'd ever be allowed
to see each other ... this was kind of like the story of the "thief on the cross".
Jen's birth-mother so controlled access to her dad, by anyone, it's safe to say
that he'd never have had a better chance to accept Jesus as his Lord and savior.
God's plan worked wonderfully, and so Jen and her dad will get to see each other again.

Everyone would agree that the idea of the painting for Jen (and the ensuing project)
was a sweet thing to do for her ... BUT as you can see from the short synopsis above
of what God had planned, clearly His gift to Jen and her dad was downright AWESOME!
I really did not see all of that coming ... clearly God did. Even the timing was perfect.
It was kind of like: "Ok, that's nice ... now sit back and watch Me multiply it's significance 10x". The painting
is called "Born Again". Every time Jen sees it, she remembers her own life-changing rebirth ... and her dad's too.
When I commissioned "Born again", the painting, I really had no idea of how God would use it for that very purpose! 


There's really a LOT more to this Love story than this short summary ... You can read about that day, and
much more, in the 7 books in this series: "Africa's SNOW-WHITE", the novels. Get them FREE at: Snow-White.us
It's a real-life story, so don't expect everyone to change and live happily ever after - but in the end, most do!

Background: A curse that's lasted 3 generations - on Jen's mother's side of the family:

As you may have read [3] Jennifer's mother tried her best to stop Jen and I from getting married (and also from staying married) and ultimately disowned Jen for marrying me - more accurately, for daring to chart her own course in life (her choice of a husband being just one of many independent choices in that regard) and certainly for daring to find any fault with the "queen's rule". [2] Well, Jennifer's maternal grandfather threatened to disown Jen's mother if she married Jen's dad (though that was later rescinded) ... but much more intriguingly, we established (from Jen's aunt and uncle) that Jennifer's  maternal great-grandfather did much the same thing to one of his sons! The brother to Jen's maternal grandfather. [1] Jen's mother's uncle, was forced to elope to marry his true love - who just so happens also to be Jen's dad's Aunt! So Jen is "doubly related" to these two star-crossed lovers, who were forbidden to marry. We speculated that perhaps Jen's dad and mom somehow met through (or because of) this particular uncle and aunt since they are an obvious link and they, in turn, had much the same problem when they wanted to get married, as Jen's grandfather objected. So, we can trace these efforts to control whom their children love and marry, first to Jen's great-grand-parents (who were contemporaries of queen Victoria) then to her grand-parents (who were children when queen Victoria ruled the empire) and finally to her own parents (who clearly still think they live in Victorian times, that Victorian England's principles apply). That's 3 generations!

Couples often reconfirm their vows. Neither Jen or I gave this option any thought, we were just so happy and relieved to actually (finally) be able to marry each other once! However, governments had other ideas, and we were forced to go through 3 weddings to convince them we were married to each other. It feels like the curse of the old "queen", her desire that we never get married or stay married. We had to keep proving that we are indeed married. So now we have 3 actual marriage certificates. One from the South African government from 1979, one from the state of Montana in 2006 and one from a South American government in 2010. That's 3 bona-fide marriages, as if the others had never even happened. Considering the opposition to Jen and I getting married at all, it's actually quite fitting that we did marry, then got married again and yet again. So the queen's efforts are defeated, not just once, but 3 times on 3 continents

It took an epic, dangerous 11,000km 28day overland voyage for us to get here, from the BC Canada, but we made it!
And from even just these few photos of our new "Promised land" ... if you use your imagination, I'm sure you will agree.


Many years ago, Jen and I met and fell in love in a beautiful National park in South Africa. Many years later  we belatedly
 eloped and ended up living in a beautiful National park in a tropical paradise, in a land "Far, far away" ... still very much in love,
AND next to our very own "Secret place" - as before, a waterfall, with a lovely big clear pool that we can swim in together, forever.
AND, very importantly - 6 of the 7 Wishes made by us in our youth, together in our "Secret place" in Africa, have now come true!
AND the National park we ended up in, has within it, in fact right next to our home, all of the elements of our 1st two wishes.
AND I'd like to assure you that we did not plan any of this ... it just unfolded as if  it were mandated in some long-forgotten script.

Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover!” and I'd hasten to add: "Dare to Renew yourself."


So, our two options were: LAKE OF FIRE (living across the lake from Jen's birth-mother - right under her nose)
or TRANQUILITY (in a new land far, far away) - It's easy to see that there's really no going back to the past!

And so it was, that in our new land of "far, far away" , 40 years after our Summer-Love,
we were finally married, and we all lived  Happily ever after! So what's left to say but:
"Fairy tales can come true ... it could happen to you - if you're young at heart"


Before I forget ... 11 years after they were separated, waiting in S. America for Jen, in the Garden of her new home,
next to our beautiful new secret place, among the flowers in the painting, was ... well, a picture is worth a 1,000 words!
Now every morning when Jen goes to pick fresh flowers from her garden, she can stop and smile at "the little girl".
"Jungle Jen" and her "little girl", finally reunited again, forever! Well anyway, at least to us it sure looks that way.

Taking these many seemingly "coincidental" factors into account, and just listening to something resonating deep inside of our souls, it's clear to us that God planned the beginnings of our romance (complete with many special little "twists of fate" and "ironies") in such a way that most true romantics would find the story to be not only quite romantic, but also rather unusual - a classic example of "Serendipity", definitely fairy-tale like. That's the way it's turned out to be. Often "Truth is stranger than fiction!"


Romans 8:28
"And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are the called according to His purpose." This verse outlines God promises to us, that if we trust in Him and agree to follow His plan (script) for our lives, we  will not be guaranteed only easy, good, happy, stress-free, healthy and wealthy times - but He will turn even bad situation & circumstance into "good & happy outcomes", for those people who trust Him. We did ... God did!

Jen and I keep one aspect of our lives from ever really fully "maturing" ... our love for each other.
Some may find it a bit juvenile, but really it's just too much fun still feeling all of those loving feelings
from our youth, so why stop? If you want to read a little more - to see what that's been like, Here's more:

http://snow-white.us/VOL-3-secret-place-love-scene.pdf

 

For those that haven't, well, since God gave us a wonderful love story, free of charge, we're giving it away free too - no charge! See Snow-White.us
Before I forget, I also had that beautiful Gold "V-shaped" Choker-Necklace, from the painting, made for Jen, plus matching ring, bracelet and earrings.
I mean, I just had to ... It's just all so beautiful!

There is absolutely no way that Lizzie and Nicholas could have foreseen that his wish - made
way back in December of 1975, would indeed come true ... AND in this rather unusual way.
But it did! Nicholas was only ever engaged to Lizzie - and only ever married her ... 3 times!

And to follow this 43y, real-life, against all odds love-story more closely ... SEE:

   FaceBook.com/AfricasSnowWhite

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