Monday, August 10, 2015

Meet Ellie & Mr. Handsome


A number of you have asked me to share some information about myself and my husband so you can get to know us better. Your wish is our command!

My name is Ellie and my husband's name is Mr. Handsome. Of course that's not the name on his birth certificate, but I'm into nicknames, so I thought that would be a fun way to refer to him on my blog. 

We tied the knot in June 2015. I plan to write additional posts about our wedding, but I'll tell you right now that it was quite the production. We had a short engagement (three months), invited more than 500 guests to our wedding, and served a full meal. (Thankfully, only 300 people showed up.) We also held the reception in Mr. Handsome's family's backyard.

If we had not had so much help from our immediate families and extended relatives, we would have had no chance of pulling off such a big event in only three months. 

After the wedding, we jetted off to Grand Cayman for a week honeymoon before moving to Tennessee. My dad graciously gave us airline points, so the only thing we paid for was a rental car and a condo. 

Mr. Handsome is a dentist, and I am a journalism major. Both of us have a passion for serving others and making an impact on the world. Right now, my time is consumed by blogging, setting up our home, writing thank you notes, finding my way around our new town, and doing paperwork for my husband. When the latter three things subside, I plan to look for a part-time job that allows me to use my writing skills.

Both of us would love to have a "large" family (about 5-10 children...probably not 19) and are looking forward to seeing what God has in store for our future. Right now, we are focusing on growing closer to each other and the Lord. 

We enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and camping. Mr. Handsome is an avid fisherman, and I am currently trying to develop an appreciation for that hobby. It must be working because I spent over an hour wading in water that had to be about 60 degrees yesterday evening, and even though I didn't catch a single fish, I still managed to enjoy myself. I'm not sure why...

So that's us in a nutshell.  We're pretty exciting, aren't we? 

43 comments:

  1. Thank you for a great post! It is so fun to "meet" you both! What a great couple! I would love to know how you and your mom decided to start writing about the Duggars - and when did you first get to meet them? We would love to know how you and your husband met too:) When we visited Nashville we just loved the meat and threes - it is such a great town!! - Sonya

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  2. Shela G8/10/2015

    Thank you for sharing!! You are a lovely couple I pray God will lead and guide you as you build your life together. May God also bless in amazing ways!!

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  3. Anonymous8/10/2015

    Thank you so much! If you don't mind my asking, how old are the two of you and how did you meet? :)

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  4. Wishing the two of you happiness always!

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  5. Y'all are great! Thank you for the introductions. Where are you both originally from?

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    1. Hi Aileen,

      We're from the northern US. :)

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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    2. Why is Mr. Handsome name a secret?

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  6. Anonymous8/11/2015

    Thank you for sharing the photos and information about yourselves because I love reading your blogs about the Duggars and Bates families, and I have hoped to get to know more about you. I am so happy for you on your recent marriage and look forward to hearing more about it and seeing more of the photos. It's just so nice to learn more and read about other families who are loving and serving the Lord. I find it very uplifting and encouraging! Thank you and God bless!

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  7. Anonymous8/11/2015

    Oh, I just LOVE this post! Thank you so much for writing this, Ellie! You guys are so cute together!!! :-) I'd love to read more about your wedding, whenever you find the time!
    Blessings,
    From a reader in California

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  8. Anonymous8/11/2015

    That was so sweet!!! Thanks for sharing :-) How old are you?

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  9. Anonymous8/11/2015

    What an awesome post!!! You two make the cutest couple! Just out of curiosity, how old are you and "Mr. Handsome"? (If you don't mind sharing!) I think it would be really fun if you had a poll to see how old all of your readers guessed you to be! :-)

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  10. Anonymous8/11/2015

    Seriously, I think you need to find something to call your husband besides Mr. Handsome. Why not call him Handsome, instead of Mr. Handsome. It just sounds to weird and formal.

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    1. Anonymous8/12/2015

      I like the name :-)

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    2. Anonymous8/14/2015

      I think the nick name "Mr. Handsome" is a good idea if she doesn't want to reveal his real name. If he's a dentist he probably doesn't want his patients to google him and find out about his private life.

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    3. Anonymous8/14/2015

      How old are you guys?

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    4. I also love the name - I call my son Mr. Carl all of the time!

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    5. Anonymous8/17/2015

      I totally disagree, Mr. Handsome is an adorable nickname, not weird at all!

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  11. godly-young-widow8/12/2015

    Thanks for answering questions I've had ever since first hearing about Mr Handsome. Since our common ground is the Duggars, I always wondered how much of their lifestyle you were living as well. Did you have more of a courtship, dating relationship, or somewhere in between? My late hubby and I pretty much took what we knew of either one; the purpose being to determine if we were right for each other as marriage partners. So the term "dating with a purpose" fits pretty well. Our parents were supportive bystanders, not chaperones, and we got involved in church stuff together. Would you be planning on homeschooling your future children as well? Have you found a good church home in Nashville yet? You don't have to say which church, but I am curious about what denomination. Looking forward to your next posts.

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    1. Hi godly-young-widow,

      Thanks for being such a loyal reader on all our blogs!

      Mr. Handsome and I like the term "dating courtship" or "dating with a purpose." Neither of us had ever been in a relationship before meeting each other, and we were very much "marriage minded." We definitely plan to homeschool our children. Mr. Handsome was homeschooled until 8th grade, and I was homeschooled for my last two years of high school. We both loved it.

      We are still trying out different churches in the area. We will most likely settle in a Baptist church. :)

      Hope you have a relaxing weekend!
      Ellie

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    2. That is wonderful - my good friend's father is a Pastor at Brentwood Baptist (a beautiful area!). How did you and Mr. Handsome meet? Did you both go to the same college? Have fun exploring a new area!

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    3. Anonymous8/14/2015

      Do you choose to wear pants or only skirts and dresses, if you don't mind? :)

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    4. Anonymous8/14/2015

      If you don't mind answering, how old are you and Mr. Handsome??? How long have you known each other?

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    5. Hi Sonya,

      I lived with a group of Christian girls in college. One was Mr. Handsome's sister, and I started spending time with her family because they lived close by and my family was two hours away. Mr. Handsome and I got to know each other at family gatherings, and several months later, he asked my dad for permission to start a relationship. :)

      Ellie

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    6. We're both in our mid-20s, although Mr. Handsome is a few years older than me. :)

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  12. Anonymous8/13/2015

    you two are such a cute couple! thanks for continuing with the blogs even though you're so busy right now. i know why you enjoyed yourself fishing - its because you were with mr handsome! i used to fish with my husband too (only for food, not for sport) and as long as we were together, thats all that mattered. i hope you have a wonderful life together

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  13. Anonymous8/13/2015

    Ellie, I'm thrilled to learn more about you! I sincerely and deeply appreciate the hard work you put into the Duggars' and Bates' blog. Thank you! I'm so excited for you and Mr. Handsome (and I LOVE your nickname for him!) and wish you all the best as newly weds. -BB

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  14. Anonymous8/14/2015

    Are you also gonna trust the lord with the size of your family ?

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    1. Yes, we are trusting the Lord with the size of our family. :)

      Ellie

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  15. Anonymous8/17/2015

    Ellie,
    Do you share the Duggars stance on birth control?

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  16. Anonymous8/18/2015

    I'm wondering what got you into blogging? And how dud you pick the families you blog about?
    Kim

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  17. Anonymous8/20/2015

    I was wondering when you Birthday is so we could wish you a happy birthday. I don't.know if you want to tell.us or not.

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  18. When you move to Tennessee will you be close to the Bates family? And I also love your blog!!!

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    1. Hi Emma,

      We live a few hours away from the Bates family.

      Thanks for being a loyal reader!
      Ellie

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  19. Carolyn8/24/2015

    You ARE an exciting couple and you enjoyed the hour long, 60 degree wade fishing for two reasons, no three: you are newly weds, you were with Mr. Handsome and you are a Proverbs 31 wife...a good wife. I love your blog and the Duggar family accounts.

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  20. Anonymous8/25/2015

    not sure if my comment went through but i had asked 3 different questions...I never did see it on the blog??!

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    1. I didn't see a comment with three questions. It must not have gone through. Feel free to try again. :)

      ~Ellie

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  21. Anonymous8/26/2015

    Hi Ellie! I'm an avid reader off all ur blogs. I'm glad u found Mr. Handsome. I pray God will bless u with many children. Keep us updated on ur family. Is their any chance u guys could create a blog for ur whole family?

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    1. Hi there!

      We both have our hands full with our current blogs, but that's a great idea. Maybe in the future. :)

      Thank you for being a loyal reader.
      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous8/30/2015

      Thank you so much for the reply i pray God will bless u and ur family greatly.

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  22. Anonymous8/29/2015

    When is your Birthday!

    Ellie you are so pretty. You look like your Mom!

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  23. Cheryl8/30/2015

    How wonderful to get to know you through your blog, Ellie. Thank you. Looking forward to learning more in future posts.

    Blessings

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  24. Ellie, was wondering if you mind sharing your reason for deciding to homeschool your last two years of school? thanks

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    1. Hi Johnna,

      That's a great idea. I'll add that to my to-do list. :)

      Ellie

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