When Brad pulled up to Jamie’s farmhouse, he sat in his truck for a few minutes before going in. Jamie said the door wasn’t locked. She had been there earlier in the day and hoping he would agree to meeting her tonight, she hadn’t locked up. She said she would get there as soon as she could and to please be patient.
Brad couldn’t make sense of it. Where was she and why didn’t she meet him at the airport like she had promised? He decided to wait inside.
“Come on, Arf. Let’s go on in.”
Arf: Boy a lot has happened since I first got here and Miss Bessie took me in. Brad’s right. Jamie was my first human owner. I sure hope she’s okay.
Even though Jamie had spent very little time at the farm since she bought it from Miss Bessie, everywhere Brad looked, she was there. This is where he saw her for the first time. He remembered feeling disappointed when she said she only came to pick Arf up, and then she was going on to her parent’s home, several hundred miles away.
Well what do you know, he thought. The brave cowboy is scared…he couldn’t imagine a life without Jamie in it, but judging by today, maybe she didn’t feel the same way. Maybe that’s what tonight was all about.
It was after dark when he saw Jamie’s Jeep come slowly up the drive. When she stopped, he didn’t run to greet her. He couldn’t. This was going to be the defining moment in their relationship and there was no way he could prepare himself for the possibility of losing her. When she got out of the Jeep, he couldn’t tell by her expression what she was feeling.
“I’m so sorry, Brad,” she said. “This was terribly unfair of me. You don’t deserve a day like today, and it breaks my heart that I have disappointed you.”
Brad couldn’t say anything at first. What could he say?
“Something incredible has happened in my life,” she said. “A miracle, really. It all happened so fast and I didn’t know for sure if it was going to happen at all and then suddenly it was all decided and before I knew it, I was blessed with the most wonderful gift anyone could ever ask for.”
“Slow down, Jamie. I have no idea what you’re talking about. I feel like I’m miles behind you instead of beside you which is where I want to be.”
Jamie turned around and walked back to the Jeep. For a minute he thought she was going to get back in and leave, but instead, she opened the door to the backseat. It was dark, so he couldn’t see what she was doing. When she stood she had a sleepy little boy in her arms.
“Meet Jake,” she said. “He’s my son. I adopted him today.”
When Jamie looked at Brad, he had tears in his eyes, but it wasn’t her he was gazing at. It was little Jake.
“Can you hold Jake in one arm for a minute or two?” Brad asked.
When Jamie shifted Jake from one hip to the other, Brad got down on one knee and took her other hand.
“Jamie Langford…will you marry me?”
She handed Jake to Brad and began to cry. “Yes! I sure will. I’ve loved you forever and I want to be your wife.”
“I have never been happier in my life,” Brad said. “What an awesome family we have, right Jake?”
By this time the little boy had become more awake and he looked from Brad to Jamie and grinned from ear to ear.
“Is that my dog?” He asked. “Is that my very own dog?”
Jamie and Brad looked at each other. Their little son was about to learn that Arf was everybody’s dog.
Arf: They’re right. But don’t worry little Jake. Arf and Annie will take good care of you.
“I suppose I should tell you how I came to be Jake’s mom,” Jamie said.
“I guess,” Brad answered. “Maybe tomorrow…or the next day. Right now let’s take little Jake to the ranch and get him settled in. Tomorrow, we have a wedding to plan.”