Here is a little history for the special occasion and a few pictures to go with it.
Fall of 2006
It all began when I was invited for dinner at this new seminary student's house, whose wife had similar interests as I did in design, etc. While I was there for lunch, I looked through their wedding album and as we got to a picture of their bridal party and family picture, I was kindly pointed out a nice young man that was part of the bridal party and family who was 'still single and my age'. How convenient! I laughed it off as did to everyone who tried to be 'helpful' and point out nice young guys for me.
February 29, 2007I saw Andrew (and his brother) for the first time in church (as he was down visiting his brother and sister-in-law) and then again at his brother's house that evening for his sister-in-law's birthday party. I was duly warned that he was coming down for the birthday party. We didn't say but 2 words to each other this whole night, however, but we did catch each other's eye in the narthex of church.
About a month after, Andrew decided to come down on his own 'for a visit'.... and maybe to have a chance to be able to see and talk to this girl that he has so much interest in. It was at this time that we exchanged emails and started communicating with each other. Andrew came down for a visit a couple times after that, but we simply communicated via email for the most part that year.
March 2008Andrew came down for his niece's baptism. It had been some time since we had seen each other so we couldn't stop talking to each other after church. At that point I knew I was definitely interested in moving forward into something more serious.
July 18, 2008Andrew and I officially started dating.
From then on, we traveled back and forth every other weekend to visit each other. At the time it was only a 4.5 hour drive for us so it didn't seem that long. When you are traveling to visit someone you are head over heals for, the time just flies by!
September 19, 2009Engagement!
Andrew surprised me in Grand Haven with a beautiful ring and the sunset in the back ground. He was not alone! He had my whole family up there with him and one of my girl friends and her boyfriend at the time.