Saturday, February 16, 2019


I have some exciting news! I am engaged!

Andrew proposed to me on a rainy January day under an umbrella and I said YES!

These past few months have been full of excitement! 

In July, my pastor's wife told my sister (they're good friends) that I should meet her single cousin who was visiting her. Melinda and Kristin set it up so that I could meet Andrew at Bible study. 

I arrived at Bible study and saw Andrew and he didn't say one word to me the entire night. (Later on I learned that Andrew thought I didn't show up until Melinda pointed me out right before I left.) Suffice it to say, I was very disappointed.

Later on that evening, I got a text from Melinda inviting me to dinner the next night to play games and meet her cousin. Of course I accepted! The evening went very well and before I left, Andrew asked me for my number and set up a time to call me the next week. 

The next day Andrew was scheduled to fly back home so I was surprised to get a text from him that his flight was canceled and he couldn't get another one for two days. He asked if he could take me out to dinner. That evening we went to Your Pie, walked through HomeGoods, and talked for hours. The next morning we went kayaking together. (I had just gotten a new kayak the week before. Perfect!)

After he was back home, we started talking and Skyping with one another. Soon he was planning another visit to see me. 

After visiting me in September, Andrew asked my dad for permission to date me. We were both so excited! 

I planned a visit to see him in October. It was nice to see where he lived and worked, visit his church, and meet some of his friends. 

Andrew was away on business for my November 2 birthday, so he made a trip up to visit me a couple weeks later. During that weekend, my family and friends planned a surprise party for me. I was so excited and thankful that Andrew could be there to share that with me. 

Over Christmas, Andrew was able to plan a longer visit and his parents were even able to come up so that I could meet them and they could meet me. I loved his parents right away and they loved me! It was nice to spend time getting to know them and getting to know Andrew better. 

When it was time for Andrew to leave to go back home, tears were shed and "I love you"s were exchanged. 

The times between visits seemed to last much longer now that we were growing closer. 

In January it was my turn to visit Andrew. 

We took a day trip on that rainy Saturday and as we were walking on a beautiful terrace under an umbrella, Andrew asked if I would marry him and I said yes! 

Andrew made this mug for me

He pulled a beautiful wooden ring box (that he made) out of his pocket. Inside was his great-grandmother's engagement ring. If I could pick any ring in the world, I would have chosen one like that one. The amazing thing was Andrew didn't even have to get it fit me perfectly! 

Our parents were THRILLED to get a picture text from us with the good news. 

The rest of the weekend was spent calling our loved ones and closest friends and excitedly planning our wedding!

Andrew carved these hearts years ago to give to his future wife someday. He gave them to me for Valentine's Day.

We've set the date for May 18 and wedding plans are in full swing!

For years, I have wondered if I would ever find the right man but God graciously sent me Andrew and I am so thankful! Not only is he a handsome and kind man, he is a funny, creative, super smart, thoughtful, responsible, Godly man. 

Andrew appreciates my sense of humor and my love of insects and creepy crawlies. We both love photography, reading, nature and we both get a thrill out of unusual things like octopus and tardigrades. We are perfect for one another! 

Andrew, I can't wait until May when we become husband and wife and start our life together. 

I have found the one whom my soul loves. 
~Song of Solomon 3:4~

***Photos by my very talented and dear friends Frances and Gary***


Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

So thrilled for you! Thankful too for your testimony of trusting God in the waiting!

e l i z a b e t h ♥ said...

Hi Kati,

I've been reading yours and your mom's blogs for awhile now, and just wanted to offer my congratulations. Your engagement sounds like a magical, wondrous time...and your ring is gorgeous! Your words about trusting that God for the right man was an encouragement to me tonight. Thank you for sharing your story...I hope your wedding plans go splendidly!

Wishing you and Andrew many wonderful years ahead!

Joy and blessings,

Phyllis said...

So happy for you!!

Kathy said...

Congratulations! I am so thrilled for you and Andrew. It is always good to wait for the man God has chosen for you. I waited until I was 52 and have never regretted it. I'm looking forward to seeing your future posts during this wonderful time.

ellen b. said...

So so happy for you and Andrew. We have an Andrew and Katie with an e in our family. How exciting to plan your special day in May! God bless you two dearly!

Unknown said...

Congratulations Kati!! So happy you found the right man for you , with .God’s help and your patience!! And - your wedding date is my don’s Birthday!! Has to be a good omen!! So much fun and excitement ahead!! 😍♥️♥️

Vee said...

Oh my goodness! I left your mom’s post in the dust as it were to rush here and read your story. What a wonderful story it is and what sweet photos to illustrate. Wishing you joy in your engagement and as you plan a wedding and a life. The Scripture is perfection.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I'm over from your Mom's blog dear Katy and I want to wish you & Andrew much love, joy and wonderfulness through your engagement and in your married life.


Anonymous said...

My husband and I were introduced to each other by his sister ( whom I worked with)...we've had 33 years of wedded bliss (he really is perfect for me). Sounds like you two were made for each other!!! May God Richly bless your marriage! Deb

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Kati, I'm visiting from your sweet Mom's post about you! Congratulations and much happiness and love to you and Andrew. Your engagement photos are wonderful. Blessings to both of you as you begin your life together! ♥ said...

I'm also coming over from your mom's post. So exciting to read your story with these lovely photos! My husband and I were also introduced to each other on a blind date, and we're still going strong together at 41 years!!
Blessings on your wedding and a new life. I'm sure you'll miss your family when you move, but just think of the fun times of returning back home with your new husband!

tammy said...

Many happy Congratulations Kati!!!!!!!!!! <3

Loni said...

This is such wonderful news, congratulations!!!! :)

Debby Ray said...

What a sweet love story and beautiful photos! Congratulations, Katie!

Barbara F. said...

Congratulations, Kati. You are a lovely young woman and will make a beautiful bride. Wishing you all the love and happiness your hearts can hold. Looking forward to following along to the big day. Your mom must be over the moon and busy with preparations. xo

podso said...

Congratulations and best wishes, Katie and Andrew! What a wonderful story of God bringing you two together! I know you will bring him much glory in your new life together. You wrote this well and each photo seemed to go with your words! Well done! And I love your engagement photos--a "cut above" the usual ones we see. Your ring looks just like my mom's who got hers in 1943. I wonder if yours is of the same vintage. It's lovely!