wow - it has been forever since I've put anything up on this site. I have been pretty busy with a little bit of everything. Youth group stuff is going well - we had an incredible time with our 30-hour Famine. I was very impressed with the 20 middle and high school students who gave it a try and for the first time in most of their lives, voluntarily went without food for 30 hours to raise awareness, money, and canned goods for the many, many people around the world and here close to home who go hungry everyday. It was a really neat thing to see them so motivated to let other people at our church know about all they had learned about hunger.
But my biggest news is.......
Andy and I got engaged!
On March 1, 2008
We had been thinking seriously and praying about the idea of marriage for the month or so before, especially since we found out he was moving away. We took my parents out to dinner the day after Valentine's day and talked to them about it and Andy asked for their permission to marry me. So I knew it was coming....but he was really cute - we had a free Saturday afternoon and he wanted to go to the inner harbor again before he left town. We walked around (it was a little windy and cold) and then we went up to the the "top of the world" (Baltimore's World Trade Center - which the guide told us was the tallest 5 sided building in the country or the world? I can't remember, but something like that). We were looking around when all of a sudden I turned around and Andy was on one knee! He asked, I accepted, and we're both really excited about the future together!
We were already planning to go visit with some friends that night, so we had a great time showing off the ring and sharing our excitement with everyone.
(thanks Emily Joy for the last couple of pictures!)