As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.




Monday, January 28, 2019

ENGAGED!!




At the Biltmore Estate . . . on a rainy day . . . on the terrace . . . under a newly purchased umbrella . . .
(so romantic)

Andrew proposed!

And Kati (of course) said yes

A late spring wedding is being planned and we are over-the-moon excited about it! 






We surprised Kati at the airport with balloons and a banner and a hoard of family members with congratulatory hugs and happy squeals!



A ginormous engagement ring (Christmas tree ornament) was attached to the balloons.

Judah was fascinated by the balloons!

Dad admiring the ring

Sisters sharing happiness!


We are so happy for Kati and Andrew, and we're excited to see God's plan for their lives unfolding! 



49 comments:

  1. This makes me so happy! They are a perfect match! God is faithful and good!

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    1. Thank you for sharing in our joy, sweet friend! Truly, God is faithful and good!

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  2. Such an exciting time! So happy for them.

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  3. You guys do family so well! What a celebration!

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  4. Warm best wishes! What an exciting time for the entire family. Question: Did you and Ron know that the question was going to be popped prior to Kati’s knowing? Many happy planning times to Kati and Andrew and all those who will be adding to them. They make a wonderful, happy, blessed couple and Kati will be such a beautiful 👰🏻.

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    1. Thank you, Vee! It is indeed an exciting time! The answer: Yes. Andrew had asked for Ron's blessing when he was here after Christmas, so we knew it was coming sometime. But also no, because we did not know exactly when. (The Biltmore Estate seemed like a good place to us, so that was our guess.)

      Oh yes, they are so happy and so blessed and Kati will be a beautiful bride . . . and I will probably be the crying mother-of-the-bride because that is what I do.

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  5. Congrats! What a blessing for both families!

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    1. Thank you, Melissa! Both families are excited and blessed!

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  6. Woohoo! What lovely news to find here on a Monday morning. Congratulations to the happy couple and all the best for sweet and joyful planning in the days ahead.

    Bren xox

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    1. You are so sweet to rejoice with us! (Blogging friends are real friends!)

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  7. Wonderful! Congratulations to Kati and Andrew!

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  8. Congratulations to Kati and Andrew! I love that your family met her with a gaggle of well wishes. Love is in the air. What could be better? They make a darling couple. ♥

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    1. Ah yes, love is in the air! It is so much fun to see her nieces' and nephews' delight about this relationship and about an upcoming wedding!

      Thanks for your warm congratulations!

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  9. Oh how exciting! Sooo happy for her and for all of you! Wishing them all of God's very best for their coming years together!

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    1. Thanks for sharing in our excitement!

      P.S. SO nice to see you! Hey, are you blogging again? Heading over to find out . . .

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  10. Congratulations to Kati and Andrew! Wishing them all good things.

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  11. Congratulations to Andrew and Kati and to you all! Have a happy few months making the plans. Late spring will come quickly!

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    1. Thank you, Dotsie! Believe me, there has been a whirlwind of planning during these past nine days! :)

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  12. Congratulations to Kati and Andrew, and to all of you on this most joyous occasion! What a fun way to greet the couple at the airport! Enjoy the wedding planning.

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    1. Thank you, Lorrie! I will do my best to enjoy every moment!

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  13. Oh, how sweet to get engaged at Biltmore! You all will have such a wonderful time getting ready for the wedding and then decorating her new house (abode)...she has such a lovely room that you have shared with us!

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    1. Have you been to Biltmore? I have not, although I hope to see it someday, especially now that there is a special memory attached to it! Wedding plans are in full swing!

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    2. Yes, we went in May a few years ago. A lovely time of year to visit, plus it wasn't that busy with tourists! Bought the postcards of their Christmas decorations to see what it looks like at that time of year.

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  14. Congratulations!!! They look SO Happy! Wishing them a God glorifying marriage:) Deb
    P.S. How did they meet?

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    1. Thank you, Deb! Andrew's cousin is the pastor's wife of the church we attend. He was visiting this summer and she introduced them. :)

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  15. How wonderful! Congratulations to Kati and all of you, she is a wonderful, lovely girl and I am so glad she met her “prince”. She will be a beautiful bride.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara, for your warm congrats! I agree that Kati will be a beautiful bride!

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  16. Cheryl, I've been following your blog for years (using your recipes, admiring your home projects, and finding encouragement for homeschooling). I feel blessed to have a peek into your family. Feels funny to say since we've never met, but I'm so happy for Katy!

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    1. Awww . . . I am so happy to "meet" you now, Amy, and I am humbled and grateful if something that I share is a blessing! Thank you for sharing our joy!

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  17. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wonderful sweet news <3!!!!!!!!!!! ~tammy

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    1. Thank you, Tammy, for sharing our excitement!!

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  18. Oh yippee! Congratulations to all of you. I won't ever have a problem remembering their names, Kati and Andrew since we have a Katie and Andrew, too. Such a fun spot to get engaged. I know you are all tickled! I'm smiling real big!

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    1. Thanks for smiling with us and for the warm congrats!
      Yes, we have a pair of Kati(e)s and Andrews between us! :)

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  19. Congratulations to your family. It's always so exciting to welcome a new member into the family. And the Biltmore Estate is such a wonderful place for a proposal to happen.

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    1. Thank you, Angela! Oh yes, I think that the Biltmore Estate was a grand choice!

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  20. Oh this is so exciting Cheryl!! Congratulations to everyone! What a blessing!!

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    1. We are quite excited, Judy! Thanks for sharing our joy!

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  21. Oh how exciting! Congratulations to Katie and ALL of you! What a neat place to pop the question too...I've live here for 26 years and have NEVER been to the Biltmore!

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    1. Thank you, Debby!

      Hmmmm . . . maybe you'll go to the Biltmore before you move to Tennessee! :)

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  22. So exciting! Love the photos and especially the one of Kati and her dad {heart}. Best wishes for the adorable couple!

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    1. Oh, I love that one too, Lorraine! Thanks for your sweet wishes!

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