Monday, April 13, 2009

A Very Special Announcement

I am very happy to announce the engagement of our oldest son, Jonathan, to Miss Emily Shamburger, daughter of Scott and Lori Shamburger.

Our families have been friends for many years since starting a church together in Illinois back in 2001. We went our separate ways not long afterward but kept in touch via letters between our daughters and occasional visits to the same family camp.

Jonathan had been considering Emily for quite some time, but the timing for marriage and starting a family wasn't ripe until this past fall. They saw one another at camp in August, but Jonathan didn't even talk to her. He was watching from afar, and he was sure after camp it was time to approach her father.

After a phone call and some time to pray, Scott gave his consent for them to begin a courtship...a looooong-distance courtship. That was in September. After several trips and many, many phone calls between Michigan and Texas, Jonathan asked her dad about an engagement. This consent was also given, and when she and her sister came for a visit last week, he popped the question. A wedding is tentatively set for mid-summer this year.

We ask for your prayers as we make this new and exciting transition, which includes a move for our family so the kids can live in the home we have now. However, that has been in the works for some time now as we were anticipating this momentous event.

"Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing." -- Psalm 107:21, 22