Monday, May 26

Erin got engaged over the weekend. She and Rick came down for the weekend and he proposed to her at the pizza place they went to on their first date. No wedding date has been set, but it will probably be early next summer.

It was a good weekend. They came down on Friday night. On Saturday morning, Rick and I went to play golf while the girls went shopping. That is when he asked for my permission to propose. (Good thing he asked before we played because who knows what I would have said after he beat me.) Then he took her out to eat and proposed. She didn't know it was coming, but the rest of us did. So when she said yes, he texted me and Gina, Stacy, and I joined them at Guido's.

I'm happy for them and I know that Erin is excited. But, as I told Rick, I don't know that any father thinks there is anyone good enough for his daughter. Erin will be 25 later this week and is such a special person - so caring and personable and energetic. I know she's in love with Rick and I know that he loves her, too. He goes out of his way to watch out for her and care for her and sacrifice for her. And I'm proud of the way that he has stepped up spiritually over the past several months. They have found a good church to attend in Omaha and are involved in a small group with some other young couples. That is one area that he and I talked about almost a year ago. He has responded well to that.

So please pray for Erin and Rick as they continue to grow together spiritually and emotionally.

The other big event of the weekend was the arrival of Stacy's new puppy. When Stacy moved home a couple of weeks ago, she came ready to by a puppy. She has been scanning the paper and online looking for one. And she finally found what she wanted - Rylee Dee, an 8-week-old yorky. Rylee is cute and playful and energetic and (at least partly) house broken! I think she's got a good one. I'm a dog person and I think it is good to have one around the house again. Even if it is a Yorky.


One final family note: Last weekend Gina and I, Stacy and Ryan, and my Mom got to share in our niece's wedding and reception. Anna is my brother's oldest and the first on my side of the family to get married. She and her new, husband, Milo, will be living in KC.

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