Well everyone, I have two big pieces of news, one of which I saved until the other happened.
First off, Justin got a call a couple of weeks ago from a NOAA weather office which he'd applied to, asking for an interview the very same day. He interviewed a couple of hours later, and they told him right off he had the job.
Getting a job so quickly is rather unusual--one of Justin's weather-buddies told him to expect about a year to get a job and half a dozen to a dozen interviews. So that was truly good, good news!!! :0)
And this weather office is somewhere, admittedly, I never thought about moving--Michigan! The Upper Peninsula, on the shores of Lake Superior, to be exact!!!
It's going to be soooo cold--and soooo much fun! The UP gets enough snow for snowmobiling (which neither of us have done), skiing (which I have never done) and outdoor iceskating! In the summer there are tons of bicycle and four-wheeler trails, plus some good hiking and camping spots. Plenty of stuff for outdoorsy people!! :0)
I think I'm reading y'alls' minds here; you're asking, "So, when are you getting married?" Which brings us to the second big piece of news....
Justin and I are now engaged!!!!!
He proposed last Thursday night (September 24th) at a pretty little park near Springfield. He'd mentioned that he wanted to go on a date, and my parents offered to chaperone us. And then Justin mentioned that we should go to Ritter Springs Park, since my parents had never been there (we'd gone out there once with Hannah).
So we went out there, and as we're walking down to the bridge Justin was talking about all the stuff he needed to get done before Michigan, and how he hoped we'd get engaged before he left but he wasn't sure, he needed to talk to his parents....and when we stopped on the bridge, I looked away for one second. Then I felt this tap on my shoulder.
I turned around and there was Justin on one knee, holding up a ring, asking me to marry him!!! It was SO COOL!!! And so sweet...He's the world's most amazing guy and I love him so, so much!
It truly has been an amazing summer, with our courtship bringing us closer together through hardships, and now we're engaged! Even though I knew it would happen sometime, it was so wonderful to actually have the ring on my finger and to be able to hold hands and to call Justin my fiance.