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More Blessings.

I’m about to book a flight to Austin for August and I’m so excited! My sweet cousin Mindy, has asked me to be her daughter’s Godmother! My sister and I will share the duty together. I’m really blessed by this and looking forward to our trip this summer to be with friends and family and celebrate sweet Emerson!

Emerson Patricia Hopkins,

You don’t know me yet, but I’m your God Mother. What an amazing honor it was when your Mom and Dad called me to ask me and my sister, McKenna, to be your God Mothers. In all honesty, I’m not exactly sure what I’m supposed to do or what it means to be a God Mother in it’s entirety. But I can tell you that I will do my best and figure it out as God leads us both on a new journey! I’ve never been a God Mother before and I’ve never had one myself, but I will take my job seriously and commit to loving you well and upholding you spiritually as you grow up. Your mom taught me a lot about living out my faith when we both lived in Kingwood. I was blessed by God to have her as an older mentor for me in the early years of my faith in Christ. I hope I can be that same person for you as you, Emerson.

Know that I prayed for you while you were even in your Mommy’s tummy. I prayed for you to be strong and healthy and even for you to turn around so you could come out safely. God listened to our prayers and answered them! It’s the first of many He will answer for you. Today I pray that you can grow up to know Him and have a real and meaningful relationship with Jesus, his son. I pray that you would fall in love with Him as your savior and know the need for Him in your life.

I can’t wait to meet you in person and be there on the day of your baptism as an outward sign of your parent’s inner commitment to raise you in Christ! I love you very much!

3>, Katelin


Love is in the air....

I feel loved.

Over the course of the last week, I can’t tell you how loved and honored I feel. Not only because the man of my dreams has asked me to marry him, but even more my sweet friends and family have continued to send encouraging messages of congratulations, best wishes and excitement to us both. It is an overwhelming feeling! Thank you so much to all who have reached out to us and let us know how excited you are for us. We are so very happy and so glad to share our excitement with you! So in honor of all of our sweet friends and family I toast to you….

Some ships are big,
Some ships are small,
But the best ships are friendships,
So here’s to us all!

My friends in Arizona laugh at me because I say that toast all the time. I think my friend Loren taught it to me in the first place in college and it has stuck. Some of my guy friends even roll their eyes when I do it over and over again….but I just love it! I suggest you toast to your friends using these short but sweet verses whenever you get the chance. :) If anyone has another toast that seems to go over well for them…let me know!

Thanks again to all that love us both. This season of life will be so special for us in part becuase of you!


Going to the Chapel...

I wrote this on Friday night, but haven't had a spare moment to catch my breath and stop crying happy tears to post. Pics are on Facebook as well! :)

What an incredibly suprising and unforgettable evening!

Blake picked me up tonight at about 5:30 because we had a reservation at the Farm at South Mountain for dinner tonight. We had a ‘date night’ on the calendar for a few weeks now (with our crazy schedules we tend to have to carve it out) and I even argued that this place was too expensive and suggested some other options via email. We were supposed to be celebrating his new job and just enjoying a nice date after months of being very frugal! I had taken a nap that afternoon so I hurriedly got ready – not showering – just freshening up and throwing on a dress to be comfortable in the heat. We got to the restaurant a lot faster than we both thought we would with rush hour traffic (I insisted on leaving early to beat the rush hour). Instead we drove through the houses nearby and then eventually parked. We walked up to the hostess and Blake said that he had a reservation for Parrish. The woman’s face lit up a bit and then took us to a very special, private table. We sat in the brick oven area with a covered terrace, overlooking the lawn complete with fire pits and lights in the trees. We took our time glancing at the drink menu and then Blake decided it a good time to pray. I thought this was a little strange at first to pray before our food arrived, but at the same time was thinking this is why I love Blake. His prayer was very long but so heartfelt and honest, like he always prays– praying about God’s faithfulness in bringing us both together, aligning the timing of his job and just his providence overall. I was already teary after that and had no idea what was coming next!

Then Blake began to talk about our future together and how he wanted to spend the rest of our lives together as best friends and as husband and wife. Getting down on one knee he held out a beautiful solitaire diamond ring. I had no idea he already had a ring to give me to ask for my hand! I had a hunch over the weekend that he might have asked my parents for their permission as my mom was being a little funny about his visit. (mostly vauge) I did not expect for him to propose this quickly by any means! I think I just said yes, yes, yes before he could even get words out – and of course was a crying mess!

Our sweet friend Scotty came and secretly snapped pictures of the event as well. They are so beautiful and we are so lucky to have such a gifted, generous friend!

We then called out parents who were having dinner together at the Parrish’s and shared with them our exciting news. It was so special for me to have both families already together. It really meant a lot to see them sharing in our joy as one family. The rest of the evening we shared an incredible 7 course meal made especially for us! We came back to Scottsdale to Jen’s house where our friends were there waiting for us to celebrate. The girls had brought me wedding magazines and even an adorable bride headband complete with my soon to be initials. Thanks Hairsay! I recapped the story for all of our friends and enjoyed their excitement and support as we sipped on champagne and listened to, “going to the chapel.”

I am so blessed to be marrying my best friend. He is truly the perfect man for me. His heart is so good and he loves the Lord so much which makes me fall in love with him more and more. He treats me better than I deserve and holds me up. He is an encourager, a passionate servant and a loyal friend. I couldn’t ask for a better partner in life. I’m so excited to share my life with him and partner in our new adventure.

Wow Lord, thank you for all you have done! I would have never guessed this would have all fallen into place the way it did tonight. You are amazing – thank you for preparing the path for us. You are so good. All the glory to You!
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