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Engaged! // Andrew&Kelly // Todd, NC

You guys, I really like Andrew and Kelly. A lot. A lot a lot. When we met for their engagement session, we sat on the porch of the Todd Mercantile and the stars aligned. God was there. We were surrounded by tranquil mountains and the colors of fall. The little porch we sat on had a musty wood cabin smell. There was a slight breeze on the air, the sun was bright and shiny, the music playing made me wistful and there was just the faintest smell of campfire smoke in the air. If you know me AT ALL, you know that my little heartstrings tug when I am reminded of Philmont, a backpacking adventure camp in the mountains of northeast New Mexico that stole my heart. I worked at Philmont for five summers, and I met my husband there. Those summers were spent changing kids’ lives, building fires, living off of nothing in the mountains and growing relationships with dear friends… Well, needless to say my heartstrings were yanked on. I was reminded of my little slice of Heaven on Earth and let me tell you, it was embarrassing. When talking with Andrew and Kelly, I could hardly get a sentence out without getting choked up at the reminder of it all. As we sat and beheld the glory of God’s creation around us, we began to talk about life and faith and the meaning of marriage and love and beauty and relationships and it was good. It was so, so good. The conversation just poured forth and we all opened up our hearts to one another. Andrew and I were already friends, but Kelly was a complete stranger to me when we met that day. Once we all got to talking, I felt as though I had finally met a person I had been friends with for years. I have scarcely met such open and honest and beautiful from-the-inside-out person. They are awesome people individually and together. And yes, Andrew and Kelly played leap frog in that abandoned church. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


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