I'm very happy to announce that Kim and I are engaged.
For those of you who do not know...
Kim is amazing, wonderful, beautiful and intelligent. Our story started at Fuller Theological Seminary. I am in the Ph.D. program, Kim was working on her graduate degree in Theology (which she completed last summer). Of course, Fuller was the last place I expected to meet a devout, well-versed Catholic.
I should say, however, that not all shared that attitude. Upon hearing that I had decided on Fuller, Kimberly Hahn told me: "I am going to pray that you meet a nice Catholic girl there who you'll end up spending the rest of your life with." I laughed at her. It seems God laughed at me.
I had to knock out a Hebrew language requirement. I had already done some independent study in Hebrew and I considered testing out of Hebrew, but I felt like I would really benefit from taking a class. There were two sessions, one in the morning and one in the evening. I wanted to take the morning one, but it was full. However, I heard that I was first on the waiting list and so it sounded in reach. So while I registered for the evening class just in case, I went to the morning section thinking I would end up there in the end.
In the evening I went to the other session--which I was sure I would drop. I hate taking evening classes. When I walked in the room I saw Travis Lawmaster sitting in the back row. Travis had been a student at Steubenville. In fact, like myself, Travis had lived with the Hahns. He was moving out when I was moving in. We laughed so hard. What were the odds of two Catholics from Franciscan ending up in the same class.
The professor had us all go around and say a few things about ourselves. As part of my little bio, I said, "I studied in Ohio." Travis also added when it was his turns, "I studied in Ohio." We just kind of laughed it off. But then, the cute girl sitting in front of me said, "I studied in Ohio." Travis and I looked at each other and said, "Nah... it can't be."
At the break, she turned around and said, "Michael Barber? Are you the Michael Barber that lived with the Hahns?" Apparently, this girl knew Gabe Hahn. To make a long story short, Gabe, upon hearing that Kim was going to Fuller, had told her that a friend of his dad's was heading to Fuller as well. Kim assumed that this friend must be around Scott's age--she was surprised I was her age.
Well, I think I asked her out on the second day of class--needless to say, I stuck with the evening class. We were on our way.
These days, Kim is the Director of Catechetical Ministries (or, the Director of Religious Education) at the largest Catholic parish in San Diego. The youth program alone has over 1500 kids.
She does all things well. She's an amazing teacher. She loves Jesus Christ, she loves Sacred Scripture and she loves the Church.
Like me, she can shift gears from talking about the biblical theological to Napolean Dynamite on a dime. She knows more about computers than most people you will ever meet. She has mad creative skills. She always treats people with kindness and charity. She doesn't know the meaning of the word "impossible".
She's really tired of the question, "How many times did Paul go up to Jerusalem?" She has a passion for learning--she reads hefty theological books(right now, one by Vanhoozer) for fun. She also loves Jane Austen and Willy Wonka.
When it is unusually cold and she didn't bring a jacket, she looks cute in mine. When she laughs her eyes twinkle and her smile makes doing anything worth it.
I love you, Kim.
Thanks to all of you who have extended kind words. Thanks to Scott and for his comment on the post below. Thanks also to Dimbulb.
Please keep us all in your prayers. In particular, pray that as we plan all of the logistics our focus remains on asking God to properly dispose us to the graces of the sacrament.