Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wednesday's Walk ~ Kristin Gets Engaged

I think it's time for another Wednesday's Walk Down Memory Lane.  It's hosted by Jenilee of The Goodwin Family blog.

I received some exciting news about my niece this past week.  Kristin Sumstad (my brother Steve's daughter) is engaged to be married to Kevin!

I thought I'd post a few memories I have of Kristin (who is like a daughter to me).  Since I'm the only family member who lives in Arizona (not Florida), every trip was special to me.

Kristin looks so young and innocent here.  I remember it like it was yesterday.

Getting ready for her dance recital.

Opening up a Christmas gift from Aunt Debbie and Uncle Greg.  I loved to shop for pretty girly dresses.  Hmm ...maybe she wanted a toy instead?

This photo was taken on a trip to Lake Powell.

Kristin graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  This photo was taken when she was getting all set in her apartment off campus.

Here she is with her BFF ~ Harley!

Harley is no dumby!  He knows the most comfortable place to sleep is in Kristin's arms. :)

This photo was taken on a trip with Aunt Debbie to La Jolla, CA.

Kristin and Kevin began dating two years ago.

Last weekend at Sea World Kevin proposed to Kristin on bended knee.  He had asked for her parents' permission in advance.  Good move Kevin!

Kristin says ...YES!

Even the dolphins are excited!

Kristin graduated with a Master's Degree in Speech Pathology and is working in the school system in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Kristin, I love that you are so beautiful both inside and out!
Congratulations to you and Kevin. 
Uncle Greg and I are looking forward to the wedding.
We love you!


  1. Yeah! This is very exciting news. Kristen is such a beautiful girl, in fact, your entire family is beautiful. The pictures are very sweet, what a cute couple they are. I hope they will be very happy. Congradulations to Kristen.

  2. What a beautiful and creative way to propose, right before swimming with the dolphins. Hugs to you, sweet one. Sara

  3. What a special time for your niece. She is beautiful. Loved the way he proposed! And the dolphins, gotta love it!

  4. Congrats Kristin! Congrats to you too Debbie - what a fun thing to celebrate with your niece. I know how special she is to you!

    Love and hugs,

  5. Such a sweet post. Congrats to dear Kristen.

  6. Kristin is beautiful, and she reminds me a lot of her Aunt Debbie!

    What a special relationship, and now you have a beautiful wedding to look forward to.

    I'm sure Kristin feels just the same about her Aunt Debbie...

    Congratulations Kristin & Kevin!

  7. Very nice tribute to your niece, she is a beautiful girl Debbie. I have missed you too...shoot me an email when you have time and let me know how you are doing.
    Love ya Debbie

  8. What marvelous photos you have from you niece. She looks so happy, well, expect the photo with the dress - hehe...

    Thank you so much for sharing part your family with us. Congratulations to Kristin and Kevin - sweet couple.

    Love & peace,

  9. You have a beautiful family, Debbie, I wish Kristin a very happy married life.

  10. How sweet...congrats to your niece and future nephew....

  11. What a beautiful niece and so very special to your heart. I can see why.

    I am a romantic at heart and love this post all the way through. It's wonderful and respectful that Kevin asked for her parents permission in advance before proposing. The proposal on bended knee...way to go Kevin!...and a swim with the sweet.

    Congratulations to both of them. I look forward in seeing pictures in the future of their wedding Debbie. They are already so blessed.


  12. Congratulations to Kristin! Young beautiful! I know you are thrilled for them. :-)

  13. Both adorable and so beautiful! God bless them!

  14. Oh I loved this. Congratualtions to them both! I love the proposal too. Very unique for sure...They are both quite cute. I can see why she is so special to you, and I have a feeling her Aunt Debbie is just as special to her. Fun times ahead for sure... = )

  15. She is beautiful and they make a handsome couple. Love that photo of them with the Dolphin. I've dreamed of doing that but...

    Congratulations to them both!! May the blessings of the LORD rest with them in not only their Wedding but in YEARS of their MARRIAGE.

    Love you dear sister. You're on my heart and in my prayers...

  16. She is a beautiful girl! Congrats to you all!

  17. she is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing her story with us! I'm sure she'll love this post! :)

  18. That is so exciting. I'm so happy for them!

  19. I wonder if your niece noticed anything different about Kevin's speech the whole day leading up to the proposal? ;)

  20. Hi Debbie...what a beautiful niece you have...and what a sweet aunt you are! Congratulations and continued blessings to Kristen and her love...

    Love to you...


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