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'Soul Surfer' Bethany Hamilton engaged to be married

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
May 8th, 2013
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"Soul Surfer" Bethany Hamilton, who vowed to surf again after losing an arm in a shark attack has announced her engagement to Christian youth minister Adam Dirks. The inspiration behind the 2011 movie "Soul Surfer," Hamilton announced her engagement today. According to Hamilton's blog, Dirks popped the question on April 9, to which Hamilton replied with an enthusiastic "yes."

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The 23-year-old Hamilton, whose life story inspired the film "Soul Surfer," says she met Dirks at the beach on "somewhat of a blind date" last spring, and that the first thing they did was jump off a cliff together. "You could say it was love at first cliff jump," wrote Hamilton.

"I know Adam and I are right for each other and that God has us together for Him," Hamilton wrote on her blog. "Neither of us is perfect, but in my eyes Adam is just right and I'm thankful to have someone so perfectly perfect to share life with as one.

"Every time she says, 'I love you,' I can't help but smile and skip a few heart beats," Adam wrote in a guest post on her blog. "To feel the love of someone who genuinely loves me for who I am and am becoming, is indescribable."

Hamilton was 13 years old when her left arm was severed in an attack by a tiger shark while surfing in the North Shore in Kauai, Hawaii. One year later, she was back to competing in surfing competitions and turned professional in 2007.

"I'm so thankful for [Adam] and look forward to living life together," wrote Hamilton. "Adam, I love you and I'm here to stay!"


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