Lauren Eve McLaughlin and Joel William Thurman, both of Houston, Texas, announce their engagement and upcoming marriage.
Parents of the bride-to-be are Scott and Tracie McLaughlin of Kearney, Nebraska. Parents of the prospective bridegroom are Jeff and Linda Thurman of Gothenburg, Nebraska.
The bride-to-be has a bachelor's degree in art education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. She teaches art at Hastings Ninth Grade Center in Houston.
The prospective bridegroom graduated from McCook Senior High in 2005 and has a bachelor's degree in history from UNK. He teaches history at Killough Middle School in Houston.
A wedding is planned for July 2013 in Kearney.