updated 01/20/2012 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/20/2012 AT 4:45 PM ET
Elizabeth Smart is getting her happy ending.
Smart, 24, who was kidnapped from her home in 2002 at age 14, is engaged to be married, her father Ed Smart confirms to PEOPLE.
“We’re very excited for her,” Ed said Friday. “She told us at home last Saturday. I wasn’t really surprised. They’ve been very happy together. We’re just thrilled. We’re looking forward to her moving on to this next stage and leading a very happy life.”