Tuesday, November 1, 2011


I have exciting news...Daughter Emily is engaged! Mike popped the question Sunday night. But I'm getting ahead of myself. First, he invited The Husband out for a drink last week and got permission to propose {whew}, he got the O.K. and then later in the week told me. I was jumping up and down...I think Mike is just the greatest and they are so in love

The plan was that they were staying at the Hilton overnight for a "daycation", {a new word for getting away briefly}. He was going to propose after they got to their room. Which he did. The floor had rose petals scattered all around and he had made a heart with their initials on the bed. Not only did Emily cry, but she hyperventilated and Mike never had a chance to get down on one knee. The ring is gorgeous.
After the proposal, he led her downstairs for what she thought was drinks and dinner, but surprise...the bar was filled with about 40 family and friends! Here are my four. This would make for a great Christmas card if it weren't for someone wearing a baseball cap and holding a beer.
Emily and Abigail. Abby is going to be the Maid of Honor
Mike, Son Jeff, Emily, Abby, DIL Mary Clare and Son Kevin. The Thanksgiving table is going to be full!

Mike and Emily have been going out for over three years. Mike grew up next door to Papa, so they have known each other all their lives. Our families and friends are connected in so many ways. Before popping the question, Mike patiently waited for Emily to graduate from school and get settled in a job, which she has as a designer/salesperson in a large furniture chain here. The date scheduled for the wedding is September 29th of next year.

So...I am going to be Mother Of The Bride. Seems like yesterday that I was Mother Of The Groom. I've had a little practice but I think I am going to be much more involved this time. We are already looking at the bride magazines and looking forward to the spring fashion shows. I am truly happy and excited. Nothing is ever slow paced around here! I should get out and start looking for that dress now. :-)


Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Congratulations!!!! This is such exciting news!! Your family is gorgeous and I cracked up at your comment about the baseball cap and beer! lol Maybe you could edit it out!

Can't wait to hear about all the plans!

Lou Cinda :)

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Congratulations!!! Pop the champagne and pull out the figs! They are delicious. When you come to California I will share some with you!

Love to you and yours,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Congratulations! What Joyous news!

NanaDiana said...

Congratulations, Jane! They make a darling couple. I can see the happiness in her eyes, can't you?

You will LOVE being the mother of the bride. It is SOOOO much fun! Start planning now-the date will be here before you know it! xo Diana

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh Jane,
I'm so excited for you....there's nothing better than our children's weddings. I can't wait to hear about all of the preparations and how everything is progressing as the year goes by.
They look a lovely couple and, what a romantic gesture with the rose petals etc.
Please send congratulations from Jackie in England and I wish them many, many happy times together. XXXX

Lynne said...

I send the Best of Love and wish many blessings for their marriage and the wedding planning. You are going to have so much fun!
I can't tell you how many times we watched "Father of the Bride."
The last was when we had breakfast together as a family on Chrislyn and Jason's wedding day!
Here's to a lifetime of love,
romance,and the humor that embraces baseball caps and beer in the Christmas picture!

Amy Chalmers said...

Oh how fun!!! That is great news Jane!! You have a nice family.

Terra said...

Congratulations on the wedding to be, and how cool that he asked your hubby for permission.

Honey at 2805 said...

Congratulation! What exciting news for your all!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

That is so sweet Jane! Looks like a very happy couple! I have been mother of the groom but since I don't have a daughter, that is something I will never experience. It's going to be a very special time for you! Enjoy! ~Hugs, Patti

Unknown said...

Congratulations to the entire family! How exciting and the rose petals!! WOW! He's a keeper.

d e l i g h t said...

Congratulations! A beautiful couple! You are going to be busy now!!

Unknown said...

Congratulations to your whole family Jane -- it is going to be an exciting 11 months :)


Sonny G said...

Congratulation to the happy couple and to your family..

I know ya'll are so excited.

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Wonderful news! Congrats! Sounds like you are in for some fun times ahead. Hope you and your family enjoy this happiness to the fullest.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

How wonderfully exciting!! Best wishes to Emily and Mike!

Tracy said...

Congratulations! What an exciting time for you, it will be so fun to help her plan everything! Enjoy it!

Daydream Living said...

Congratulations! and what a lovely way of proposing, so romantic and everyone waiting downstairs....truly lovely!
(and I like daycation, gonna use that one, thanks Jane!)
Maureen xx

Theresa said...

Oh my gosh, that is SOOOOO exciting! They look like they are in love! Can't wait to help you plan it all:) You sure have a good looking family! Enjoy your evening, HUGS!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Jane,
I'm so excited for your daughter and her husband to be. Your family is growing quickly and just think, it's only the beginning!

Congratulations to the entire family.


oldgreymare said...

That is wonderful news. Blessings all around.

Olive said...

How exciting and so patient of him to wait for her to finish school and get a job. Blessings to the both of them♥

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oh my gosh, Jane! Congratulations! How exciting. You will be so busy getting everything set up. Just remember to have fun!

Lynn said...

Congrats Jane that's so exciting! Gotta laugh at the Christmas card comment! May I suggest adding a Santa hat over the B-Ball cap and airbrushing out the brew-have fun:@)

Bonnie said...

Congratulations! This year will be so much fun for you. I had withdrawal for over a year. I so enjoy enjoy popping in to visit your lovely blog. We have several friends in common. Bonnie

Debby said...

Congratulations. What a cute couple. Even though I was really involved with my sons weddings, I was even more with my daughters. We had three weddings right in a row. Sounds like you are going to very busy with another wedding. So much fun.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to all, Jane! You are going to enjoy this next year so much!

It was four years ago this month when I last was mother of the bride. Oldest daughter was married in November 07...at the age of 43. She and her husband are the same age. Neither had been married before. We thought the day would never come.LOL!!

Marigene said...

Congratulations! The next 11 months are going to fly by, you do know that, Jane? You have a beautiful family.

Lori said...

How exciting Janie ~ you will be more involved this time around I am sure of it! Love the family picture ~ great looking kids. xo

Unknown said...

Congratulations!!! So excited for your daughter and your family. What a great surprise for her.

Erin said...

Congratulations, Janie! What an exciting time for your daughter and your whole family. Have fun planning the big day!


Hi Jane, Congratulations to you and your lovely family, how exciting! Being "Mother of the Bride" will be so exciting for you, I wish you all the best!

Paula@SweetPea said...

Congratulations to all! I look forward to hearing all about the plans as you make them.

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Wonderful news Jane! The lovely couple look so happy in the photos. What a sweet surprise to gather together to celebrate after the engagement. Have a great time planning the wedding - how exciting!
- Susan

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Congratulations Jane to your gorgeous girl .. her boy.. and all the family... You certainly are going to enjoy thanksgiving this year!!

How lovely that everyone is interconnected.. it must have been written in the stars and just waiting to happen.

Have a lovely week.. I'm sure you will.. ciao xxx Julie

Julie Marie said...

Congratulations to Mike and Emily!... oooh, how very romantic he sounds and the way he proposed is just like a fairytale... xoxo Julie Marie

Brenda Pruitt said...

Oh Jane, congratulations! I have already gotten two daughters married. You are going to have a very handsome SIL for your baby!

bj said...

YAYAYAYAYAYAAAYYYAYAYAY....HOW EXCITING, BLONDIE...I can't believe it is all happening again...so soon. Wonderful news, dear one.

Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

Congratulations...enjoy :) Laurel

xinex said...

This is so exciting, Janie. Congratulations to y'all. What a sweet romantic guy! It will be so much fun preparing. Looks like this is getting to be a year ly event, lol....Christine

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Awwww! Congrats to you, I'll be Mother of the Groom in June 2013! I've already been saving ideas on Pinterest:)

Shirley said...

Hi Jane Congratulations to the bride and groom to be. Your next year will be exciting, There is so much more to do when our daughters get married. We have had a son and a daughter get married. I remember the bridal shows that we went to when she was shopping for her gown. I still remember her going to dye her work boots white if she didn't find a pair of shoes.
There is so many fun things that happen along the way. I can't wait to here about all of the plans as you progress. Enjoy the next year it will be fill with memories making. Take care your Missouri Friend.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What great news!! Another person joining the family is always so wonderful! I loved the surprise of a party! That is just great.

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Jane,
Congrats to you and Emily!! How exciting!! So so much fun ahead!!

KarenB said...

Congratulations to all! Being the MOB is very fun indeed! Enjoy every minute.

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

Congrats Jane! Something tells me mother of the bride job is going to be sooo fun!
big hugs,

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Congrats to all!!! Oh yes...you will be really busy with this one...take my word...it will take over your life, but it is sooooo much fun...you will LOVE it:) If shipping wasn't so high for mailing you a big box of magazines...I would send you one...Haley had a ton of them.


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Congratulations Jane and Al!
Such exciting news and how fun will it be to help plan the wedding!
So happy for you and how special a surprise for your lovely daughter too!
Big Hugs,
Come by and visit sometime I miss hearing from you!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Congratulations!! to the happy couple. And what a lovely family, that you have.
You are going to have so much fun.... & just tell husband..."keep the check book full"...
It will be fun for us to watch as you plan... : )

Knitty said...

Hooray!!! Congratulations, best wishes and all that good stuff! I'm sure all of us (your blog buddies) will be looking forward to stories and photos of the planning of this wonderful event.

Beth at Aunties said...

Congratulations! You have a beautiful family. Weddings are so much fun, because their is sweet love in the air! Yes, you will be a bit more involved planning this important day with a precious daughter:) Remember to have fun along the journey of making this a day she will cherish forever!~♥

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

So romantic! Congratulations to all of you. He sounds like such a great guy and I'm sure will be a wonderful addition to your family...your beautiful family!

Curtains in My Tree said...

Oh yes honey Mother of the Bride is more involved than mother of the groom

have fun I loved planning my daughters wedding

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh, how exciting! And, what a sweet proposal. So, wedding planning will be in high gear soon, right? Isn't that so much fun? And now with Pinterest and so many other bridal sites the ideas are endless. What fun!

Best wishes to everybody!


PS.... having a giveaway...come on over.. :-)

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh what exciting news,, you are truly and well blessed,, beautiful family, growing in wonderful ways.I lovethat he asked for your daughters hand in marriage, that speaks volumes in his character,, good guy!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

So exciting Jane! Yes, the MOG does almost nothing compared to the MOB. You are going to be so busy, and you and your pretty daughter are going to have such fun. laurie

Made In The South said...

Jane ~ Congratulations...They make the cutest couple.
Yes, you will have a full table at Thanksgiving, but isn't that what makes life fun and crazy.
My daughter has been dating her boyfriend for three year as well, we adore him and hope he pops the question soon.
Have a fabulous day,

Debbiedoos said...

Your family is growing Jane. How exciting. Congrats!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Jane, what a great looking couple! She'll make a beautiful bride and you will be the a gorgeous Mother of The Bride! Congratulations on this great news!


Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Congrats to you and your family. I have a few of those pictures too with the kids holding a beer!

Signing Out said...

That's awesome, Jane! Congrats to your daughter. Regarding the baseball cap and beer, I have one word for that...Photoshop!


Vicki said...

That is wonderful news, Jane. So happy for you and Emily. Enjoy planning the wedding.

Privet and Holly said...

Oh, so so sweet!
What an exciting time
for your expanding
family : ) Mike sounds
like a great addition to
your clan ~ a very solid
citizen, yet romantic,
too! Congrats!

Happy November,
xx Suzanne

Mimi said...

MY SON just got engaged ---so I am the Mother of the groom to be....our daughter has been married for 7 years....so I had to check all the things Mother and Father of the groom do......Ok, I think I have it, more then what we got...HAHA

Yvonne - Frl. Klein said...

Dear JAne,
Congrats!!! What great news!!!!!
Big Hugs,

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, I am just thrilled for you, Janie! What wonderful, WONDERFUL news! I can't wait to see what you all plan for the wedding. This made my day! :-)

Congrats to the happy couple and to their family!



Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Such lovely news! Congratulations to them.

And so nice that he is so thoughtful, all ways. :-)

Perhaps you remember, that I left blogging totally, a while ago? A needed and a good break.

But I wanted someplace to post photos, so I started-up an old Blogger blog of mine, but without allowing comments. (So I'd not get back into full time Blogging, or so it seemed to me)

Then, after doing some quite regular posting, as well as photos, I turned Comments back on. To see if I could do this, and still be LESS IN "Pretty Blog Land" than I had been.

So far so good! I'm enjoying posting. I'm also keeping myself from getting totally immersed in blogging, again. As I had been, and as what had me 'burned out.'

And that is my tale. :-)

Gentle hugs,
"It is a joy to walk in the bare woods. The moonlight is not broken by the heavy leaves. The leaves are down, and touching the soaked earth, Giving off the odors that partridges love."
~ Robert Bly, Solitude Late at Night in the Woods

Denise said...

You have such a 'big' beautiful family Jane, congratulations to your daughter. You will be a gorgeous Mother of the Bride :-)

Barb said...

Hi Janie, well, how exciting is this? Congratulations to Emily and your whole family. A wedding is always such an exciting and happy time.

Your daughter looks so happy.

Hope you are having a wonderful week.

Hugs, Barb

Unknown said...

Another exiting news!! So happy for your family. You have a great weeding to look forward.
Have a super day and thank you for visiting me. It makes my day warmer :)

podso said...

Congratulations, M.O.B. ... what a fun year ahead for you! How pleasant that your future SIL honored you both enough to let you in the plans --and ask--

Your kitchen is beautiful... I too like the sink and would be washing dishes, and with such a nice window to work at.

The coutertops go so well..my son installs granite so I always take note. Looks like you have some nice rock there!


Maggie said...

What a lovely couple they make, and so in love.
Congratulations to you all.

Babs said...

Congratulations to Emily and Mike and to your family. Mike certainly is a romantic planning the proposal in such a lovely way.
Hugs to all,

Low Tide High Style said...

Jane, how exciting! Your daughter is beautiful, and she and her fiance look so happy! Please send her my best wishes as she plans her wedding!

Kat :)

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Jane,
Thank you for all your beautiful visits and comments I will treasure.

How wonderful young love is, and your daughter looks so happy! I am sure your days and weeks to come will be filled gathering up inspiration for an eventful wedding to remember.

It will be exciting to see the event taking on all that you inspire and the photos that will follow, I just love weddings I even cry at the weddings of couples I don't even know, there like little Halmark commercials :)

Have a peacefully inspiring weekend of calm.
Cheers to your news of an engagement!


Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

Congrats to all of you Blondie. I know you will be the best MIL anyone could want :)

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...


What a darling couple and adorable family! Now you have some big plans to make and it will be here before you can shake two sticks together!

I love the daycation surprises, too!


"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Congratulations! I now pass the torch - good luck.

Sue said...

Congratulations to all!
The pictures are great and they are a wonderful looking bunch of kids! You are blessed!


Congratulations, Jane. Such wonderful news.


La said...

Congratulations! That is fantastic news.

Ricki Treleaven said...

What wonderful news, Jane! Yay!!!! What a romantic young man, too! Just getting caught-up with you, my friend.

Ricki Jill