For the past two weekends, I went home to celebrate the engagement with my family. During this time, Keegan and I got to spend a lot of time with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings. As always, my youngest sibling Brady was a hoot!
Here are some of my favorite stories and pictures from our time together.
First, Brady went out to lunch with Kelly (she came in from Florida!!) after school. He told her, “I want to sit right next to you because it makes my heart feel good!”
Right after we got home, we asked my dad and step-mom if we could ask Brady to be our ring bearer. They were so excited and were very supportive (clearly they said yes). We sat Brady down and said, “Brady, on the day Keegan and I get married, would you like to dress up in a fancy suit just like Keegan and be the one who carries our rings down the aisle?
A huge grin appeared on his face, and he enthusiastically agreed!
Shortly afterward, we all sat down for family dinner. My dad said a prayer and ended it with, “And dear God, thank you for letting Brianna and Keegan be with us together this weekend.”
Then, Brady added in quietly, “And thank you God for letting me the one carry the rings in their wedding.”
Cue my heart melting.
This is how Brady dresses for school.
Brady and Derek making some lovely faces.
And they’re ready to hit the slopes!
Brady is all ready for Church!
Brady’s attempt at a wink.
My favorite picture of all the siblings reunited.
As always, it was amazing being reunited with my entire immediate family. Kelly came in from Florida, Derek came home from college, and Brady baby put on a show for us all.
“Somewhere in Time”
Today I am sitting on a tree branch on Skyline Street
which might as well be the lobby of a hotel in Mackinaw Island,
watching the children toss their toys at the trampoline.
I am dreaming of my golden dress again
and the store in Gloria where I will be fitted for the future.
A small boy and I recognize each other
from our past life spent together in Alexandria.
He and I weep over the velvety robes, the looming statues and the
and collapse upon the hot sand
remembering the Ancient Library
and the faded walls
with the richest culture.
We will meet again in 2,000 years
when this is all figured out.
We will both need that much time,
based on the history past,
the loss of antique arts and the tarnished pearl.
I give it at least two millennia
before the ground embraces us together in the sand
and we become one in the next age.
I wrote this is 2010 with inspiration from a poem by Gerald Stern for a Creative Writing assignment. It was published in Aquinas College’s The Sampler.
As you know, last week weekend Keegan and I went on a trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica. We spent most of our time on a tropical island off the tropical island. Tough life, I know.
On our second full day of the trip, Keegan made it a day to remember. Let me walk you through it…
On Monday afternoon, Keegan let me know he made our dinner reservations for the next evening at a seafood restaurant that I was very excited to try.
When Tuesday evening, a bit before 6:00 p.m., rolls around, he and I started walking to what I thought was the restaurant. During our beachfront walk, the sun was beginning to set, and I could see a decorated gazebo in the distance.
“There must be a wedding going on tonight, hun!” I said to Keegan. There had been a number of weddings that week, so I thought nothing of it.
“Uh huh. Probably!” he said.
As we more closely approached the gazebo, I could see it was decorated in candles, lights, flower, and lace.
“Actually, babe,” Keegan began, “I have surprise for you. We’re going to have a private dinner here tonight.”
My jaw dropped.
When we walked up the dock to get to the gazebo, Keegan introduced me to our private waiter for the evening. (No joke!) He took our drink orders and put some romantic music on.
After appetizers and a delicious entree, the waiter walked up the dock with our desserts. As he approached me, he was holding a plate in front of him.
The waiter looked at me and said with a large grin, “We have a surprise for you!”
Keegan knelt down on one knee as the waiter put the plate down in front of me. As I read the plate, Keegan also said the words…
I started crying, laughing, and screaming practically simultaneously (a truly lovely noise) and said “YES!”
And here is the ring:
Keegan knew I wanted an emerald as the center stone, but he truly outdid himself.
For the next hour we celebrated and he told me all about how he asked my dad and what went into creating this specific ring. We laughed, I cried, and we had to pinch ourselves to believe this magical moment truly happened!
We finally went back to our room to call our parents and tell them the amazing news!
When I opened the door, I saw Keegan had somehow managed to outdo himself. He had the room covered in rose petals and champagne chilled waiting for us.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 was the most romantic, memorable night of my life. It was the first day of the rest of our lives together!