Another Sister….



Well, this has been an exciting week! Last Friday, our son Travis, told us he was going to ask his girlfriend, Katie, to marry him. We were thrilled as we love Katie. They are both 24 and have been dating since high school. He then asked us if we’d help him set up the event to surprise her. He had it pretty well planned out how he wanted to do it.
It was difficult keeping it a secret for a week. I only told people who don’t know Travis or his friends well. I did make a comment about being excited on Facebook, but it was pretty generic so most people were curious but didn’t know what was going to happen.
Last night we headed to Katie’s family home to decorate their back yard and deck. Travis and I had gone through our white Christmas lights to check them the night before, but as Christmas lights are known for, a few went out right after we strung them around the deck. We hung up lots of white lights, put lights and flowers on the archway leading to the yard, and then little candles & rose petals along the path leading to where my son would be standing.
It looked great. Travis waited on the deck for 20 min. waiting for Katie to arrive. Katie’s parents, my other son and his fiance, and us waited in the living room for her to arrive. We could hear their favorite song, ‘Then’ by Brad Paisley in the background.
When Katie pulled up she was shocked to see all the lights. (By then it was dark and the lights and candles were quite dramatic.) When she turned the corner to look at the deck she saw Travis up there with 3 red roses in his hands. She screamed! Of course, by then we had snuck to the front hallway so we could at least catch a glimpse of what was going on.
Travis gave her the 3 roses, one for the past, one for the present and then the one for the future was attached to a string leading to his pocket with the ring in it. Katie screamed again…and then hugging and kissing…
She ran inside the house when she heard we were all there and we gave her hugs and congratulations. Travis looked so happy…and relieved that everything went without a hitch. It was a beautiful memory for all of us.
Today, after Alex woke up, I told him where we had been last night and what Travis had done. He was so excited! “Travis is getting married to Katie? Yes…another sister!”
Now it appears we will have 2 weddings in this family in 2010…it’ll be a busy year. It’ll be great! I couldn’t have picked out better daughter-in-laws if I had done it myself.

Deborah Mumm, The Adoption Coach
Everything for Adoption


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