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and then she said… |

and then she said…

I was proposed to on a hot August afternoon, while I was moving into my 5th year (because all 4 year degrees really take 5 years, amirite?) college apartment. Michael had bought me a TV for my birthday, and he surprised me by bringing it over to install. Little did I know that inside the TV box was a red rose, a bottle of bubbly, and a ring for my finger. This very classy apartment I was moving into didn’t have air conditioning or an elevator, so I was 100 degrees hot (and not in a sexy way) and in desperate need of a shower.

When he proposed, I was a hot disaster wearing running shorts and a Michigan State IZZONE t-shirt.

11 years later, I’m still a hot disaster, just now with more children. He basically got what he proposed to, which proves I’m an honest and consistent lady.

Last night, it was my youngest sister’s turn.

Half way through dinner, I realized what was about to go down. His parents were over. We all were present. There was a beach, an ocean, and a sun that was about to set.

She was unassumingly eating tacos, and it took all that was inside of me to not whisper in her ear to go put a on a little lip gloss. You know, help a sister out and encourage her to maybe change out of her beach clothes.

Because, STUFF WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN and lots of pictures were about to be taken.

But I’m a good secret keeper, so she proceeded to eat her tacos in her beach clothes without a care in the world. Me? I ate a half of a taco with one hand, while the other held the camera.

He took her down to the beach, and even used Piper as part of the not-so-elaborate plan.

The one-knee happened:

(yes, that them down there, embraced in a kiss as Piper danced circles and my brother-in-law Lance played paparazzi)

The rest of the family? We hooted and hollered from 4 stories above, BECAUSE SHE SAID YES!

My baby sister, the 4th in a long line of sisters, is getting hitched and we couldn’t be more ecstatic.

Mr. Matt (soon to be called Uncle Matt), welcome to the family.

We’re large, we’re loud, but at the end of the day we’re a whole lot of fun. You’ll get along just fine, I know it.




  1. YAY!! Love this, what a fun post!! 🙂


  2. So fun. I have chills 😉
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  3. Such a cute post. I don’t even need to know your fam to enjoy a happy story. Your engagement made me smile too. I got proposed to in the Grand Rapids airport by a vending machine. ROMANTIC STUFF! 🙂 You know what, I’d have it no other way.


  4. I love happy days!
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  5. Congrats to your sister, and your future BIL, for joining such a great family! 🙂
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  6. Barb Beerthuis says:

    Emily always makes me cry as she depicts such a happy event with every emotion on paper……congrats to the DeJonges and especially Bets and Matt. Love to all.


  7. Awww!!!! So sweet! Congratulations to your sis!
    And way to keep the secret! 😉
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  8. Woohoo! Congrats!!
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