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She Said Yes!

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   20 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Quote by Mignon Mclaughlin

It’s tough to believe, but my son and his wife just passed their first wedding anniversary. Can you believe it? Only a year ago I dragged you with me on my quest for a mother-of-the-groom dress (post links are here, here, and here if you missed them back then). It was a journey of epic proportions, a seemingly impossible task given that I was shopping in February, in Georgia, for a Florida beach wedding. And now my daughter, Stephanie, has become engaged. So here we go again with the dresses.

Steph and her beloved are planning a fall of 2016 wedding, so we have plenty of time to shop, but of course we’ve already started the process because we’re female and that’s what we do. I’m not even thinking about a mother-of-the-bride dress yet. We’re having too much fun scrolling through online pictures of wedding gowns at, and I’m happy to report that Steph and I are on the same page style-wise. It’s her wedding, so I would have kept my mouth shut had her preferences leaned toward something I didn’t like, but—whew!—no worries, we love the same dresses. And I know it’s a long way off yet, but I’m already tearing up thinking about my baby girl taking that walk down the aisle.

My son was 32 when he tied the knot last year. Stephanie will be 29. My youngest daughter, Christina, just turned 21 and though she has a steady boyfriend, they are both still in school and have no plans to marry any time soon. I’m happy about all of this and understand, now that I’m a mother myself, why my Mama almost gave birth to kittens when I informed her, at the ripe old age of 18, that I was getting married. Her words: “And when does this momentous occasion take place?” She calmed down a bit when I assured her we were waiting a year, but our youth still concerned her.

In a real twist, my Daddy, who I was certain would come unglued at our news, took it all in stride. “You can just tell when two people go that kind of crazy,” he said, and wished us well. Like Mama, Daddy loved Joe, which was nice as it smoothed the road considerably.

Of course, the hubster and I are coming up on 35 years now, so it all worked out. And I’ve never regretted finding the love of my life early on. We’ve been blessed to spend our whole lives together, and not everyone has that. Still, I was only 19 when we said our vows; he was 21. We were babies! I’m glad my kids have some maturity going into their marriages.

When David talked to us about proposing to Stephanie, he said he wanted to pop the question during Christina’s birthday weekend so the whole family would be there (Joey and Ashley came up from Florida to celebrate Christy’s 21st). No private setting for an intimate proposal, he insisted. Nothing but the whole family in attendance would do. His reasoning? “It will be one of the happiest moments of our lives, so we should share it with all of you.” That sort of “family first” thinking is vintage David, just one of the things I love about him, so why argue? The only unfortunate thing is that his family lives in Miami, and so they weren’t able to be with us, but the kids called them immediately after.

Stephanie was beyond surprised when she realized what was happening, though David never had a chance to get past, “I love you so much, you make me so happy—” He was en route to one knee, but Stephanie said, “Yes!” so fast they were hugging and smooching, and we never got to hear David’s whole spiel. No worries, though. The laughter and happy tears pretty much said it all. Here is the happy couple at dinner a few hours prior to the proposal:

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Before sitting down to write this post, I spent some time looking up quotes on marriage and weddings. There are a lot of great ones out there, and it was a toss up between the one above and this one below. Since I couldn’t decide I’ve used them both. Here’s the quote over a photo of Steph and David, taken a few years ago:

Steph and David quote


Congratulations, Stephanie and David! Love you two!


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What’s your favorite quote on marriage? Do you have a marriage proposal story to share? Do you agree with the quotes above, and if not, why? Please put yourself in the Buff and leave a comment.

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Have a great Wednesday!


20 Responses to "She Said Yes!"

  1. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    March 18, 2015 at 8:20 am  

    Ah, Lisa, here you go again 🙂 Congratulations to your happy baby and her guy. Your children seem so centered and focused on their futures. Enjoy the excitement. How fun your family gathering must have been. I was 18 and half when I married. It’s what everybody did back then.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      March 18, 2015 at 10:13 am  

      Thanks, Linda. Yes, here we go! It does seem that a lot of us married young back in the day. Perhaps that is one of the reasons for the high divorce rate. I wonder, as this generation of kids matures and marries later than we did, if there will be fewer divorces? Or more, because so many people today go into marriage with the notion that if it doesn’t work out they can just move on? That’s a question for another post, I guess.

  2. Comment by Ronnie Allen
    March 18, 2015 at 10:23 am  

    Beautiful testimonial to your family, Lisa! Keep the happiness coming!

  3. Comment by utahrob
    March 18, 2015 at 12:26 pm  

    Good news indeed. It sounds like they are starting on solid ground. I wish them all the best.

  4. Comment by Kay Davies
    March 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm  

    Congratulations to your beautiful family, Lisa…I get goosebumps thinking about a whole-family marriage proposal. It doesn’t get more romantic — no, not the right word — it doesn’t get more loving than that.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      March 18, 2015 at 2:08 pm  

      Thanks, Kay. And what a lovely thing to say. I hadn’t thought of it in those terms, but you’re absolutely correct.

  5. Comment by klelange
    March 18, 2015 at 4:50 pm  

    Congrats to Stephanie and David! What exciting news for you all. 🙂 Looking forward to hearing how the mother of the bride dress shopping goes. Will be cheering you on, of course. We too, are coming up on 35 years together (October 2015), and were just babies when we married. I was 19, Jeff was 22.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      March 18, 2015 at 5:46 pm  

      Thanks, Karen. The dress shopping shouldn’t be too tough as they’re getting married in the fall, so even if they opt for a beachy destination location, I’ll be able to shop in the summer and NOT the winter, praise the Lord. lol You and Jeff were babies, too! 1980 must have been a good year. 🙂

  6. Comment by buttonsmom2003
    March 18, 2015 at 9:34 pm  

    I don’t have any favorite quotes or proposal stories but I love what you wrote today. Hubby and I are coming up on 41 years next month. I was 18 and he was 20 and we went together for 4 years before that. I think my mom said it wouldn’t last. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      March 19, 2015 at 8:08 am  

      Thank you! And wow, 41 years! Congratulations! Glad your mama was wrong. 🙂

      Thanks again for the pictures—watch for Buttons to figure prominently very soon. I’ll be adding a weekly Pawsitive Pondering post (every Monday) when I switch to the new website, and Buttons will be the first. 🙂

  7. Comment by debmayhew
    March 18, 2015 at 9:57 pm  

    Congratulations, Lisa! Even I feel like tearing up a bit! My youngest sister, Hannah, is in the midst of wedding planning right now, too, so I know where you’re at. You have such a beautiful family and it seems your kiddos are doing a great job of adding more wonderful people into the mix. And by the way, you will be a stunning mom-of-the-bride no matter what dress you choose!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      March 19, 2015 at 8:13 am  

      Congratulations to Hannah! The wedding planning is fun and stressful all at the same time, but Steph and David are planning far enough out that the stress part shouldn’t be too bad for them, and of course I’ll help wherever I can. And thanks for the compliment. I was thinking about growing out my gray, but this nixed it. I don’t want to have a skunk stripe in the wedding pictures. lol

  8. Comment by Lynn Obermoeller
    March 21, 2015 at 11:58 am  

    Congratulations! And you, my dear, will not have to worry about any dress because I’m sure whatever you put on, even a sack, you’d look marvelous!

  9. Comment by T'Mara Goodsell
    March 21, 2015 at 12:02 pm  

    Congratulations to Stephanie and David! All of that loving family support can’t do anything but help at any age. Kay summed it up beautifully.

  10. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    March 25, 2015 at 4:17 pm  

    So happy for your family, and of course for the lucky couple. They look beautiful together! I’ve been the mother of the bride twice and the mother of the groom twice as well, and it’s always a matter of pride to witness your children taking that big step. I love both of the quotes you’ve chosen, and do agree with them. I would also add that a good marriage takes work, partnership, and above all, friendship. I know some people think that whole “he’s my best friend” thing is cheesy, but I find that really enjoying each other’s company is so important. If you truly are friends and partners, you can weather anything together. My hubby and I married young too, right out of high school. He was 20 and I was 19 when we had our first child. I’m glad too that my children were older when they married, but I also have never regretted marrying young. We are going on 39 years!

    Congratulations to all of you!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      March 25, 2015 at 5:18 pm  

      Wow, you’ve got some experience there with the mother-of-the-bride thing! I’d be pleased to hear any tips you have to offer. The only things I’m sure of right now is that I’ll keep my mouth shut if my opinion isn’t requested, and I’m starting the dress shopping early this time! 🙂

      We’ve already begun looking at wedding dresses, and darned if I don’t tear up every flippin’ time. Waterproof mascara will be my friend come the wedding day!

      Congratulations on 39 years!

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