Day 1: Celebrations

Last summer I was celebrating the 4th of July with my family at my sister’s house.  It was very laid back, which turned out to be incredibly fun.  We played games, had sparklers, pop-its, snakes, etc.  The food was good and the company was even better.  Most of the kids are older so they walked toward the lake to get a better view of the fireworks.  Many of the adults stayed closer to the house.  The fireworks were amazing and we would have watched them for hours if they lasted that long.  We enjoyed that 20 minutes.  Most of the family was there and I was missing those few that couldn’t make it.  I was hoping to hear from my oldest daughter, who was one of the family members that wasn’t at our celebration.  Technology is fantastic for keeping family connected.  Snapchat, instagram, facebook, a phone call; I was waiting for anything.  Finally, I got a notification and opened up a picture of her smiling self.  The 4th of July kind of faded away at that moment as I stared at the diamond ring on her finger.  I was completely stunned and the picture disappeared before I got my wits about me.  That is one regret that I have, not thinking quickly enough to screen shot that picture.  So, of course, I called her to hear the happy news, and to have her send another picture.  The entire family was thrilled to hear the news about her engagement.  Truly a happy slice!

12 thoughts on “Day 1: Celebrations

  1. Congratulations! What a beautiful way to celebrate the 4th of July. I especially love how you started this post with the setting. I loved being able to see your surroundings in my mind’s eye when you opened up that picture with the diamond ring 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this amazing experience!

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    1. It actually happened September 1st. Her fiancé was deploying to Japan so they decided to have a small ceremony before he left and will have a big wedding in the summer of 2020. It was a beautiful day.


  2. Wow! What a great highlight of a special family moment. I love that you will always have the memory of finding out about your daughter’s engagement with the backdrop of fireworks and sparklers. I enjoyed your story!


  3. Oh, Teri, this is wonderful! I love the way you wrote this, setting us up for the surprise just like you were that day! This is so well written. I got goose bumps because I wasn’t expecting that. Great, great Slice of Life story!

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