A week ago today our lives changed forever. It’s one of the many milestones we’ve experienced lately. Ryan’s sister, Megan, became engaged to the love of her life, Charles! I don’t think it’s any secret how much I love Megan and I often brag that she’s the best sister-in-law in the world (because she is). Our whole family loves Charles so much and we were so excited to see them take a step closer to starting their life together.
Although they’re only 22 and 23, this has been a long time coming. They’ve been together since they were in high school and there’s no doubt in my mind that they’re made for each other. They balance each other out beautifully and fit in with each other’s families so seamlessly.
Despite the fact that we were so excited to hear that Charles was planning to propose, most of us were caught completely off guard. Charles still has two years of pharmacy school and we knew he didn’t want to get married until after he graduated. Although Megan was a bit more anxious to get the ball rolling, she understood his reasoning and never pushed him.
A week before Charles proposed he got the most devastating news that any child can. After fighting cancer for the past several months, his father was told that there was nothing else the doctors could do. We’re continuing to pray for him daily & ask that everyone do the same.
Charles had planned to propose this summer, but decided to move it up so his dad could be a part of it. He planned out the entire weekend, convincing Megan to play golf with him on Edisto Island, then coordinated for both families to be waiting at a beach house after he popped the question. The proposal went off without a hitch & Megan was so shocked when she found us all in Edisto waiting on them.
Our view from the porch
Waiting anxiously for the newly engaged couple!
Ryan with his dad
Megan & Charles with his parents
Is there anything better than a mother's reaction?
Megan with her Daddy
Our crazy family!
We spent the rest of last Saturday night as one big happy family, eating cake & planning their life together. That night we all slept under one roof and it felt like we’d done it a million times before. On Sunday morning Ryan and I decided to take a walk on the beach. Even in January there’s no place I’d rather be.
I have no idea where I'm looking.
After a big breakfast and saying goodbyes, Ryan and I headed back to Lexington and reflected on the weekend. Although our hearts were so heavy for obvious reasons, one happy moment casted so much sunlight in all of our lives.