Long ago and far away...........

My son met a girl at school. He told me about her one day and I will always remember how he described her.

There's this girl at school named Maggie. She's pretty, inside and out. She stands up for what she believes in. She's awesome.

Justin and Maggie started spending time together and he asked her to prom. (With a little help from his big sister.)

She said yes. And they went to prom as Beauty and the Beast.

And that is the beginning of Justin and Maggie. That's when she first started appearing in our family photos, when I was barely pregnant with Miss Lila.

And she stuck around. Here we are having fun after Lila's dedication.

Maggie also became very close with Justin's big sister.

Justin and Maggie both attended college at Eastern University in Pennsylvania and graduated in May. Shortly after that, Justin and Maggie announced that they were engaged. And by "shortly after that" I mean about 3 hours later. At a park with most members of both families present, they made their announcement.

And we took pictures like it was their wedding day.

With the grandparents

With the brothers

With the sisters

Justin and Maggie will be married on January 15, 2011. Surrounded by family and friends, they will begin their journey together as a married couple. Oh what a happy day it will be.

As for me, I am making preparations to be a mother-in-law. Praying that I will be a good one. One that offers advice only when asked. One that offers unconditional support. The kind of mother-in-law that doesn't make demands. One that prays without ceasing for her son and his wife. A mother-in-law that Maggie will be proud of.

Congratulations, Justin and Maggie. I love you both!

One proud mama~



  1. Congratulations! How wonderful for your family. They make a beautiful couple!

  2. That is the sweetest thing. I am bawling like a goofball. Congratulations to you all. Just the fact that you want to be that kind of mother~in~law that is "wise" is a wonderful thing. I bet you will certainly make Maggie proud.

  3. What a beautiful story, Linda! Congratulations to Justin and your whole family.

  4. Congratulations to all of you! What a marvelous story! I hope it is the beginning of a VERY long and happy fairy tale. :o)

  5. That is beautiful. What an awesome story. That is a day I am looking forward to. Not for awhile, but seeing my children find their eternal mate, is the goal. You will be a wonderful MIL.

  6. Linda- You will be the BEST Mother in law! I am so excited for Justin and your growing family! Love You!

  7. You're the best momma... don't see how you can't be the best mother in law. I love you very much lady.

  8. Congratulations! How exciting! They are a lovely couple (and I adore the Beauty and Beast pictures!).