Monday, January 25, 2010

On Thursday January 14, 2010 my niece Jessica got engaged to the love of her life Phil Patterson in Centrl Park in New York City, New York, as their horse drawn carriage ride came to a designated stop and the young couple got out and went for a brief stroll.  Phil had arranged for a saxohone player to be there playing one of their favorite songs, and the carriage driver to be in the back ground discreetly taking pictures.  Jessie was TOTALLY surprised, and it took her a minute or two to clue into not only what was happening, but the fact that her life was about to change forever.  It was a VERY romantic proposal, and we all just couldn't be happier for Jess & Phil. 

I have watched this young woman grow up in a very close up and personal way as she is not only my niece, and now my hairdresser, haha, but is my daughter Melody's best friend as well.  They are a mere 11 weeks apart.  It seems like as far back as I can remember those two girls were together, and she spent countless days and nights at our house.   Jessie is one of those people that to know her is to love her.  She is giving, and sweet, hard working, FUNNY, and full of life.  And is quite the talented hairdresser as well!  I am soo happy for her!!  Phil is a great match for Jess and we welcome him into our, somewhat overwhelming at times, family with open arms.

CONGRATULATIONS  Jess & Phil and may the Lord bless your coming marriage with all of His richest blessings, and may you love each other more and more every day.  Keep your eyes first and foremost on Him, and make Him the center of your relationship.   Here is a good verse to remember...

1Cor 13:4- 7 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

And this is a favorite of mine as well...

Sgs 2:16 My beloved is mine, and I am his...

I am soo looking forward to all the fun and exciting times that lay ahead for you Jess, and I pray these next few months of planning all the details for your special day, will be filled with memories and moments you will treasure forever.  Love you,  Aunt Debbie


  1. AWww this is precious and what a wonderful and romantic proposal :)

    Praying they will be oh so blessed each and every day they have to be with one another!

    blessings to you my friend

  2. Debbie,
    What a darling post. Congrats to the two lovebirds. I love your music, it says it all. Very cute.

    You are getting so good, and are so creative with your collages. I better learn something so I can try one of those. It really adds a fun element to your posts.

    Have a great the rainbow pics too. There is nothing like seeing a rainbow. When Kevin and I went to Kauai we stayed at Hanelei Bay (you know of puff the magic dragon fame) and would see the most amazing rainbows. Sometimes 2-3 rainbows at one time (that is where our feet pic is from) Anyway Hanalei means rainbow, but you probably already knew that (rambling, rambling) So anyway, have a nice day. Tee hee.

  3. Oh, how romantic!!! Congratulations to them both! When is the wedding?
    She and your daughter look very alike too! Much happiness to them!!

  4. was almost crying on this darling post!!! loved the collages! Am so thankful to have such a sweet and caring aunt like you!!! am so excited to start planning(as is and would be extremely grateful with any tips you have from Mels, which of course was a stun! love you so much!!!

  5. Ohh, how sweet! Congrats to the two of them how exciting! I'm lovin' your collages, very creative!!

    I agree with Kris, I see a lot of similarities between her and your daughter, both gorgeous girls!!

  6. Wow; how romantic is that? I love this guy already. Your niece is beautiful!

    And by the way, you are getting very good at doing those photo arrangements. What program do you use for that? I love it.

    Blessings and love,

  7. Precious!!!
    What an amazing couple.
    Blessings, andrea

  8. Wow - that is so romantic...Central Park, a private musical serenade...the whole thing! Such cute pictures:) Congratulations to both of them!

    I am really enjoying the day books as well. Thanks for stopping by so often and reading my silly posts. I resisted the daybooks for a while for some reason I really don't know but now it is the closest thing I come to as far as journaling and it does help me "think" - a good thing, I suppose.

    I think I like the new background even better than the last:) Cute! Have a great week, my blogging friend.


  9. Oh congratulations to them! What a sweet and romantic proposal. She is such a pretty girl, and she does look a lot like your daughter.

    Fancy schmancy collages there Debbie! I love it. :)

  10. Very sweet! Congratulations to your niece!

  11. Absolutely beautiful!!!

    I am a romantic at heart and so I love to hear and see stories like this one. What a beautiful couple they are. I love your pictures.

    My niece was proposed to in Central Park as well 3 1/2 years ago. Her boyfriend traveled quite a way to my sister's house to ask her father's permission first and she didn't even know it until after the proposal.

    Ahhh...such romance. I love it!

    Sweet Blessings,


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