Dimples and Tangles


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I recently stopped in my local Walmart and picked up everything I needed for our next Game Day cookout.

and then came home and pulled together the most festive football patio "homegate" (tailgating, but at home!) in a flash!  

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We have some big family news from over the weekend... my son proposed to his girlfriend and she said YES!  

We are so excited to welcome Kenzi into our family.  They've been dating for 2 years and met in the Nursing Program at school.  She's actually a year older so graduated a few months ago and has already started her new job as a NICU nurse!  

Some of you have been here with me since Caleb was 10 when I started this blog and are always sweet to be interested in how the kids are doing, so I thought you'd enjoy sharing in our excitement.  Today I'm primarily sharing some photos from the evening, but you know I'll have a follow-up post all about the decorating!

Backing up a little, they shopped together a bit to find out what styles she liked for a ring so he had a really good idea of what she wanted, but at a certain point she backed out and wanted him to take me with him to choose the diamond and final design.  We used a private jeweler so Caleb got to pick out the exact diamond and finalize the setting, what a fun project together! 

They chose well... the ring and each other!    ;)   
(By the way, I noticed the bracelet she's wearing is the one I gave her for graduation and her other ring is her pretty class ring from her parents. The bracelet is engraved with the coordinates of their university and has double meaning as her alma mater and the place where they met! So special that she was wearing that!)

He proposed up on a hill across the property from where the house is, this was a little practice shot Ray caught earlier in the day to send the photographer so she'd know where to stand to snap photos.  :)

Afterwards they came down to the house where a group of friends and family were waiting to celebrate them.  She didn't know when the proposal would happen but admitted she was a little suspicious of this evening, they had a date scheduled anyway and she had a feeling this might be it!

After they joined the party both of the Dads said a few words and led in prayer for the Lord's guidance and blessing over them as they take this next step in their relationship.  Then all of the hugging started! 

Both families-

Things have been hush hush to try to keep the proposal a surprise for her but we've been working for weeks to plan an engagement party for family and friends at my sister's place in the country.  Sarah and Micah are the MVP's for being willing to host, it was a big job to prepare for! 

Later in the evening when it was mainly just family left we circled up and Caleb told everyone about everything leading up to the night and how it came together (talking to her Dad, shopping for the ring, etc.).  

It was such a special evening kicking off a new chapter in our family's life, I'm incredibly grateful to my family- my Parents and Micah and Sarah especially- who worked so hard to help us pull everything off.  Now the next year or so will be fun as we plan the big day (thankfully I get to be in the back seat for planning that one- ha!).

Our extended family that could be there-

Caleb's Grandparents-

My Mom and Sisters-

And to wrap it up... Sarah's cat Toby demonstrated how we all felt at the end of the evening.  😹😹

As I mentioned I'm working on a post with all of the decorations we used and how we set up the backyard party, but here's a little full sneak peak of the proposal spot-  look for more soon!

(Our thanks to Glory Fine for helping with photos.  Some of these are from her, some were taken by my sister, some were mine and some were Ray's!  Fun to put together shots from everyone's different perspectives!)

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!  Ray and I slipped away for a few days of R&R this week before we hop back in to a really busy work season and are loving our time in one of our all time favorite vacation spots.  I spent more time than I care to admit last night scouring all of the Labor Day weekend sales for you, though!  I picked out some of the best incredible end of season deals, and even some bargains on styles to wear as we transition into Fall.  I hope you enjoy your weekend, whether you're laboring or relaxing!

(*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

My outfit pieces are past season but I found nearly identical current pieces to share from the same brands as what I'm wearing, all on sale!
Camel Shacket  ||  White Frayed Hem Cropped Jeans (another option here)  ||  Oversized Denim Shirt  ||  The Best $15 Sunglasses  ||  Necklace  ||  Bracelets  ||  Exact Sneakers about sold out but super cute similar here, here, and here

I'm giving you a pretty big list of shops and the sales they're running.  On several I also included a graphic with some of my picks from the sale.  Just click the left or right arrows to scroll through and see all of the selections, then click on the photo of one you'd like more details for. 

WALMART- 1000s of rollback items! Crazy deals (like 50% off on some things!) on this patio heater, vacuums, air fryer, patio furniture, and more... scroll with left or right arrows and click on the photo for more details. 

OLD NAVY- Up to 60% off storewide.  Select items an extra 30% off at checkout, extra 40% off for cardmembers with code PERK.  I have several of these pieces-  I just got the black split hem leggings and really like them!  They're a classic cotton legging with a little stretch, not a thick athletic legging.  The hem is such a fun detail. 

JCREW- 40% off regular price purchase, extra 60% off sale styles with code LONGWKND.

JCREW FACTORY- 50% off entire site and extra 60% clearance with code WKNDFUN.

ATHLETA- Extra 30% off sale styles.  I bought the cute lined lavender camo joggers for under $25- I have another color already and absolutely love them! 

GAP- Extra 50% off sale styles with code GOSHOP

LOFT-  30% off full price styles, End of Summer Sale up to 75% off original prices with code YAY.  Big selection of $22 pants and jeans, $10 tops, and $22 dresses!

TARGET- 30% off Women's Dresses, Jeans, and Shoes! 

BANANA REPUBLIC- up to 70% off sale styles, plus an extra 20% off at checkout.

BANANA REPUBLIC FACTORY- 50% off everything, plus an extra 15% off at checkout.

MADEWELL- Extra 40-50% off all sale and 30% off Fall Favorite with code LONGWEEKEND.

PRINTFRESH- extra 20% off sale with code BYESUMMER

CANVAS STYLE- 30% off sitewide with code LONGWEEKEND-30

LISI LERCH- 30% off all jewelry and select bags.

URBAN GARDEN PRINTS-  Buy More Save More Discounts

RIFLE PAPER CO.- 25% off everything, plus extra 25% off sale on sale items! 

TORY BURCH- Private Sale up to 60% off handbags, clothing, shoes, jewelry, and more!

HSN- Shop the best weekend deals here.

BALLARD DESIGNS- 20-70% off sitewide (these are on my wish list some day!)

ONE KING'S LANE- 25% off sitewide (the best time to snag this set)

SERENA & LILY- 20% off everything with code NEWLEAF

WAYFAIR- Up to 70% off  

OVERSTOCK- Too many up to 40% off Labor Day and up to 70% off clearance deals to count! 

ULTA- 21 Days of Beauty- Daily 50% off must haves beauty steals

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