12/27/12

snowy days and celebrating big news

 we've had an amazing few days...christmasing and tucking ourselves away in a new blanket of snowy weather. we spent the day all together yesterday, celebrating good things and introducing phoebe to all the beauty of our winters. she's a little snow bunny, that girl...not wanting to come inside and scrunching up her little red cold button nose with happiness.

the boys threw snowballs and shoveled driveways and we all forever basked in the goodness of the season...and this season of our lives together.

my matt asked me to marry him christmas morning....he and phoebe together. 
and in a moment the realization came...that something i never thought i needed again was the very thing i needed most. there is redemption and healing in a second chance so profound that it erases the old with only a memory of new. in that moment he saved me and the small bits of my heart i had unknowingly hidden away. 

and i said yes. always and ever yes.

147 comments:

  1. Congrats, that´s just lovely! :-)

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  2. Seriously, this post made me tear up, Congrats! Beautiful! What a wonderful holiday for you and your little family :)

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  3. Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel!

    And I'm not normally prone to squealing.

    Always and ever yes. YES!!
    xo

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  4. Congrats! I teared up too! What a beautiful ring!

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  5. Wonderful. All of it- the snow, the bundled kids, the announcement! So happy and excited for you guys. What a way to end the year!

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  6. congratulations to your beautiful family!

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  7. what a wonderful story of redemption and healing. blessings to you and happiness forever and always.

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  8. Fantastic news!!! 2012 has been an amazing for you, may 2023 bring you everything and more! x

    http://www.mumblingsandstumblings.com

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  9. AWWW!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! What a beautiful ring!! =) How sweet!

    Ergo - Blog

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  10. Congratulations!! Lovely pictures as always and (belated) Merry Christmas!

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  11. CONGRATULATIONS! this is so exciting and I'm so happy for you both. :) beautiful, snowy pictures as well!

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  12. Awwww that is so sweet! Congratulations!!

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  13. Congratulations! I look forward to your blog posts every day and this one is by far my favorite. Wishing you every happiness!!

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  14. Congratulations!! I seriously love following your blog and seeing the photos of you and your family. As someone who is recently going through a divorce I can totally relate to the feeling of wanting that kind of big love again. It seems that you have found that again with both Matt and little Bee.

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  15. Oh, I'm so happy for you! Your sweet words made me cry, because this is what my (now) husband has done for me. Marriage is amazing <3. Heartfelt congratulations to you all!!

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  16. Wow, that just really warms your heart - A very big Congratulations to the family and especially you Katie!!!

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  17. you and your little family are so beautiful! I'm so happy for you! Congratulations!

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  18. congrats!!! how amazing! you truesly deserve a man like matt!
    seems like this is the most wonderful christmas ever, right?

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  19. only looking at the photos brings inspiration and calmness...
    Congratulations! This must be the best Christmas for you!
    May your happiness last forever !!!

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  20. I recently found your lovely blog and have been inspired by your love story. I recently got remarried after thinking I never would...I am so happy for you. Here's my little fairy tale-and big congrats on your own! http://theusualbliss.com/2012/11/25/let-me-tell-you-a-story/

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  21. this is the most beautiful blog post I think I have ever read, ever. CONGRATS! These photos are dreamy (as always) and you a simply beaming! All the best!

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  22. OAAH!! Congratulations!! On Christmas morning too, so romantic!

    love, Saar

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  23. Congratulations!!! *tears of joy*

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  24. I sincerely could not be happier for you!!

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  25. Dammit, I must have something in my eye. or allergies, it must be allergies.

    Congratulations!

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  26. Congratulations! So happy for your beautiful family!

    Www.bakesomebodyhappy.com

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  27. you voiced everything I have been feeling recently (two years and one beautiful child in a post-divorce relationship). Thank you for your honesty in discussing marriage before, and today.
    I love getting a little glimpse into your life.
    and of course, Congratulations!

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  28. so happy for your family!
    im wondering, did max take the photo of you kissing?? :)))

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  29. Such wonderful news!! Congratulations to you and your family! I love the Phoebe is a snow bunny!

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  30. Congrats :) and greetings from Finland.

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  31. Congrats to you both. You really have a beautiful family! So happy for you :)

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  32. how beautifully articulated, gave me chills reading it. congrats lady! very happy for you two.

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  33. Congratulations! That brought tears to my eyes. So, so sweet!

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  34. congratulations! how beautiful and sweet!

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  35. wow! i got chills when i scrolled down to see the picture of the ring! i'm so happy for you and your little family. beautiful.

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  36. Wow, that is big news! Congrats to the whole fam!

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  37. HAPPINESS! Oh my my my, congratulations!

    -Lindsey

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  38. Oh congratulations! YOu have such a sweet family.

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  39. Oh my god that is awesome! I almost cried reading this. So happy for you! Congratulations, you deserve it! What a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas!

    p.s. amazing pictures and I love your boots!

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  40. congrats to you!!! what beautiful pictures.

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  41. Congratulations, Katie! Gorgeous photos, gorgeous family :)

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  42. Oh my goodness! Congratulations Katie!

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  43. Gorgeous pictures, as always. CONGRATULATIONS!

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  44. Congrats!! :) This is such a happy post.

    xo Ashley
    luckylittlebird.blogspot.com

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  45. OMG, congrats Katie! I had my hopes that you two would wed : )

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  46. So beautiful and happy, so many congratulations!!!

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  47. So wonderful! Congratulations!

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  48. Beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing that. My heart shuttered and I shed a tear of joy. I love second chances.

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  49. Such amazing photography you do! What a beautiful time in your life! Congratulations to you and your husband-to-be!

    Theresa
    http://bomamma.blogspot.com

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  50. Congratulations! You both have created a beautiful family, wishing you good health and many more smiles :) - Sara

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  51. Congratulations to you both! What a lovely post and fantastic memories for your family to look back on.

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  52. Oh the biggest congratulations to you both! It really is a precious story you both have together. I am so happy for you!

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  53. Oh, happiness!!! Congratulations and all the best wishes to you two (you four!)!

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  54. Oh my word, my heart is going 90 mph. I am dying with the love and the sweetness and I'm just so happy for you. I've been reading your blog for, like, ever (a couple of years which is forever in blog land, right?) and I feel like this is the moment I've been waiting for. Squeeeeeeee! Is that silly or is it creepy? Anyway... just, congratulations!

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  55. Congratulations you guys! So happy for you and your family! xoxo

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  56. congratulations! i've been reading your blog for almost two years and so happy for you!

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  57. Aw!!! Congrats! I'm am so, so, so happy for you :)

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

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  58. Oh my gosh! Congratulations Katie & Matt! I'm so happy for you Katie, I'm a long time reader of your blog and you two seem to work together so well :)

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  59. goose pimples!! beautiful beautiful and huge congratulations!

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  60. ahh Katie I am so happy for you. God has wonderful blessings for your family. Bee is getting so big we still need to get together so I can see that beautiful baby!

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  61. Oh, this bought tears to my eyes. The ring is the most perfect ring. The image of you and Matt together is filled with so much love. Congratulations!

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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  62. so beautiful, a thousand congratulations!

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  63. I have HUGE tears in my eyes and major, major goosebumps! Congratulations, mama. So joyful for you & Matt & Max & Phoebe... you are a precious, beautiful family and you deserve all the love your heart & life can hold. Sending wishes & prayers for a bright, magical, and breathtaking future... all my love, xoxo.

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  64. Congratulations! Your story brings me hope & happiness...thanks for sharing :)

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  65. Congratulations Katie! This is such a beautiful post! Wishing your family all the happiness in the world.

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  66. So beautiful!
    Congratulations!!!
    xoxo

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  67. awwww...squee! congratulations on your wonderful news!

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  68. What wonderful news! Congratulations! Beautiful pictures as always-- and what a gorgeous ring, too!

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  69. I could look at your photos all day. Congrats on your special news:-)

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  70. This is so exciting and romantic for you! Congratulations on this wonderful news.

    Loulou

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  71. So so happy for your family of four!!! You said exactly the most beautiful thing about second loves! I had to read it several times, you said it so perfectly! What a beautiful love story you have! Many, many happy thoughts and wishes for you!!

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  72. Love, blessings and happiness to you and your family as you take on this new chapter in the journey of love.

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  73. CONGRATULATIONS!!! so lovely, so wonderful, so beautiful… wishing your family all the happiness in the world!! xoxo

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  74. Congratulations! I am over the moon happy for you and your beautiful family. I wish you and Matt (and Bee and Max) all the best.

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  75. Congratulations to all of you - you have an absolutely beautiful family!
    <3 Kiersten

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  76. Aaaawww congrats to you and your hubby! :))

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  77. such a happy moment! congratulations!

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  78. Ooooh Mama, how lovely!!! Congrats, beautiful bride!

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  79. oh how wonderful - isn't he perfect for you! filling needs inside you you didn't know you had - that's what I said about my husband when we married. you have a good man. congrats! and a beautiful ring. I'd love to see it closer

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  80. Already looking forward to seeing your wedding photos! Congratulations!

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  81. congratulations, that is wonderful!!

    xo,
    kristyn

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  82. Congratulations... what a fabulously merry christmas for you!!!

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  83. Congrats! How lovely, and what a nice season to have that happen in.

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  84. W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L.! love & peace.

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  85. Congrats! That is such a wonderful christmas present :)

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  86. SO happy for you and Matt!! Congrats Katie.

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  87. I am so happy for your family! Congratulations!

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  88. Congratulations!!!! I am so very happy for you!!!! You have a beautiful family!
    Love, M x

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  89. Congratulations!! <3 So wonderful & beautiful!

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  90. How absolutely wonderful! Congratulations!!

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  91. this made me tear up a bit. how absolutely lovely!!

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  92. Perfectly wonderful! Congratulations!

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  93. Congratulations, how perfect :)

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  94. Congratulations! Beautifully written and photographed, and what a stunning ring!

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  95. oh, katie. so full of joy for you and matt. wonderful, beautiful, blessed news.

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  96. Wonderful news! So excited for you all! What a wonderful miracle of a family.

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  97. What wonderful news! You and Matt are the sweetest things, congratulations!

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  98. oh! i got chills & all teary reading this! (i'm a sap...lol) i am so genuinely happy for you & your family. many congrats! i don't need to ask if you had a merry christmas, i know you did! ;)

    P.S. i had to be one of "those" people but can you tell me where your beanie is from? its perfect!

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  99. Congratulations! I am so happy for you! You both still live in YS, Ohio, right? :)

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    1. My email is equest2005 (at) woh (dot) rr (dot) com if you want to email, and my name is Megan.

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  100. So beautiful, congratulations!

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  101. Congratulations, Such wonderful news!!

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  102. Congratulations to you and your beautiful family!

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  103. Wonderful, wonderful news - congratulations!!!

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  104. Congratulations, I wish you all the best!!

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  105. Hi Katie,

    I've read your journal/blog since your days over at LJ and have never commented. You were friends with a good friend of mine on LJ and I was hooked with your pictures and your words; I've been a fan ever since (so years at this point). I'm so happy for you and your little family that I finally have had to comment (I actually went, "Aw, yay!!!" when I saw this!). You've been on such an amazing journey of self-discovery and you deserve nothing but the best, and that's exactly what you got.

    I'm sorry that it took me so long to say something... but this has been such a big year for you that I finally had to send some well wishes. Thank you so much for letting us into your life! Congratulations!

    - Nicole

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  106. Oh the joy! Congratulations!! Many Blessings!! :)

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  107. Katie,

    I have been following you on your journal/blog for quite some time, moving from your previous website to here. It has been beautiful to follow you through your life journey, with all of its beauties and struggles. You have walked through so much, but have kept such an admirable strength, beauty, and joy within you. I am so glad that the Lord has blessed you with an amazing husband, father, best friend, partner, and bud. And I am also glad that he has been such a wonderful father to your children. My prayers go out to you now, as you start the leg of a brand new journey. Congratulations, and may love and peace be ever in your home.

    - Annaliese

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  108. congratulations! the ring is really beautiful and i love the uniqueness of it.

    leyla.

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  109. Sending you love and congratulations from Missouri! So happy for you!

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  110. So lovely! I love the way you shed a bright light on all aspects of life; the raw, painful memories as well as the joy and newness and hope that today can bring. You are a talented writer, with such a beautiful outlook on life! I admire that so much, and look forward to seeing your wedding story unfold. Cheers to one of the cutest little families!

    xo

    Amanda

    http://sovereignsoliloquy.blogspot.com

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  111. Congratulations! I love this blog and I love the photos... wow I'm so full of love!

    http://www.wakemeupwithasmile.wordpress.com

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  112. So many congratulations to you!!! I was married to my love last year today and can only say that with the right person, eternity seems like not enough time. :) I wish you four the best future together!

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  113. oh yay!!! congratulations, lady! these are beautiful photos of a beautiful family : )

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  114. Oh hooray! What a Christmas gift for your whole family! Wishing you only blessings and a lifetime of happiness together :)
    ~Lily

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  115. :) oh how wonderful! what a lovely Christmas story! congratulations and many blessings for the planning of the special day but most importantly for your life together as a family xx

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  116. oh my goodness CONGRATULATIONS!
    that ring is stunning. gah! i love it. i'm happy for you!
    xo,
    andrea >>hecallsmewifey

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  117. These pictures are beautiful! And many congratulations to you and your big news! YAY!
    xo TJ

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  118. yeaaaa! that makes teary!! congratulations!!

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  119. Wow! What a beautiful story (and awesome ring). Love is such a redemptive, powerful force - I am glad you have found a place to rest your heart. Congratulations.

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  120. so beautiful - congratulations to you and your sweet family!

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  121. beautiful pictures! Congratulations on your engagement!

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  123. KATIE!! omg. I'm soooo happy for you guys!!! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family :) <3

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  124. congratulations, katie!! the most exciting news for the sweetest family. so happy for you! :)

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  125. that's so exciting! Congratulations! I had the exact same thing happen to me over Christmas and I am overjoyed. Glad to hear you are too!

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  126. Oh my gracious! I actually just teared up over this post haha Congratulations Katie! That is so exciting and wonderful. I just adore you and your family and so happy for you!

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  127. Congratulations!! I also teared up - I wish your beautiful family health, happiness, love, love, love. You are all beautiful <3

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  128. such a beautiful post and congratulations to your whole little family! So happy for you guys!! xo

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  129. This post is just so beautiful! And what the perfect way to celebrate Christmas morning then with the ones you love so dear! Perfection :)
    xo TJ

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  130. Congratulations! A beautiful life!

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