Brian and I are engaged!!

So! Yesterday was QUITE an exciting day. Brian proposed!

Now, I knew Brian had bought a ring. I can’t detail our engagement story without being completely honest about that. He had let me in on that little secret because in the last few weeks I was getting anxious for a proposal… and, well, he knew it. But let’s not call it pressure!

We’ve discussed marriage since early in our relationship… we’ve talked about what we both wanted in “our” wedding… we were even starting to look at houses together. So I knew a proposal was coming. And while I knew it was only a matter of time before we got engaged, I was still a little impatient for it to happen… and I would remind him of that, oh, every so often.

So because of this, a few weeks ago Brian told me that he had already asked my parents for their blessing and picked out a ring that he knew I’d love… but he was waiting for the right moment to ask, a moment he knew I’d be surprised (since now the fact that he had a ring wasn’t a surprise).

From then on, I read into everything he said and every situation we were in. But every time I thought it might happen, it didn’t. He was sneaky.

Then yesterday afternoon when I was working at my family’s business, Barrington Printing, Brian called me and said he was driving to a job (he owns a landscaping company). I told him I was going to be heading to my parents’ house for a bit, then I was planning to go to the movies with some girlfriends, so I would see him later in the evening.

“Let me call you back in 5 minutes, OK?” he asked.

So I hung up the phone and got back to work. Then a few few minutes later I heard the sound of a dog – or dogs – in the building. I thought it must be my brother’s dog. So I got up to see what was going on and I saw Tansy and Ryder running around with red jewelry boxes attached to their collars.

Clearly, Brian hadn’t been on his way to a job.

Tansy came up to me and I opened her jewelry box – it was empty. Then I saw Brian and he said, “Open Ryder’s jewelry box.” I did, but that was empty, too. Hmm.

Then I noticed Brian was holding the ring in his hand. By that time, my dad and brother had come around the corner to see what was going on, and Brian got on one knee and asked me to marry him! (I think he said, “I wanted to know if you’d marry me” – but I can’t remember exactly!)

Brian had accomplished what he had set out to do – completely surprise me. Not once, not even for a second, did I expect him to show up there and propose!

He said he wanted to have as many members of my family as possible there to be a part of it… he would have been able to catch 4 of them if he had come a little earlier, but at least my dad and brother were there to witness and photograph the moment!

The ring is just beautiful… a “Princess cut” diamond, Brian reminds me every time I call it square.

That evening we went to celebrate with my parents, and my dad brought me a Congratulations balloon and a bouquet of white roses.

Let the wedding planning begin!

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Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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  1. 5.18.11

    So very exciting!! Congratulations!!

  2. 5.18.11
    amyz5 said:

    So sweet. I love the dog involvement. Congrats.

  3. 5.18.11
    FireMom said:

    How cute!


  4. 5.18.11
    Mel said:

    What an awesome way to propose; so sweet!:) Congratulations!

  5. 5.18.11

    So Sweet!Congratulations to your families!

  6. 5.18.11

    Yay!!!So thrilled for you both!!!

  7. 5.18.11

    Jane! OMgosh! I remember way back when we were both feeling sad for ourselves because we never thought we’d find true love. Do you remember? And now look! I am so excited for you! (And Brian because he scored one heck of a woman!)

    This reminds me of me and my Bryan right now. His mom gave me a ring that I wear on my ring finger and tell him it’s my “placeholder.” She gave me her mother’s necklace on Mother’s Day. He says the ring is a promise and the necklace is a guarantee from his mom that I’m the girl he’ll marry. 🙂

  8. 5.18.11

    Awesomeness! Congratulations and have so much fun planning that wedding!

  9. 5.18.11

    Jane – I’m so excited for you both. Can’t wait to hear about all the wedding plans. xoxo

  10. 5.18.11

    LOVE! I die from the sweetness, esp. with your family.

  11. 5.18.11

    Congrats! hugs and kisses!

  12. 5.18.11
    Erika said:

    I know I’ve said it a million times…but YAY! I’m over the moon for you. I seriously couldn’t be more excited if you were my best friend. Wishing you all the happiness in the world…though I know you’ve already found it!

  13. 5.18.11
    Kim said:

    So very HAPPY for you and Brian, Jane! I love, love how he included the dogs and thought about having some of your family there – only the guy you should be marrying would have thought of that! Big HUG!!

  14. 5.18.11
    Karianna said:

    I’m so happy for you and Brian! Totally exciting!

  15. 5.18.11

    How freakin’ sweet is he?? Love this!!!! Huge congratulations to you all!! <3

  16. 5.19.11

    I’m so so so excited for you!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  17. 5.19.11

    Perfect 🙂

  18. 5.19.11
    lizzy said:

    congratulations ! God bless

  19. 5.19.11

    Awesome! congratulations, wishing you happiness, not that you need it 🙂

  20. 5.19.11
    Karen P said:

    Hurrah!!!!!! Congrats!

  21. 5.19.11
    Veronica said:

    Congratulations pretty lady!

  22. 5.20.11
    Krista Peck said:

    Congratulations! What a sweet engagement story. You two seemed like a great match from the start. So happy for you.

  23. 5.23.11

    I was wondering when you were going to post your engagement story. How did I miss it? Jane… what an awesome surprise! You have such a wonderful man. I know you both are blessed to be with each other. I so can’t wait to hear all about the wedding details. Somehow you are going to have to include all your social media friends you know? Maybe tweet your wedding out or skype us in? I LOVE YOU and so very happy for you!!!!

  24. 5.25.11
    Carol Ready said:

    Oh my gosh! I’m soooooo excited for you and Brian, Jane. This is such wonderful news. Can’t wait to read all about your wedding plans. Enjoy every moment of it!
    All the best,

  25. 5.27.11
    Barry said:

    Congratulations Sweetheart. I love you more than anything in the WORLD!! Great guy you have there!

  26. 5.27.11
    shelly said:


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