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February 14, 2011



How sweet! Wishing them a lifetime of true love and happiness!

Ah, true love is so sweet. Congratulations to your very own sweet couple.

And, Happy Valentine's Day to you and all of your sweethearts, Kim.♥


Congratulations to Shannon and Austin! They make a beautiful couple. I noticed that gorgeous ring in the 1st photo! I wish them much happiness!



Ahhh Love is definitely in the air ~ Congratulations to the happy couple (they look so in Love) and Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family (((Hugs))) to all of you this very special day ;-)


Sweet things happenin in your world for sure! I think Shannon would make a beautiful bride what ever color her hair:)) Happy Valentines!

xoxo, karen

Barbara Anne

Sweet! May Austin and Shannon live happily ever after!

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!


dotsie (aka podso)

Sweet pictures! And congratulations! What fun you will all have planning a wedding.

Amy B

Congratulations!! Such cute pictures....and he wears his sunglasses the same way!!! She's beautiful, Kim!!!

Pamela Gordon

Congratulations on your sweet daughter's engagement! What a beautiful couple they are. You will have a fun and busy time with the wedding preparations so enjoy every minute! Wishing you and yours a happy Valentine day!

linda moczan

oh my goodness !
i am sooooo excited for the engagement!
oh - showers to plan and rehersal dinner
and on and on and on!
and shannon and austin look so sweet together!
and she'll make the best paramedic -
good luck and best wishes shannon and ausin!


What a beautiful couple may they always have happiness in their lives.. And Happy Valentine's Day to you..


Cogratulations to Shannon and Austin!
Thanks for sharing this very special moment with us!
They make a beautiful couple!
Can't believe its been four years since the prom.
August will get here fast; than the fun begins!


Fay Marie Torzsok

Congratulation to Austin & Shannon on their engagement.

All best wishes as they prepare and look forward to their
Wedding Day. <3

Fay Marie


Congratulations to the happy couple! She is beautiful!


How wonderfully sweet! Congratulations!!

Patty M

Love is definitely in the air! Congratulations to the sweet couple, may they always remember exactly how they feel right will carry them through when life has it's challenges. Congratulations to you too, dear Kim. Praying for a spouse is one of the most worrisome duties a momma has. She looks happy...what more can we ask for? Happy Valentines Day!


Hello Kim,
I wish you on this Valentinesday lots of inspiration so i can enjoy your blog each time i visit it.
Greetings Anita.

Susan Freeman

What an adorable couple!! That's a beautiful ring too. Congratulations to them both. I predict a very happy future for them.

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley

A Romantic Porch

OH How wonderful! How thrilling! How "heart skip a beat" exciting this is. Congratulations to you and those you love. Happy Valentine's Day! xorachel

Tausha Salat

So Sweet Kim, Happy Valentines Day !!!!!


I love the brown hair on her.Very pretty.Congrats to you!


Such a beautiful couple! And a beautiful story for Valentine's Day.

Happy Valentine's Day, Kim:)

Judy A

Happy Valentine's Day, Kim!

Such a joyful and expectant time for your family. Savor it! All the best to the happily engaged couple.


Barbara F.

Mother of the bride-to-be.........ENJOY EVERY MOMENT! And we will be waiting patiently for many of those beautful moments to be captured with your camera's eye. Good luck and happiness always to Shannon and Austin. Their kids will be beautiful! No doubt.....xoxoxoxo

Kim St. Jean

What wonderful, exciting news, Kim. Congrats to Shannon and Austin!


congratulations and love to you, Kim! xoC


What sweet pictures. I hope they have many wonderful years together.

I know you and Shannon will have a wonderful time planning her wedding.


ahhhh... young love.. so precious!! Congratulations Kim.. What a Sweet prom picture...Gorgeous Couple



Awwww...what a lovely story, Kim xx


How wonderful! Don't they make an adorable couple! I wish them God's very best blessings.
Happy Valentine's to you and Miss Maggie, Kim.


Gorgeous couple! They look so cute together. Beautiful ring! Know you are so happy for them! Know you are so happy about them furthering their education too! My oldest son and his wife met in college. He was senior, she a junior. When she graduated, they got married on college campus in chapel. Sons friends were there and all her soroity sisters. It was fun!

Carol Adams

Adorable couple Kim...!!!!! Sigh...
So happy for your family!
My daughter Jill is about the same age.
I agree w the blonde hair!

Elizabeth Marchus

How sweet it is! Congratulations Shannon and Austin, Shannon your ring is beautiful..
Happy Valentines Day to you Kim, enjoy your day of love, hugs and cuddles.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth


boy, am i having to catch up - the year 2011 has been very busy for me-us, it's a good thing - maggie, happy birthday from us and koda, she sends you lot's of licks and play time. spring is sure in the air - what a beautiful couple - i pray for Blessings and Favor over shannon and austin. i sure miss my pop, i lost him in 91'.
i continue to miss him and charish all the beautiful memories. Happy Valentine's Day to All - thank you kim for all the Happy moments you have shared over the years.

love ya, maria - cottage feel-


What a cute, cute couple. Best of wishes coming their way from the Mediterranean :)


Congratulations to the happy couple - and to you, too, my friend. And a Happy Valentine's Day.


OMG!!! How perfectly, beautifully, wonderful for them!!! I wish them many, many, forever after years of happiness together. sniffle sniffle : )

Ricki Jill Treleaven

Shannon, guuuuurl! Take it from me! Blondes have much, much more fun!

Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours, Kim!

(By the way...I just realize that our fathers share the same birthday. My father passed away over four years ago after battling cancer. He was 60.)


OHMYGOSH! How sweet and how FUN! I can only imagine the fun wedding you and she will surely create! They are an adorable couple, Kim!

Trish Rowley

What wonderful news!! Congratulations Shannon and Austin you make a Beautiful couple I wish you all the love and happiness in the world ;) That is a beautiful ring for a beautiful girl!! you must be so excited Kim another season in your life is about to unfold with many wonderful days ahead congratulations just beautiful. @>---->---- Happy Valentine's Day Everyone I wish you lots of Chocolate and love. Trish xox ;)

Debbie from Texas

Congratulations to the happy couple!! I just went to a wedding shower for my sweet niece who is getting married in March. She will always be a little girl in my mind so I know it is hard to realize sometimes that they are so grown up. I wish and pray for them many happy years together! Such a beautiful couple.


Congrats! What a lovely couple they make. When my daughter got engaged, she went from her fake blonde hair back to her beautiful natural red hair!!! I was so happy!!! And now I am in love with the two darling grandkids they have presented me with. Jack and Charlotte! What fun they are!

Alison Gibbs

Oh how sweet. They are a cute couple.


Congratulations! Ahhh...LOVE! :)


Awww, that is the perfect Valentine story! Thanks for sharing.


A very special Valentine for all. What fun everyone will have planning the wedding.

I like her as a blond to Kim. :-)


Alice from Arkansas

Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse

Congratulations! She will be one beautiful bride (and you a gorgeous mother of the bride!)!!!

Dena landry

Happy Valentine Day
St.Valentine! A special day for lovers, tried and true:
Its customs are so very old, and yet they're ever new
So it's no matter if you send a paper valentine,
With ribbons, lace, and lettering--A sentimental line;
Some flowers,or candy, or a gift--Perhaps a jewel rare,
To fan the flame of sentiment in heart of lady fair
St. Valentine will still approve, if given in his name;
No matter what the price or style, for love is just the same


Congratulations...what a happy time...mother of the bride..parties, showers, wedding to plan..oh what fun !!!

Jana T

Congratulations!! What an exciting time for your daughter and her fiance and for YOU!!


How utterly romantic...and what a perfect love story will they have for their little ones' someday...


Happy Valentine's Day dear.. congrats on the awesome news!!


What happy news! Congratulations Shannon and Austin! Wishing you much love and happiness always.
Shannon, it takes a special person to enter the field you have chosen. You will touch may lives and may God be with you on every call you take. My dad was a paramedic and it was a job he did so well.My favorite photo of my dad is in his uniform.

Happy Valentine's Day

Kathleen J.


Dear Kim....Happy Valentines to you sweetie!!!
Much congrats to your sweet daughter!!! My sweet daughter got engaged New Years Day also & we are so happy for her & her sweet brave solider...They thought they had some time before his departure to Afghanastan (sp?) but was not to be...he got word on this past tues. he would be leaving sat. for extra training on the east coast..& with both working & getting his gear together..sat. was here. Our hearts broke for her...but with family & love & facebook...she will make it:) Their love is strong & I am so proud of her & him! Love is in the air:)
Thanks for think I rambled sweets..
Hugs to your sweet daughter & her handsome man:)
Deb:) XOXO


She was beautiful then and still is. What a stunning and classic dress she chose for prom. So refreshing as many of the girls choose trendy dresses that they regret four years later. Isn't it funny that Austin has sunglasses on in both pictures? Congratulations. Even more sweet memories to be made. Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!


How nice! congratulations to both families and especially to austin and shannon..may you two have a long and happy life together.


{deep sigh} I love a great love story. Happy Valentine's Day Kim. The Mr. and I spent the day before Valentine's at Disneyland!! We had a wonderful day - together, just the two of us again ;)


I wish them all the luck and love in the world together!
((( hugs ))) Nina.


What a beautiful couple. I remember when you wrote about Shannon turning 21.

Of course, Maggie and Marley will be flower girl and ring bearer, right?

Congratulations Austin and Shannon!


Congratulations.... I have 3 daughters of my own and hope that as they get older, they are as lucky in love as Shannon! My oldest is actually looking forward to her junior prom with her sweetheart, and I was wondering where Shannon got her dress -- it is just so simple and lovely!


What a lovely couple! Congratulations to them both. I'm sure Shannon will look beautiful either as blonde or brunette on her day. She takes after her mum in the looks xx


Oh Kim - I haven't been here in forever and finally catching up. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is so sweet!!

My big girl graduates in April - I can hardly believe it. I'm hoping she will be in Orlando for a year - close to me (and not too far from a visit to you when I visit her!).

Much love,




Congratulations! I just love weddings, this post had me reminiscing about my daughter's engagement and wedding...thanks for the memories! Connie

Nancy Maisenbach

Isn't love wonderful! I am very happy for you and your family as you grow in numbers and in love. Thank you for warming our hearts with new love. We all need to keep love alive and fresh. We gathered our family together(which has grown from eight to twenty eight)on the day after Valentine Day. We have a grandson marrying a wonderful girl in June and five graduations in May. I love sharing our joy's Kim and with all who post.
Nancy M. XOXO

sweet cottage dreams

They are precious!

Congrats, Shannon and Austin!

Wishing you a wonderful journey together.



Wishing them an enchanting engagement, a magical marriage and many happy years!


I am so behind on my blog reading. Too much going on here. Shannon & Austin make such a wonderful couple. I know you are so proud of them both. Your daughter is beautiful and Austin is so handsome!!! My oldest daughter got married 4 years ago and it was one of the happiest times in my life. As a Mom, you are so happy when they are so happy!!!! Can't wait to hear more about the wedding. Love & blessings from NC!


Congratulations Kim you must be tickled pink.
Shannon and Austin look adorable together.


Congratulations to the happy couple! My son and his lovely girlfriend became engaged over the Christmas holidays, as well! They have a November wedding planned.
Wishing the happy couple and long and beautiful life together! Love is in the air it seems!
Love, Kim

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