Yesterday, our daughter Sharon surprised us. Actually, it was Mike, her significant other, who first broke the news. My phone rang, and a man’s ecstatic voice shouted, “She said YES!” For a moment, I couldn’t make sense of it—who was this? Then I laughed! It was Mike, he had just proposed marriage, and Sharon had said yes!
He and Sharon were in Starkville, Mississippi, at the Mississippi State vs. LSU game. They both love football, especially State football, since both attended State during the 1980s. Last year, when State was on its amazing winning streak in the SEC, they often drove long distances from their homes in Franklin, Tennessee, to attend the games, loving every minute!
Once again, Sharon and Mike had arrived in Starkville during the afternoon, and they strolled around campus, snapping photos. As they crossed the open drill field, Mike stopped Sharon, dropped down on one knee, and proposed marriage right then and there!
Sharon was shocked—but absolutely thrilled! She flung open her arms and rushed into Mike’s embrace! And he presented her with a beautiful ring.
Passers-by stopped, and spectators cheered and rang their cowbells! One young woman even caught the moment on her camera phone. She came over to Sharon and Mike and asked for their phone numbers so she could send them her pictures.
More happy news is that Sharon has just sold her home in Franklin, so now they can go ahead and purchase the larger home in Franklin that she and Mike will eventually share. Both have children from previous marriages—Sharon has two teen-aged daughters, and Mike has six children!
They each share custody with their former spouses, but sometimes all the children will be in their new home together. Of course, Sharon and Mike have spent many months, letting the children all get to know one another, and fortunately, all the kids get along, so the adjustment may not be quite as overwhelming as it might have been. They’ve already shared many happy times together.
Now it looks like we’ll have our very own “Brady Bunch” in the family. What fun!