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I'm Getting a Son! *plus* a Winner

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Happy Wednesday, My Lovelies!  I have great news!!!!!  Our oldest DD is engaged to be married!  We are so happy for Shanley Belle and Christopher.  And I'm happy for myself because I'm gaining a son to spoil rotten!  ;P

Shanley Belle and Christopher are two of the hardest working young people you'd ever hope to meet.  While Shanley is defending her generals for her PhD program this summer, Christopher is graduating (this weekend) top in his class from his residency program and will begin working at a pediatric clinic in Baton Rouge.

They've only been engaged a week, and they're busy this week celebrating Christopher's graduation with several parties and a commencement at the Country Club of Louisiana.  They are getting close to setting a date, and I am so excited to help them plan their wedding.  I think they're the cutest, but obviously I'm a wee bit prejudiced!

In the meantime...

I'm trying to learn new photography skills especially during weekends at Lake Martin, Alabama.

Here are a few of my favorite shots:

We've been looking for and discussing possible venues for the wedding in case the couple decides not to get married at St. Stephen's (Shanley wants a smaller wedding), and they've even talked about the possibility of a destination wedding because their closest friends are scattered all over the country.

I promise that Goat Island IS NOT one of the possible venues, although it is fun to see and feed the goats snacks.  :D

On to the winner of the June 1st Giveaway...

I don't know what happened with my Rafflecopter.  I've only used that widget MANY times on my blog, and this one did not work.  Also, no one said that it wasn't working in comments!  So odd....

Anyway, Google number generator picked number 17 out of 20, so Carla is the winner of the wine carrier!  Congratulations, Carla!!!

Please check back on Friday for a couple of reviews that just might be the beach or lake read you're looking for!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Congratulations! A beautiful couple! I am sure that it will be a beautiful even if it is at this cute goat island.

  2. Congratulations on Your Daughter getting engaged.

  3. Congrats to Shanley - what a great looking couple and how exciting the future will be for them!! Also Congrats to Carla! Your pics look fabulous!!

  4. Congrats to Shanley AND to you. They are a darling couple and she will be a beautiful bride, I know. How exciting and what fun that will be. Have a great night. xo Diana

  5. Congratulations! They are such a cute couple with a bright future! I'm looking forward to hearing about the wedding plans as they are made.

  6. Congratulations to Shanley Belle and Christopher, a beautiful couple! I admire their work ethic more than words can convey.

  7. Congratulations, RJ! I can tell you are going to be one busy mum in the coming months! They are a beautiful couple! And those photo skills will come in handy, I think! Great joy!

  8. Congratulations on your daughter's engagement. I wish them much happiness.
    Your photography is looking good but I always thought it did.

  9. Congrats on your daughter's engagement. How sweet they look as a couple. How exciting to start to plan out a nice wedding together. Cannot wait to hear more on the wedding plans.

  10. Congratulations my dear friend. Important question, is he a Cubs fan? LOL

    They are sweet as can be. I am so excited to follow along in the planning and the big day!

  11. I'm so happy for you RJ, I know how much you'll enjoy helping Shanley Belle plan her wedding. Congratulations to the adorable couple.
    Love your pics. hoping you'll share some photo taking tips. Congratulations to Carla.......

  12. Happy times! I know you will go all out planning Shanley Belle and Christopher's special day! Both my children had destination weddings, Tara in Orange Beach and Ryan in San Miguelle de Allende Mexico! I recommend you get a wedding planner where ever it ends up, that will save you so much stress! Congrats!

  13. Congratulations again! They are a very cute couple and I am sure you are going to be great assistance with the wedding planning.


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