Our good friends Edwin and Holly had welcomed their first child, a baby girl, Ava Elizabeth Ramirez! We went to the hospital to see her a few hours after she was born, and took a few photos for the proud new parents!
New mommy! Holding her little girl only a few hours old…
New daddy! Holding his newborn daughter…
These next two are with Holly and Edwin’s hospital bracelets in focus:
Yep… Brian proposed! We had been talking about it for months, and as time drug on I was beginning to get discouraged. He told me that he was waiting to talk to my dad until he had a steady, full-time job, which, after months of pounding the pavement, was proving to be a very difficult thing to acquire. On the 4th of July, my family was hosting our church’s 4th of July party during the evening, but in the morning, Brian had asked me to go hiking with him at Crowder’s Mountain (where he took me on our first date). I was getting ready at 6am, very angry that I was up so early so I could be ready at 6:30, when I got a text from Brian saying “I’m going to be a little late. My mom wants me to bring over some stuff for the party tonight. Some of it’s really heavy so I could use one of your hands to help me unload it.” This infuriated me. Not only was I up at 6am, but the boy was going to be late and make me unload heavy stuff on my steep driveway! A few minutes later Brian called me from my driveway to tell me to come outside.
Now, to get from my front door to my driveway, I have to turn a corner around my garage, and as I was coming around that corner, I saw Brian pacing back and forth on my driveway holding a bouquet of orange lillies. Of course, in my anger towards him, I am merely (blindly) thinking “Oh, flowers. Because we’re going on a date. That’s nice.” When Brian saw me he ran over to me, thrust the flowers into my hand and got down on one knee. The sentence “Brian Powell, get up and quit kiddin’ me” was half-way out of my mouth when this little box appeared out of nowhere. Which shut me up pretty good. Brian opened it to reveal my engagement ring inside and said, “Melissa, will you marry me?” All I could say for the first few seconds was, “Brian Powell… Brian Powell…” until Brian reminded me: “I’m kind of shaking here,” and then I said yes! So we went on our hike up Crowder’s Mountain, calling a few people here and there when we found signal. The Brian formally announced it at the 4th of July party that evening!
We contracted Sarah Hinson, our dear friend who is going to be a bridesmaid in our wedding, to take our engagement photos for us! She was a photography major at Winthrop University for a year before she swicthed to environmental studies, so she knew some basic concepts. She hadn’t ever shot a digital camera, however, so we posed all of our shots ourselves while she learned how to shoot Brian’s camera, and we helped he along the way. (When I showed this girl my ring shortly before Brian announced it at the party, she jumped up and down, screaming at the top of her lungs, hugging her bowl of potato salad she was bringing into my house for dear life, and she actually started crying! Best reaction we got- by far! Love you Sarah!!!)