A ring and a date

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We’re getting married two months from today!

We’re keeping it simple. We’re inviting just immediate family: our parents, our brothers and sisters, our children, and all of their spouses. That’s still a lot of people — Margaret is seventh of eight children, and between us we have seven children! We’re having a small, short, simple ceremony at a venue near Margaret’s house. And then we’re all going to Margaret’s house for food and music and family for the rest of the day.

Our Irish honeymoon is booked for late summer, so we’ll be returning to normal life on the Monday after our wedding. We haven’t figured out just yet how and when we’ll combine households, so we’ll pretty fluidly live between hers and mine for a while. It’s a nontraditional choice, to be sure, but after considerable discussion we see it’s best for our new combined family for now.


29 responses to “A ring and a date”

  1. yanti Avatar

    Congrates :-)

  2. J P Cavanaugh Avatar

    Blending two families is not easy, and I doubt that there is a “right way”. But you will find “your way” and it will work for you.

    When I was young, I was happy that my mother never remarried so that “our family” didn’t get messed with. But looking back, it would have been better for her if she had, and I’m sure we kids would have rolled with it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Fortunately, four of our children are older than 18, so this won’t be -as- hard. I did deliberately wait until my sons were older before I started dating. First things first.

  3. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Excellent…love is always grand!

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  5. jonathon campo Avatar
    jonathon campo

    Hi Jim,
    Congrats! You lucky dog.
    All the best to you two.

  6. davisr66 Avatar

    Heartiest congratulations to you and Margaret. Thanks for being so transparent on your blog. I feel like I know you well and am happy you’ve found each other.

  7. Lignum Draco Avatar

    Congratulations. Small and simple doesn’t sound possible with a family of that size, Mr Brady. :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You got that right!

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  9. Sheldon Bass Avatar

    Happy to see your family plans coming to fruition. Congratulations!

  10. brickthomas Avatar

    I am happy to see and hear of your happiness. Best wishes! Brick

  11. Doug Smith Avatar
    Doug Smith

    Outstanding! You two were meant to be one. Congratulations, and may your lives be healthy and happy together.

  12. Schmitt Avatar

    Happy to hear this! Congratulations!

  13. Christopher Smith Avatar
    Christopher Smith

    Congratulations Jim I wish you all the happiness in world and that you have long an wonderful life together, all the best.

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  15. Nancy Stewart Avatar
    Nancy Stewart

    So happy for you both !!!

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  17. Maureen Sudlow Avatar

    Congratulations to you both, and many blessings

  18. mattsandercock Avatar

    Congratulations to you both!

  19. davidvanilla Avatar

    Wonderful! Wishing the very best of everything for both of you.

  20. Gerald Avatar

    Congratulations! :

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  22. Larry Dimick Avatar
    Larry Dimick

    Congrats Jim! Hope I get the chance to meet Margaret at some point. Blessings to you both!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      We’ll have to work on making that happen!

  23. DougD Avatar

    Cool, congratulations.
    My Engineering sensibilities have noticed a correlation between trying to keep it simple and a successful long term relationship, so I’d say you’re on the right track!
    Best wishes for long term success

  24. Sam Avatar

    Congrats to you two lovebirds!! Wish you all the best now and for always :-)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you!

  25. Scott Bennett Avatar
    Scott Bennett

    She’s beautiful on the outside, but I think it’s radiating what’s on the inside. Best of luck!

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