A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Prime Rib

26 Aug

Saturday night I went to dinner at Baltimore’s Prime Rib. We were celebrating our one-year dativersary.  I actually made a dress to wear for this date. But, it’s kind of ‘fallish’ (maple leaves/dark purple) and I never get to wear this dress I had made in China. I’ll have to post my new dress later this week.


I had some sea bass that was so delicious I just about licked my plate. I wanted to take the little potato skins, curl up into a ball and make one a little hammock for me.


And, somehow, between the wine and before dessert, this happened. Better yet, the band was playing one of my favorite sounds, What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong!


Somehow, I’ve beat the stats as a late 30s, college-educated black woman (otherwise known as the group “least likely to marry”) and have found  the love of my life. I don’t know how this happened but I’m thankful :)

We told our parents that night and tried to text and call close friends the next morning. I did a terrible job of that.  Umm, also, my *hand* hurts from stretching out my fingers and staring at my ring. I had to take ibuprofen and use a heat pad last night.

Ohhh!! My secret/private Pinterest board is about to be SUPER public!!

Renee Samuels-1

And, in true modern social media fashion, we are Facebook official. Which, of course, makes it totally real.

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294 Responses to “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Prime Rib”

  1. Parisgrrl August 26, 2013 at 08:11 #

    Congratulations! I’m trusting this gorgeous guy’s cool with dogs and piles of fabric, or he wouldn’t have made it to date #2. You realize of course, you are now going to be asked if you’re making your own wedding dress. Bwahahaha.;-)

    • saro August 27, 2013 at 10:59 #

      The wedding dress was my 2nd thought after figuring out that she was engaged! hahahah!

  2. Jen H August 26, 2013 at 08:12 #

    I have been reading your blog for a year now and love it. I don’t usually comment but I wanted to say congratulations that is awesome!

  3. Sofie August 26, 2013 at 08:13 #

    Oh I am so happy for you! Good for you both! I love you beating the odds. CONGRATULATIONS!!

  4. wendy August 26, 2013 at 08:18 #

    Congratulations! So wonderful – wishing both of you lots of happiness. :)

  5. Colleen P. August 26, 2013 at 08:19 #

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Oh I’m so very pleased for you both! What a lovely way to brighten up a Monday!

  6. Kristine August 26, 2013 at 08:21 #

    Congrats! So happy for you!!!

  7. Yvette August 26, 2013 at 08:21 #

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Yay!! So happy for you both. Like Jen H, I don’t usually comment on blogs but I just couldn’t help it this time. So pleased for you both. (Good choice he’s so handsome – lucky you :-) (all the way from England)

  8. Anna August 26, 2013 at 08:22 #

    Congratulations! I have been reading for years but don’t comment very often and I’m so happy that you’ve found the one for you!

  9. Rose in SV August 26, 2013 at 08:27 #

    Congratulations! I’m happy for you both!

  10. Andrea August 26, 2013 at 08:28 #

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

  11. Leanne August 26, 2013 at 08:30 #

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful news! So happy for you!

  12. Becky August 26, 2013 at 08:32 #

    Oh Happy Day! I am just pleased as punch for you! If anyone was destined to beat the odds, it was you. I wish you the very best on your new adventure, and tell this gorgeous guy that if he doesn’t treat you right he will have an entire world of bloggers after him. Oh, and tell him I think he has really good taste in women.

  13. Shirley August 26, 2013 at 08:33 #

    Congratulations to the gorgeous, happy couple!

  14. G August 26, 2013 at 08:33 #

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I wish you the very best and decades of happiness!!

  15. Elizabeth August 26, 2013 at 08:36 #

    Congratulations! And I must second Parisgrrl – will you be making your wedding gown? Bridesmaid dresses?
    You guys are a such a cute couple!

  16. Brenda August 26, 2013 at 08:37 #

    (goal100 PR Montreal)

  17. lm2hyd August 26, 2013 at 08:37 #

    Congratulations! That is fantastic news!

  18. connorjean August 26, 2013 at 08:41 #


  19. mrsmole August 26, 2013 at 08:42 #

    Since you cook and sew….does Jordan like to clean? But seriously, it is so wonderful to have a special someone who wants to spend the rest of his life with you and share good times and bad and have someone to lean on. Many many best wishes!

  20. Karen in VA August 26, 2013 at 08:44 #


  21. Ilse Moore August 26, 2013 at 08:45 #

    Congratulations and much happiness

  22. Lisa August 26, 2013 at 08:53 #

    Congratulations! Your fiance is adorable! (I’ve got a thing for baby faced boys!) You two will make beautiful babies (if that’s in the plans!)

  23. Toby Wollin August 26, 2013 at 09:00 #

    Hah. My old lady radar told me this was going to happen!! What great news – congratulations to you both.

  24. Katie R August 26, 2013 at 09:04 #

    Congratulations! wishing you many years of health and happiness!

  25. SewRuthie August 26, 2013 at 09:07 #

    Congratulations! I am very pleased to hear you are so happy :-)

  26. AnaJan August 26, 2013 at 09:08 #

    Congrats! I’ve been following your love-life saga for few years now, since we’re about the same age and struggled similar problems (for some reason, it felt comforting I wasn’t the only one and it was a planetary issue). I got lucky last year, and I wish you enjoy your man as much as I enjoy mine! Best of luck to you both!

    • Miss Celie August 26, 2013 at 09:16 #

      Thank you *so *much for saying this. I have family who wondered out loud to me why I talked about my dating life on my sewing blog. This is why. I used to feel SO ALONE in being single at my age. I guess I wanted other women to know that they weren’t the only ones and dating and break ups still happen and it’s *fine*.

      • Tanika D. September 30, 2013 at 12:32 #

        You are the best. That is all.

  27. lloubb August 26, 2013 at 09:14 #


  28. sylvamae August 26, 2013 at 09:17 #

    Congratulations! The world is full of people you have never heard of, who nevertheless feel happy because you are happy. Including me. Thanks for sharing your happiness.

  29. Susan Snow August 26, 2013 at 09:18 #

    I am so happy for you. He is one lucky guy. You look fab in that dress.


  30. BeccaA August 26, 2013 at 09:19 #

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you both.

  31. Melodye August 26, 2013 at 09:21 #

    Congratulations! Wishing you both many years of happiness!

  32. Deborah J August 26, 2013 at 09:26 #

    I’m a dedicated lurker here. Been reading for a long time. Just want to say I’m so happy for you to get the joy you deserve. Congratulations to him and best wishes to you for a happy life!

  33. Kim August 26, 2013 at 09:28 #

    OMG! Shut my mouth! Congratulations-you two look stunningly gorgeous and happy together. Oh…Just thought of the DRESS-will she or won’t she?

  34. Joyce Plunkett August 26, 2013 at 09:33 #

    What wonderful news! Many congratulations, best wishes and all the rest to you and that lucky guy. I’m a long-time reader of your blog, not that it matters. But I’m so happy for you!

  35. Ty August 26, 2013 at 09:33 #

    CONGRATS! I have been following your blog for years, through the cop, the vegan and others. I could totally relate to you because I too am in the “least likely to marry” group and on top of that I turned 40 this year. I am sooooo happy for you. You both are simply glowing. Best wishes.

  36. girdtmom August 26, 2013 at 09:35 #


  37. Laurie August 26, 2013 at 09:35 #


  38. kathleen August 26, 2013 at 09:37 #

    what wonderful news! Congratulations!

  39. meagangracie August 26, 2013 at 09:37 #

    Woo-hoo! I’m so excited for you!!! And what a rock :)

  40. spottedroo August 26, 2013 at 09:43 #

    Congratulations!! Wonderful news!

  41. Anelie August 26, 2013 at 09:43 #

    Many many congratulations on this wonderful news – very much looking forward to your sartorial choices for the big day :-D

  42. Kathy Bell August 26, 2013 at 09:57 #


  43. Sali Olson August 26, 2013 at 09:58 #

    Congratulations! Yours was the first sewing blog I discovered several years back and I completely credit you with my renewed interest in sewing. Many many happy years.

  44. scgoble August 26, 2013 at 09:58 #

    Congratulations! Wishing you many years of happiness!

  45. Seraphinalina August 26, 2013 at 10:01 #

    Congratulations! What wonderful news, you look so happy – and well dressed. ;)

  46. lori August 26, 2013 at 10:04 #

    Delurking to say congrats! You both look radiant!

  47. ChristineB August 26, 2013 at 10:04 #

    Congratulations! I’m another who doesn’t often post on blogs, but I’ve been reading yours for years and I’m so happy for you!

  48. Peggy Lobello August 26, 2013 at 10:09 #

    Congratulations! You are so adorable and talented. I love reading your blog am getting inspired by your creativity.

  49. Amy L August 26, 2013 at 10:12 #

    Congratulations!! I love a good surprise!

  50. Florencia August 26, 2013 at 10:21 #

    Congratulations for the two of you!!!!!

  51. Robin August 26, 2013 at 10:21 #

    congratulations to you both!
    (can’t wait to see your super-secret Pinterest board :)

  52. smonakey August 26, 2013 at 10:25 #

    Congratulations! Best wishes to you both!

  53. Lori August 26, 2013 at 10:25 #

    Congratulations, very exciting.

  54. Daniela S. August 26, 2013 at 10:27 #

    Wonderful news. Congratulations to both of you!

  55. Mary Claire August 26, 2013 at 10:27 #

    Congratulations to you and your fiancé!!! How exciting!!!

  56. Patty August 26, 2013 at 10:29 #

    Congrats! Hope you have years of happiness together!

  57. Dale (aka Sox) August 26, 2013 at 10:40 #

    I have read/lurked your blog from the beginning and even tho’ we have never met IRL, you are still a very real person for me. I am so happy for you!!
    All the very best (and I shall watch the preparations with rapt attention)!

  58. Sarah August 26, 2013 at 10:41 #

    Congratulations! What a sweet proposal story!

  59. oonaballoona August 26, 2013 at 10:42 #


    i wish wordpress had a bigger font!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  60. gingermakes August 26, 2013 at 10:54 #

    Congratulations!!!!!!! I’m so excited for you! You seem so very, very happy! Wishing you two SO much happiness together!

  61. Gorgeous Fabrics August 26, 2013 at 10:55 #

    Mazel Tov!!!!!!

  62. peacockchic August 26, 2013 at 10:57 #

    OMG congratulations!!! I think it is hilarious that as soon as I saw the title I thought “she is getting married” LOL!!! I have no idea where that thought came from but it was obviously spot on. He is one lucky man!

  63. Petra August 26, 2013 at 11:01 #


  64. Chelle August 26, 2013 at 11:02 #

    CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so happy for you!

  65. summersetbanks August 26, 2013 at 11:13 #

    Congratulations! What a lucky guy – your are going to be one drop.dead.gorgeous bride!

  66. Renée Bonhomme August 26, 2013 at 11:15 #

    To Renee from another Renee, congratulations.

  67. Margo August 26, 2013 at 11:18 #

    Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you both. You look wonderful together and so happy!!

  68. Becky August 26, 2013 at 11:27 #

    Congratulations! It’s such an exciting time, enjoy it!

  69. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) August 26, 2013 at 11:30 #

    congratulations, what a great post describing a wonderful evening. You two look fantastic together.

  70. DeDe August 26, 2013 at 11:32 #

    Congratulations!! I am so happy that you’ve found a great guy!! All the Best.

  71. NewRibena August 26, 2013 at 11:34 #

    Congrats! I saw the title and I knew what it had to be. I’m so happy for the both of you.

  72. Renae August 26, 2013 at 11:34 #

    CONGRATS!!!!! I am so so so happy for you. I never really thought about the group “least likely to marry” before, but that totally explains why my mother is constantly trying to set me up LOL.

  73. Breyan August 26, 2013 at 11:36 #

    Congratulations! This really brough a smile to my face this morning. As well as everyone’s comments. Great community. Best wishes to you!

  74. Sarah N August 26, 2013 at 11:41 #

    Another long time reader delurking to say Congratulations! and to wish the two of you many many years of joy and companionship together.

  75. Ellen August 26, 2013 at 11:42 #

    BEST POST EVER! How wonderful! Best wishes, and a long and loving life to both of you! (Love the ring.)

  76. BMGM August 26, 2013 at 11:44 #

    Congratulations to you both. Jordan is one lucky guy.

  77. adriennenixon August 26, 2013 at 11:44 #

    Congrats!!! Wishing you all the best!

  78. Heather August 26, 2013 at 11:50 #

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! You two make a beautiful pair.

  79. lsaspacey August 26, 2013 at 11:53 #

    Congrats, congrats, congrats!!!! So happy for you both. Knew it was serious with all the mentions of his parents and vacations, hadn’t seen that before. Again, congrats.

  80. lsaspacey August 26, 2013 at 11:58 #

    Also, I hope one day to open up MY super secret Pinterest board too!

  81. Claire S. August 26, 2013 at 11:59 #

    I saw a share on Facebook yesterday but couldn’t comment – I was so hoping you’d blog today.

    Congratulations – you look so happy together. I wish you both many years of joy and happiness !!!

  82. Erica B August 26, 2013 at 12:21 #

    I love LOVE! Congratulations to you both!

  83. Amanda S. August 26, 2013 at 12:24 #

    Oh my gosh! I’m THRILLED for you!!! Congratulations!

  84. SheriNJ August 26, 2013 at 12:30 #

    So utterly happy for you both! You make an absolutely gorgeous couple! Such good news on a Monday morning! A lifetime of happiness to you both!

  85. fabricfan August 26, 2013 at 12:32 #

    wonderful, congratulations.

  86. Dean August 26, 2013 at 12:41 #


  87. LinB August 26, 2013 at 12:43 #

    Best wishes to you both! Your audience will enjoy reading about all the sewing and styling you’ll do for your own wedding, in the months ahead. Keep in mind, though, dear Miss Celie, that it is the marriage on which you should expend the vast bulk of your energies. The wedding is just a nice party to celebrate the beginning of a lifetime spent together.

  88. sewingplums August 26, 2013 at 12:52 #

    Many congratulations – how lovely for you both :D

  89. Melissa August 26, 2013 at 12:56 #

    How exciting – congratuations!!!!

  90. Renee August 26, 2013 at 13:19 #


  91. Shams August 26, 2013 at 13:23 #

    Many many congrats, Renee!

  92. Joanna August 26, 2013 at 13:26 #


  93. Christy August 26, 2013 at 13:34 #

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

  94. Karen August 26, 2013 at 13:40 #


  95. LLADYBIRD August 26, 2013 at 13:42 #

    You two!!! AHHHH CONGRATULATIONS!! I’m so excited for you, such wonderful news!!

  96. Barrie August 26, 2013 at 13:42 #

    Congratulations and best wishes to both of you! You will be embarking on a new chapter in life together!!

  97. Anita August 26, 2013 at 13:43 #


  98. Jean August 26, 2013 at 13:44 #

    Another dedicated lurker here-Congratulations to the both of you!

  99. Heather August 26, 2013 at 13:45 #

    That is so very exciting!! Many congratulations :)

  100. themateriallady August 26, 2013 at 13:45 #

    Congratulations! I wish you many long and happy years together. Now, who could fill the role of Best Dog?

  101. sulafaye August 26, 2013 at 13:46 #

    Congratulations and best wishes! Not much makes me teary on the ol’ internet, but I guess reading about the happiness of a blogger I’ve been lurking for years will do it. :)

  102. Trish August 26, 2013 at 13:56 #

    How wonderful for you both! He is one lucky guy.

    (i thought the dress you had sewn in China had torn or??) What happened is GREAT NEWS!!

  103. Rosanne August 26, 2013 at 13:58 #

    What wonderful news! Much happiness to the both of you! We started our sewing efforts together – so I’ve been following your blog (and life!) for a long time. I feel like one of nearest and dearest has shared this news. Congrats to both of you and I wish you much happiness! The burning question is, of course, will you or won’t you make your dress??

  104. noriecreates August 26, 2013 at 14:04 #

    That’s wonderful! Congratulations! You are no longer a statistic ; )

  105. Isabelle August 26, 2013 at 14:20 #

    Congratulations! I’m super happy for you.

  106. Orange-Lingerie (@orange_lingerie) August 26, 2013 at 14:20 #

    I am SO happy for you!

  107. Lady ID August 26, 2013 at 14:22 #

    Oh my goodness! How exciting!!!! Congratulations lady! :) I pray you both have all the joy your hearts can handle and then some!

  108. Susan August 26, 2013 at 14:26 #


  109. Janet B August 26, 2013 at 14:32 #

    Best wishes to you!

  110. The HooDoo Honey August 26, 2013 at 14:38 #

    I’m adding my well wishes with everyone else. I wish you decades of happiness with your intended!!!!

  111. PetitePear August 26, 2013 at 14:57 #

    How wonderful, Congratulations!

    Looking forward to wedding dress posts! ;->

  112. Carole W August 26, 2013 at 15:07 #

    Yeah!!! Congratulations – you light up my days with your wonderful blog and I’m so happy for you!

  113. Layla August 26, 2013 at 15:11 #

    What wonderful news! One thing I’ve always enjoyed about your blogging is your honesty and humor in sharing the ups and downs, not to mention the incredible sewing. This is a great up, congrats!!

  114. Cosmos August 26, 2013 at 15:16 #

    I’m so happy for you, congrats!

  115. paloverde August 26, 2013 at 15:26 #

    How fabulous! Congratulations! I can’t wait to see your wedding pics.

  116. myrosesindecember August 26, 2013 at 15:29 #

    I am so very happy for you! Congratulations!

  117. Victoria August 26, 2013 at 15:30 #

    Awwww…..that’s so sweet!!!! You guys look great together. I wish you a world of happiness!!!

  118. lahuitrefrite August 26, 2013 at 15:51 #

    S’wonderful. Very happy for you.

    So of course, we want to know about the dress, but who’s going to officiate since it might be challenging (though not impossible) for you to be bride and minister? :-)

  119. Marie August 26, 2013 at 15:52 #

    Congratulations to you both.

  120. alexis August 26, 2013 at 15:54 #

    Congratulations – I’ve never commented before but love your blog and wish you & Jordan many, many years of happiness together!

  121. Vtmartha August 26, 2013 at 15:54 #

    Best wishes to you and congratulations to your fiancé!

  122. M-C August 26, 2013 at 16:00 #

    Least likely to marry? As in gorgeous, smart, great homemade dress?? Sheesh! Glad life demonstrated the absurdity of those statistics :-). Very happy for both of you..

  123. Angie R. August 26, 2013 at 16:03 #

    Congratulations to your beau and best wishes to you….you both look so happy!

  124. julinhappyhomemakerredux August 26, 2013 at 16:06 #

    Oh that’s wonderful! Congratulations! ! Are you going to make your wedding dress?

  125. nalani August 26, 2013 at 16:09 #

    Congratulations! This is wonderful news and there is much, much, much to celebrate!

  126. KayoticSewing August 26, 2013 at 16:30 #

    Sooooo happy for you both!!! :)


  127. Hilde August 26, 2013 at 16:36 #

    Woohoo! I was on a train when I read this and sqealed out loud I think :-). Congratulations, I’m so very happy for you. Like AnaJan, I have found it comforting in a way to read about your dating life (and interesting: how does dating work for others?) even though I’m a bit younger. I think I’ll keep looking to you as an example of how things may go!

  128. Vicki August 26, 2013 at 16:38 #

    Wow, congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  129. pixie August 26, 2013 at 16:53 #

    awwwww exciting! you know we’re all coming to the wedding right? don’t worry, we’ll sew our own bridesmaids dresses….. super happy for you xxx

  130. livebird August 26, 2013 at 17:01 #

    Awww, congrats. Such happy news.

  131. BeckyW August 26, 2013 at 17:06 #

    Congratulations!!! You make and adorable couple. So happy for you!

  132. Kimberly August 26, 2013 at 17:06 #

    omg! congratulations!! so happy for you both!

  133. Lillie bender August 26, 2013 at 17:09 #

    Soooooooo very happy for you!

    • Lillie bender August 26, 2013 at 17:12 #

      I’m buying a mother of the bride hat just for kicks

  134. Kelly August 26, 2013 at 17:14 #

    OMG! Congratlations, so incredibly excited and happy for you.

  135. Carole Mellin August 26, 2013 at 17:21 #

    What excitement and happiness. Congratulations to you both, wishing you a long and very happy marriage.

  136. Wendy August 26, 2013 at 17:36 #

    Congratulations to you both!!!! Such an exciting new journey to begin!!! Wishing you a lot of joy and blessings!!!

  137. Melizza August 26, 2013 at 17:37 #

    Many congrats to you two!

  138. Mely5862 August 26, 2013 at 17:39 #

    Congratulations ! I am so happy for you. I’ve followed you for many years and always took comfort in that your struggles were similar to mine. I wish you all the happiness in the world you truly deserve it.

  139. thornberry August 26, 2013 at 17:50 #

    How wonderful! Many, many congratulations (and we look forward to seeing you make your own wedding dress!)

  140. migdalia August 26, 2013 at 17:52 #


  141. JoanneM August 26, 2013 at 18:03 #

    Congratulations ! You deserve to be happy and how wonderful you met your love. A cute cute couple.
    Now make that wedding dress so we can all enjoy part 2!

  142. Topshelf August 26, 2013 at 18:12 #

    Awwwwwww congratulations!!!

  143. BeckyMc August 26, 2013 at 18:21 #

    Congratulations!!! I have followed your blog for years. I will miss the funny dating stories, but this is GREAT NEWS.

  144. Helena@grayallday August 26, 2013 at 18:30 #

    How wonderful! I also squealed out loud with joy, but luckily I am at home, so no one saw me acting all silly. Congratulations!

  145. Lis Simpson August 26, 2013 at 18:35 #

    Congrats! Now go make babies!!! ;)

  146. dcook100 August 26, 2013 at 18:39 #

    So exciting! So happy for you both! Congratulations!

  147. awfully nice August 26, 2013 at 18:46 #

    That is so exciting! Congratulations!

  148. jenny crisp August 26, 2013 at 18:48 #

    How wonderful, best wishes to you both!

  149. yoshimi August 26, 2013 at 19:18 #

    Congratulations!! – I wish both of you lots of lots of happiness!

  150. cjgal August 26, 2013 at 19:20 #

    Congratulations girl!! I hope you have so much fun planning your wedding :)

  151. Allison August 26, 2013 at 19:21 #

    Congratulations! you both look so happy!

  152. Reana Louise August 26, 2013 at 19:29 #

    YAY! That is some serious bling right there – I would be holding it out for everyone to see too! Congratulations!!! :D x

  153. Helen August 26, 2013 at 19:33 #

    Just read all the lovely comments and had to add my own. Congratulations beautful lady! So happy for you!

  154. Jennifer August 26, 2013 at 19:47 #

    So happy for you! I’ve followed your sewing and blog for so many years. It’s nice to see you happy. He’s really cute too;)

  155. Janice Gerbrandt August 26, 2013 at 19:59 #

    Congrats!! I’ve followed your blog for ages and I’m just so happy for you!

  156. T. Sedai August 26, 2013 at 20:06 #

    Congratulations! Super exciting! And try not to wear out that hand… You are going to need it later!

  157. Tia Dia August 26, 2013 at 20:08 #

    Congratulations! So exciting!

  158. poppykettle August 26, 2013 at 20:14 #

    Oh, such big congrats to you both!! You make a seriously good-looking couple :) YAY!!!

  159. saro August 26, 2013 at 20:33 #


  160. sarogreen August 26, 2013 at 20:37 #

    It’s funny that everyone ‘knew’ it. I had to read your post farther down and still had a moment of, wait, what am I missing?

  161. Belinda B. August 26, 2013 at 20:40 #

    Congratulations! You two are truly a cute pair.

  162. allisonc August 26, 2013 at 20:41 #

    Woo hoo, congratulations that is wonderful news. Now when can we start talking about dresses!?!

  163. Robin August 26, 2013 at 20:47 #

    Congratulations!!!! :)

  164. LynneW August 26, 2013 at 20:50 #

    Does one still say, “OMG!”? So happy for you! I’ve bee following since before you got those eyeglasses from S. Korea (NO- I never did…) Please stay in touch with us thru the blog. We need to hear all (well, most…) of the details. :-D

  165. Beckie August 26, 2013 at 21:08 #

    another rare commenter here, but CONGRATS!!!

  166. Lori August 26, 2013 at 21:24 #

    A big congratulations to both of you! I wish you a long and happy life together!

  167. Levone August 26, 2013 at 21:30 #

    Congratulations! I’m another one that has read your blog for years but doesn’t always comment. You’re one of reasons I became hooked on Burda magazine. Anyhow you two make a great looking couple and I wish you all the best!

  168. Eileensews August 26, 2013 at 21:30 #

    Congratulations! I look forward to all the details.

  169. kathyh August 26, 2013 at 21:34 #


  170. Towanda August 26, 2013 at 21:38 #


  171. Elizabeth August 26, 2013 at 21:53 #


  172. Rae August 26, 2013 at 22:02 #


  173. Jenny August 26, 2013 at 22:06 #

    Congratulations! I am super excited for you!

  174. Rachelle August 26, 2013 at 22:27 #

    Congratulations! Hope you’re marriage will be as wonderful as mine is.

  175. KimP August 26, 2013 at 22:27 #

    I am so happy for you!!!!! I’ve been reading your blog for years, and hoping that one day you would meet the right man for you, and it finally happened!!!!!!! So when can we start reading about the wedding dress? You are going to make your wedding dress, right??

  176. ali4579 August 26, 2013 at 22:59 #

    Hooray!!! Huge congratulations to you both :) I can’t wait to see all the wedding posts!

  177. Debra Hewitt August 26, 2013 at 23:31 #

    Congratulations! I have been reading your blog for years and am happy and excited for you!

  178. marydorset August 26, 2013 at 23:46 #

    What happened to the vegan?

  179. lisalaree August 26, 2013 at 23:49 #

    I’d turn cartwheels for you…but I would hurt myself SERIOUSLY. So I’ll have to make do with smiling from ear to ear and wishing you a delightful time planning the wedding and a big happy ever after!

  180. Marty August 26, 2013 at 23:52 #

    Wow, so happy for you! Here’s to many years of love and happiness!

  181. jacquiJB August 27, 2013 at 00:30 #

    What lovely news. Congratulations!

  182. Lora Martin August 27, 2013 at 01:31 #

    Congratulations! I wish you nothing but joy!

  183. Marla August 27, 2013 at 02:03 #

    Congratulations!! You look so happy! Wishing both of you the best!!

  184. Robyn August 27, 2013 at 05:14 #

    Congratulations, that’s fantastic news. Wishing you a long and happy life together.

  185. emadethis August 27, 2013 at 05:48 #

    Congratulations! The bit about the ring is hilarious–I do hope you can get over the aches. I hope you two are very happy.

  186. paula August 27, 2013 at 06:37 #

    I’ve been reading forever, but today I must write! Congratulations! May your life together be long and happy.

  187. Vicky August 27, 2013 at 06:46 #

    Great news! congratulations

  188. Tamsin August 27, 2013 at 06:50 #

    I can’t believe I don’t even know you, yet your news has put a big smile on my face! I have been following your blog for ages and really enjoy your updates. I like your humour and you always seem happy and content with your life (maybe you might hide things from your readers, but you still seem like an optimistic person to me).

    May you and Jordan live happily ever after.


  189. Marie August 27, 2013 at 06:52 #

    Totally awesome news! Been following you for a few years. Congratulations to Jordan for recognizing what a fabulous catch you are and not letting you get away!

  190. Dana August 27, 2013 at 07:55 #

    Congratulations and best wishes for a lifetime of happiness!

  191. Mary Beth August 27, 2013 at 08:36 #

    Congratulations, Renee and Jordan! I won’t lie and say this is a surprise. You all fit well together!

  192. Bev August 27, 2013 at 08:40 #

    Congratulaions Renee & Jordan. I’m oh so happy for you both. xxxx

  193. Dalila August 27, 2013 at 09:38 #

    Great news! Congrats!

  194. Elizabeth August 27, 2013 at 10:08 #

    Aw! Congratulations!! I was wondering if that was going to be the topic of this post… :-)

  195. Marilyn Denman August 27, 2013 at 11:27 #


  196. Sewist August 27, 2013 at 11:46 #

    Congratulations. :-)

  197. Inkstain August 27, 2013 at 11:48 #

    Well, I am so happy for you Renee, and he looks like a great guy. Have a wonderful time together.

  198. Darci August 27, 2013 at 11:52 #

    Yaaaaaaaay! Congratulations, Renee and Jordan! That’s SO exciting!!

    I got engaged a year ago…getting married in October. It’s fun to plan and SUPER fun to plan making your dress! I hope you’ll consider it. :)

  199. Rhonda August 27, 2013 at 12:40 #

    I’m a faithful stalker of your blog and haven’t ever posted, but this moved me. Congratulations!

  200. Tracy August 27, 2013 at 14:14 #

    Congratulations!!! I am so very happy for you both :D

  201. Cennetta August 27, 2013 at 14:33 #

    Congratulations! This is wonderful news! God bless you and the love of your life.

  202. KathleenC August 27, 2013 at 15:30 #

    Congratulations!!!!! I didn’t meet the love of my life until my early forties… the wait was worth it!

  203. Amy August 27, 2013 at 16:20 #

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for the two of you! Enjoy this time together! And, celebrate it every time there’s even a mild occasion. (That celebrating can continue beyond the wedding as well – my husband and I have gone on multiple honeymoons!)

  204. Joyce in NC August 27, 2013 at 17:21 #

    Congratulations!! I am so happy for you. I can relate to your struggles with dating. I was also a member of the group. I married DH last in my 30s. I can’t imagine life without him now. Best wishes for many, many years of happiness!!

  205. Mimi August 27, 2013 at 21:38 #

    Congratulations! YOu both look radiant!

  206. KayK August 27, 2013 at 21:43 #

    So happy for you. It couldn’t happen to a nicer person – and he looks pretty special too! ;-) Best wishes for happily ever after.

    • BeckyMc August 28, 2013 at 12:35 #

      KayK? Are you a Whisenand?

  207. jennifer August 27, 2013 at 22:59 #

    Best Wishes! from a lurker. Good news always brings us out, and this news is wonderful.

  208. trumbelinasews August 27, 2013 at 23:24 #

    AAHAAHAHAHAAAAA!!! Best news ever!! I’m so happy for you!! I met my husband when I was 30 and got married at 35 and I can’t imagine getting married any younger. Have fun and I look forward to reading about your planning. Seriously… when everyone you know if sick of hearing about your planning I’ll be more than happy to read about it!

  209. Shelley August 28, 2013 at 01:24 #

    Congratulations! So excited for you both! I met my husband when I was 39. Well worth the wait! Blessings to you both!

  210. Kim Johnson August 28, 2013 at 01:43 #

    How do we give to you on your special occasion. Seriously, your blog has kept me sane during all manner of life’s challenges. Are you going to be registered…travel honeymoon fund, house with a garage fund…this Celie’s Wedding could go viral ya know. I for one wish I could give to you even a small token of my appreciation. Ahhhh, so happy for you.

  211. Claire August 28, 2013 at 02:01 #

    Congratulations! I’ve been lurking here quietly for years and I’m wildly pleased for you – a real life happy ever after! It’s so lovely! And as a new bride myself (we eloped last month) I’m on the edge of my seat at the thought of all the wedding details to come! Yay! So, so happy for you!

    • Claire August 28, 2013 at 02:03 #

      Just skimming through all the comments – I love the way this has brought us all out of deepest darkest lurkdom! Did you know we all enjoyed your blog so much?

  212. gingerpetal August 28, 2013 at 02:37 #

    Congratulations, I have been reading your blog for a while and I’m so pleased for you.

  213. Aline August 28, 2013 at 04:17 #

    Hi Renée,
    Just like Claire above, I am among those lurking fans of yours and from France. I am so so so happy for you that I am having tears in my eyes.. You could be my daughter anouncing this great joyful news.


  214. Patti August 28, 2013 at 04:36 #

    Congratulations. I had a good feeling about Jordan – he always made you smile in your posts.

  215. Heather August 28, 2013 at 05:06 #

    I see my wish for you was granted! I am bursting with happiness for you both. BIG CONGRATULATIONS…..I can’t wait for the Fortsetzung! Happy dancing.

  216. Ann August 28, 2013 at 09:47 #

    Congratulations!! I am so happy for you! Another of your lurkers, but I feel as though I know you well enough to send a wedding gift! Happiness to you!

  217. Kathleen August 28, 2013 at 12:15 #

    Renee, I just couldn’t be happier for you. I’m so glad, so happy. My heartiest and sincerest congratulations to you both. Have you set a date? Me & my DH married on our second dativersary.

  218. Amanda S. August 28, 2013 at 12:34 #

    Congratulations and best wishes on a happy life together!

  219. Claudine August 28, 2013 at 13:33 #

    Congratulations! You look radiant!

    I am so looking forward to reading about your wedding-dress-making odyssey.

  220. Tania August 28, 2013 at 13:40 #

    This wonderful news made my day yesterday; I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cuter couple! Best wishes for a long and happy life together. x

  221. Meredith P August 28, 2013 at 14:10 #

    Congratulations and best wishes to you both!

  222. Karen in Paris August 28, 2013 at 15:11 #

    Coming out of lurking to send my best wishes to the two of you. I’ve been following your blog for so long I feel like I know you IRL! I did meet Trena here in Paris a few years ago, so there are way fewer than 6 degrees of separation. Félicitations!

  223. ladykatza August 28, 2013 at 15:12 #

    Congratulations! I was hoping that’s what the title was about. :)

  224. Karen August 28, 2013 at 16:16 #

    Congratulations! I’ve been reading your blog for about 2 years and am so happy to hear about this latest event. I hope you are very happy and look forward to all the dresses and honeymoon clothes you will make. Maybe even a men’s shirt now?

  225. Sz August 28, 2013 at 18:52 #

    Congratulations! Mid-30s marriages are the best! Ask me how I know! 8-) Finding Prince Charming makes it worth having waded through all the frogs, toads and other various reptiles.

  226. celeste August 28, 2013 at 20:36 #

    I am so very very very happy for you! I’ve been following your blog for years and there is no one I would wish more happiness to. You will be a radiant bride and a wonderful wife. He is one lucky man!

  227. June August 28, 2013 at 22:54 #

    I knew – as soon as I saw the title, I said (to myself) “OMG, she’s engaged!!!! I know it!!!”

    And I was right. :D So many heartfelt congratulations.

  228. Campbell August 29, 2013 at 01:53 #

    Cheers to being a statistical rulebreaker!

    Congratulations on your engagement and blessings on your marriage!

  229. Carolyn August 29, 2013 at 08:53 #

    I’m really behind on my blog feed and just got to this now. HUGE Congratulations!! How wonderful and exciting for you both! Statistics were made to be broken and I also highly approve of marrying in one’s 30s ;o) Have you started thinking yet whether you’ll make your dress? I’m sure I speak for a lot of people on here when I admit that I hope you will!

  230. Angie August 29, 2013 at 09:34 #

    Congrats, I am so happy for you. Enjoy each other and make more happy memories together.

  231. Kathleen from Oregon August 29, 2013 at 10:52 #

    I am so happy for you . . . and I don’t even know you except through PatternReview and your blog which I’ve been reading since before the cop I think. Big hugs and congratulations! Have a wonderful life together!

  232. Mardel August 29, 2013 at 14:19 #

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you.

  233. Kbenco August 29, 2013 at 15:12 #

    Congratulations and best wishes. How exciting!

  234. Patricia August 29, 2013 at 18:38 #

    Congratulations!!! What a good looking couple you both are!!! Your Prince found you!!! What a Blessing! I have been following your blog for awhile. Your blog is one of my of my favorites. Keep us posted!!! Do you plan to make your wedding dress?

  235. Michelle August 29, 2013 at 18:46 #

    Congratulations!! You make a lovely couple. Now get started on that wedding dress!

  236. Ola Rostant August 29, 2013 at 23:50 #


  237. squeezylemon August 30, 2013 at 05:33 #

    So happy for you both! Congratulations and like everyone else who reads your blog, can’t wait to see what you decide to make for The Big Day……. Because you will sew your own of course, won’t you??!!

  238. mariesews August 30, 2013 at 11:06 #

    So, I like so many others, will de-lurk to congratulate you and wish you all the best. He is one lucky guy. May you have a life of happiness, contentment, and sweet peace together.

    Am looking forward to observing the wedding planning from the sidelines. Especially the wedding dress decisions! Oh MY THIS WILL BE FUN! Take care!

  239. Pella August 30, 2013 at 15:51 #


  240. Melissa Borromeo August 30, 2013 at 20:32 #

    Congratulations! Cue the wedding dress-making blogs!

  241. redsilviaSilvia August 30, 2013 at 20:45 #

    Congratulations to you both! You’re a gorgeous couple. Many happy years together and lots of champagne right now!

  242. Jennifer August 30, 2013 at 21:05 #

    I am so glad for you both. I was 35, and figured I’d never marry. Now it’s been twelve of the happiest years of my life. Enjoy!

  243. Gabrielle August 31, 2013 at 00:52 #

    What the hell! I step away from your blog for a few days and you get yourself engaged? You can’t turn your back on anyone these days. Congratulations! I’ve been following your blog with such affection–so happy for you.

  244. O! Jolly! August 31, 2013 at 03:12 #

    Congratulations and best wishes to you both!

  245. QueensGirl August 31, 2013 at 08:13 #

    Congratulations! Wishing you decades of happiness, health and prosperity!

  246. KJ August 31, 2013 at 10:11 #

    Wow, you have the eqivalent of the population of a small town wishing you well! Can you imagine how huge your wedding would be if you invited us all? ;-) Congratulations to you both, very happy news :-)

  247. Alexandra August 31, 2013 at 10:42 #

    Many many congratulations. Have a great time!

  248. Linda August 31, 2013 at 10:45 #

    I’ve only commented once on your blog but have stalked you faithfully. I had to comment again because, oh my goodness, I am crying happy tears for a person I’ve never even met in real life.
    I wish you and the your guy all the joy in the world.

  249. Evelyn August 31, 2013 at 19:30 #

    Congratulations! I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now and feel like I know you, even though I don’t. I went to Baltimore once for a work conference and felt like I would see you around every corner, and was genuinely disappointed when I didn’t. Anyway even though I’ve never met you, I’m so happy for you. Here’s wishing you every happiness, and thanks so much for sharing your happy news with us.

  250. Gail D. August 31, 2013 at 22:55 #

    Very best wishes for a lifetime of bliss…

  251. Joy August 31, 2013 at 23:08 #

    Woo hoo, congratulations! So happy for you! Does this mean we get to see more man sewing?

  252. Katharine in Brussels September 1, 2013 at 09:15 #

    Wonderful news! I’m so happy for you. Joy, I second your comment: more man sewing is on the way? I remember your pledge: to not sew for a man until you have a ring on your finger; No excuses now :) But seriously, happy happy dativersary and what a magnificent way to celebrate it. Sorry if too forward but if you are thinking about little Jordan-ées it might be worth looking at TCOYF (Google it). Wishing you a lifetime together, and most importantly, patience, tolerance, and problem-solving skills (I think those are the road to bliss…)

  253. Barbara September 1, 2013 at 09:44 #

    Congratulation’s!!! I have been reading our blog for a while and I am happy for both of you The old saying is true good things come to those who wait Best of luck to both of you!!

  254. Gwen Perkins September 1, 2013 at 10:18 #

    So happy for you!! Congratulations and best of everything!

  255. Leslie September 1, 2013 at 16:53 #


  256. TK September 1, 2013 at 17:22 #

    Cogratultions! God bless your union, wishing u years of happiness and no more single days!

  257. Heather September 2, 2013 at 12:00 #

    I’ve been following you on Pinterest for a while so I had to check out your now public wedding board. Oh, your wedding is going to be beautiful! I love your ideas! Happy planning!

  258. Tiffany September 2, 2013 at 15:06 #


  259. Lori September 2, 2013 at 17:04 #

    Congratulations! How exciting!

  260. Nancy Karpen September 2, 2013 at 17:53 #

    You make a beautiful couple. I wish you all the happiness in the world. Did you ever sew anything for him?

  261. Jacqueline Powell September 2, 2013 at 20:21 #


  262. leanmeansewingmachine September 2, 2013 at 21:22 #

    I’m a little late to the party but the sentiment is sincere, CONGRATULATIONS! You will never have to try to answer that dreaded, unanswerable question “Why isn’t a nice/cute/funny/talented/smart girl like you married?” Wishing you both a happy future!

  263. orchidophile September 2, 2013 at 22:37 #

    I am so happy for you!

  264. Hallie September 3, 2013 at 14:26 #

    I’ve never left a comment but just wanted to say best wishes about your fun news! Thanks so much for doing the blog. Love it. (Also love seeing glimpses of B’more.)

  265. Marti J September 3, 2013 at 21:59 #

    Congrats to Jordan and best wishes to you, Renee! Dare I hope you will make your own dress? And maybe there is time enough for the two of us to have lunch before you tie the knot? (I’m hoping for a bit of an engagement, then, yes?) Oh… so excited for you! Except I tried to find your engagement FB page and could NOT.

  266. senaSews September 4, 2013 at 05:37 #

    Congratulations on this wonderful news. That’s so exciting. So, we will see a wedding dress coming along here?!?

  267. krystina September 4, 2013 at 15:07 #

    I have never left a comment and have been reading for years, but I just wanted to say congrats and best wishes!

  268. Rebecca September 5, 2013 at 17:02 #

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE I actually shrieked reading this! I am so happy for you! I’ve been reading you for years and hoping you would find your ‘person’. And you have! SO HAPPY!

  269. Penny September 6, 2013 at 17:28 #

    This is my first time making a comment, but I’ve been following you for years. Yay for you and Jordan!!!

  270. Karen September 7, 2013 at 01:26 #

    Another long-time lurker coming out to say Congratulations!

  271. Emily Bauer September 7, 2013 at 23:46 #

    I’m late to this party too!!! Congratulations!!!! I was late to get married myself and I have to say that I love the stability that comes with being married. I wish you great happiness!

  272. Kristy September 8, 2013 at 07:42 #

    And I’m even later but better late than never to say congratulations! Good luck on this next exciting phase in your life.

  273. Marguerite September 9, 2013 at 15:22 #

    Been following you for years! So happy for you. One commenter said it best….there’s a world of people out there you don’t know that are so happy for you. You got engaged on my mom’s birthday. I consider that very good luck!!! Best wishes for a long happy life together. Marguerite

  274. Irene Bullock September 10, 2013 at 15:53 #

    Coming out of my lurking corner to say CONGRATULATIONS! European honeymoon, by any chance?

  275. Linda September 10, 2013 at 20:51 #

    Congrats! You look adorable together! Can’t wait to hear all about the wedding dress construction. I know you and the dress will be stunning.

  276. Leigh September 12, 2013 at 01:47 #

    SOOOOOOO happy for you!!! Congratulations. :) :) :)

  277. Shakira Branch September 13, 2013 at 11:47 #

    CONGRATULATIONS! I have been reading your blog for years. You are an inspirations to us all.

  278. Bianca September 14, 2013 at 04:06 #

    Another lurker here.. I never comment but have been reading your blog for years now. I am soooo happy for you guys CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your both look so happy! Warm hugs from Europe

  279. Beth September 14, 2013 at 09:46 #

    Congratulations. I’m glad you found Mr. Worth Waiting For.

  280. Dr. Z September 14, 2013 at 17:00 #

    Congratulations! I wish you joy and happiness as you take this wonderful journey together.

  281. Myra September 15, 2013 at 00:57 #

    OMG how did I miss this post! CONGRATULATIONS to you and your fiancé! I wish you both the very best!

  282. Drusilla September 22, 2013 at 15:48 #

    Late to the party but just wanted to say congrats…. love your blog.

  283. narcissaqtpie September 22, 2013 at 18:20 #

    AWWWWWW!!!!! Congrats to you and the hubbs to be!

  284. aliciabal September 28, 2013 at 02:41 #


  285. Sarah B October 1, 2013 at 04:49 #

    Congratulations! Such wonderful news!

  286. Valerie October 6, 2013 at 09:09 #

    A little late to the party, Congratulations and Felicitations–wishing you both much joy and happiness!

  287. Jali October 9, 2013 at 21:23 #


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