a very happy birthday engagement

We knew Xander loved Madi when he let her eat nachos right off his plate, when he started singing love songs in Mandarin (all the time), when he read marriage prep books just because she asked, and mostly, honestly, when he started smiling in photos because he just couldn’t help it.

Xander celebrated his 22nd birthday by asking Madi to marry him.

And when she said, “Yes!” we all celebrated.

We love Madi so much. We love Xander and Madi together.

So so so much.

Sammie made the cookies:

We all smiled until our cheeks hurt.

After dinner and a quick rendition of “Happy Birthday to you…” these two went back to homework for the rest of the evening. Because even on the day you get engaged, even on your birthday, there’s no rest from the work of life.

And that’s perfectly OK. That’s life, that’s marriage, that’s family. We do it together.

Happy birthday Xander! Congrats Madi and Xander! We love you to the moon and back.

February 3, 2021



  1. Adri

    February 10, 2021

    Best post in my feed! I love to see people so happy! 💕

  2. Anne Marie

    February 10, 2021

    Oh hurrah!! Congratulations to the beautiful couple!! So so happy! And Sammie did an incredible job with those celebratory cookies. Xoxo

  3. Elizabeth

    February 10, 2021

    I love the last picture! You can see how much Xander adores Madi!

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