The Blue, The Gray, The Engaged

This weekend my hometown celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle fought there. In only two days over 3400 men lost their lives. (In the original battle. Not this weekend.)

I'll share all my nifty photos later, but right now I'm busy picking out China patterns.
I think I'm engaged.
When I went to the reenactment that ended up not really being a reenactment, a family friend was selling chicken wraps (we're sticklers for period accuracy) and our conversation went like this:
She waves. “Hi!”
“Hi,” I say. “How are you?”
“Would you marry one of my sons?”
“I'm serious.”
“Which one?”
“How about Ryan?”
“I'm really gonna work on this.”
“M'kay.” I eyeball the drink selection. “I think I have a free Saturday next month. Let me know, and I'll keep that open.”

Sister either really wants to get rid of her son or she was having trouble moving those chicken wraps.

The bride-to-be is registered at Hershey's, Godiva, and Office Depot.

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Jerica - March 12, 2012

It’s 5:15 in the morning, and I had to work really hard not to laugh outloud on this one and wake up everyone in the house! Haha! Thanks for sharing your engagement story! 🙂

Jenny - March 12, 2012

Umm…congratulations!? 🙂

Amy - March 12, 2012

Sooo funny!!

Timothy Fish - March 12, 2012

If that’s all it takes, I could be engaged to several different women.

Deanna - March 12, 2012

Oh my, my, my, how you crack me up. Are you taking applications for friends? I’d like to apply. I have references. Wait, that sounds slightly stalker-ish… 🙂

Abby Minard - March 12, 2012

Haha, make sure to get those plates with the roosters and chickens on them- that way you’ll make a good impression on your mother-in-law ;p

Em - March 12, 2012

Just one question: is he cute?

Kari - March 12, 2012

I hope he owns a buffalo.

Katers - March 12, 2012

I was really expecting this to end with “and I jumped over a broom and apparently I’m engaged.” but phew. That’s a close call.

My awkward moment this weekend was when my sisterinlaw’s friend flirted with me while his wife was standing right there. If my mom wouldn’t have been with me, I would probably have slapped him… but my mom was “oh, he was just being friendly.” FRIENDLY?!

Casey - March 12, 2012

My heart gave a little leap for you…and then I kept reading.

Snicker. Snort.

Do you naturally attract all the funny things that happen to you or is it genetic?

Thanks for the giggle!

Leah - March 12, 2012

Am I invited to the wedding?

Um will you post a picture of him before you marry him. I hope he doesn’t have a wart on his face……:)

jada-renee AKA cookie703 - March 12, 2012

Congrats. I hope your future hubby is not ugly.
Anyway we had a fire drill at school. What’s the first thing I grab? My manuscript. And my friend Jessie grabs your book. Just know there could’ve been a real fire…and she could’ve DIED. Her excuse? “I just got to the good part.” 🙂

bookwyrm15 - March 12, 2012

Watch him be like GQ male model material and we’ll all be like, “Wow.”

I bet he’s like fourteen.

Christa Allan - March 12, 2012

What a great story that would be for the grandkids…once there was a Civil War, and then we ate chicken wraps…

Allie Smith - March 12, 2012

Well…congrats? Lol when I first read the title to this post I’m like I didn’t even know she was dating!!!!!!!! But yeah, I understand now.

Jenny B Jones - March 12, 2012

Christa, that made me laugh out loud.

Allie, dear, minus a rough patch where I let Chris Tomlin get away,the love life has never been discussed here, so I make sure you never know what my status is. ; )

Ladies, love all the comments on Mr. Groom’s appearance. ha. Women after my own shallow heart. ; )

Jenny B Jones - March 12, 2012

Kari, sometimes he might be chased by bears. On a buffalo.

Mary Snyder - March 13, 2012

Jenny — thrilled about the marriage… Ryan, huh?
I’m getting you a box of Godiva and some cute post-it notes — book make a marriage go ’round.
Chocolates — eat instead of yelling at him for leaving his socks on the table
Post-it — leave notes for him; cute love notes on the mirror and serious ones about the sock issue.

Waiting on my invitation. Can we twitter the ceremony?

Jenny B Jones - March 13, 2012

Mary, let’s do live-tweet it. With catering by Coldstone and Taco Bell.

Olivia - March 13, 2012

Oh, wow. That’s just strange! My stepmother’s son asked her late husband’s brother if he would marry her and be his new daddy. 🙂

Ashley - March 13, 2012

I can remember a few times as a kid when there were Civil War reenactments down the hill from my house. My dad and I accidentally stumbled into one once (Oh the joys of living in the South…). But I am happy to say that out of those times, I never ended up as a child bride. 🙂

jada-renee AKA cookie703 - March 13, 2012

Yeah, Ashely I think it could only happen to some of us. And if he did happen to be fourteen, I’d take him off Jenny’s hands b/c most every possible guy for me is younger. Yes, this world is cruel. 🙂

Natalie - March 15, 2012

I’m not going to lie … I’m kind of excited about this. If this was a synopsis, I’d read the book.

capillya - March 17, 2012

Oh man I’m going to love shopping for wedding presents.

Rissi - March 21, 2012

LOL! This post made me smile, Jenny. =D

Marble - February 26, 2014

Are you working on writting any books at the moment. If not do you plan to write anouther one some time in the future. I really love your books I’ve read them all like 4 times each.


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