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    An Anniversary of Sorts

    December 8, 2006 by Brandy Vencel

    Six years ago today, Si took me on a Very Long Drive. We started in O.C. and drove all the way to his dad’s house in the Sacramento area. I spent a lot of the drive studying for my finals at Talbot, which were scheduled for the next week. In fact, I almost decided not to go because I felt irresponsible skipping the chance for uninterrupted study time to go off “lollygagging,” as the old folks say.

    I am so glad I didn’t listen to my conscience, because Si proposed the following evening! And I didn’t study a bit. And it didn’t matter because who cares about grades when getting engaged?

    The following morning, I awoke to a little trail of rose petals leading me down the hallway. We had breakfast at Si’s dad’s, lunch in Reno, got engaged in Lake Tahoe {after a ride in a one horse open sleigh!!}, and then had a fabulous dinner at the Chart House in Lake Tahoe. Oh. And then it snowed on us on the way back down the mountain. We stopped to make snow angels. It was the perfect day.

    And who would have thought that here I would be, exactly six years later, expecting our third child? I never did get that Talbot degree, though I like to brag that I have “more education” than Si. I did get an Mrs. and an Mo.M., so all is not lost.


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  • Reply Kimbrah December 9, 2006 at 5:45 am

    Congrats Si and Brandy!

    P.S. I am going to beat you. I think Elliott will be born by morning. Pray for us!

  • Reply Brandy December 9, 2006 at 1:03 am

    Thanks for remembering with me, girls! Grace, I think you might have more photos of that night than I do. I was too distracted by the ring to think of pictures! At least I remembered to ask you to be a bridesmaid! And Rahime, it was a beautiful poem. On our first anniversary, he framed that poem for me so that I’d have it forever.

    Si, you make me blush. 🙂

  • Reply Rahime December 8, 2006 at 10:13 pm

    Oh, I remember you telling us about the beautiful poem he wrote and read to you that day… 🙂 I was listening to some music recently that I hadn’t heard for a long time and the Bebo Norman song that you played at the wedding came on…I thought of you.

  • Reply Si December 8, 2006 at 9:00 pm

    I’d do it all again if I could. Happy engagement anniversary, my sweet bride.

  • Reply Grace December 8, 2006 at 5:54 pm

    Happy Annivesary of Sorts! Wow, that was six years ago? I remember going to your apartment and waiting for your return. I actually found a picture of you and Si at that gathering a few weeks ago. Oh, the memories!

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