Daren is my youngest brother. I feel like when I was little I wanted so badly to be his protector. Daren didn’t speak until he was probably 2 or even older because I was the older, wiser big sister that said everything for him. We held hands and went on rides together at the Wildwood, NJ boardwalk. He worried about me when one time I was being a PITA to my mother when I was probably 8 and refused to get out of the car so my mom was going to close me in the garage – threatened, didn’t really – but I think she might have only not done it because Daren stood there holding her hand screaming bloody murder that I was about to be closed in a dark garage. I can still remember his face and him stomping his feet and jumping like it was the worst thing in the world. Now that he is older, the roles have switched and he is truly my protector. I can tell him when things are rough and he is there for me no matter what. I am so incredibly lucky to have the bonds that I do with my siblings and can’t imagine how boring it would be without them.
My protector has met and proposed to a perfect fit for our family. Mandy is sweet and kind and generous and keeps my brother in line and keeps me informed of when he is doing ridiculous things. I am already happy to be developing a special bond with her as well. These two are super perfect for each other and I am so excited that they are getting married this coming March. It is going to be so perfect.
They gave me 9 minutes to take their engagement photos. I think we made the most of those 9 minutes. 🙂