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Valentinetude, A love story

My mother was the youngest of 7 children.  She was the well-loved favorite Aunt and God-mother to more kids than I will ever know.  As the story goes, my mom had been engaged no less than 3 times, but always called it off just knowing something was not right.   By this time, she was in her mid-thirties, which at the time was considered "AMA-advanced marrying age" She decided that if she was not married or otherwise engaged by 35 she would take a trip across Europe.

My mother was a devout Catholic who believed very strongly in signs.  She prayed a Novena that St Theresa of Child Jesus, also known as "the little flower", asking for a "necessary favor".  She asked that St. Theresa would help her with a sign of white roses to know if she was to be married, and if so, which man should be her husband.   She never shared that prayer.

  white rose

One day, my mother met a young soldier named Donny, actually a younger man by 7 years.  During their courtship he asked her to marry him at least 2 times, to which she replied no.  He continued to pursue her. After they had been dating about 6 months (when you know, you know) Donny decided to ask her to be his wife one last time.  He went to the florist and asked him for a dozen red roses.  The florist only had 6 left.  Not wanting to appear cheap, he supplemented them with 6 white roses...

My mother and father were married just a few months later. Since she married a soldier, she got her trip to Europe anyway!


Sadly, we lost my mom in May of 1980, but her faith and joy in living has been instilled in all of us!

Rose photograph by Billy McGee Photography...copyright 2011...may be purchased at   Picture 2 is a wedding photo of my parents @1963.

This post is part of the ValentineTude contest.  Join the fun!

Warm Regards,

Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama  NMLS# 196068  SWBC Mortgage.   410-960-2061 EHO or


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Comment balloon 20 commentsBridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee • February 13 2011 08:20PM


So beautiful.  This is a true love story..

Posted by Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County! (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage) over 9 years ago

A lovely Valentine's love story.  Love the wedding photo too--they only have eyes for each other.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 9 years ago

Bridget this is a lovely story - your Mom was a wise and fun lady!  Thanks for sharing your story!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 9 years ago


That is awesome. Have a great Valentine's day

Posted by Lisa Ludlow Archer (Live Love Homes-Keller Williams, Charlotte, NC Ballantyne Area ) over 9 years ago

A lovely testament to your Mother.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Bridget, I love how you shared your mom's love story about the white roses.  I have lots of roses on my AR post. Will check and see if I have any white ones.



Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

Bridget- I love this story and congratulations to your mom for not settling and waiting for just the right one. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 9 years ago

What a sweet, sweet love story of true love! Thank you for sharing that Bridget!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) over 9 years ago

And what a beautiful wedding it very glad Don was persistant...just look what happened....from one of the bridesmaids, Margie

Posted by Margie Nolan over 9 years ago

Ginger, Their life wasn't an easy one, but I was surrounded by love.

Norma, This is one of my favorite pics, I have one from my own wedding that is similar.

Anna Banana, I know you would have loved her!  By all accounts, she was a fine, fine lady!

Lisa, THanks

Ellie, I try to live every day so that she will be proud of me!

Margaret, When my oldest brother got married, he had a photo of a Christmas Cactus that belonged to my mother.  It didn't bloom until the year she died.

Kathy, All the men were good men from what I have heard, just none of them were the RIGHT man until my Dad!

Wanda, My pleasure!  It is a story that has been told many times over the years!

Margie, I am so glad you stopped by! Iknow the marriage was hard on all the cousins since Dad was "taking away" the favorite aunt-I remember that Pop-Pop called Dad "a gypsy"!  Duty called and they went, but Baltimore was always home!

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 9 years ago

I love it.....this is such a romantic story. Good thing your dad wasn't cheap :)

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 9 years ago

Karen,  Dad was frugal, not cheap.  He always said "It only costs a little more to go first class!"

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 9 years ago

Karen,  Dad was frugal, not cheap.  He always said "It only costs a little more to go first class!"

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 9 years ago

Bridget, what a lovely story and congrats on your winning entry to the valentine-tuded contest.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) over 9 years ago

Wow--I sure am glad the florist was short on red roses! Great story, Bridget, one to be treasured.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 9 years ago

Some people believe in signs - this is why! Thanks for sharing this lovely story!

Posted by Marilyn Harrell, Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI (ReMax Riverhaven) over 9 years ago

Congratulations on a winning story!  The wedding photograph looks like something out of the movies but then again, this perfect love story could BE a Hollywood Winner!

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Bridget .... Congratulations of being name one of the elect in the Valentinetude ... a lot of posts were charming, many were funny and some were just memorable ... congratulations on sharing your story and being one of the latter!

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) over 9 years ago

Bridget, congratulations on your winning story.  It is great that your mom followed her heart and waited for just the right one.  Your parents made a lovely couple and your mom is very beautiful. 

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Beautiful story, St. Theresa never fails us.  A wonderful reminder of the power of faith, congratulations on your win in the contest, very well deserved.

Posted by MaryBeth Mills Muldowney, Massachusetts Broker Owner (TradeWinds Realty Group LLC) over 9 years ago