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Pennsylvania Parents Drown After Getting Caught in Rip Current While Vacationing with Their Six Children

A Pennsylvania couple's family vacation in Hutchinson Island, Florida, turned into a heartbreaking tragedy when the parents drowned after being caught in a rip current.

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It's an epidemic that's influencing an entire generation of children.

Lilly King Gets Engaged Poolside After Qualifying for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris

American swimmer Lilly King celebrated not just one, but two monumental achievements poolside Thursday night. After qualifying for the 2024 Summer Olympics, King was surprised with a romantic proposal from her boyfriend, James Wells.

She Said YES After He Proposed With an $8 Walmart Ring—But Wait Til You See What She Pulled Off 5 Days Later

While doing some grocery shopping with his girlfriend, Emily Hardman, on New Year’s Eve, Rob Reading decided to buy an engagement ring for exactly $8.88 at Walmart. Later on that same day, he proposed to the love of his life during a hike in Sedona Verde Valley, Arizona.

Spoiler alert: Emily said “yes.”


Photo: Emily Hardman

But that’s not what’s gaining this story some serious viral attention.

The fun was JUST getting started…

When Emily called a wedding planner and told her she had just gotten engaged and that the wedding was a mere five days away, she got back a “choking cough” and a “Is this a joke?”

But it wasn’t a joke, and after the wedding planner recovered her wits (with the bride throwing in an “and no, I’m not pregnant” in there), Hardman had her wedding luncheon planned for five days hence—in just about an hour on the phone.

Why the rush? Well, as Hardman explained in an article she wrote for the New York Times, she and her now-husband, Rob, had known each other for four years and had been dating for one. Because of their crazy work and travel schedules, it was either “get married in a week or in a year,” and because they “already knew [they] wanted to spend eternity together,” they opted for the five-day plan.

And for what it’s worth, I think they got it EXACTLY right.

In a society where weddings are BIG, BIG business (I’m talking billions of dollars per year) and Pinterest boards overflow with the push for down-to-the-last-detail PERFECTION, Hardman and Reading were focused on what REALLY mattered: the marriage, not the wedding.

“I had become convinced that modern weddings had become way too burdensome,” Hardman told ABC News. “Starting at age 17, I started helping my friends and my siblings plan their weddings, and I just saw this stress that was going into the napkin colors…and I just thought nobody is going to notice the napkin colors, nobody is going to walk out with their bag of peanuts and be like, ‘Wow, I just feel so loved that you stayed up for three days tying a ribbon around these peanuts.'”

Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapsonhttp://www.foreverymom.com
Jenny Rapson is a wife and mom of three from Ohio and the editor of For Every Mom. You can also find her alternately griping and gushing about her kids at her own blog, Mommin' It Up. You can email her at jrapson@outreach.com, or follow her on Twitter.

Pennsylvania Parents Drown After Getting Caught in Rip Current While Vacationing with Their Six Children

A Pennsylvania couple's family vacation in Hutchinson Island, Florida, turned into a heartbreaking tragedy when the parents drowned after being caught in a rip current.

Stanford University Dean Says “Over Parenting” Is Ruining Your Kids

It's an epidemic that's influencing an entire generation of children.

Lilly King Gets Engaged Poolside After Qualifying for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris

American swimmer Lilly King celebrated not just one, but two monumental achievements poolside Thursday night. After qualifying for the 2024 Summer Olympics, King was surprised with a romantic proposal from her boyfriend, James Wells.