Big News

Hey guys, it’s Brad and Shalita here. Straight to the point: we’re getting married!

I know, right?  RIDICULOUS(ly awesome).  I suppose we should tell the story here or something, so here goes our best shot:

We’ve been an official couple for six months.  The beginning of this thing involved a conversation which started with me explaining to Shalita about my favorite animals and why I like them so much… and ended with me asking her if she would like to stop being single. :-)

Over the last six months, we’ve made it a point to get away from the city at least semi-regularly.  We go out to some scenic place in the middle of nowhere, NZ (like you might have noticed with the last post) and get some quality time exploring with each other.

Just on Saturday, we again skipped town and headed out for the middle of nowhere.  This particular section of the middle happened to be Otaki Gorge.  I (Brad) had no idea what it would be like there, but it turned out to be beautiful – with a suspension bridge over a mountain stream and all kinds of crazy native birds surrounding the place.  To simplify what is actually already a pretty complicated story: we started a conversation about each other, about the idea of spending your entire life with another person, and yes… about my favorite animals. :-)   This time, the conversation ended with me down on one knee and Shalita in a state of shock.  (Good thing she said “yes” eventually!)

We don’t really have any details figured out as to what happens next, but odds are now pretty good that we’re getting married at some point in the near future!  We’re both totally looking forward to it, looking forward to seeing you guys at the celebrations sooner or later, and definitely both looking forward to living with our favorite person in the world!  G*D is good…

~ Brad & Shalita

good lookin (and really humble) couple

good lookin (and really humble) couple



Congratulations to a beautiful couple! God bless! Rod and Mary

Mary and Rod Moore @ July 3, 2013 8:29 am


Congratulations, Best Wishes and all that good stuff. May the Lord richly bless you!

Marla and Tim Teegerstrom @ July 3, 2013 9:37 am


Congratulations! We wish you God’s Blessing on your engagement!
All our love, Gregg & Carol

Gregg & Carol Drvol @ July 3, 2013 4:38 pm


Congratulations to both of you. Can hardly wait to meet the girl who stole your heart. God bless both of you and we wish you a life time of love and happy years together. Grammy Mary and Grampy Lowell

Grammy Mary @ July 10, 2013 11:01 am


We are so thrilled for both of you. I hate to boost the vanity factor, but you are DEFINITELY a beautiful couple! We’re anxious to meet Shalita. Keep us posted on the wedding plans… I guess we need to start saving and checking on air fare to NZ (and diving sites — woo hoo!). :-) I can’t promise we can make it, but I’d love to have a good excuse to visit that lovely land (and it’s shoreline)! We wish you all the best! Stuart & Mary

Mary & Stu Frank @ July 13, 2013 12:02 pm


Thanks Rod and Mary – God bless you guys too!

Big Bad Brad @ July 20, 2013 1:03 pm


Marla and Tim – I think He’s already blessed me richly and has been good to me in spite of all the stupid things I say and do (which I know for a fact that both of you have graciously done likewise to me multiple times before.) I definitely appreciate it – may He bless you too!

Big Bad Brad @ July 20, 2013 1:07 pm


Gregg & Carol – thanks so much! I’m thinking maybe it will sink in someday eventually. :-) God’s blessing right back up to you!

Big Bad Brad @ July 20, 2013 1:09 pm


Grammy Mary and Grampy Lowell – thanks you guys, definitely appreciated! I know she’s looking forward to meeting the rest of the family too – I’m sure you’ll like her. :-)

Big Bad Brad @ July 20, 2013 1:11 pm


Mary and Stu – Haha, thanks for stroking the ego a little bit. :-) We’re planning on having something in Nebraska as well as something in New Zealand (because flights are really not cheap, are they?) With that said, January is absolutely the best time of year to come down here – and I sure wouldn’t be opposed if you guys want to make the trip!

Big Bad Brad @ July 20, 2013 1:14 pm


Woo! Hoo! Excited to meet her too!

Rachel @ July 25, 2013 5:00 am


It’ll be awesome!

Big Bad Brad @ August 20, 2013 9:11 pm

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