i've never been more excited or overwhelmed to write a blog post.
so, on saturday...this happened:
mike and i are officially engaged!!!!!
it was such an awesome and amazing proposal...i'm still overwhelmed with emotion just thinking about marrying my best friend and spending our lives together. it's crazy. crazy awesome.
now for the details...(i know how all you ladies are -- you want the deets!)
here's how my day started: mike and i got up kinda early for a saturday as he was going to help my dad clean the seats on my parents' party barge. i had work to do at my part time church job, but first i headed over to my friend sarah's apartment to feed her cat, birke. sarah was off to maine to run a 10k (she killed it with a time UNDER an hour!) and birke needed some food and company. i hung out there for awhile and then grabbed an iced coffee at dunkin' donuts on my way to church. after a couple of hours at church, my work was done and i headed to my parents' house. when i got there, mike's car was gone. i was surprised he wasn't there, but when i checked my phone i had a missed call from him. my dad said he had gone back to our place to grab his fishing and boating licenses he had left on the coffee table. when i called him, mike was just heading down the driveway on his way back to the lake. i hung out with my parents for a bit and they showed me how amazingly clean the boat was. within a few minutes, mike arrived and we were ready for a day on the boat...just like we had done almost every weekend this summer. ordinary summer day. (or so i thought.)
we cruised around the lake until mike found a spot he wanted to drop the anchor so he could try to catch some fish. (we've had terrible luck fishing in the lake this summer, but mike's pretty patient, so it's fun to hang out while mike plays fisherman.) he cast out his line a few times and i noticed we seemed to be floating towards shore. i said something and got behind the wheel to drive us toward the middle. mike wasn't having it. he got the anchor out of the lake and he was so nervous with me driving the boat (which i've done 185,019 times before, just never with mike, i always let him drive). i let him take control and i took my sunbathing spot at the front of the boat.
"here's good, right?" mike asked. i'm fine anywhere, so of course it was good to me! he cast out his line a couple more times, but he just kept reeling it in. (that's usually my style. cast, reel, cast, reel. mike's patient and lets it hang out for awhile before reeling in his line.) finally, he had had enough of fishing. he went towards the back of the boat and then came and sat in front of me.
"i love you so much honey," he started saying. it wasn't until he was down on one knee that i realized what was happening.
i don't remember everything he said word for word because it was such an emotional blur. but, of course, when he asked, i said "YES!!!!!"
once we stopped hugging and kissing and screaming and staring at my ring...(i'll pause to show you a close-up)...
want another? me too!
...then he told me the back story.
overwhelmed with information and emotion, a few weeks back mike went to my best friend's husband, jason, for assistance. since jay had gone through this process before (and he's practically my brother) he was excited to share the experience with mike and do something special for me. jason brought mike to his friend that's a jeweler that he had done business with before. i had already found a ring design (on etsy) that i fell in love with. (last fall i emailed it to mike with the subject 'momma likey' and i never looked at rings again.) the jeweler made my dream ring a reality.
so, on saturday morning, just like he planned, mike got up to help dad clean the boat. he, of course, also had an ulterior motive: to chat with my parents about proposing to me and get their blessing. after cleaning and talking (and obviously getting mom and dad's approval -- after shedding a few tears), mike's phone rang. he thought it was gonna be me saying i was done at church and was heading over. instead, much to mike's surprise -- it was the jeweler and the ring was ready to pick up! (he wasn't expecting it for at least a few more days.) he ran off to grab the ring a few miles away in hanover (where there was a street fest going on, so roads were closing and parking was a nightmare...he literally ran to get my ring before the store closed) and stop at home for his boating and fishing licenses and turned around to get back to the lake.
'today's the day,' mike thought...after the serendipitous 'the ring is ready' call he received right after talking to my parents.
mike was a nervous wreck. well, not nervous, just overwhelmed with emotion, anxiety, and excitement. not to mention the fact that he'd been keeping a secret from me for weeks. it all started to make so much sense as mike and i talked about all the behind-the-scenes stuff. no wonder he didn't want me to drive the boat! no wonder he was so impatient fishing! no wonder he's been so uncharacteristically quiet lately!
saturday, august 3, 2013 is a day i will never, ever forget. for over five years mike and i have known we wanted to be together forever. for over five years we've casually talked about our future together. for over five years we've lived, loved, and laughed together. and on august 3rd, 2013...after five years, eight months, and one day of officially being together....after five years and three days of officially living together...he finally put a ring on it!
after sharing the amazing news with our parents and a few of my mom and dad's neighbors that happened to be around, i was chomping at the bit to get to my bffs. we had dinner plans with marileigh & jason and sara & jeff. after we arrived at the house, i got within a few feet of my two favorite girls in the world (who i consider my sisters, and their men, who i consider my brothers) and i couldn't hold it in another second!
"we're engaged!!!!!!!!!!" i squealed! there was screaming and hugging and smiling and crying and everything in between. i was over-the-moon excited to share this news with the people who mean the most to me in the world. and their reactions were nothing short of amazing.
over the next day we spread the news throughout the rest of our families and friends, which was also totally awesome. and now i'm sharing my kinda perfect proposal day here.
the love and support we have received over the last 48 hours is miraculous. beautiful words, long embraces, and lots of screaming...i just can't believe my eyes every time i look at my beautiful ring.
here, you can look at it again. (you know you want to.)
i could stare at it all day. it's just so sparkly. i just love it. almost as much as i love michael. it's funny, i used to prefer square (or emerald or princess or cushion) settings. for some reason, round diamond settings never spoke to me. until i saw this design. the way the band swoops around the center stone...it just looks so beautiful and organic. it certainly is my kinda perfect!
i'm so excited to share this news with you all! we don't have any of the details figured out yet...but i'll definitely be
let the journey begin!
p.s. to anyone out there that has any advice...i'm all ears! =)
i love you mike...more than words can ever express!!!!!