October 17, 2006

Tooting the Hubby Horn - If you're easily nauseated by "gush" - then bypass this entry

I've been reflecting on my engagement.

Six years ago last week, my then boyfriend of almost a year got down on one knee at a school assembly where he was teaching. The absolute excitement and energy of the students was tangible as they erupted into gasps and cheers when he bent down and pulled a small black box out of his pocket.

There I sat, literally on a pedestal...one that I thought was a prop for the assembly, turned out to be the seat I would sit on for his heartfelt proposal. Of course I said "YES!" much to the satisfaction of 400 screaming kids and my beaming family who had snuck into the back row. It was quite an exciting moment, and I could not take my eyes off of my beautiful ring or my gorgeous new fiance.

More importantly, the reality that six years have passed since that wonderful October day and he is still my best friend and he has been the most amazing husband to me. Truly God knew what he was doing when he brought us together. Our first date was coffee at Starbucks - "just to chat and hang out" - and we have never been apart since. We've had no breakups, no splits, no "time off". Sure, we've had our fights and our bickering, and we've certainly had moments where we thought "maybe I should move to the Bermuda Triangle", but we always push through it and we always come out hugging and saying that we love one another.

As a matter of fact, in a world where so few marriages make it anymore, lately I've been counting myself so blessed to have a wonderful man who is grounded in his faith, loves his teaching job where the students and administration sing his praises, is a phenomenal cook, terribly funny, incredibly smart, affectionate, romantic, and for God knows why - still so very in love with his wife, which he reminds her of at every possible occasion. There is no doubt, I can assure you, that he is indeed the love of my life and the only man I've ever known who not only loves me exactly as I am with no strings attached, but relentlessly puts up with all of my nonsense - and there's quite a bit to put up with. I have literally loved him since the day I laid eyes on him.I know I'm tooting the horn...but he so deserves it. And I'm proud to say that Keira is really winning the Daddy lottery!

So glad I said "yes"...


4D said...

That is lovely. Everyone should take a moment and reflect on the amazing partner we have. I know I am blessed and very happy.

Keep smilin!

Valerie said...

You definitely got a "keeper", but I must say knowing you personally, he is inspired to possess those feeling! You are both very lucky!

Mommy Spice said...

I tried to leave a comment, but it didn't go through, so if this is a repeat, I'm sorry.

Just wanted to say I love your story. I married my best friend and love of my life. We're going on 13 years in December and have a daughter adopted from China. We are paperchasing for Mei-Mei.

Anonymous said...

I am so thankful that you said yes too!!!

Lou : )

Elle said...

You have such a sweetie! Y'all are both lucky!