I couldn’t resist with the title. If you haven’t seen the video and you’re in the mood for a good laugh, I’ve put a link to it at the bottom of this post.
The real reason we’re all gathered here today (ahem, is that how this goes?)…Pete and I got engaged last week! Everyone keeps asking me how I feel and all I can say is I feel happy – like I’m right where I need to be, ya know? The past 5 years together have brought much-needed contentment to my life and I am so insanely lucky to have someone who supports me the way he does.
Pete has always said he would have married me the day he met me if he could have. I’m really glad that didn’t happen because we met at a bar in college and we all know nothing good happens in bars while you’re in college.
In all seriousness though, I’ve always pushed off the idea of getting married on account of the fact that timing wasn’t right. It occurred to me this fall timing is never, ever going to be right and that old cliché saying “life is short” rings true.
I think true love is about the little things. Like finding someone who fixes your inside out socks before throwing them in the wash (why he takes them off like that is beyond me) or someone who is ready and willing to bring you a glass of ice water when you’re already tucked tightly into bed (because I always decide I’m thirsty after the fact). It’s those small gestures you don’t consciously think about, you simply do them because you care. That’s what love means to me, and there are no words to express how thankful I am to be able to experience it.
I’ve also been getting a whole lot of, “So, how did it happen?!” And then I tell people he got down on one knee in our kitchen last Thursday afternoon while we were listening to one of our favorite songs. Our apartment here in Kansas City is home to us and it made perfect sense it would happen there – a nod to the life the two of us have made here.
We don’t have any plans yet and I can’t promise you our nuptials will be conventional or in line with “tradition,” but I can promise we’re going to make sure everyone has a night they’ll never forget, because we believe those memories are what make this life so sweet.
Enjoy your New Year’s Eve and I’ll catch you in 2016!