Happy Three Year Anniversary to my Husband! It has been three long roller coaster years, but well worth it!
On this day, I think back to not three, but four years ago on this day. Four years ago, I was awakened by a phone call. It was my then boyfriend(later husband) calling me to ask me out on a picnic. It registered in my mind that it was odd for him to be so spontaneous but we had been dating for almost 8 months at the time, I was hopelessly in love and I thought it was just the sweetest thing. A little tingle in the back of my mind wished for a proposal on that day or some day in the near future, but I honestly didn’t have much expectation of one.
You see, Chad and me had already talked about the idea of getting married someday, but we had also talked about the fact that he was broke and engagement rings were expensive. Seeing as we had only been together 8 months, I was fine with waiting because I knew in my heart it was going to happen eventually.
So, I got ready for him to pick me up and I told my parents(who I still lived with) where I was off to and they knew. Chad had called and asked if he could take me out on a picnic. This did seem strange to me, cause he didn’t usually do that. I met him and he showed me a mix CD he made for me with romantic love songs and an “I love you, Sharon” written on top. We listened to the CD as we rode to the park and I found the idea of a mix CD and a surprise picnic very romantic. We got to the park and he pulled out a rotisserrie chicken with rolls and potato salad. For the drinks, we had grape juice in champagne glasses. (Yes, I still have both THOSE glasses AND my wedding ones) The weather was wonderful, bright and sunny and we had our own little picnic table off by itself where you could see others, but we weren’t bothered by anything. He told me during our meal that he had got me this video game I had really wanted at the time(for the life of me, I can’t remember the name of it now) and he was going to get it out of the trunk after we ate. So I was anxious about that and admittedly, there WAS a small part of me that hoped there was something else for me in that trunk. We finished our meal and he went to get the “Surprise” and I heard him lifting the trunk and he told me to close my eyes. I believe I even said, “Why do I have to close my eyes? I know what it is!” but I humored him. I heard him walk up behind me and then he told me to open my eyes, so I did and I turned around to see him on his knees, with a ring case open to show a beautiful ring. I heard the words, “Will you marry me?” and I quickly responded in the affirmative as he slipped the ring on to my finger. I think I was in shock more than wanting to cry. I even asked him how he was able to afford a ring. It turned out his mom gave him his great grandma’s ring to give to me. Apparently, Chad was his great grandma’s favorite when he was alive and Chad’s mom liked me enough to allow him to give the ring to me. I felt this incredible feeling of happiness surge through me and I also felt pretty special that his mom thought well enough of me to let Chad give me that ring. I still remember feeling so giddy and excited and wanting to scream out to the whole world that I was engaged.
My parents already knew. He had asked their permission when he talked to them about the picnic. His parents knew because he had mentioned not being able to afford a ring but wanted to propose when his mom offered his great grandma’s ring. BUT there were other family members to tell AND friends and I sure enjoyed letting everyone know. I was so excited and I definitely wasn’t prepared to put a date out there yet. Everyone wanted to know the date and I was like, “I just got engaged, give me time here”. And I did take some time to really think about it. I knew I wanted at least a year or close to it because I wanted to make sure that it was the right decision and I didn’t want to rush. I also wanted time to plan as close to my dream wedding as I could afford. After much consideration, I decided why not the same day as I got engaged, but a year later!
Turns out that day was perfect even if it was on a Sunday. When I started looking at venues, I knew I wanted it to be in the afternoon so we could just do cake and save the expense of fun…3:00 sounded like the best to me and I needed affordable. I also had the dream vision of a castle in my head but in Texas? Well….shortly through looking at venues online, I found a castle within an hour of me, they had the date I wanted available, but not many other July dates around it. It just happened to be my lucky fortune that the day I wanted it was the day you HAD to have it for the least expensive package and it HAD to be at 3 p.m. AND the package I picked had recently been stopped BUT she accidentally gave me the wrong papers so I got to get that package anyways! It really felt like everything was working out perfect.
Today, it is 4 years since the day he proposed and 3 years since we said ” I do”. I am hoping these next few years will be full of many more happy memories.
I am going to be doing a weekly or bi-weekly post about love and/or marriage, just talking about married life and love and things I have learned and discovered in my short 3 years of marriage. I hope everyone will enjoy it, so stay tuned! The first post will be coming soon! 🙂