Let’s flash back to May 22nd, 2015…
We were going to have a bonfire that night and had invited all of our closest friends over to grill out, roast s’mores, and enjoy each other’s company. I finished at work and ran to the grocery store to pick up food for our get together; steaks, potatoes, wine coolers, etc. The weather was a perfectly crisp 65 degree spring day, a perfect day for a bonfire, I thought to myself on the drive home. Little did I know at that moment, just how truly perfect this day was going to be.
I pulled in the driveway and was unloading the groceries, a lot of them at that, while wondering why Aaronn wasn’t coming outside to help me carry them inside like he usually does. I’ll be honest, I was getting pretty annoyed that I had no help to carry these in. It’s the little things that you truly appreciate when you think back on them now.
I shut my trunk and turned around to find my neighbor coming up my driveway to say hi, chat, and ask if he needed to bring anything to the cookout tonight – nope, I had it all covered (thanks to my stubbornness). He left and I realized I forgot to get the mail, like I always do when I come home, which is just down the road from my house so I walked down to get it.
Aaronn still had not come outside to help me, I knew he knew I was home. How couldn’t he? I pulled in the driveway about 10 minutes ago now! Very frustrated at this point, I grabbed as many of the groceries as I possibly could and made my way into the garage to get into my house. I fumbled with getting the door open, and when I finally got into the house – all my frustrations went out the door.
My beautiful son and my amazing now-fiance were side by side, down on one knee in the laundry room as I walked inside…holding this pose the entire time I was outside taking my sweet time getting into our house. My emotions were going crazy. Was this really happening? Was I ready for this next step? My son, my handsome little boy, had the biggest grin on his face ever and was so proud to be kneeling next to his soon-to-be stepfather. He knew what was happening – it was a good thing! I looked back at Aaronn who had nothing but love in his eyes, this was really happening.
Aaronn pulled out a piece of paper that he had written to make this perfect day even better. “I know I haven’t been the perfect guy, although I believe my intentions have always been to make you happy.” he said, with tears welling in his eyes. “It’s been almost four and a half years since I met the love of my life and I’m thankful for the day I was able to meet you” he continued.
My emotions got the best of me, they consumed me. I was overflowing with excitement, love, honor, and amazement that this was all happening. Then I heard the words I’d been dying to hear since the day I met him, as he held my hand tight…. “I love you with all my heart, will you marry me?”
I was crying tears of pure joy at this moment as I somehow managed to blurt out “Yes! I will marry you!”. He pulled out a box that contained the most beautiful ring I had ever seen and slipped it on my finger as my son stood there trying to grasp why we both were bawling. He laughed at us and called us cry babies. The moment couldn’t possibly have been any more perfect – chaotic, loud, loving, and beautiful like how it is every day in our house. Our friends arrived, we told them the news, they were overjoyed for us. We laughed, we ate, and we had an amazing night with the people we loved the most. I couldn’t possibly have dreamt this day up any better, I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Fast forward back to today….
Sometimes we get so caught up with day-to-day life that we forget to remember the days that started it all and marked the beginning of an eternity together. In four months and twenty-five days, I will be stealing the last name of the man I love. And back on that day, I didn’t think I could possibly be any happier…
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