I said yes!

Dear friends -- James and I are engaged! Although many of my readers have already heard of our engagement either first hand or through other social media outlets, I thought it would be nice to share the news in this more intimate setting of my blog.  The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of traveling and celebration and love (and sicknesses, unfortunately).  However, things are beginning to calm down and in this calm I am finding moments to write.  Within all of the craziness and impending planning, this is my solace. So thank you for listening.

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The proposal was like a fairy tale in real life.  I was wearing a nice dress, my nails were done, my hair was washed (a luxury for the mother of a toddler), and I even managed to put on some make-up.  We went for a walk on the beach and as the sun was setting over the water and the ocean breeze was hitting us with that fresh salty air, James got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife.

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The first few days following our engagement were spent telling family and friends, discussing wedding dates, and generally just enjoying being together and celebrating these moments we will hold together for the rest of our lives.  Now that we are settling back into our daily routine and have settled on a June 2017 wedding, we are taking our time planning and enjoying our engagement.  It's too much fun calling him my fiancé :)

James and I are very close.  He is my best friend in the whole world and the one person I am completely open with.  Going through pregnancy and the birth of our child brought us together in a way that I don't think is possible to experience unless you have children.  It was a test for our relationship and fortunately it is one that united us, instead of divided us.  Yet, being engaged has again changed our relationship yet again.  It is a promise of the deepest and most significant commitment to each other and to our children for the rest of our lives.  Committing your life and love to another and receiving that same commitment in return, changes how you look at each other.  There is a deep respect and honor that comes with giving and receiving such dedication.

So while I am very excited for all of the wedding planning over the next year and a half, and of course for our wedding itself, it is the marriage and the journey that I am looking forward to most.

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