A special little moment in my history.
On this day - June 21st - in 2003...the man of my dreams asked me to be his wife.
As usual, there's a story.
We were up at my parent's house in Western North Carolina (where - so the story goes - it is a local call to God.) I was positive this man was the man for me. And I thought I knew that he knew I was the girl for him.
AND I was absolutely annoyed because it was taking him for-ev-er to get on the ball and just ask me to marry him.
|May 2003 - My 21st birthday|
(Apparently in love-struck-Whitney-land, "forever" is defined as 4 months and one week from the night we met. Clearly, patience is not my strongest trait.)
Little story detour...that whole "love at first sight" business?
The stuff I used to mock and think was a bunch of ridiculous baloney Hollywood feeds us?
Yeah, well, that is almost how fast I fell for My Love.
2 weeks after meeting him, I said "I love you."
Promptly followed with,
"You don't have to say it back. But if I didn't tell you - right now - I would explode. And I just love you! I can't keep it in. I don't care about dumb rules. I LOVE YOU!!! And you are going to realize you love me too, I know it."
(He waited TWO MORE WEEKS before he was ready to say it back.)
I knew I was right. :)
We were at my parent's house....on top of a mountain...swinging on a porch swing....watching the stars come out.
It was FREEZING. We were even huddled under a sleeping bag!
We were talking about everything and nothing. Then we went over to the balcony rail and looked up at the stars...and I would NOT stop talking.
I'm told I don't shut-up when I'm nervous.
So I got quiet. I had no idea of what he wanted to say...but I really, really, REALLY, hoped he wasn't going to break up with me.
He started saying wonderful things about how much he loved me. What a complete relief!
Then he dropped to one knee....I thought his knee had gone out and so I started fussing over him.
That is when he said, "Whitney, shut up."
And suddenly, it clicked. He was proposing. So I listened. And I wished I could burn the things he said into my mind. Out came a box - but I just hugged him and said "YES!! Yes!!"
After a few moments of me blubbering, he asked if I wanted to see the ring. (It was night, and we were outside.)
We went inside and I checked out the ring. It was lovely. Then I made him come into my parent's room with me and wake up my parents to tell them the great news!
Apparently, that was not extremely normal. But I couldn't wait until morning!
I told you patience wasn't my strongest thing.
A man better than any piece of jewelry.
Thank you for wanting to adventure together.
Thank you being the daddy to our babies.
For being my best friend.
For taking care of us.
For changing diapers.
For laughing at my jokes.
For calling and writing when you are away.
For making time for your brood.
For following the Lord's leading for our family.
Really, I can sum it up like this:
My Love, thank you for telling me to 'shut up' 9 years ago.
I love you.