Monday, March 25, 2013

Um, You Guys? I Kind of Have Big News.

WE'RE GETTING MARRIED!!! Keith proposed on Thursday night, and naturally, I said yes. Well, the truth is that I nodded a lot, cried, and gleefully danced around the room. I think I forgot how to talk for a little while. When I remembered how to talk, I saw this crazy-beautiful thing, and I was rendered speechless all over again! Being engaged is so fantastic, I think it calls for a list.

Jen's 100% Subjective List of Great Things About Being Engaged:
  1. When Keith first said, "My beautiful fiancée," I heard "My beautiful Beyonce." Now he's calling me his Beyonce all the time, and I think it's hilarious.
  2. You get to talk to the people who you love but rarely see because there is too much time or distance between you. I've received congratulations from my best friend in fourth grade, my favorite college professor, and cousins I only get to see once every few years.
  3. Keith's mom called me her future daughter. I needed Kleenex for that one. 
  4. I got to actually talk on the phone with both of my sisters, even the one who lives in Hong Kong. I don't get to do that nearly often enough.
  5. I get to turn around and pop the question to my favorite ladies: "Will you be my bridesmaid?"
  6. We can be as romantic-loveydovey-sentimental as we want.
  7. Those Who Have Gone Before Us, the married people we know, share in the excitement by telling their own stories of how they got engaged. I've loved hearing these stories from my coworkers and learning more about them.
  8. A wedding is a really good excuse to fire up the glue gun and constantly do craft projects for the next 6 months/8 months/year/no, we haven't set a date yet.
  9. CAKE TASTING!!!
Bottom line: I can't wait to marry Keith, and it's really fun to have everyone else sharing the joy!

A lot of people are asking how he proposed...

On Thursday night, I left the library later than usual. I called Keith, chatted about my day, told him for the millionth time how much I like working at my library, and mentioned that I really wanted to have leftovers for dinner. He was kind of cagey about that, and I laughed because he never wants leftovers. I didn't suspect a thing. When I got home, he met me at the door and gave me a big hug and kiss. He was still dressed up in his work clothes at 8:30, and he looked even nicer than usual. I still didn't suspect a thing. But when I walked into our house and saw this... I knew! I walked around the table as slowly as I could. I wanted to savor the moment.

He hid the ring in a rose at the very back of the bouquet. I didn't get a good look at it, but when I saw that a ring was there, I turned toward Keith and smiled expectantly. He launched into a really sweet, touching, and funny speech that ended with The Question. At first he made me laugh, but by the time he was finished I was crying so much that I fogged up my glasses! I was completely speechless, but I managed to nod, hug him, and do a happy dance. 


I asked him to put the ring on my hand. When I saw it, I let out a guttural cry of disbelief. I probably sounded like an elephant! But Keith didn't mind; he was so proud of it. Then he took me back in his arms, and we giggled while we listed all the words to describe our new situation: "Engaged. Affianced. Intended. Betrothed. No, wait, I think 'betrothed' means the parents arranged the marriage." When he called  me his bride to be, I cried all over again!

Finally, I said, "I guess tonight is too special for leftovers, hmm?" He told me to go put on something pretty, and he'd take me out. I was feeling sentimental, so I put on the sweater I was wearing the night we met. Aww. Then we went to Mafoiza's to celebrate with champagne and a big Piccolo Morsi platter... pretty much my favorite thing, ever!


Keith's proposal was perfect for me. I'm so glad he asked at home, because crying in public would've been embarrassing. This way, I could cry and we could both dance around and be the cheesy, silly pair that we are without feeling self-conscious or being annoying to anyone else. Keith understands me so well, and I feel so lucky to be marrying him! Right now we don't have a date, or a venue, or anything planned. All I know is that I'm going to marry the right person, and I feel so lucky, happy, and proud to be his future wife.

27 comments:

  1. Congrats to you both! What a gorgeous ring, and a beautiful proposal :)

    Adrienne
    What Lola Wants

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    1. Thank you, thank you! I'm over the moon... still waiting to come back to earth.

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  2. Congrats!!!!! Yeah I agree a proposal at home is the way to go...that way you don't have to share the PDA and tears with strangers! I can't wait to read about all the wedding planning!!! Themes!!! Flowers!!! Colors!!! I love weddings! Congrats to you and keith

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    1. Right! It would be so awkward having a bunch of strangers staring at you during a proposal! Oh man, the wedding planning is already out of control. We're visiting venues on Thursday and next Monday. I want to lock down the venue fast. Knowing when and where will dictate what kind of decor and dress will look right. I don't want to do any other planning without a venue first! Ahhhh, thank you! :)

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  3. I already congratulated you once, but damn this is a pretty big deal - so CONGRATULATIONS!! I love the both of you together, and I'm so so happy that you're finally gonna get hitched! Aw, yeah!! Girl imma buy you a celebratory cocktail next time I see you. So excited for y'all!!

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    1. Hahaha, thanks and thanks! :D It's going to be so rad. Let's meet up soon to toast? I miss you and the other Laurens.

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  4. WOOHOO! Being engaged is the best for now. Marriage is a pretty splendid thing too.

    That ring! Um...words cannot describe. Gorgeous only comes somewhat close. It has the appearance of something from an older generation, something of substance and beauty. I have similar side stones on mine.

    Enjoy all of the PDA and planning and being surrounded by the [virtual] embrace of all your loved ones.

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    1. Yay! The wedding planning is going to be fun, but I'm most excited about actually BEING MARRIED to the guy I'm so in love with. He'll be a good husband. I hope I can be a good wife.

      The ring feels like something from the Victorian era crossed with the jewelry from the early days of Hollywood! It's a vintage reproduction. Is yours antique? I wish we'd found an antique one we liked! That's what we get for looking so close to Christmas and Valentines Day...

      Thank you again. :)

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  5. Best. Blog. Ever. Even better than kitty box fung shui.

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    1. Hahaha, thanks Mom! I'm glad this is better than writing about a box of poop in the corner of the living room. ;-)

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  6. So I know I told you on Facebook, but Oh My Gosh, congratulations! You soooooo deserve this, you deserve him, and you deserve THAT ROCK! My goodness, I can't stop gushing to Brooke about how gorgeous your ring is! Good job Keith! I can't wait to read more about all of your fun new crafting projects and watch this wedding unfold! Congratulations again, and enjoy the process of becoming a bride!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love the was you phrase that. When I read the words " becoming a bride," I felt feelings. :)

      It's been a strange road, but I'm so happy. Ack, that ring, I know! Keith went overboard! A lot of people are asking about the ring, so I'll do a post about it soon. Oh man, there's so much to do. This is nuts!

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  7. OH MY GOODNESS!!! Congrats!! I can't wait to read about all of the details while you plan!!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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    1. Thank you! I hope people don't get sick of hearing all the details... This makes me feel better. :D

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  8. Woohoo! I'm so happy for you two!

    P.S. nice rock!

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  9. Aww i teared up reading this and I even know the story. So happy for you two!

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  10. Your ring is absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations to you kids - soon to be newlyweds! : )

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    1. Thank you! Ooh, "newlywed" sounds so exotic. We're both still trying to get used to "fiance/e!"

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  11. AHHHHHHHHH! I'm so excited for you and cannot wait to see how everything unfolds. Congrats you two nerds!

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    1. AHHHHHHHHHHHH THANK YOU! :D

      We need to work some nerdy elements into our wedding, for sure.

      I'm going to go back and re-read your tutorial on making a photo booth. That was brilliant.

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  12. Congrats! And oh that ring...!

    My ring is a very simple art deco family heirloom that seems similar in style to yours. I love that it has some style and isn't just a big 'ol rock plopped on top of a band like so many rings seem to be these days.

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    1. That sounds incredible! The Art Deco era is my absolute favorite design period. I wish we'd been able to use Keith's family heirloom, but his Mom said it was in such bad shape, it just wouldn't work.

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  13. i'm catching up on blogs toady and omg are you kidding?! sitting at home alone right now giggling about "my beyonce" haha. congrats, jen!

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    1. Haha, we're so for real, although it still feels surreal. I'm not sure my feet have touched the ground since he asked! Thank you.

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