Tuesday, April 19, 2011

i believe the term for this is all the nauseating details.

well, my babies. you probably thought the wedding of the year was going to be william and kate's. turns out, it's going to be mine.

(though i have yet to receive word that someone has found my likeness on a jelly bean. these things take time, i suppose.)

this is how it all went down.

friday was the one-year anniversary of when AWD and i met. and, if you will recall, we met on a bike ride. so, we decided to go on a little bike ride to mark the occasion.

i will do full truth here and tell you that we were running super behind schedule and we were supposed to be somewhere later that night and i didn't think we had time for a bike ride so i was in kind of a cranky mood. sad, but true.

so, of we went on a (very) little bike ride just down to the edge of our neighborhood. we stopped at a little park and sat down on a little bench and talked for a few minutes and then AWD said, "will you marry me?" and because i love him so dearly, i said, "yes! i will."

he cried, i cried.

then i wished i was wearing more flattering pants.

then, because i liked the sound of "will you marry me?" so much, i asked him to ask me again.

i said yes the second time, too.

and that was that.

i am sure i will have a lot more to say about all of this as time goes on, but for now i will say this.

i feel lucky and blessed and ever-so-grateful that AWD found me and picked me and that now i get to be with him for the rest of forever. he is a fit for me in ways that i could never even have imagined were important, and that now i can't imagine living without. it feels totally normal and easy to be with him now, and i suspect that, although hard things will certainly come into our shared life, it will be normal and easy to be with him for always.

the only weird thing about it is that this is it. it's done. this is the end of the line. though i suppose it is also the beginning of another. i don't feel like i spent my single life pining away, living "plan b" or feeling disappointed at the way things had turned out for me, but i would be lying if i said i didn't have moments of wondering if there was a person somewhere in the world who would just like me best and stick around for a while. it took a long time for my carefully protected and mended heart to really trust AWD when he said that he was playing for keeps.

but he is and i am and here we are. to eternity and beyond. and it feels pretty good.

as for the ring (this is for you, kate), i am sporting a $15 stand-in until the real ring is ready. at which point i have been promised a third proposal (third time's the charm?). seems like a pretty good deal. and i promise to post pictures then.

because i am definitely not posting pictures of me in those pants.

16 comments:

Ems said...

congratulations frances! I'm so excited for you!

Stephanie May Anderson said...

Oh Frances! My heart just leapt with joy reading this exciting news. You are so amazing and beautiful and I miss your spunk here in UT but I am SO glad you get to experience all the awesomeness of marriage. I am so so so excited for you. This is the best news of the year!

Evan and Holly said...

I have to say that I am a little jealous, because I have not been able to wear my ring in like forever. Almost since I got pregnant with Aiden. Congratulation. I am waiting for the pictures anxiously. I am so excited for you.

angellacowan said...

I just screeched with joy! Yay for you!!!

Joan said...

Nauseating details is not my term for this....wondrous! joyous! marvelous! would be better--take your pick.
We love you.....

popster said...

So, the real question is what pants were you wearing?

Sarita said...

congratulations Frances.

Sarita said...

Actually that comment was from Joel but you get the idea.

Smashie Smasherton said...

Congratulations! This was probably the least nauseating proposal story I've ever read on a blog, so congrats there too! Miss you in Langley!

Grandma Arlene said...

Very nice. Good story--great sentiments. Best of luck in your future together. Have fun!!

steve said...

I'm with popster...

let's see those pants.


PANTS! PANTS! PANTS!
PANTS! PANTS! PANTS!
PANTS! PANTS! PANTS!

kimberlee said...

best news! brightened my day! so happy for you! you are a gem. this is one lucky guy who gets to spend this life and the next by your side.

Gay said...

Yay!!! Now, we need more details! Are you going to get married out there or over here? Summer wedding or fall wedding! So many details!

I also think you should put the pants on display at your reception... They may have been the thing that cinched the deal and played a pivotal roll in the whole proposal! Yay for the pants!

CoCo said...

Frances -- I just had lunch with Robin last Friday and we were catching up, she told me you were in DC and dating this really great guy. I check ECliff's blog today which link to another post, in which you commented, so I decided to peak in on you. SO GLAD I DID! Congratulations. :)

Natalie said...

nauseating, maybe. but happy for you for sure! hooray!

Amy Poulson said...

THAT IS SO AWESOME!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!