And I thought the big news for January is that we got a puppy. We did, we got a puppy! Two weekends ago. But hold on.
The very next weekend, this happened:
Tim asked me to marry him, and I said yes.
Our engagement story goes like this: We were at home after a very normal Saturday that included a lazy morning, Reed's basketball game, Tim and Skyler going to the park with the pup while Reed and I went grocery shopping, pork chops and broccoli for dinner, and then a movie for the kids. Tim and I were on the couch. We were whispering to each other while the kids ate ice cream and watched their movie, oblivious to us. Tim started saying sweet, sweet things to me, just like he does every other single day.
Sweet things turned to more sweet things, and at some moment it occurred to me that he was saying new things, about getting married, and getting married this year, and it is all a blur now, but somewhere in there he said "I can't live without you" and I stared at him, and then he got up and walked across the room and came back to the couch with a small wooden box. I think I said: "are you serious? are you serious? are you serious?" while I opened the box, and I don't even know. I saw the ring, put it on, pressed my forehead to Tim's, said "are you serious?" a few more times, and I think I nodded yes. Tim said: "Will you marry me? Is this a yes?" And I said yes. Yes.
A little while later, we called the kids over and told them. They piled on top of us and there was a lot of screaming and a group hug. Skyler wanted to know if she could be the flower girl, and we said yes. Reed said "I DO NOT WANT TO BE THE RING MASTER" and we said the term is ring bearer, but okay, buddy. He said he just wanted to watch at the wedding. There was more hugging, and the kids went back to their movie. I think that I then proceeded to go back and forth between staring at Tim and looking at my hand for the next hour asking if this is real life. He said yes, this is real.
The fact that he wanted the little kids to be there with us when we got engaged, so they would feel a part of it, says more about Tim and the way he loves us than I could write. So, there you go.
We held onto our news for the night, which felt like I had the sweetest secret in the world, and in the morning headed over to each of our mom's houses to tell them the news. Tim's mom squealed and hugged us and then felt faint from happiness and needed to sit down. My mom threw her hands up in the air and hugged and fist pumped with happiness. Hillary, Ellis, my sister, our brothers, our nephews, all thrilled.
That evening, we made our news public and then sat back while literally hundreds of people texted or commented or called. We are awash in the love of the people who know how good and right this is.
The general tone of the text messages that came in was this: OMG!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXO!!!!!
It was like that, all night long.
And because I'm trying to make this the most adorable blog post ever recorded, now let me tell you about our new puppy. We adopted a dog two weeks ago from Beau Buddy Rescue, a wonderful little operation that rescues dogs from kill shelters and brings them to Maine. I fell in love with this little guy on Petfinder. He was described as mellow, polite, and affectionate. Tim and I drove to the coast where he was in foster care to bring him home.
Meet Ryder Throckmorton. He's 9 months old and a black lab mix. He's perfect.
When the kids came back to us that afternoon, we had something waiting for them outside.
|If you have known me since way back when, and you are thinking this dog looks like Charlie: I KNOW! :)|
Meanwhile, we are carrying on with pretty winter things.
|And ski lessons! Otherwise known as screaming at Reed to SLOW DOWN!|
|Even skiing at night when it's super cold, still joyful with these two.|
Other happenings of our wonderful January include Skyler making a solar system for her 3rd grade science project:
Tim and Reed going to the MONSTER TRUCK SHOW:
Two weeks ago I would have told you that life was as good as it could get. And then this sweet, loving and trusting puppy came to live with us, and fills the house in the way only a puppy can.
And even though I knew that Tim and I were headed in this direction, having this promise, this new commitment to the life we have built, has caused my whole universe to shift just slightly, in a beautiful and subtle and indescribable way. Like when you are sitting in a room feeling totally comfortable and then the sun suddenly shifts and comes through the window and shines on you, warms you, and lightens up the room in a way you didn't know you needed.