As some of our readers know, we have been rather quiet for the last few months. We have been so busy that the blog had to take a backseat. To say we are doing most of the 'life stresses' in one go is an understatement but...
*Marshmallow claps* >> WE'RE GETTING MARRIED!!!!!
I can't tell you how much I have been anticipating writing this blog... so sit back and enjoy our first step on our wedding journey.
I have never been a wedding sort of woman. I have never got weepy at weddings and never had the desire to have my own. But with Matt I knew he was the one before we started living together... My new found love for soppy Disney films, and love song lyrics was a big giveaway! But in all seriousness I feel we are perfect together for many reasons: we are both partial to reading about politics and current affairs and not only can we excel at complex, enlightening and sometimes heatedly, debated conversation together but also the lamest and daftest of jokes, and we are at our best as a couple when we are communicating and overcoming challenges together as a team (not just how to beat the boys on Mario Kart). Some of the things I love most about Matt (and this had the potential to be a rather long list so I have whittled it down) are: his strength and tenacity for always doing the proper thing, which shines through in his upstanding and moral character; his ability to be reflective of how his past experiences shape who he is today; how readily and happily he is to lend help to not just to me, the boys or our families, but to everyone; his mischievous smile and cheeky laugh; and how wholeheartedly (and that is one big heart) and generously he loves and supports those in his life. It’s easy to state yet hard to instil what a lucky woman I am.
Whether it was the mental stimulation I get when we talk about American Politics, the fact that he looks like Fabragas or that we have always been meant for each other, I just knew he was my Mr Darcy... and falling in love with him has been deliberate, easy and seamless.
Although we had discussed marriage and the sort of wedding we intended, I had no idea what to expect as far as when and how he’d pop the question. Well… let me tell you all, it was so 'us' and perfect. Matt decided that he would ask the parents to have the children for the night (my folks already knew, as he asked my father for his blessing) so I could have a romantic and relaxed weekend. He decided to take us on a picnic at one of our favourite places to go called Mount Edgecombe - which is perfectly very “us.” We went for a walk around the Victorian gardens and staring at the views (the weather was perfect) watching the hustle and bustle of Plymouth across the water and listening to Radio Five Live commentary, Chelsea was playing, I was happy!
Not even for a second did I expect that beautiful, serene scene was about to become one of the most meaningful moments of our lives. Matt was quite fidgety and kept looking around as ramblers were passing the field we were picnicking. I was eating and grumbling that Chelsea were playing badly when a bee came over to us. I am severely allergic to bees, so Matt came in and was my Bee defender in shining armour. I hadn't noticed that he was on his knees. In fact, I was so taken aback when Matt got out the ring I don't think I took in that past of the proposal! It was like a wave of uncontrollable emotion swept right through my body. I didn’t have any words at first all I could do was explode into his arms and experience pure joy from head to toe. The proposal was perfect, his words so pure and sweet, it was exactly how I wanted it!
Being engaged didn’t truly hit me until I started saying “fiancé” out loud. “My fiancé supports that team. Let me check with my fiancé’s. Have you met my fiancé?” I have to say, being engaged actually does feel different. There is a sense of strength in us, a feeling of being further grounded but most of all... proud.
The ring itself is very me. I don't do 'bling' and I work a lot with clay and paint and of course being a teacher I didn't want anything too big. Matt knew this and was very sympathetic to the fact that it was going to be difficult to get me a ring that was perfect, but we did it!
It takes my breath away every time I look down, which I can’t stop doing, by the way. I originally thought that I would take it off when I went to work but forget it. I never thought I’d be the girl sticking her hand out to her friends and screaming in unison but here I am, squealing all over Devon.
Getting engaged has been about much more than the engagement itself. The rush of love and support from family and friends has been overwhelming. The love being poured into this next step of our relationship is incredible, and I’m so very grateful to each and everyone of you.
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xx Family Of The Day xx