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Before I became engaged, I had one favorite moment from 2014. I could go back to that memory anytime and feel completely happy in it. Of course, there were so many beautiful moments in 2014. My life came together in ways I couldn’t imagine, especially when the last months of 2013 seemed so hopeless.
Anyways, I’m going to have to split this one at a tie. I have two, completely lovely moments from 2014 that I never want to forget.
The first is my birthday, May 26. Not because it was my birthday, but because it was the day after Mike and I had moved into our apartment. My birthday fell on Memorial Day this year, so we were both off from work. My family had headed back home and we were finally alone together.
It would have been a special day no matter what, but because it was my birthday, Mike took it one step further. Even though I told him not to get me anything (we’d dropped a pretty penny on move-in fees and pet deposits), he purchased a little 6-pack of Coca Cola in glass bottles. He drank one and put one little flower in it from a bouquet and brought it into me early that morning. The rest of the bouqet sat in a vase on our cedar table.
It was a perfect day. We relaxed and finished unpacking some of our things, and then we went out to the Cheesecake Factory that night. Definitely a favorite moment in 2014.
My second favorite moment was the night we got engaged. It was so special because it was a complete surprise. We had planned on buying a ring in late January. Little did I know, two weeks before Christmas, he pre-ordered two rings at a small jeweler in his hometown of Lebanon. They told him the rings would be ready to view on Friday, December 26th. Though he had a plan, things got sort of crazy and he picked up the wedding set that Friday while we were having Christmas with his family. I found out later that he had snuck out TWICE during the evening WITH his step-mom and I never noticed (shows what kind of girlfriend I am)!
Anyways, he told me he needed air and so we took a walk in the backyard. Then I noticed that his family had started to shuffle out the back door. I called out, “What are you guys doing!?” I turn around to see a very nervous Mike asking me if I was ready to “do this.” It was only then that I realized what was happening. Of course, I started crying.
I was shocked, scared, and felt like a total fool, because it’s rare that anyone surprises me. It was everything I could have wanted and I wouldn’t change a thing about it.