Wow, well you guys, I am still alive! In fact I’m more than just alive, I’m alive and well! This summer has been a breath of fresh air, a cool drink of water, I have actually spent the last two months feeling like a “normal” 22 year old. God is so gracious to give me a break and not only that but, I’m getting married! For those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook, Adam and I are getting married in 17 days. We’ve been planning on an August wedding since April but we set the date in June and got officially engaged in July. It was kind of backwards, but who would expect anything different from me?! We set the date before the engagement because unlike “normal” people, we have to plan around scans and treatment, August 27th seemed to be the perfect day before the medical chaos.
So the ring story, it’s actually quite unique so in the end it was worth the wait! Sometime in June I posted a picture of Adam and I announcing our engagement. Many of you didn’t notice that I was actually covering my left hand! Hahaha, I didn’t yet have the ring but I wasn’t sure when it was coming. Week after week passed and I was going out of my mind. You see, I thought I already knew what ring I was getting. Awhile back Adam had purchased a ring for this girl that he used to date and decided not to propose, so she never even knew it existed. He tried to sell it and had no luck so he kept it through the years. When he told me about it I wanted to see it. It was a pretty ring, and it fit me! So being the bargain brained person that I am I told him that if he ever proposes to me that he could just use that ring and save his money. So, skip forward to when Adam was moving here to Klamath, he calls me up one day in a bit of a panic and tells me that he lost the ring during his move. I felt so bad! But then I started doing research on plan B rings. I mean if the ring was truly lost I needed to give him some ideas. This was the first time I really even thought about what kind of rings I liked. I sent him picture after picture, only enough none of them looked like the ring he already had. So later in the week I decided to look through his stuff to make sure he didn’t misplace it. Bumbadadum! It was sitting peacefully in his camera bag, waiting for me to find it. So the ring was found and in my mind I figured Adam would disregard the pictures I had sent him.
Fast forward to the month of July and the passing weeks. It was so hard for me because I was telling people I was getting married but had no ring on! I found myself sticking my hand in my pocket or conveniently running it through my hair, anything to avoid the glance at my left finger and the look of confusion. Adam felt so terrible, he didn’t want to give anything away but he just told me to trust that that the day will come and he is working on it. But I was thinking, what’s there to work on!? You have the ring?
So the day was upon us, July 25th. I knew it would be the day because Adam asked me to take work off. He picked me up in the morning after cleaning my car, and then we drove to Ashland. The whole time I was trying to plan a reaction. I mean I’m a control freak you guys, but also because I kind of suck at reactions to gifts and surprises and I usually practice in the mirror. So we get to Lithia park and Adam takes out a complete picnic set. We find this beautiful secluded spot by the creek and lay out the blanket. Next thing I know rose petals are being scattered around me, I wonder who made that a thing, you know rose petals being the essence of romance? Anyway we then enjoyed a picnic lunch and the whole time I kept trying to stall. I had been waiting for this moment for weeks, why was I now trying to stall!? Well, I guess I was just trying to savor the moment, we dream about this moment. We watch YouTube proposals and long for the Bachelor proposal, we romanticize this Nicholas Sparks moment, so I wanted to savor it. Finally it was time, Adam read me a letter he wrote to me and I held back tears, I mean makeup. Then he cleverly had me open a gift while he got the ring out and BAM! He’s down on one knee. The truth is the actual down-on-one-knee part lasts for a second in reality. I mean in movies and stuff it seems like that is an everlasting moment, but maybe that’s because I practically said yes before he could get the words out! When he opened the little black box though, LIGHTING STRUCK THE EARTH AND ALL HUMANS WENT BLIND. That ring though! It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen in my life.
Turns out, it wasn’t good enough for Adam to just give me an old ring. He wanted me to have exactly what I wanted and he wanted to show me how much he loves me by putting in time and effort. The ring is a halo set ring that was custom built by Holiday Jewelry. The middle diamond is from Adam but the outer diamonds are from a ring that I inherited from my lovely grandmother Mame. It couldn’t be more special to me, and to think that I have a piece that also reminds me of Mame, I just, I have no words. It was well worth the awkwardness, and it was well worth the wait!
I’m so excited to marry the love of my life! Thank you God!