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My 7 Day Engagement

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Let me tell you, I LOVE me a good wedding. The white dress, the cake, the dancing, the flowers, the vows, all of it. The bigger and more extravagant the better. I’m secretly sad that most of my friends are now married and that I don’t see any wedding bells in my circle anytime soon, so I watch a lot of wedding shows: Say Yes to the Dress, 4 Weddings, and anything with David Tutura. Shoot, I’ll even cry watching a housewife wedding special.

Which brings me to my story. You would think that I would want the grandiose when it comes to my own nuptuals. But it was quite the opposite. I rarely tell my story but I think it is beautiful and magical in its simplicity and maybe reading it will keep someone from spending $30,000 on a wedding. šŸ™‚

It was a Friday night. My mom and sister were over, yet for the life of me I can’t remember what we were doing. My husband traveled 4 days per week for work and had just returned home. Often when he would come home he would pick me up a little treat from the airport like gourmet candy and my daughter some little airport gift shop toy.

That night he came home and asked me to come upstairs. I thought nothing of it. When I got up there he handed me a gift shop bag all crumpled up like it had been stuffed in his briefcase for the whole trip. I remember being really excited because I was sure it was chocolate. I reached into the bag and pulled out a beautiful maroon box. I actually remember thinking “Damn! He got me some really expensive chocolate this time.” Then he got down on one knee, told me he loved me and asked me to marry him. He was shaking which I had never seen him do. Ever!

We had many discussions about marriage. We both decided we would rather go the non-traditional route. We already lived together and decided to start a family but consciously decided that it didn’t require a marriage license. Our families were extraordinarily supportive of that decision.

But as I opened up that little maroon box and saw the stunning ring that he had picked out for me the whole world tilted on its axis. I wanted to be his wife. I couldn’t wait to be his wife. He was my soul mate. I was so lucky that he came into my life.

We talked about getting married the following summer in a destination wedding with our family & close friends. But ultimately we wanted to be married now. So we decided to elope. And the soonest we could get it done was the following Friday. I remember how hilarious it seemed waiting in line for our license with people getting their passports. We had to go to window 6. Hilarious. We decided to have it just be the 2 of us so we approached a random couple in their 50’s who were also alone and asked them if we could be each other’s witnesses. Hilarious. But it ended up being absolutely perfect. Our justice of the peace did a cute little ceremony with the perfect words. I don’t know what I was expecting but I’m sure it was from watching too much tv. It ended up exceeding my expectations. It was beautiful, and perfect for us. I have not a single regret. It proved that all that matters is the bride & groom. I think we spent $25 that day.

Our marriage isn’t always perfect, or easy. We each definitely bring our unique “baggage” to the table. But I still have a huge crush on my husband. I love him more today then I did that day. We have 4 daughters now so I’m sure one of them will help me fulfill my dream of a crazy big beautiful wedding someday. But my 7-day engagement was an absolute dream.

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Puerto Rico Love (by guest blogger – my 13 year old stepdaughter)

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I have not been blogging lately and feel negligent for going 11 whole days without connecting with my blog friends. We are in the middle of a move across the country and just returned from an amazing family vacation to beautiful Puerto Rico.

We stayed in a gorgeous suite overlooking the ocean, snorkeled on our private beach, swam at the base of a 30 foot waterfall and dined like kings. None of that has anything to do with this post I just had to brag, rub it in, whatever you want to call it. Come on! Give me this. It was AHmazing.

Anyway, upon our return my stepdaughter shared with me a story from the trip that she had written about. I thought it was so cute and well written that I asked her if I could share it. She seemed pretty pumped up about that so I introduce with great pride my guest blogger Maura, with her story of young love and child marriage on an island in the middle of the ocean.

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Here is a story for anyone who needs a good laugh or is just down right bored (like me). It all started in Puerto Rico, my family’s hotel room was right next to my dad’s friend’s family (wow lots of ‘s). They had a 7 year old boy and a 5 year old girl. Anyway, the day before we were leaving my sister and I were talking about characteristics of our dream guy and the 7 year old boy was doing what I would say, like I said I like a guy who can sing and behind me he started singing gangnam style. After doing all of those things he was looking through a shell collection in the room and found one that looked like a ring and got on one knee and proposed to me (ha ha ha). At first my sister and I were laughing so hard it hurt because we thought he was joking but when I saw how serious his face was I stopped and didn’t know what to say (not wether to say yes or no but not to hurt his feelings). I mean I am not a mean person so I went along with it and sure enough we got married right in that Puerto Rico hotel room (not for real of course). So there you go, how many have you got married to a 7 year old in a hotel room in Puerto Rico?

A Daddy’s Love

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I’m normally not too crazy about posting too many personal pictures of my family publicly but after a day filled with so much about Mommy’s and our kids I was inspired to give a shout out to the most important person in my life, the father of my children, my amazing husband. There is no sweeter moment than seeing the man you love sharing love with your children. I have captured a few of these moments and I treasure them all.

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