I have some exciting news to share with anyone who still reads my blog. I haven't been on blogger these last couple of months (except to post once or twice), because I still haven't gotten my computer fixed. I'm using Anthony's right now, but his computer doesn't have my pictures, documents, etc.
ANYWAY, that's not the point. The point is... I'm officially going to be "Aunt Liz!" His sister, Amy, and his brother-in-law, Dave, always joke about me being "Ant Liz," almost. Get it... Ant(hony) Liz.... Yeah, I know.
Anyway, I'm engaged!!!! Anthony asked me to be his wife on Christmas Eve. Hopefully this won't be too cliche or annoying, but I'm hoping to document this journey on my blog. I want to keep my other posts, of course, but I have a feeling that this wedding business will be all-consuming for a while.
I want to share some of my ideas, my conflicts, my fears, my excitement... and I also want to share his perspective, along with some of my bridesmaids. I'll see how that goes...
But for now-- here's the story, from my side.
I didn't get to go home for Christmas this year. I was really disappointed, but I was looking forward to spending it with Anthony's family in Harrison, AK. We all opened Christmas presents on Christmas Eve and I was so excited for Anthony to get his. I OWNED Christmas this year, as far as he is concerned. Or so I thought.. Ha. I was super proud of myself, and I didn't try to hide it.
He had given me a wooden owl box, an owl coin purse, and an owl notebook. But then LO AND BEHOLD he comes out of his dad's office with this oddly shaped thing wrapped in a red blanket.
I open it up and it's a case. (I've been eyeing a mandolin foreverrrrrr!) I look at him and tell him that if it's not what I think it is, I'm going to be super mad. It was a gorgeous mandolin. I was ecstatic!! I start strumming it, blah blah blah.
Well evidently, the ring box was in the case. I didn't see it, obviously. Still without my knowing, he sneaks the box out of the case.
I'm still strumming along and sort of bouncing up and down with excitement.
As I'm playing, Anthony starts saying something about how much he loves me... how he wants to spend his life with me... And I'm thinking, "He is being super forward right now, for all of his family being here..." So I look over at him, and he's on one knee holding out a gorgeous ring.
He asked me to be his wife, and with a screech/ugly sound, I said, "yes."
His entire family knew, as did mine (he asked my dad a few weeks ago), and out of those people, there's a professional photographer/blogger and an Instagram/semi-famous social networking photographer. AND NO ONE GOT A PHOTO. I'm slightly irritated... ;)
Anyway, we're going to get married this summer, and I can hardly contain myself.
We went on our first date as an engaged couple last night, and we decided to go see Sherlock Holmes. It was amazing, despite our hesitation after seeing the bad reviews. Our recommendation-- it's worth it! We liked it better than the first movie. .
It's been an incredible journey of healing and growing and everything in-between.
I hope that you all had a Merry Christmas, and I'll see you next year with some resolutions!