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Ahhhh…some of my favorite lyrics from my favorite song, “Bold As Love” by Jimmi Hendrix.  There’s no telling what yellow he was talking about, but I’m referring my ENGAGEMENT RING!  A yellow diamond with a rose gold halo and pink diamond pave.  Yep, Wade proposed and it was absolutely perfect in every way!  In fact the whole day, leading up to the proposal, was perfection!

It all started on the elliptical.  I woke up and decided to get my blood flowing.  I found a documentary about the plane crash in the Andes, where the people who survived the crash sustained themselves for more than two months.  It was a very inspiring story and I got off of that elliptical feeling inspired, blessed and very energetic.  I decided to go to yoga to stretch and center myself after the invigorating workout on the elliptical.  I hopped in my car only to find a note taped to the steering wheel.  It said “Afton” so I knew it was for me.

I opened up the note and read it…

What a way to start the day?!?

The note made me smile and, honestly, I almost cried just thinking about how lucky I felt.  I sat in the car for a moment and took a moment to be thankful before I headed off to the gym.  When I showed up, there was substitute there.  His name was Francisco and he was exactly like what you’re thinking.  He was a small, muscular man probably in his 50’s.  He had long, free-flowing dark hair and a very thick accent.  He was beautiful, not in a physical way, but he was one of those people that you look at and instantly feel a sense of serenity.  I was very interested to see what he had to offer our class.

He explained that he practices kundalini yoga, which has a stronger emhpasis on breathing and meditation.  Meh, I thought.  I’ll give this a shot.  I’m so glad I did.  It was truly life-changing and I have been researching and practicing several techniques since I left that class.  It was a beautiful experience and when I left the class, I thought (and even posted on Facebook), “if this days gets any better, I just don’t know what I’m going to do.”

When I got home, I sat outside on the back patio, ate a lunch of fresh fruit and vegetables and did some work outside.  I took at 30 minute nap on hammock and thoroughly enjoyed North Texas’ new visitor, FALL WEATHER!  The day was beautiful!  After my nap, I started making quinoa and waited until about 4:30PM to leave the house.  Now, I didn’t expect anything crazy because Wade always does little things like this.  I went to a Halloween store, I got ice cream and I hit up Bath & Body works in preparation for Carolyn & Neal’s visit on Friday.  I started heading home at 6PM, but there was a ton of traffic, so I didn’t get home until 6:13.  I went through the garage and when I opened the door, my first thought was, “$hit! What did the dogs tear up?”

After a moment, I realized the mess I saw was rose petals and I followed the trail through the kitchen and to the breakfast table, where I dropped my bags.  I opened the back door to the patio and Wade was the first thing I saw.  Then I noticed a ton of rose petals all around the table and a dozen roses sitting on the table.  I also saw the dogs (in their cage) right next to Wade.  He asked me to sit in a chair and I could tell he was emotional about something.  And then, he proposed.  I will never forget what he said to me, or the look in his eye.  I will never forget that he said he needed a blessing from three people; my dad, Archie and Mack.

We both cried and I just felt so full and warm.  It was perfect, but little did I know that the evening was not over.  After a few moments talking and hugging and crying and hugging and talking, Wade looked at my outfit (a grey t-shirt and old jeans with holes in them) and said that I needed to change for what he had planned next.  I got approval from him to wear a long dress, I threw on some sandals and we were out the door.  We were so excited on the way to wherever we were going (I was allowed to know).

I called my mom.  No answer.  I did leave a voicemail along the lines of, “Are you kidding me lady???”.

I called the Graf’s.  No answer at home.

Wade told me to call Neal’s cell.  No Answer.

I called my Dad.  No answer.

I tried calling my Mom again.  Still no answer.

Before I knew it, we were pulling up to Lonesome Dove, our favorite restaurant in Fort Worth.  As I expressed my frustration with everyone for not answering their phones, we walked through the door and up to the hostess stand.  The lady asked if we had a reservation and I looked at Wade.  He said, “I think I see our table right over there.”

I was like, “What? How do you know???”.  Then, I looked over my shoulder and there were my Mom & Bob, Neal & Carolyn, my Dad, Marilyn and Sage.  I was shocked!  Speechless!  We all enjoyed a great dinner after laughing at my total haze and shock…I had put on two different sandals.

To say that I was shocked is the understatement of the century!

It was a fantastic night and I can’t believe how special Wade made the whole occasion.  I am the luckiest girl in the world.  It was so nice to have our families there to celebrate and we had almost a whole week to spend with Carolyn and Neal, going to baseball games, etc.  It has been a whirlwind since last Wednesday, but I am the happiest I have ever been and can’t wait to celebrate with Wade and all of our friends and family next August 18 in Fort Worth!

So pretty! So perfect! So unique!


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