Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy 16th Engagement Annoucement Anniversary!!

What is this you ask? And why aren't I wishing every one a Happy St. Patty's Day?

Well because St. Patrick's Day to me is the anniversary of when my husband and I announced our engagement to the world or at least to our families.

(it always cracks me up to type or write engagement/engaged because it reminds me of the quote I read years ago that says "Ever notice that the word engaged has the word GAG right in the middle of it?" Ha! So true. )

He actually asked me to marry him on March 8th but it seems like I'm always forgetting that until St. Patty's rolls around. And then everything clicks into place.

I remember sitting on the couch late into the evening of March 8th watching, what else? Sesame Street. He was holding me in his arms and he said "What would you say if I asked you to marry me?" (We had been dating for around three months at this time) I just sat there stunned. I guess I was quiet for too long because he then started in with "I don't mean tomorrow or anything..." I don't remember if I looked at him or not but I said "I would say yes."

We went out looking at rings but didn't say anything to our families because I had a brother who was getting married on March 13th and I didn't want to steal any of the spotlight away from him.

I even had a good friend who I hadn't see for a while call me up and ask me if I wanted to go out during this time. Thankfully I had the excuse of my brother's wedding to fall back on.

So March 17th rolls around. I have a dinner with Ty and my parents all set up so that we can talk to them. And after dinner I have invited all of my family over for ice cream and cake to celebrate St. Patty's day *wink wink*. Which you may think is strange but in my family, not so much.

During dinner before we could tell my parents and talk with them my baby brother came in to visit with mom and dad and he wouldn't leave!! I got so stressed out by that I got my very first cold sore.

After dinner and everyone's arrival for said refreshments we waited until the family was all together in the living room. My dad was in his recliner with mom standing close by and the room was packed with probably a good 20 or so people (with 7 siblings and 25 nieces and nephews at the time this was totally normal). My grandma Louise was sitting on the couch across the room from me. Grandma was a great seamstress and she'd made some wedding dresses during her time.

So I looked at grandma and started talking to her. I said "Hey grandma? What would you think about making my wedding dress?' My grandma gasped as did everyone else. I believe that the air was sucked out out of the room. My grandma started laughing and my dad came up out of the recliner with a "What???" And then everyone was laughing and congratulating us.

To my surprise Ty pulled a ring out of his pocket and put it on my hand. A beautiful solitaire diamond with a gold band. We had looked at rings but I didn't know we had bought one. We then had to explain to my mom and dad why we hadn't talked with them before hand (thanks little bro). After hugs and congratulations all around we left to go and break the news to his parents and his younger brothers.

We got engaged (Ha! there's that gag again) on March 8th, announced it on the 17th and were married four months later on July 10th, 1993 in the Jordan River Temple.

So to my hub. Happy 16th Engagement Announcement Day!! I love you!

29 comments:

Kate said...

I love to hear stories about engagement, marriage etc. That was great. Happy engagement and Happy St Patrick's day.

Brooke said...

Happy engagement day! I love the picture!

Vanessa said...

AWWW! I love that story!

Mina said...

Great story. It's not weird to celebrate St. Patty's. At least not for a girl who grew up in New England. It's my sil's anniversary today, and I could never understand why you'd want to get married on this day. (Your anniversary is a little different!) BTW, I think I had that same ribbed shirt in the early 90s.

Jillene said...

Aaaawwww....Happy 16th Engagement Annoucnement Day!!

Yeti Yogi said...

And a right Happy St. Patrick's day to you too my dear.

Lara said...

Congrats! What a fun story!

I got engaged on March 8th, too...and got married in the Jordan River temple, too! Only we got married June 26.

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

awwww great post..and Happy EnGAGment day!!! And also Happy St Patricks Day!!!!

Neurotic Chic said...

Aw, I loved the story, S. Scott and I were married the week before you guys. Good month, good year. :)

Jo said...

What a sweet story!

Kristina P. said...

That's such a great story!

I'm always so amazed by how many people remember little milestone dates.

I remember our wedding day. That's it. I don't know our first date, our first kiss, when he asked me to marry him, none of it.

Kristina P. said...

That's such a great story!

I'm always so amazed by how many people remember little milestone dates.

I remember our wedding day. That's it. I don't know our first date, our first kiss, when he asked me to marry him, none of it.

amelia said...

Ha, I've never heard the "gag" thing before. But I don't care - I LOVE engagement stories. Happy engagement day!

Lori said...

What a great story!! I love hearing these kinds of stories... Thanks for sharing this one.

That Girl in Brazil said...

I love stories like this - the world needs to hear more of them. (and I have a similar story with MY little brother ... evil little creatures ....)

Lisa Lou said...

I love engagement stories. Thanks for sharing yours!!

Karen said...

awwwwwwww...sweet story. I'll have to remember that "gag" think. Reminds of the joke..."what are the three rings of marriage" "the engagement ring, the wedding ring and the suffering".

Becca said...

Happy anniversary...sort of! Looks like you guys are still going strong!

Melissa said...

Great story and happy engagged day ( we actually pronounce it en-gagged).

Um question - you were watching Sesame Street? Do explain.....

Jessica G. said...

Oh, cute! Way better than my engagement story. We got engaged on my mom's birthday. We called to say Happy Birthday and then my guy asked if he could speak to my father. They totally knew what was going on before we said anything.

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Look how cute the two of you are. Now what I need is a current photo to compare this to. I mean, how else can I confirm if your hair is still this curly? :)

Happy Engagement Day!

-Francesca

wendy said...

Ah, that was romantic and cute. I love the photo. You look exactly the same ---only blonder now.

Bobie said...

Cute story!! My hubby said the same thing, only over the phone. We got married 3 days later!!! :)

the fowlers said...

i remember being outraged when you two announced your engagement. i think we (all the cousins around my age) devised some sort of plan to scare him away so we could keep you to ourselves. i'm glad that being overly obnoxious didn't scare ty away forever. :)

♫ Spasm ♫ said...

oh how stinkin' cute is that picture? I love it!!!

Happy anniversary!!!!

Synergy Girl said...

What a cute story!! So wouldn't you have been engaged-sorta on the 17th, cause that's when you got the ring...!! Anyways, I loved it! Happy Engagement Announcement Day!!

Lady of Perpetual Chaos said...

Congratulations! It's great to get engaged on a holiday because it's easier to remember! We got engaged on Halloween. ;o)

Omgirl said...

I loved hearing your engagement story! I had the lamest engagement ever (shhh...don't tell my hubby. he tried!) so I like to live through other people's romantic stories. Happy Anniversary of Engagement. (Gag! LOL!)

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