I said yes! I get to marry this amazingly kind, witty, scarily smart, gentle, loving man and I could not be more humbled, grateful or thrilled.
On Saturday, Shoes and I went to Bread and Ink Cafe on Hawthorne for Breakfast. I normally LOVE Bread and Ink, but on that morning, it was truly terrible in the most awful of ways. (Terrible, guys, terrible. I expect free Mimosas next time.) I think after that we both just wanted to sleep for the rest of the day and start over again on Sunday. Or, I did. Shoes, however, was formulating a plan of his own.
It was the first gorgeously sunny day in Portland for weeks (sorry, rest of the country. We have been freezing our buns off over here), so like every other Portlander (hello, 580,000 neighbors!), we headed out to Washington Park / the Japanese Gardens / The Portland Rose Gardens. You can't waste days like that around here.
So, in a setting like this:
In a rare moment of solitude (all 580,000 Portlanders were taking guided tours of the Garden that day, I'm pretty sure), on a bench outside of the Teahouse:
My dear, sweet Shoes pulled the ring out of his pocket and told me there was nothing else on earth he'd rather do than marry me.
And I, who had had so, so many sweet and loving things to tell Shoes on the day he proposed, (heart felt, tender, important things) said, "WOW Y'ALL - LOOK AT THAT TEAHOUSE! THINK THEY GOT A GEE-SHA IN HERE SOMEWHERE?"
Well, technically, a guy in the tour group that had just come around the corner said that. In the absence of privacy, I cried lots of happy tears instead and whispered all of those wonderfully sweet things while we finished walking around the Garden. I'm glossing over a bunch. I have a lot to say about my own personal redemption of marriage as an institution, which I will surely do in a later, separate posting.
Suffice it to say, this is more than I could have asked for.
Shoes is more than I could have asked for. I can't believe I'm lucky enough to have a marriage and a life with this man. (We'll also talk about the gravity of what it's like to be entering into a second marriage in a later post!).
But for now, just know this.
I surely do love him.
And this next picture, and the little message, is especially for Stacey A.
Sparkle Code to Jesus!
We're getting hitched!!!