What a WHIRLWIND of a month! My amazing boyfriend Tyler & I got engaged!! When you have a man as kind, loving, patient, & I mean I can't leave out handsome... kneeling in front of you asking you to spend the rest of your life as his wife--there's no second guessing about it! Tyler truly is the love of my life, and the fact that I get to call him my husband in just a short while gives me all kinds of good butterflies!
So... the juicy stuff... a few Saturdays ago we were planning on going to breakfast at one of our "places", and then spending the morning on Mt. Lemmon, with enough time to get back so my sister and I could treat my mom to some pre Mother's Day shopping, manicures, and lunch.
I woke up with a suspicion of "what if it happened today"... But the way our day was planned it just didn't make sense, so I brushed it off and continued getting ready, waiting for my soon-to-be fiancé to pick me up so we could spend a lovely morning off together. About five minutes after he got to my house my dad texted Tyler saying that he needed help fixing the AC unit on our camper, and could he pop by for ten minutes to help hold it up. In my head I thought, "Weird. What if Tyler was working? What if we were already on the mountain? Why is he texting him and not calling me, since he probably knows we're together..." This is how my ridiculous brain works. Anything out of the ordinary and I've got a million red flags. So I responded to my dad saying that we'll be there in twenty. I then got a response saying, "I'm so sorry I didn't realize you guys had breakfast plans! You're mom is yelling at me to leave you guys alone! But I really appreciate it--see you soon." Red flags down, because that made sense... they know me too well.
So now, (because I'm a psycho planner) on the drive to my parents I'm trying to rework our morning plans, figuring Mt. Lemmon probably wouldn't work out since we won't have time. We pull up to the side of the house, not the front (my brain doesn't rest... "Why are we parked on the SIDE?!" Heaven forbid...). I planned on going straight inside to chat with my mom while the boys do "whatever", but instead Tyler leads me around back to their yard.
When my sister and I were babies my parents planted two trees on either end of their lawn, one for each of us. They're huge now, and are so pretty in the summer. As we're walking up to "my" tree, I see a white bench hanging from the branches with potted flowers around it, and pillows and blankets on the swing. All of this is gorgeous, but I immediately spot a bird house in the tree above the swing and I knew what was happening.
When Tyler and I first started dating and I learned he was a wood worker (an amazing one at that), I told him he needed to build me a house since I was trying to find a place to move into that coming month. "You'd solve all my problems if you could just build me a house!" He asked if I could settle for a bird house. I "reluctantly" agreed, loving the idea about him building me anything, let alone a bird house (I LOVE them)! Since we've been dating I have yet to receive said bird house, and lovingly pester him about it all the time. So as SOON as I saw the bird house hanging from the tree I knew this was "it".
Instead of quietly and gracefully soaking it all in, as we're walking over to the swing I'm shouting: "What is this?! What is that!? Oh my gosh!! Oh my gosh!"
We walked around the tree in front of the swing, Tyler plucked my ring off the bird house's perch, got down on one knee, and went on telling me how much he loved me, and how he couldn't wait for me to be his wife, and asked if I would marry him.
I OF COURSE said yes, and then just stood there hugging him; soaking it all in. After a minute or so he says, "Can I put this on you??" and placed on my finger the most gorgeous ring I've even seen in my life. Every girl has their "Wedding Board" on Pintrest (even the married ones) with a thousand "dream rings"--this one surpasses them ALL.
We sat down on the bench, basking in the excitement when all of a sudden I realize, no one is here! I mean we are at my parent's, and I know they helped pull this off (I'm quite difficult to surprise, if you couldn't tell). I ask, "Where is everyone?!" Tyler has no idea, he just knows my parents, sister and her husband are "somewhere" that's not here. So I called my mom and we're both just screaming into the phone, no words, just inaudible blubbering (we're Italian... and loud...). My family was just down the street, and came back over as fast as they could to celebrate!
The rest of our day was spent with my family, his family, calling friends, and being more happy than I've ever been!
I'm SO blessed that God has given me such a wonderful man to call my husband, it is something I thank Him for everyday.
On a daily basis I am blown away at how deeply Tyler loves me, and all he does to make me feel so incredibly loved.
Everyone has been so excited for us--I didn't want the weekend to end! All of our family and friend's love and congratulations mean the world to us! We just keep looking at each other saying, "You're my fiancé!! This is happening!!" It couldn't have been a more perfect day, and I am beyond excited to call this man my fiancé!
Also... can my mom get some major props for making this AMAZING "future Mrs. Antosh" mug that got featured on Style Me Pretty?! That woman is incredible, and there is no way I'd be at this point in my life with out either of my parents!
This has been such a fun filled month with the excitement of calling the man of my dreams my fiancé, doing a little wedding planning together, and enjoying the summer. God has blessed both of us immensely, and I can't wait to see the wonderful adventure He has in store for Tyler and I!