Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I'm Engaged!!

Holy cow...I'm engaged!! Still feels so surreal yet completely natural to look at my fiancé with the same adoring love as I did before he popped the question. Even though we talked about our future and when an engagement might take place, there was no preparing me for that moment in my life that I've dreamed about my entire life. It was exactly how I'd have wanted it and I'm so happy that he knows me well enough to keep things low key!
(This was Sean's immediate picture of me afterwards... The tears were only beginning!)

To be honest with all of you, I truly did not think I'd find my soul mate. I figured I'd be a crazy cat lady living with my parents until I was 40. Okay, cats out of the bag...I'm a cat lady (pun intended). Well, at least to my cat Toby, who sadly lives with my parents. It's sort of that phenomenon where when it's yours you think it's the cutest thing in the entire world, when to others, they smell and look sort of funny...not saying this is the case with Toby, but you get where I'm coming from. (He's actually incredibly handsome.)
(See what I mean?)

Growing up in such a loving home I saw the level of love my parents had for each other and I always asked, "but how did you know they were the one?" Their reply was always simply, "I just knew". I never knew what this meant or understood how I would "know" until I met Sean. Well actually, before I had even met him. Embarrassingly enough, we met on an app called Tinder, which I never was on to find my soul mate but because my roommate at the time told me about it and I figured I had nothing to lose. I was on it for a few weeks and then neglected it for a few months until a week before my college roommates wedding, and rediscovered it again. As fate would have it, I knew I was in love with him prior to even meeting him in person. I know, I know. It sounds incredibly cliche and unoriginal but I truly sent my mom a text one day after texting with him, "I'm in love and I don't care who knows it!!" (a quote from my favorite Christmas movie, Elf.)  She has the text to prove it! I met him just 4 days later, after my college roommates wedding, and the rest is history.
My life has never been the same since he came into my life and I have never felt more like myself than now. I feel incredibly blessed to have found him and look so forward to spending the rest of my life with him!

Okay, I'm done with the mushy stuff. Do you know how hard it is to be a newly engaged chef trying to keep my nails/ hands looking nice for my new bling?! It's impossible! I've gone through 4 coats of nail polish in 6 days...talk about time consuming. During the last manicure, I left it to the professionals and met a girlfriend of mine at a nail salon downtown. It was such a treat! Not only did she want to hear the full detailed story of how everything went down, she gave me a sweet engagement gift! Can you guess what it was?! PEARLS! Well, a pearl. A beautifully simple pearl necklace. She makes her own jewelry and I feel so lucky to have a personalized Elisabeth Ashlie piece! I have a sneaking suspicion that I'll get a lot of use out it! ;)
(But seriously... How cute is Lauren?!)
(This may have been my first "selfie" and as creepy as it is, this necklace is beautiful!)

As you can tell, I'm on cloud nine and I couldn't be more excited for the next chapter of my life. Now...the wedding planning begins!!


  1. That was my wedding haha!! im so excited for you two lovers! Also, I think Toby should be nominated for ring bearer :)

    1. It was your wedding Andrea!! Ha, you got a nice shout out ;) And thank you, I believe Toby should be as well. We'll see what my groom says...

  2. You look beautiful and the two of you make a gorgeous couple! Congratulations!

  3. Hi there! I'm a new follower (from Austalia). Congratulations on becoming engaged- how exciting! Love your gorgeous family photos, what beautiful girls you and your sisters are! It's so special to have a loving close family. I'm super lucky this way as well! Looking forward to following you ☺️

  4. Thank you Tania! You're too sweet :) I am so happy to have an Australian follower!! Message me a fun Aussie dish, I'd love to try it!