Last night was one of the best nights of my life. I’m officially engaged to a wonderful godly man, Anthony “TJ” Rivas. I’m so excited for whatever God has planned. He’d promised me a “good story for your friends,” and he definitely came through on that.
He told me around Christmas that he had a date planned for New Year’s Day evening. He said, “I know you like it when I plan things, so I planned a date for us.” I had no idea what the date was actually for. He took me out to Olive Garden and we had dinner. Then we went outside and he said, “Let’s go for a walk.” I said okay, and we started walking. I was shivering so badly that I wanted to go back to the car pretty quickly. We were almost back to the car when he stopped me and said, “Open this,” and handed me this napkin.
I read it, and closed my eyes and counted to ten. When I opened my eyes, he was down on one knee holding out the ring and asked me to marry him. I said yes and jumped on him, and couldn’t stop hugging and kissing him. I was so happy that I even stopped feeling how cold it was for a couple minutes.
TJ writing me little notes on napkins is how our relationship began, and now it’s how it will continue. I still have the first one he gave me, and I’m keeping this one too.
The ring is one size too small, so we are going to have it re-sized on Thursday. It will take anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks, depending on where we go. But I would rather it be done right and take longer than have my ring ruined. I love it so much. I can’t believe this is actually happening. I’m so excited!
I loved him even more when he told me that he’d planned all of this because he was trying to do something he knew I’d like. I loved it! I also am astonished at how well he knows me, and how well he listens when I talk to him. It’s wonderful. I am truly blessed. No man that I’ve ever been with has been as wonderful as he is to me.
I also realize how blessed I am to have future in-laws who love me, and are awesome. After hearing about some of the issues that friends have had with their in-laws, I am so happy that I have a good relationship with TJ’s family.
God has blessed me over and over again.
This is my ring. Isn’t it beautiful? (((: