Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Starting A New Chapter

Like all great relationships, mine and Nick's has had its ups and downs. We started dating five years ago around the time when we both lost our jobs at the restaurant where we worked together (long story, for another day....). Soon afterwards Nick lost his father to heart disease. As the years went by Nick helped me survive two of the toughest years of my life in graduate school, we closed on a house right before I lost my job (and the economy was plummeting), Nick managed to quit an addiction he'd had since age 14 (Nicotene), and not long ago another job was lost and then captured again. What has kept our relationship strong is that we have managed to fill in all the in between moments with laughter.....





Spirit....





Activity....





Risks....



Random kindness.....




Finding new hobbies...



Making new friends...



And having complete understanding for eachother's moments of immaturity....


As of 7:00 pm on Monday, August 8th, we are no longer boyfriend and girlfriend.....we are FIANCES!!! Nick proposed while we were on a bike ride down by the river near our house. It was perfect and completely spontaneous, just how I always wanted it to be. The ring is beautiful and I may post a picture of it one day, but to be honest I can't stand when people post pictures of their rings. It's one of those things that drives me nuts, so I feel kind of dumb doing it myself, you know??? I may have to be a huge hypocrite one day because I'm realizing why people do it, everyone keeps asking to see it! For now I have to get it re-sized because it's too big (not the rock, the band, HA!). I went in to get fitted the day after my biathlon and I know I was really dehyrdated, therefore my fingers were swollen. I even told the guy who was fitting me that my fingers were probably bigger than normal, but I don't think he understood that I really meant it. So basically my ring just falls off right now. Bummer. Oh well, I'm ENGAGED!!!!!


QUESTION: What's your idea of a perfect proposal?!

37 comments :

  1. Congratulations! I am very happy for you!

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  2. Yay!!! Congrats!!!

    My band was way too big too :-)

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Oh that is SO exciting! Can't wait to hear all the fun updates!

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  4. awesome news!!!!!!! congrats lady. so happy for you!

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  5. Gina, I'm so happy for you!!! Can't wait to hear about the next events. Congrats to both of you!

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  6. Yay! Congrats! BTW please post a photo of the ring! I so want to see it! :)

    People probably post the picture of the ring because everyone totally will ask!

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  7. Congrats! I am so excited for you.

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  8. This is great news! I wish you both the best.

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  9. Having known you for years, and Nick for 5, i could not be more thrilled for you both. It takes a lot and the 2 of you have tons of love and respect for each other and each other's passions. Just look at this blog and how much Nick is a part of it! You deserve all the best, my dear, mazol!

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  10. Congratulations!!! Such a fun, exciting time - enjoy every minute :)

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  11. Yayyy! I'm so excited for you guys :)!!! You might as well just post the picture of the ring haha- we won't mind!

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  12. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! So happy for you. Enjoy this very special time!

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  13. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sounds perfect to me :)

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  14. congrats to both of you! very happy for you, and i love this post! very....you.
    :)

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  15. Congrats Gina!!! I'm so happy you :) I can't wait to hear all about the wedding planning! Let me know if you have any questions about destination weddings if y'all decide to go that route!

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  16. Oh Gina!!!!!!! HUGE congratulations to you and Nick!!! Enjoy every minute of this very exciting time as you share the wonderful news!!!!

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  17. I'M THRILLED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i've seriously been waiting for this forever! i feel like i've seen so much of your relationship grow and unfold and go through things (well you know whati mean over the last 2.5 years) OH MY GOD IF YOU DON'T POST THE RING PICTURE YOU BETTER ATLEAST EMAIL IT TO ME!!!! give nick a GIANT bro-five for me!!

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  18. congrats x1000!!! ahh go ahead, post that picture!!

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  19. Again, congratulations!!!! I'm very excited for both of you!!!

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  20. Yeah! So excited for you. Soon enough we'll both be like, "remember back when we thought our silly men would never propose?" Ha. This was a great, beautiful post, by the way.

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  21. CONGRATULATIONS!!! OMG, this happened the day after I saw you!! :-) I'm SO happy for you!!! A bike ride proposal is soooo romantic... I always love reading your beautiful posts about Nick and you - y'all are such a gorgeous couple, and you always write with such inspiring love... CONGRATULATIONS!!! *JUMPING UP AND DOWN WITH HAPPINESS FOR YOU* :-)

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  22. Awwww... congrats Gina!! So excited for you. :)

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  23. What an amazing story! It is truly great to read about couples who are there for each other through it all! I wish you the best in your future!

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    I hope to hear from you soon and CONGRATULATIONS! : ]

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  24. Congratulations to you two!!!!! I am so excited and yes show off the ring girl. I remember when I got engaged I was so excited to show everyone. It's an exciting moment :)

    Wow I just wrote exciting/excited 3 times. I'll leave it ;)

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  25. oh i love this! congrats!!!! so happy for you and so glad you have such a strong and fun relationship......can't wait to hear about the upcoming wedding plans :)

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  26. awwwww, I picked the perfect day to pop in and see what you're up to :D Congrats!!!!

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  27. Congratulations! How exciting. My perfect proposal is where the man speaks from his heart.

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  28. This totally made me cry. Seems as though you've weathered some storms and have all the tools for a happy life. Best of luck. Perfect proposal? I am such a skeptic, I'd take "what's behind the proposal" than too many bells and whistles. Yours sounds perfect to me.

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  29. I just saw this post as I go through my google reader and I am so happy for you and Nick! you two make such a great couple! congratulations!!!

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