Friday, 13 March 2015
James and I have the HAPPIEST news ever. He proposed this week with the most gorgeous ring I've ever seen. We are so excited about our adventures this year and are thankful for the support and encouragement of our friends and family.

I turned in a copy of my polished dissertation to my committee chair on Monday around 4:30 p.m. After that, I poured myself a celebratory glass of wine and cooked a dinner of polenta, seasoned rice, black beans and homemade guacamole (Meatless Monday, right?). After everything was ready I turned off the gas stove, and James opened a lovely bottle of Piper Heidsieck Champagne Brut Rose. That was my only inkling that something was amiss. James usually has nice champagne on hand but for a Monday night, this was slightly indulgent. There was a reason...

After I put a dish in the dishwasher, said, "Ready to eat!" and turned around, James pulled a small box out of his right back pocket. I wasn't sure what it was but I was hoping that it was an engagement ring. We've been together for almost three years... I grabbed the box out of his hand, opened it, and started running around the house SCREAMING. (The cats ran away to hide.) Then, I burst into tears, we embraced, and repeated our love for each other over and over (okay maybe that was me because the ring is absolutely fantastic). It was a bit cheesy but absolutely perfect. We sipped the Piper Brut Rose and later surprised my parents as well as James' that evening with the news in person.

Because I am still technically a "graduate student" and a university instructor, my Spring Break is next week. We are taking the opportunity to go to Dubai and celebrate. I will be sure to blog about what we see and learn as well as, of course, what we eat.

The ring is a pear shaped (fancy cut) diamond in a diamond halo setting. I couldn't be more thrilled.  Every time I look at it, I think about how wonderful James is. 

Backstory: James and I went ring shopping weeks ago and I found a ring that I absolutely adored. We talked about the purchase for hours. He actually spent lots of time researching diamonds, their cut, color, clarity, as well as polish and symmetry. When we decided that we found a ring that we both loved, I took my mom to see it on a Saturday afternoon. The ring was GONE. I played a poker face but was so insanely disappointed. The jeweler, whom my mother has worked with for more than a decade sold The Ring to someone else! Bryan said, "Denae. I'm so sorry. Don't kill me but my friend bought it. I told you that he was looking at it. Try not to worry, though, we can order one like it." Bryan has a boutique jewelry store and doesn't have mass produced products... In fact, James had purchased my dream ring and was in cahoots with Bryan to throw us off the scent. I was so surprised!  


Unknown said...

Love this! I can just see you running around screaming & your poor little kitties scampering away & James thinking "that's my girl!" with your over the top acceptance.

You're a gem and the ring is amazing. Just like you are - simply amazing!

Doug McCaughan said...