It’s good to own land …
Before last week, I never would have imagined that SO many crazy/amazing/beautiful/life-changing things could happen over the course of seven days, but everything keeps getting radder and radder.
Matt taunted me in the days leading up to my birthday saying, “I have lots of surprises for you.” Did he ever! The Saturday before, he spilled the beans on what I thought was going to be the biggest, best surprise. He had rented a house on the coast for the weekend and we were going to hang out, relax, and just having a great time. Perfect! I LOVE the coast. It was such a wonderful, welcomed surprise and I was touched he had gone to the trouble of planning the trip.
But there was more … after a couple of months of contract negotiations, house inspections, and the rest we FINALLY closed on our first home! It was a thrilling moment that I had been working towards most of my adult life. Unfortunately, our conflicting work schedules kept us from celebrating by cracking out that luxuriously priced $12 bottle of wine from Trader Joe’s. We usually stick to the $4 bottles, but figured … Hey … we just closed on a house - let’s indulge! So the plan was to grill and accompany some tasty burgers with some tasty wine. I got home from work Wednesday night, I prepared everything, eagerly anticipating my sweetie to be home within the hour. Time ticked on and he was nowhere to be found. When he called, he gave me the “bad news” that he was in Portland getting one of my birthday gifts and wouldn’t be back until 9!
I had no idea what he could be getting. What the hell would he buy me that could only be obtained in Portland? Thoughts of a new dining room table or perhaps he was picking up a friend from the airport as a surprise… I was not expecting Alice!
She is too cute! I have been a hedgehog enthusiast for quite some time and now I have a snuffly-nosed ball of prickles to call my own. And so we welcomed the newest member to our crazy little family of humans, chickens, and a dog. A hedgehog seems fitting addition.
The surprises didn’t end there. Matt had invited friends to join us at the beach house - we ate, drank, watched sunsets, walked the dog, laughed, and enjoyed what was possibly the most idyllic weather I have ever experience at the Oregon coast.
Best. Cake. Ever.
It was an amazing birthday night - topped off by my favorite birthday cake made by Angie (even though it is a huge pain in the ass to put together). I felt love, love, love all around.
Two nights were spent soaking in the coast … I was incandescently happy and grateful for such a flawless birthday weekend. How could it get any better? It turns out Matt had one more surprise.
After packing up the rental house on Sunday, Dave encouraged us all to take one more walk on the beach before leaving town. I almost said “no” due to the huge amount of work awaiting me at the office, but heck … how often do perfect weekends happen? Might as well extend things just a few more minutes. We took Hermione down to the beach and splashed in the water. Dave took her by the leash and ran off for a while as Matt and I stood holding hands and looking out at the soul stirring beauty of the Pacific. Suddenly Hermione ran back to us and Matt remarked, “There’s something on her collar.” I suspected nothing and looked down for a piece of trash or seaweed. What I found instead was a gorgeous diamond and sapphire ring, and looked up to see Matt on one knee proposing! Never in my life would have expected such a moment of cinematic-style romance. It couldn’t have been scripted better.
A ridiculously perfect day.
My head is spinning with so much love. I am very excited about this next step in my lucky, lucky, very rad life. Monday we got the keys to our new home and now … the nest-making begins!