My One…and Only

This week, on Small Moments Mondays, I am thrilled to feature my amazing husband, Craig, as my guest poster.

When I first dreamed up the concept of this series, not only did Craig serve as my sounding board, but he was also at the top of my guest poster wish list. I am honored that he wrote this piece for me, which is his first blog post.

Many of you are already familiar with Craig and know how much I adore him. His integrity, kindness, sincerity, and sense of humor have blessed my world and I don’t take a day of my life with him for granted.

There is so much more that I want to say about Craig, but I don’t want to take away from his words below.

Thank you, Babe. For your words here, for this life that you’ve given me, and for bringing me joy that I never dreamed possible. I love you.

My One…and Only — by Craig

When Nichole came up with the idea of Small Moments Mondays, I thought it was genius.  Who, in our diverse and complex lives, hasn’t stopped for a moment and experienced an event that will always resonate and provide the imagery and memories that allow us to go back to that cherished moment?

Nichole’s blog is about sharing those small moments and more importantly, giving our children a historical reference on their youth beyond milestone events, baby books, and pictures.  And for that?  I am incredibly grateful for this gift our kids will one day appreciate.

I was honored when Nichole asked me early on to guest post and share a small moment. I always imagined I would talk about the ways in which being a father has profoundly impacted my life.

I thought I would reveal that my heart melts every time my sweet baby girl looks me in the eye and tells me, “I love you, Daddy.”

I thought I would share that hearing the joyful squeal from my son when I open the door after work is the perfect end to a long day.

I thought I would talk about how I get choked up each time one of my children squeezes me tight and envelopes me with their love and trust and how I am reminded of the tremendous responsibility I bear to protect and guide them through life.

But I grew up in a broken family.  Nichole grew up in a broken family.  We always said that when it came to bringing children into this world, that we would strive to provide what we sought as children – a loving, accepting…and moreover, complete family.

Without our marriage, we don’t have that family unit.  Without our love and respect for each other, we’re missing out on teaching those important life lessons we yearned for as children.  Our relationship and commitment to each other has to come first or we won’t honor what we promised our children and ourselves.

So with that, I take you back to the day I proposed to Nichole…

Nichole was buried in the work of completing her Master’s Degree.  But I somehow convinced her she deserved just a single day off to enjoy a nice glass of wine, a bubble bath, and the soft crackle of a fire at our favorite bed and breakfast.  She reluctantly agreed.

As she studied, I made my final preparations.  I sat at a park down the street carefully pulling off rose petals from two dozen roses.  With each gentle pull of a petal, I was transported back to a memory or a moment or a feeling shared with my best friend.

After we arrived at the bed and breakfast that afternoon, I snuck away and retrieved the ring, rose petals, and jewelry box.  I went to the main house and finalized the game plan that I had previously discussed with the owners.  We were going to go to dinner at a local restaurant.  During our meal, the room was to be transformed.  Over 300 rose petals would be delicately strewn about the room.  Candles would be placed to create ambiance.  A fire would be prepared.  And the ring would be held in the jewelry box I had engraved with words from my heart that had special meaning in our relationship.

We went to dinner and had a delightful time.  As we ate, I worried that my plans for the perfect proposal wouldn’t come together.  But as I looked across the table at this woman that I loved so dearly, I saw her relaxed and enjoying herself for the first time in weeks as she escaped the mounting pressure of her final exam.  I saw the beauty and sparkle in her eyes.  I knew I wanted to wake to that sparkle every day for the rest of my life.  I relaxed…everything was going to be all right.

We finished dinner and slowly made our way to the exit.  With each step, my heart began to pound faster with anticipation.  I opened the door and allowed Nichole to walk out before me and as I turned around, the waitress smiled and winked as she held the phone.  She was calling the rest of the team to let them know to light the fire and candles…we were on our way.

As we approached the door of our room, the dancing light of the fire flickered through the window.  Nichole turned to me in wonderment as I gently pushed the door open and the warmth of the room embraced us.  She saw rose petals everywhere.  She looked at the tea light candles illuminating the room, and as she looked towards the fireplace, she saw champagne on ice, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a jewelry box that read:

Nichole,

You are my one…and only.
We’ll be in the same boat forever.

Love always,
Craig

As I slowly descended to one knee, the tears in our eyes began to swell.  A few private words were followed by the word every man who asks that question wants to hear.

A small moment.  One that changed everything that followed.  One that set the stage for the beautiful marriage and family we have built.  One that helped define my purpose in life and allowed for an unforeseen level of happiness to become my future reality.

A small moment that meant everything to me…the moment when Nichole agreed to marry me.

I love Nichole.  I love being a father.  I love our family.  I love the life we have built.

Thank you, Nichole.

For everything.

Engagement Ring

Isn’t he lovely? Today {Monday} is his birthday, so please leave him some comment love and then go follow him on Twitter.  He’s a wonderful there as he is here.

127 comments

  1. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    First, I want to thank Nichole for the opportunity to tell this story. It was a magical day that will forever resonate in my heart. That day set in motion the story of our lives together. What followed was our wedding, our first home, our daughter, our son, and our continued joy as a family. There are times I still can’t believe this life is mine and I don’t ever take it for granted.

    And I appreciate you who have taken the time to read my words. I also want to thank in advance those who will comment. Your words will undoubtedly mean the world to me…

  2. tracy sellabitmum.com

    Chills and tears. Such a beautiful and deep love. A love your children will for sure honor. xoxo

  3. Kir thekircorner.com

    Oh my goodness I almost feel like an intruder on that special moment. What a beauitful memory to share with us. Happy Birthday Craig! And u are a fine man with an extraordinary wife. What a combination. Love to u both!

  4. Sherri

    Oh you two, I am crying on my couch here next to MY best friend and soul mate. What wonderful words you shared here, Craig, and what a very lucky woman my dear friend Nichole is!

    You two have created such an amazing family, and your children are certainly blessed.

    More tears!! Hugs to you both…

  5. Rachel mommyneedsavacation.com

    I seriously feel like I have known you two forever. This post is absolutely beautiful. I have tears streaming down my face and feel love in my heart. You two are really something SPECIAL and this post captures it perfectly. My favorite is when you talk about the sparkle in Nichole's eyes. When I met Nichole, that sparkle is the 1st thing I noticed.
    You two are just….magical.

  6. kris

    Craig?

    Just perfect.

    Just . . . perfect.

    Sigh.

  7. This is such an amazing, beautiful post. What a great life you two have built together. I love that you both enjoy not only the big moments, but the small ones as well.

  8. Megan Best of Fates bestoffates.com

    Nope.

    Just no.

    I mean, sure, you were a pretty amazing couple before, but this?

    I'm done.

    I absolutely refuse to believe you're real.

    Now I just need to figure out if this is some version of Punk'd or The Truman Show.

  9. Well, well, well. The dramatic lead up had a delivery! Great job. I'm impressed and moved.

  10. Cheryl @ Mommypants mommypants.com

    How lovely, Craig. Really, really lovely.

    Even though this was a HUGE moment. It was filled with all kinds of magical small moments.

    Love to you both!

  11. Erin

    Beautiful!
    And happy birthday!

  12. Jessica itrocks2bmom.com

    Wow. My husband and I both came from broken homes and made similar promises. It constantly defines our relationship as we vowed to break the dysfuncitonal cycles we came from with us and our children. Your proposal? Every woman's dream. Just a tad more romantic than the "here" I got from my husband when he handed me the ring I picked out in the car ride home from the jeweler's :)

    Great post!

  13. Renee 2old2tap.blogspot.com

    Happy birthday Craig.

    This is a beautiful testament to your relationship, to your family.
    Your lives are blessed.

  14. @sogeshirts twitter.com/sogeshirts

    Happy birthday Craig. That was a wonderful post. You just set the bar very high my friend not only with your writing but what a proposal. Not sure that proposal can be topped. I feel so fortunate to have found both you and Nichole on twitter. You two were definitely meant to be and that comes through daily as I see you both interact. I wish you both decades and decades of continued happiness.

  15. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so much for your comment. While this particular moment revolved around us, it is our children that drives everything we do. I can't wait for them to one day read all the magic that is captured on this blog.

  16. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    You know, it's one of those beautiful moments I don't mind sharing….in a retrospective kind of way, I guess! :) Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting. And thank you for the birthday wishes!

  17. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you beyond words, Sherri. It means so much that my words have touched you and isn't it amazing when you get to share a life with that one….and only person who touches your heart and soul?

    Thank you again…and hugs to you!

  18. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so very, very much Rachel. You have always been a dear friend and that others can see our love for each other means the world to me. Yes, beyond this moment…..I can still vividly remember the day I met Nichole and our eyes first met. Those beautiful eyes..

  19. @mamachaplin

    Love, love, love! So beautiful.

  20. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Ah Kris…your words say so very much to me. That my words have elicited that response from you touches my heart. You have always been a dear friend that I value so very much. Much love to you…

  21. @kmulkey007 twitter.com/kmulkey007

    That is so sweet!!! Gave me goosebumps.

    And then my daughter (age 9) saw that picture and said "What is that? Is the ring from Jared?" and it kind of ruined the precious moment. That's life with a 9 yr old that's always reading over your shoulder. And clearly watches too much tv.

    ps. Happy Birthday, Craig!

  22. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so much for your comment. The small moments have helped build a life full of memories intertwined with those milestone events. I appreciate so much that you have stopped by to read my words.

  23. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    The funny thing? I sometimes wonder myself if I'm going to be Punk'd. :) As the title suggests, I found my one and only….and it has opened up an amazing life, which I am so thankful for. Now….pinch me!

  24. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Ah, thank you kind sir. You saw my struggles to capture this moment and do it justice. I appreciate your words so much…

  25. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so much, Cheryl. It was indeed a huge moment….but that simple word that we say and hear throughout our lives will allow me to always pinpoint that small moment in history and relive it in an instant.

    Much love to you!

  26. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thanks…….and thanks! What a way to celebrate my birthday, huh?

  27. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    You've captured our focus so well. It does constantly define who we are and what we do. I absolutely love thinking that we'll be able to provide this to our children. And the proposal? If you only knew how quickly it all came together. But in the end, it doesn't matter how romantic it is or how it happens. It's what happens from that day forward and it sounds like what you and your husband are doing is magical.

    Thank you so much for your comment!

  28. MamaRobinJ

    I first came across Nichole on Twitter and then found her blog. I think it's beautiful and she is beautiful.

    Then I realized she had this very special man in her life and I began following him as well. Any man who can express himself as sincerely as Craig does is a winner in my books. (Plus, he's funny too.)

    Together you might just be the most beautiful couple ever, and I think this post proves it.

    Much happiness to you both, and to your family, and happy birthday, Craig.

  29. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so very much, Renee!! I don't forget for a moment that I am blessed to have this amazing woman beside me and a beautiful family. It means the world to me…

    And thank you! This will most certainly be a memorable birthday!

  30. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so very much, Tim….for all of your words. I know that you come across some beautiful writing every day and I value your words about my post so very much. The proposal really came together and I'm glad that both Nichole and I have that amazing memory.

    And we are very fortunate too. You've been a wonderful friend and it's meant so much to us both. Still bummed we can't have a beer at BlogHer!

  31. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Aww, thank you so very much! It was a momentous day wrapped around that small moment. One I will cherish forever…

  32. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Oh, that is so funny!! Thanks for the light moment! But moreover, thank you for your sweet words. And the birthday wishes! Such a fun way to spend my birthday…..

  33. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Wow, thank you so very much for you generous words! I love expressing appreciation and admiration for the woman that has helped bring purpose to my life. She has allowed me to be a father, which I will be always be grateful for….

    Thank you again. For the amazing words and the birthday wishes as well. :)

  34. Stasha ponderingsofmom.blogspot.com

    I am a new follower.

    This is Lovely.

    Simply Lovely.

    I have tears in my eyes.

    Nothing better than finding true love.

    Sigh.

  35. SquashedMom

    Happy Birthday Craig! The two of you so clearly deserve each other and every happiness that is contained in and overflowing from your hearts. That you flow that love out not only to your own, wonderful children, but also to us, these intimate strangers from the internet? Exceedingly generous and simply beautiful. Thank you.

  36. bywordofmouth

    I would call you the Ken and Barbie of the blogosphere but that would be all shades of wrong ;)
    You both capture the real, the honest, the here and the now – love and respect as plain as day in the relationship you share. Thank you for all that you both bring to the posts you share, Nichole adds so much to so many.
    Wishing you a very happy birthday, isn't it the best knowing you already have the greatest gift!

    (altho Nichole could seriously carry off those Barbie stripper boots – HAWT and sparkly!)

  37. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so much for finding my wife's blog….and for leaving a beautiful comment. You are right….finding Nichole turned my life around.

  38. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Very sweet words, thank you! It means so much to be able to share these words with our friends in the Internet space…..but also to give our children something to reflect upon one day as they read about the love their parents shared during their lives.

    And thanks for the birthday wishes! :)

  39. Leigh Ann thetwinspin.blogspot.com

    So beautiful. When you can tell through twitter that two people are so right for each other, then it must be so! But seriously, you're so right — the strong and loving foundation that you and Nichole have built for your family is one of the most precious gifts you can give your children. Congrats on your first blog post, and I hope we see more in the future! You're an awesome tweep.

    PS You know they sell bags of rose petals, right? More convenient and much less thorny. j/k

  40. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Now there's a birthday gift! Ha – thanks so much, Nicole. I appreciate that you've taken the time to read my words and recognize that we love and respect each other so very much.

    What Nichole does here is amazing. I may be able to contribute a heartfelt post….but what she does is beyond words.

  41. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Wow, thank you so very much for your touching words. It means so much that people see what we are blessed to experience every day. And as for what we are giving our children? Thank you. It really is a defining point of our marriage and something we focus on each and every day.

    I appreciate your friendship and have enjoyed chatting with you so much. That's so much easier than one of these posts, though! :) And as for the rose petals, {fingers in ears} LA LA LA LA LA

  42. Mellisa gettingallmyducksinarow.com/

    Thanks so much for sharing this…utterly magical. Hubby and I both come from broken homes…and we too strive to give our kids the loving home that we both sought as children. Bless you both!

  43. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I know it certainly happens and it's not to say that it won't still yield amazing people. I am humbled by my youth and I know it helped make me the person I am today.

    We just wanted something different for our children. We wanted to give them something we didn't have and like you, it drives everything we do.

    Thanks for coming by and commenting!

  44. Nichole has become such a dear dear friend to me that I celebrate in deep ways the wonderful husband you are to her.

    Because…she deserves someone wonderful who will appreciate the incredible woman that she is.

    And clearly…you deserve her too.

    Happy birthday, lovely man!

  45. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you, dear friend. I treasure when others see even a glimpse of the beauty that is my wife. She is indeed an incredible woman and I am grateful to have her by my side.

    Thank you for reading my words and for the birthday wishes as well.

  46. jfarelyn

    All I can add to the comments above:

    *SWOON*

  47. andygirl

    GAH! swoony swoon swoon. I love you guys. can I be you when I grow up? *le sigh*

  48. lelisa13p

    The sweetest proof that dreams really do come true. *sniffle*

    Happy Birthday, Craig! May the two of you blow out the candles of many dozens of birthday cakes to come, always together. XOX to your little family.

  49. Miri lifeafterpush.com/

    This is so beautiful. A magical moment that turned into a magical life.

    Happy birthday!

  50. Klz

    Happy birthday to a creative, wonderful husband and father

  51. CDG

    Happy birthday!

    And what a gorgeous tribute to your gorgeous wife!

  52. Whelled up reading this and had to grab a tissue to write this comment! *sniff*. A beautiful moment, beautifully retold. Thank you for sharing this special moment with us. Oh, and a very Happy Birthday :D

  53. Alexandra174

    What sweet memories. And now, for your children, to read someday.

    Thank you for sharing this moment in your lives, with us.

  54. Alicia shakennotblurred.blogspot.com

    Wonderful, emotional post! Just perfect! So nice to have that memory committed to paper (web) for you to go back and read again and again!
    Happy Birthday Craig!

  55. Efloraross thewriterrevived.com

    SO beautiful! Brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, Craig and Nichole, for sharing this special moment with us!

    My hubby and I recently celebrated our 4th anniversary, and we went to dinner at the restaurant where he proposed to me. It was so special to relive that moment!

  56. The love of a family is life's greatest blessing ~ Unknown

    You are ALL blessed!
    Wishing you a lifetime of wonderful "moments"!

  57. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Aww, thank you so much for adding that comment. I like those the most! :)

  58. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    You are too sweet. Love you too, girl. Thanks for coming by and sharing in this moment!

  59. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    You are so right about that….I never dreamed that I would have a beautiful family of my own. I cherish it each and every day. Thanks so much for the comment…..and the birthday wishes!

  60. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so much! It really was the beginning of it all. From there, it just seemed like wonderful things started happening. Thanks for the comment!

  61. liz

    I could barely get past the awesome adorableness of you sitting at a park and pulling rose petals! Oh, you two are so perfectly sweet and lovely!

  62. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Aww, thank you so much for coming by and wishing me a happy birthday. It's your other sweet comments that mean the most to me…. Being a good husband and father is the most important thing to me.

  63. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so much! She is indeed gorgeous, inside and out. I appreciate your sweet words and the birthday wishes!

  64. @knitmyrhino twitter.com/knitmyrhino

    Congrats, Happy Birthday, Oh My Gosh…there are so many wonderful reasons to love this post! Nichole, you are one lucky lucky lucky lucky lucky lady! And Craig, you of course, are one tremendously lucky man! Nichole is definitely a sweetheart!

  65. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so very much. I'm glad that I did the moment justice and was able to aptly capture it in words. I appreciate your words so much. And thanks for the birthday wishes!

  66. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you for your comments! You're right….a lot of what this is all about is being able to share these words and memories with our children someday. And yes, it is indeed a sweet memory! :)

  67. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so very much! It is wonderful to be able to capture these moments for our children to read one day. I can't wait for my children to read it one day. And thanks for the birthday wishes!

  68. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so much, my dear friend. I appreciate you coming by and commenting. It really is such a special moment, huh? So neat that you and your hubs cherish it by revisiting the location. Surprisingly, Nichole and I haven't been back to that bed & breakfast since. Not quite the same with kids! :)

  69. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    You are a sweet friend. Thank you for coming by and leaving those kind words! And the Twitter birthday wishes! :)

  70. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you, Liz! I wish somebody would have told me how many petals there were on EACH rose (20-40, if you were curious). :) But it was a memorable moment that I will never forget…

  71. Audrey

    Oh…that is so wonderful…thank you for sharing it.

  72. Stacey staceysmotheringmoments.com

    Wow! What an amazing sweetheart! You are one lucky girl, Nichole! What a beautiful moment!

  73. Nancy whisperedinspirations.com

    What a beautiful story and what a great man. I found your blog through your husband and his words are so beautiful. It's wonderful to see true love and even more so reading it through the words of a husband.

    I'm so very happy to see others in love, I'm lucky enough to have found my one and only too!

    Awesome post Craig and have a very Happy Birthday!

  74. Galit Breen theselittlewaves.com/

    This is just gorgeous. A perfect reflection of all that the two of you represent, and all that I respect about you both! Happy Birthday!

  75. Tracie fromtracie.com

    So sweet and beautiful. I love that you sat there and pulled off all of those individual rose petals. That is lovely.

    Also, happy birthday to you.

  76. Dude that is awesome. I am glad I read this and I can say I am glad to know of you. Well both of you. I think a REAL MAN, is able to share feeling like this when, where ever they want. Truly great MEN always show the soft sides. You are both lucky.

  77. Leighann multitaskingmumma.weebly.com

    I had chills.
    Goosebumbs.
    Tears.
    Smiles!!
    Fantastic writing.
    Fantastic man.
    Fantastic couple!!

  78. Ash shadesofblueandgreen.com

    I adore the thought of you taking one petal off after another. Just that alone speaks volumes. Swoony swoon is so right. You guys are blessed.

    Happiest of birthdays Craig!!

  79. Mandyland inmandyland.com

    Oh my. I'm sitting in my office cubicle trying to keep the sniffles to a minimum. I don't think it's working since a co-worker just asked if I had a cold.

    This was a beautiful post. You two make me grin. And cry. But mostly grin.

    Happy birthday, Craig.

  80. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you for coming by and reading my post. Appreciate your kind words.

  81. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Aww, thank you so much! I am the lucky one. None of these amazing things in my life wouldn't be possible without Nichole. And yes, it was indeed a beautiful moment. Thanks again for reading.

  82. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Wow, thank you Nancy for your tender words. I have valued your friendship tremendously and always enjoy seeing you in my timeline. I know of your one and only and doesn't that make it that much more special? Thank you for your sweet thoughts and the birthday wishes!

  83. ksluiter

    Oh I just DIED! Craig! Happy birthday!!!

    I am with Megan…you two are so perfect…it's hard to believe you are real! But I am so glad you are…it sounds like you two were definitely created for each other–like two halves of a whole.

    All that you have both gone through…to bring you here. To this. To each other.

    I am all swoony over here!

    Absolutely beautiful post, Craig! Chole landed a keeper for sure! ;)

  84. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so much. Respect is paramount in our relationship and I appreciate that you chose that word. It was an incredible moment and one that I welcomed sharing on her blog (and ultimately with our children). Thanks for your kind words and the remembrance of my birthday!

  85. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    The beautiful thing about this memory is I can picture it as if it was yesterday. Sitting in the park only several hundred yards away from where Nichole was busy studying. It was filled with anticipation as I knew what the next 24 hours would hold in store for me. Thanks for visiting, the thoughtful words and the birthday wishes!

  86. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thanks so much, Scott. I've enjoyed getting to know you as well and I know that we both show our love for our significant others unabashedly. Yes, I am indeed lucky, as Nichole is the perfect woman for me who has brought me so much happiness. Thanks for coming by to read my words and share your thoughts….

  87. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Why thank you….that's incredibly sweet. It gave me goosebumps to write it again and transport myself back to that momentous day. I'm so appreciative to be able to share these words with all of you and especially, with my children one day. Thanks again!

  88. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    That is very sweet – thank you. It was truly a magical moment that I was able to have before taking Nichole away. With each petal, yet another reason why I knew I wanted to marry this woman passed through my thoughts and it was a very reflective moment. I am indeed blessed. Thanks for the words and the birthday wishes as well. :)

  89. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so kindly for your words. It really was a rewarding experience to write these memories down to share them on Nichole's blog. That woman, and all that she has brought to my life, makes me grin as well. Thanks for coming by and remembering my birthday!

  90. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    I am indeed lucky! Thank you so very much for your kind words. It was an incredible moment and one that I'm so thankful to share with Nichole's loyal readers. I appreciate you coming by and wishing me happy birthday!

  91. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Aww, thank you so very much, sweet Katie. I often reflect on the tough road we had to get to each other, which makes our union that much more magical. I am the one that landed the keeper. She has brought so much joy to my life I sometimes can't believe it.

    Thank you for your generous words and your sweet birthday wishes.

  92. Mom

    Happy Birthday, Craig. Love You! That was a beautiful post!!

  93. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so very much, Mom. For oh, so many things. First and foremost, though, for bringing your incredible daughter into this world and raising her to be the tremendous person she is. For that, I will always be grateful to you. And….I also remember the critical role you played that weekend. You know what I'm referring to and I wouldn't have done it any other way. So thank you for that…

    I love you. Thanks for the birthday wishes and for reliving that moment along side me.

  94. Tonya lettersforlucas.com

    This is a beautiful post! Katie and Matthew are so lucky to have you as parents. Sending you both all my love. xoxo

  95. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you for your kind words, Tonya. You've always been a dear friend and your generous words mean the world to me.

  96. Melissa confessionsofadmrom.com

    Oh.My.Goodness.

    Most beautiful post I've read in a long time. You two are such a wonderful couple and what a gift you are giving to your children by loving and supporting each other.

    Craig is an amazing writer too. It runs in the family.

    Happy Birthday to an amazing husband, father, and person :)

  97. What a beautiful, beautiful moment!

  98. gigi kludgymom.com

    Happy birthday..boy, 97 comments on your first post ever? You're a rock star blogger already…and obviously, a rock star husband, too!

  99. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Wow, I am beyond touched by your sweet and thoughtful comments. Respecting and supporting each other defines our every day.

    And I always thought I was a decent writer until Nichole started to flex her artistic muscle. She amazes me so much and I am extremely proud of her voice.

    Thank you so very much!

  100. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so much for coming by, reading and sharing your thoughts. It really means a lot to me!

  101. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so very much for coming by and commenting. Being that it was my birthday AND first post, I think folks have been *extremely* generous! I have tremendous respect for those (like you) that can produce like this all the time!

    I appreciate your birthday wishes and sweet comments!

  102. Mimi wovenbywords.blogspot.com

    First of all, happy birthday. What a sweet and loving tribute to your wife and your life together. What a wonderful way to propose to the love of your life. You are both blessed in amazing ways!! For this being your first post, you did an amazing job. The detail you gave really moved me to tears. Congrats to the two of you. =)

  103. @2bKate twitter.com/2bKate

    Amazing the both of you! I'm glad to know you two beautiful people :)

  104. Elaine misselaineouslife.com

    Wow, what an amazing moment you chose to tell us about Craig! Thank you for sharing the story with us from your perspective. You're such a romantic. And you are a beautiful couple in many ways… :-)

  105. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so much for the beautiful comment. I appreciate your generous words and that I was able to transport you back to that momentous day in our lives together. I am indeed blessed and was so happy to be able to capture this moment for our children to read one day. Thank you again!

  106. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    I appreciate you for coming by and taking the time to read my post! It was an amazing time in our lives. And SO not fair that Nichole's had the pleasure in meeting you! I hope to one day soon! ;)

  107. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Wow to you for your kind and generous thoughts. It truly was a magical day and one that I didn't know would quite happen as well as it did! My focus had mainly been on making sure I did right by the ring. That was such a chaotic and pressured situation that the proposal kind of snuck up on me. But I was so incredibly happy with how it all came together.

    Thank you again for coming by and leaving a sweet note!

  108. Kelly momgotblog.com

    So, so sweet. One always hears the girl side…it's nice to hear the guy's side…and you sooo earn points!! :)

    Hope you had a wonderful Birthday!

  109. Natalie mommyofamonster.com

    Swoon! Beautifully written, Craig! And it sounds like a perfect proposal.

  110. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    You are too kind, Kelly. Thank you so much for coming by and sharing your sweet comment.

    And I did have a fantastic day! :)

  111. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Aww, thanks Natalie! I was hoping you'd come by and share in my moment. I appreciate you coming by and being so kind.

  112. Jen

    So beautifully written and such a sweet proposal! You both deserve such perfect partners.

    Happy birthday. Mine is on Wednesday!

  113. Fadra

    I made it just in time to wish you a happy birthday! Like some said earlier, I almost felt like I was intruding when I was reading this. And while I'm happily married, I can't help but be a little envious of the two of you. Out of all the people in the world, you found each other. Beatiful.

  114. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I was so glad everything came together and the proposal I felt Nichole deserved was ultimately delivered. She is indeed my perfect partner!

    I'll seek you out on Wednesday, but Happy Birthday to you in advance. Thanks again for the wishes and coming by to share your kind words.

  115. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Aww, thank for coming by to read my words, wish me a happy birthday, and leave a sweet comment. I feel very lucky to have found my true love and to have built this life with her.

    And this moment was one I was proud to share. I cant wait for our children to read it one day and feel like they were there as well.

  116. JDaniel4's Mom

    I love that he wanted to make these moment so special. I also love that he was willing to share it with all of your readers.

  117. your love for each other is so obvious – real – deep – LOVE this!

  118. @elissapr twitter.com/elissapr

    I haven't checked in in awhile – and what a fabulous suprise to see @BooYahDad in this space! What a beautiful post – hope you'll be making cameo appearances from time to time…

  119. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Thank you for coming by and leaving a sweet comment! You know, so much focus had been on getting the ring right…..that I was so incredibly pleased that the proposal came together the way it did.

    I enjoyed sharing this moment on this blog, but candidly…I also look forward to the day when my children can read it and know how much I love their mother.

  120. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    It is indeed all those things you describe! Thank you for coming by and reading my words. This was a beautiful and treasured memory to retell to Nichole's amazing readers.

  121. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Aww, that's very sweet. This was an incredible moment to be able to share on Nichole's blog….I'm so touched that it was received well. Thank you so very much for coming by and leaving a sweet comment…..it's ones like these that will keep me coming back! :)

  122. That was absolutely beautiful… What a great man you have Nichole. And, he writes beautifully!! And, what a great proposal! :)

  123. @BooYahDad twitter.com/BooYahDad

    Wow, you're full of all kinds of sweetness. :) Thank you very much for your generous comments.

  124. I have been meaning to comment all week. What a wonderful moment to share. Sometimes I feel like young children, and their beautifully complex needs, become such a priority that we need to take a second to remember the love that brought said children into existence!

    How lucky for Matthew & Katie to grow up in a house with so much love (and writers who can record it in such a perfect way.)

  125. ~*Jess*~ straighttalkjess.com

    Craig, that was amazingly beautiful. I so admire yalls love for each other. Happy Birthday (belated).

  126. Peggy

    I am a little late reading this post, and WOW! It's beautiful and awesome. You hopeless romantic, you!

    That was not what I call a small moment. That was a big life changing moment, that forever changed your lives, til death do you part.

    So nice to see you both so in love. It warms this ol' aunt's heart. So glad you have eachother.

  127. Pamela

    Oh I love this. Tears. Wow. Awesome!

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