It was the evening of our 11th anniversary, and we had just returned home from work. The plan was for us to go out for dinner to celebrate our 11 wonderful years together, and have a date night. I got dinner ready for Rob’s Dad (he lives with us), and then away we went.
As we are driving to the restaurant, I noticed that we were deviating from the typical route. I asked Rob “Where are we going?”, to which he informed me we just had to make a quick stop. We began to pull into the parking lot of the coffee shop where we had our very first date 11 years ago. My stomach fluttered as it always does when Rob does something romantic. I explained to him the coffee shop has been closed down for a couple of years now, and he said that he knew but wanted to come to where “it all began”. Then he parked and turned to me and began to speak.
“This is where it all started 11 years ago, and everyday I love you more. This has been a long time coming, and I should have done it years ago”. At this point he began to reach into his pocket (I began having an internal dialogue..OMG is this it? Is he proposing?). He pulled out a ring box, opened it to the perfect ring and said in the most confident tone “Will you marry me?”. My response? Well.. it wasn’t as I had rehearsed for the past 11 years. I responded with “Shut your mouth!” Then a “Yes”.
Rob proceeded to explain that we have been planning and talking about a baby since we first got together. Everything we have accomplished together was so that we could be ready and provide a baby with the best life and love possible. He further explained that he knew it was important to me that we were married as well when we finally start our family. He then said “Its time, lets find our baby”.
I began to cry. We have built our home with a huge backyard, for our future child. We have grown our careers to a very successful point, so we would be ready to provide our child with all of the opportunities. Along the way, we held off on starting the process because I wanted everything to be perfect for our future child.
It was then, in that moment in the vehicle, looking into Rob’s eyes that I realized everything WAS perfect. It was time.. time for us to grow our family, and time to truly make our lives complete with a child and share the love that we have.
So begins our journey. This blog will chronicle our journey, and eventually our lives as fathers.