Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My Best Moment

My favorite thing about blogging is that it helps me remember moments. It's my time capsule, and reminds me to appreciate and record the little things, which in reality, are the big things. As Cesare Pavese put it, "We do not remember days, we remember moments" and I only wish I'd started blogging about my moments sooner. Our two-year wedding anniversary is coming up and I've been nostalgic, watching our wedding video and looking through the photos, remembering all the love, laughter, and tear-filled pieces of that amazing day. It was truly the happiest day of my life. But I've been thinking, if I had to pick one single life moment as my all-time favorite, it would be the moment we got engaged.

Flavio's proposal was perfect. On a whim, Flavio declared he wanted to go to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He is not  Mr. Surprises, but I was thrilled by this totally out-of-character move, and a few days later we were off to the white-sand beaches of Vallarta. When we arrived, our taxi pulled up to an incredible private villa overlooking the sparkling blue ocean. I could not believe my eyes - or the fact that my then-boyfriend had organized such a luxe, out-of-the-blue getaway, and without any real reason to celebrate.  {Note: It never occurred to me that he would propose. Flavio and I had been together for over 9 years at that point, and I had given up on any hope of a proposal. I was also so enthralled by the present moment that I really didn't have time to guess about his motives.} After taking a dip in the villa's rooftop pool (!), we decided to walk down to pick up tacos and cold beer. When we got back up to the roof with our dinner, Flavio said he had to go to the bathroom. I was mesmerized by the golden sunset and too busy adding salsas to my tacos to notice that Flavio had returned and had quietly gotten down on one knee. When I looked over, he was holding up a beautiful ring and had tears in his eyes. He said many sweet things, and then asked me to marry him. I was in shock. And beyond thrilled. And shouted, YES!  We cried, laughed and hugged. We were excited to share the news with friends and family, but decided to keep it to ourselves for that magical moment. We emerged into a perfectly warm, star-filled night. Just the two of us, alone in paradise.

What is your best moment? I'd love to hear.

{Photo note: Sadly, we do not have photos of our engagement night. It was just us and no camera around. The photo above is from our honeymoon to Malaysia in 2011.}


  1. Aw, this is soo sweet! congrats all over again!!

    My best moment was holding my baby girl for the first time. Beyond happiness!

  2. Oh, how sweet! Thank you for sharing. :)

  3. Gosh... SO many "best" moments haha. I'd say the first time my now-husband and I "fought". It was so small, so quick, so painless and he apologized before I even really got started. Then it was over and I thought, "... Is that it? Was that our first fight? Wow this is going to be healthy relationship!" haha


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