Engagement Ring No More
I’ll never forget the moment that Milton proposed to me. It was a wonderful experience. The traveling, bonding, and wedding planning have been extremely meaningful. But unfortunately something happened. Something I would have never imagined. It just wasn’t supposed to happen this way!
If you’ve seen me the past two weeks you have noticed that I haven’t worn an engagement ring. Well, here’s what happened. Back in January one of the small side diamonds fell out of my ring. Luckily it could be replaced for free, I just needed to mail it in. I also decided to have it resized from a 4 1/4 to a 4 1/2.
I mailed the ring on February 12 via registered mail. They said it would arrive February 15. I checked online 2/15, it had not arrived to it’s location. I checked again 2/16, 2/17 and 2/18 – still nothing. I became worried. Although it was registered mail, my engagement ring was either randomly lost somewhere in the US or a postal worker was sporting a nice rock. It finally arrived that Saturday.
All was well and Milton received an email saying the ring would arrive on February 22. Yippee! I was excited and even rearranged my schedule so I could be home to sign for it. The night before, Milton received a phone call and a follow up email. Here’s what it said – “Unfortunately it appears that your diamond was chipped during the production process. Our jewelers utilize the latest techniques and great care when we do any repairs and production on our pieces but on very rare occasions a diamond can chip under pressure during this process.” ARE YOU SERIOUS?!!
In other words, they messed up my diamond and my engagement ring is now in engagement ring heaven! Although I was very bothered, everyone was very helpful in assisting me in finding a substitute diamond. I hope to have a new ring on my hand in the next couple of days. I joked with Milton that I guess that means we are no longer engaged and he is now just my boyfriend. So if you see me ringless on my left ring finger, don’t fret. I’ll have new hardware soon. Team Yeager + Turner is still in motion!
M.Y. February 2011
Just the Right Spot
Our first date was on Valentine’s Day. It started out just relaxing at my place with both of us dressed in sweats. Once the evening came, we changed clothes to get ready for our night. I threw on a cute dress and some makeup and walked down to the basement to see if he was ready. Milton’s face lit up, our eyes locked and we shared our first kiss. The rest of the evening consisted of dinner and a Frankie Beverly and Maze concert. It was a Valentine’s Day that I will never forget.
Spring forward a couple of months. Milton calls at 1:30 in the morning. I am already asleep. I call him once I wake up and asked what is wrong. He says he needs to tell me something, but that he prefers to email it. I get nervous and think about all the negative things that he could tell me. As I opened the email, here is what I read, “I love you! I love you so much! I knew this since the first moment you stepped downstairs into your basement and we met eyes and kissed. I haven’t felt something so right before since I had shoes that fit. I have bottled my feelings up out of fear that I was moving too fast but now I’m going to let my heart take over for my fear. I need you! I knew this since our first conversation and you made me feel not only wanted, appreciated, and loved, but you make me feel like a king that you want to shine. I told you from the beginning that I could not promise the world overnight, and it may be scary that we both don’t know how the next few months or years of our lives might play out, but I know that the world is a lot less scarier place with you in it. The Lord never promised that life would be easy, in fact he promised that the road to glory would be hard; however, he always promised to be by our side in good and bad. I want to build a love with you that is unconditional and is strong no matter the weather”
And that was the beginning of our relationship. Milton helped comfort me through my low points (like not becoming a professional fitness competitor) and I tried to be equally supportive in his life (like studying for the Bar). I started working in the fitness industry and continue to build OnyxLouisville. He passed the Bar, was sworn in as a lawyer and already has a job. It seemed like regardless of what was happening in each of our lives, being there for each other was the overall constant that never disappeared.
Friday, October 22, 2010 was a regular day for me. Milton drove to Louisville and we went to the Bill Bellamy show at the Improv. We came back to my house and I took some of my clothes upstairs. As I walked back to the first floor, Milton was nowhere to be found. I called his name and he asked me to come in the basement. As I arrived on the bottom step, Milton stood in the same spot we had our first kiss. As he got on one knee, he talked about the difference I have made in his life and the future he wants us to have together. He asked me to marry him – OF COURSE I said yes…….
M.Y. October 2010