I came down from Arkansas and arrived in Oxford early early Monday morning. I was exhausted, and slept until after 2pm! Stu and I decided to go to one of our favorite restaurants, Texas de Brazil, in Memphis. We try to eat there 2-3 times a year. It is so good!
|Memphis Main Street Trolley|
|Texas de Brazil Memphis|
Texas de Brazil is included in the courtyard that includes the main entrance to the Peabody Hotel. On our way out to the street, Stu said, "Hey, why don't we go to the roof of the Peabody for a while?" I thought that was a great idea. It is beautiful up there. It is a popular place for rooftop parties, weddings, fancy dinners, etc, and has beautiful views of Memphis, and the Mississippi River.
We were looking at the New and Improved Duck House and the beautiful views when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw Stu fiddling around in his pocket. I continued to look out over the city as I wondered to myself what he was doing. Then I saw him take a knee slightly behind me. I was stunned! I couldn't move! He finally called my name when he realized I wasn't turning around!
|The Peabody Hotel, Memphi|
And I said something dumb in my shocked state like, "Are we really doing this?" In my shocked state, what I really meant was, "Oh my goodness! This is such a wonderful surprise!"
Stu smiled and nodded to my open mouthed gasp and continued to say, "Jacey, I would like to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?"
|The Duck House on the roof of The Peabody|
My mind wondered back to how I always thought I would burst into tears immediately at the sight of Stu on his knee with that magical black box. In his nervousness, Stu had placed the ring into my palm instead of onto my ring finger. I looked deep into the face of the man I loved, the man I couldn't imagine spending life without, and I said, "Yes!" At the utterance of that magical answer, the flood of tears I had expected arrived. We hugged, and kissed, and laughed, and I cried, and then I smiled.
|The view from the Peabody Hotel rooftop|
My smile lasted the remainder of the evening. We rode the Trolley around the Main Street Loop. I didn't even know where we were. We called family members. I smiled. I told Stu how I felt like shouting to everyone we passed that we had just gotten engaged. He said please don't. I continued to smile. I stared at my gorgeous vintage style ring. I joked about none of my patients having eyes after I cared for them from either being blinded by my diamonds, or being knocked out by them.
Stu told me he had driven to Flippin last Wednesday to meet with my Dad and ask for my hand in person over dinner at the 178 Club in Bull Shoals. I recalled that my Dad had told me he had a business dinner at Western Sizzlin' in Mountain Home. I had felt sorry for him, and Mom and I ate macaroni and cheese and fish sticks. I had been in bed by 6pm that night.
|The inside of the Trolley|
I called my parents and they asked how he had proposed and told me how they knew about the secret. I stared at my ring and smiled. We called grandparents, siblings, and best friends. I smiled. We drove back to Oxford, smiling and talking. I never had thought it possible until that night, but the muscles in my face that allowed me to smile were hurting. I kept on smiling, as I was completely incapable of doing anything else.
In Batesville, MS we got a flat tire. We continued to smile, and it was fixed in less than 10 mins. We made a joke about trying out for a NASCAR pit crew. When we got home, we made the engagement "Facebook Official," and got excited by all the comments we were receiving.
|2 Very Happy People!|
Throughout the week, I have visited friends, seen the dentist, and still can't believe I am engaged. I look at my hand constantly, in between bites of food and looking online at wedding things. I forget my phone. I lose my computer. I don't remember what I had been doing 3 seconds before. All I think about is how excited I am to be the future Mrs. Edwards.
I have wanted to blog for a while now. I love reading other blogs, and never felt I had anything to blog about. I hope to use my blog as a memoir to Stu and my journey to our new life. I hope you enjoy coming along with us! It won't always be fun and games, but it will be fantastic, no matter what!