This is going to be a short post, well….maybe not so short. I’ve got so much to do and only three days to do it all in.
Download a ton of photos from my little digital camera, my iPhone, and a bit of video from the digital camera. Sort through the stuff and get one of the photo sessions up to YouTube.
We got to spend some time with our California daughter and our Arizona daughter. It was really great seeing them and spending time with them. I so enjoyed both girls. I’m so proud of them.
My Arizona daughter and I played around with paper and glue while I visited with her. She is making an “Engagement” squash book for a friend of hers. The story of this engagement is a mix of “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “Bridget Jone’s Diary”. While it is still fresh in my head – that is an oxymoron if there ever was one. I don’t have a mind like a steel trap. Being over tired was of no help either but I do remember most of what my daughter told me.
If you remember….all this YouTube and blogging stuff came about mainly because of Carissa (my Arizona daughter). She is getting into paper crafting but lives so far from me that the only way I could “teach” her was by videos instead of being right next to her. I finally had the chance to do that and it was so much fun.
Okay…here is the story.
Kevin and Kristine (I remember his name but am a bit fuzzy on her’s. It begins with a “K” anyway).
Kevin and Kristine met in school and became friends. At the age of 15 they were “best friends”. Kristine told Kevin everything going on in her life and he did the same with her. They shared the ups and downs of school, being teens, and trying to figure out what they wanted to do with their lives when they grew up.
Kevin was interested in music and wanted a career in that field, while Kristine found her passion in missions and being of service to others. He wanted to make and play music, she wanted to travel the world and help out where she could.
Kevin asked Kristine to be his date at the Senior Prom and she went with him. On that date he pronounced his love for her and wanted them to be exclusive. Kristine, however, had no such feelings for Kevin other than friendship and told him so. He was crushed but he figured that having her in his life as a friend was better than not having her at all so they continued the friendship over the next 10 years. Kristine in far flung places like Africa or China while Kevin stayed in the United States. They wrote each other, emailed when she could get near a computer, and they talked on the telephone sometimes. Meeting up with each other and catching up on everything when they were in the same town for an extended period of time kept the friendship on solid ground.
A couple years ago Kristine met a man that she fell in love with. This man (I don’t know if Carissa told me his name or not) proposed marriage to Kristine and she accepted. The problem was she had a mission trip scheduled and would be away for almost a year. This guy said he would wait for her so off she went. Still talking to Kevin she told him of this new phase of her life and being engaged to marry someone other than Kevin. Gulp. What a crusher that must have been.
Kristine did her mission time in Swaziland (I think Carissa told me that – course I could have nodded off then). Upon her return home after a year and meeting her betrothed she found that he had changed his mind and he didn’t think it would work out between them. Approximately three months after that he married some other girl.
Kristine turned to the only person that had been there for her and laid out all her hurts and sorrows. Kevin listened and consoled her best he could and he continued to be a part of her life – and even more so between the times of being dumped and the wedding of her former fiance.
Kristine then began thinking of Kevin in a different way. He had grown to be such a part of her life that she felt he needed to be in her life and not just as a friend. When she broached the matter with Kevin he sweetly declined her offer and told her that his music career was going in a direction that would take a lot of time away from each other.
Kristine was hurt but she, too, wanted to keep the friendship since it had become a major part of her life.
One day Kevin brought a cigar box with stuff in it to Kristine. He asked her to keep it for him while he was away on tour. Inside the box was an old fashioned pocket watch among other things. Kristine agreed to keep it safe for his return.
They continued to speak daily or send emails and he told her of his time on tour and she told him what she was doing in her life. He told her that when he returned from his tour he wanted to take her somewhere very special. There are things I’m leaving out because I don’t remember much of this part. Hopefully I can get Carissa to tell the story since she has been a part of their friendship for a while and knows all that went on.
Anyway, upon Kevin’s return he made reservations at a very nice restaurant with romantic lighting. He and the server had worked out some details before hand so things would go as he planned them to. Dinner was served, conversation bloomed, and they both enjoyed themselves very much.
The server came to ask if they would like dessert, both Kevin and Kristine declined. The server then presented a tray with the cigar box on it and held it out for Kevin to pick up off the tray. Kristine wanted to know how he had got it from her home without her knowing it. Kevin glossed over that bit of information and steered her where he wanted things to go.
Kevin said to Kristine “Our relationship has been under your nose for the past 10 years. This box has been under your nose for the past 4 months. Have you looked in the box?” Kristine said she had glanced through it but had not really looked in it.
Kevin took the old pocket watch out of the box and opened it. Nestled inside was an engagement ring. The ring had been in the pocket watch and the cigar box all this time.
Well, yes to end this story, Kristine accepted Kevin’s proposal of marriage. May they be blessed with many years of shared happiness and love.
As an aside, Carissa told me that Kevin was so romantic in his proposal and the party after dinner where he had invited all of their friends to share in this special time with them. According to Carissa most of the married women friends of Kristine had a bit of something to say to their husbands about wishing they were as romantic as Kevin was.
I’m going to be putting up a video of the bit of work that Carissa and I did on the engagement squash book. We began it together, she will finish it on her own. It is all photographs but I’m hoping that some of the techniques we used will inspire you to create something or used one of the techniques in a project of your own.
I had a great time getting a “Craft Fix” while I was away from home. Mostly I enjoyed the time I spent with my daughter actually showing her stuff and helping her when she had a question. Sure wish she lived closer to me…..