THIS IS NOT AN APRIL FOOL'S JOKE!
I got to Butte Thursday early afternoon and Dave was waiting for me as I came off of the airplane. It is a small airport so there aren't the hassles of trying to pick someone up. It was so good to see him! I had really missed him even though it had been just a week since he was in Gilbert.
It was REALLY cold, but we got to his house and I was nice and warm. His house is older, but is very well taken care of and has an incredible view of Butte and the mountains.
Dave told me that he had made a reservation for us to go to dinner at the restaurant at the Copper Kings hotel. He had told me about it and with so many of the similarities between Butte and my southern Arizona copper roots, I was glad to go there.
When we got there, our table wasn't quite ready so we sat at the bar and had a drink.
When we got to the table, we had just started looking at the menu when one of the ladies who worked there, came up with a camera and asked him if he was ready. I wasn't sure what was going on, but Dave handed me a wrapped package. I opened it and in it was the most beautiful rose gold Claddaugh ring. Dave got down on his knee and asked me to marry him. The ladies took pictures and clapped and I (of course) cried.
I knew that there was a chance that he was going to ask me, but it truly caught me by surprise.
The ring is absolutely beautiful. It is rose gold which is made with copper. And the fact that it is a Claddaugh means more than anything. It was too big and he wanted me to pick out the stone so on Friday morning we went to the jewelry store. I picked out an emerald to go on it and I am just hoping that it will be done before I leave on Thursday.
Of course, I called my kids, Cameron, Judy and several other family and friends. I have asked Patrick and Cameron to give me away and Kerri will be the maid of honor. Judy wants to be the flower girl so I am thinking Diego and Seamus can be the ring bearers and Judy came bring them on the leash!!!!
We called Shawn McIntosh and asked him if he would perform the service and then Dave called Shane and asked for my hand. It was great. Shane said as long as we didn't move to Montana.
I am still wondering if I am going to wake up and this will have been a dream......
Here is some information on the history of the Claddaugh and why it means so much to me that it was what he picked out.
The Claddaugh is the traditional Irish ring that represents love, loyalty and friendship. The hand represents friendship, the heart represents love and the crown represents loyalty. They are most commonly used as engagement and wedding rings.
The ring is worn with the intention of conveying the wearer's status. It is worn on the left hand with the heart pointing towards the finger tips when the wearer is engaged and then is changed to the heart pointing towards the wrist when the wearer is married.
I love that Dave did what he did and was so romantic and continues to be one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met.
We have tentatively set May 5 as the wedding day. We are hoping to have everything at our house in Gilbert. Will do more planning as soon as I get back.
Dave has to get his marriage annulled through the church which is very important to him. He has already talked to the priest and set the wheels in motion. I had mine annulled years ago and I am good to go. Our plans are now to get the marriage blessed here in Butte as soon he gets it annulled.
I love this wonderful man with all of my heart. I never expected to feel this way and never dreamed that it would happen to me. We have so much in common and I absolutely love being with him.
We will keep his house here and spend time here in the summer. But the majority of the year will be in Gilbert. He wants to be able to golf as much as possible and the cold in Butte is bad for his back.
I absolutely believe that this was not a coincidence and I believe that my dear Aunt Teresa may have had something to do with it!!
What a gift I have been given! I love you, Dave Uggetti, with my whole heart and soul and I am so thankful that you have come into my life!!!!!!