October 29th, 2009
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages…Welcome to another almost perfect episode of The Thursday Blog, the only blog in history to be included on the rider for such bands as The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, U2, and Simply Red. Simply Red doesn’t tour anymore therefore does not get a rider but he still requests it if his wife asks him if he wants anything.
So for those of you who are new readers, welcome to the show. I am going to try and bring you up to speed. This blog is about life and all the wonderful joys and challenges that that topic brings. It is not necessary all about my life, but I use my life as a launch pad because it is the easiest thing to observe seeing as it is mine. So by reading this blog you may get an insight into how I am feeling, or the thoughts I am mulling over but not necessary what is happening in my life.
A few hard-core facts have been shared: (1) I am married to a beautiful Princess who has the ability to stop time with her presence, make the coldest heart warm, all while cooking a fantastic mac cheese. (2) We are expecting another child, our first to join us on the outside and it is due in only 8 days.
Because no doubt the next few episodes may be about the latter I want to give you a story about the first fact. I want to share the story of how we got engaged. Today’s episode is called.
“How a hopeful romantic gets a Princess to marry him”
Notice I said hopeful not hopeless. The difference is I was hopeful for something in the future that was special, loving, exciting, intimate and that feels sooooo good… You know what I am talking about……..that’s right……………. Marriage! Oh, what were you thinking??
It was a balmy afternoon in Darling Harbour, Sydney. Our amazing church had to hire the massive convention centre located there to have church because at Easter it is so packed they need to do something. My Princess and I had just finished attending a service and we were walking out onto the forecourt. At that point I asked her to close her eyes so that I could give her her Easter surprise. When she closed her eyes I ran away (what a man!!!)
As she opened her eyes there was standing a friend of hers with a single wrapped rose. She told my Princess what she loved about her, and how special she was. Then the friend gave her the rose and gave her a hug. After that had happened, behind her another friend was waving at her. She walked over to him and he said how much he appreciated her and gave her a rose and a hug. Then behind him were another 2 people ………
23 roses later she had completed a complete lap around the waters of Darling Harbour, gone over the bridge and ended up at a car park. She had seen so many important people in her life and they all let her know how special she was. The final five were in order of importance, being her pastors, then her best friend, and then her parents. Her parents told her to get in the car and drove her to a mystery location where I was standing armed with guitar. The darn thing was out of tune but I still managed to sing to her the only song I have ever written. Then I asked her a question: “Jasmine………. What do you envision for the future of our relationship?”
Now you might be thinking “what a strange question”. She was thinking the same thing, so let me explain. While we were dating we found a book called “101 Questions to ask before you get Engaged”. This was something important to us and we decided to meet up every week specifically to go through it. Well we thought it would only take 6 months max but the questions were very deep sometimes, that it took an hour to get though 3 questions. So a year later we hadn’t finished. We were close; we had 5 questions to go. So the night before I was going to propose, I called her up and said I had some leadership questions that I wanted to go through with our leaders and I wanted us to answer them. So without her realising it we got to question 100. Therefore when I asked her what she envisioned for our future, I was asking her Question 101! When she said “Marriage”, I pulled out the book, showed her that we had finished it, then threw it away, got down on one knee and asked her to marry me.
I can’t remember what she said………. I think it was yes
And now that Princess lies beside me, wrapped in a cocoon of beauty with our child moving around inside of her. Our dreams are coming true and our family is growing.