Maxine and Vinny

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How We Met

WE MET ON MAY 10TH, 2013 AT THE PIG-N-WHISTLE IN NYC, DURING THIS TIME I WAS LIVING IN CONNECTICUT AND VINNY WAS LIVING IN FLORIDA. VINNY WAS UP NORTH FOR A BUSINESS TRIP AND WAS MEETING UP WITH HIS BEST FRIEND/COUSIN STEFANO AND HIS AMAZING GIRLFRIEND MIRANDA IN NYC, BUT HE WAS FLYING BACK TO FLORIDA THE VERY NEXT DAY. MY BEST FRIEND LIZ AND I HAD TAKEN THE TRAIN INTO THE CITY THAT NIGHT TO ALSO MEET UP WITH FRIENDS.

FATE THEN STEPPED IN AND IT ENDED UP BEING A NIGHT TO REMEMBER THAT CAUSED VINNY TO MISS HIS FLIGHT BACK HOME THE NEXT MORNING. WE INSTANTLY CONNECTED AND SPENT THE NIGHT GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER WHILE PULLING PRANKS ON STRANGERS AND LAUGHING THE ENTIRE TIME. WE TALKED EVERY DAY AFTER THAT UNTIL VINNY’S NEXT BUSINESS TRIP UP NORTH WHERE WE DECIDED TO TRY A LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP. IT TURNED INTO A FULL YEAR OF SKYPE AND FACETIME SESSIONS ALONG WITH VINNY’S MANY EXTENDED BUSINESS TRIPS UP NORTH AND MY MONTHLY WEEKEND TRIPS TO FLORIDA (THAT ALWAYS INVOLVED ME CHANGING MY FLIGHTS FOR AT LEAST 1 MORE DAY WITH VINNY).

BY THE END OF 2013 WE DECIDED THAT WE COULD NO LONGER LIVE APART AND CAME TO AN AGREEMENT THAT VINNY WOULD COME BACK TO CONNECTICUT FOR A YEAR AND THEN WE WOULD START A LIFE TOGETHER DOWN IN FLORIDA. IN MAY OF 2014 (A YEAR AFTER MEETING) VINNY MOVED BACK UP TO CONNECTICUT AND MOVED IN WITH ME AND WE SPENT THE FOLLOWING 10 MONTHS ENJOYING THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY AROUND US. WE THEN PURCHASED A LOT OF LAND IN FLORIDA AND STARTED TO DREAM ABOUT THE HOUSE WE WOULD BUILD AND THE FAMILY WE WOULD START (INCLUDING THE NAMES OF OUR CHILDREN).

IN JANUARY OF 2015 WE WERE APPROVED FOR A CONSTRUCTION MORTGAGE TO START BUILDING A HOUSE ON OUR LOT ON THE WATER AND THE NEXT MONTH I ACCEPTED A JOB OFFER DOWN IN FLORIDA TO START APRIL 6TH. WE THEN MOVED DOWN TO FLORIDA ON MARCH 28TH, PREPARED AND EXCITED TO SPEND THE REST OF OUR LIVES TOGETHER IN PARADISE. VINNY THEN PROPOSED ON MARCH 31ST, 2015.

How He Asked

 

WE MOVED DOWN TO FLORIDA ON MARCH 28TH, 2015 (WHERE WE DROVE FOR 24 HOURS STRAIGHT WITH A 17  FT U-HAUL, 13 FT TRAILER AND OUR SWEET DOG ANDRE). WE SPENT THE FOLLOWING FEW DAYS UNPACKING AND GETTING SETTLED IN TO THE HOUSE WE WOULD BE LIVING IN FOR THE NEXT YEAR WHILE OUR NEW HOUSE IS BEING BUILT. ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31ST WE DECIDED TO TAKE A RELAXING DAY FOR OURSELVES AND SPEND IT DOING WHAT WE LOVE, TAKING THE BOAT OUT TO A LITTLE PRIVATE ISLAND.

VINNY DROVE HIS BOAT TO CAYO COSTA WHERE HE ANCHORED IT ON THE BEACH AND I THEN PROCEEDED TO DO  WALK ALONG THE WATERS EDGE COLLECTING SEASHELLS AND ADMIRING ALL THE BEAUTIES OF MOTHER NATURE. VINNY SUDDENLY PULLED AN OYSTER OUT OF THE WATER TO MY EXCITEMENT AS HE ASKED ME IF HE SHOULD OPEN IT. I OF COURSE SHOUTED YES AND WHEN HE DID I SAW A BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT LITTLE PEARL. I STARTED LOSING MY MIND AS I COULDN’T BELIEVE AN OYSTER COULD PRODUCE SUCH A THING OF BEAUTY AND THAT VINNY BY CHANCE FOUND ONE. I JUMPED FOR JOY AND QUICKLY PUT THE PEARL IN A SAFE PLACE ON THE BOAT.

I THEN JUMPED BACK INTO THE WATER AND VINNY ASKED ME IF WE SHOULD FIND ANOTHER. I OF COURSE SAID YES AS I START LOOKING WITH A SENSE OF CHILDHOOD URGENCY AND EXCITEMENT. THEN AS WE WERE WALKING SIDE BY SIDE ALONG THE WATER EDGE VINNY PULLS OUT ANOTHER OYSTER FROM THE WATER. WITH IMPATIENT EXCITEMENT I WATCHED AS VINNY OPENS THE OYSTER AND I SEE NOT ONLY ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL PEARL INSIDE BUT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL RING I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE.

ABSOLUTELY STUNNED MY BREATH WAS TAKEN AWAY AS MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS THAT WE JUST HAPPENED TO FIND SOMEONE ELSE’S RING. BUT THEN VINNY PICKED UP THE RING AND PUT IT ON MY FINGER AND ASKED, “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” I STARTED TO CRY AND SHAKE AND COULDN’T EVEN SPEAK THE WORDS YES, I JUST NODDED MY HEAD IN EXCITEMENT AND WE KISSED FOR THE FIRST TIME AS AN ENGAGED COUPLE.

I WAS SO SURPRISED AND IN SUCH SHOCK AS WE SAT ON THE BEACH AND I STARED AT THE RING MY FUTURE HUSBAND HAD GIVEN ME. LIFE WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME AND WE COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. IT WAS THE BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES
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11951620_10153231196078049_6026935260093112010_o…SO FAR…

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