Finally had the opportunity to join in at Ottawa's Tuesdays Together last night after a few months away from home. We were talking all about networking amongst industry peers and collaboration. Our fears of what would happen if we opened ourselves up and reached out for help.
It was during their annual winter getaway in Cuba that it happened. Chris and Kaylea took an 11 day trip away from Canada’s dreaded cold to enjoy their favourite beach spots in Cayo Santa Maria. During one of their swims, Chris brought Kaylea over to the edge of the beach where the crystal blue waters merged into the white sparkling sand and wrote into the sand ‘Will you marry me?’ Simple. Sweet. And a complete surprise to Kaylea who had no clue that he would propose during their time away together!
She had a hunch that he was going to propose soon. Chris had spent a day farming with Gillian's dad, which was the first clue that something was going on. He also told her to go out and get her nails done for fun. Light bulb moment much? So, when Chris and Gillian went out for one of their hikes, a pastime they enjoy together, it was the perfect moment to ask Gillian to be his life companion. There were laughs, a downpour of rain and lots of happy memories that day.
Ali and I bought my engagement ring together. I was still a student and he had just started his first real job, so we saved what we could to get one made specially for me. A ruby for my birthday and a sapphire for his. We didn't have enough to get a matching band. But we said we'd buy one eventually.
Hayat is one lucky girl. To have a father like you, so caring, self-sacrificing, strong yet so gentle and compassionate. The way you smile at Hayat and repeat over and over again, ‘I can’t believe I’m a dad. I can’t believe we have Hayat.’ Our life. Our Hayat. You’ve always been such a loving, sensitive person. You emanate kindness towards your loved ones through your patient nature. You attract people who want to lead more meaningful lives, because you live purposefully every day.