So.....I just don't have a good picture for this, so I guess I am going to have to do it in a thousand words (that should equal one picture, right?). Part of why I don't have a great picture is that K came down with the flu and life revolved around getting her to the doctor and better as quickly as possible.
First, vacation was wonderful. I had a great time with CK's family. They treated me as if I already belonged and I felt sooooooooooooo at home. I love them already and I am so grateful. We had some bumps in the road due to a stomach bug and nasty roads, but it worked out in the end. I didn't get as many days with my in-laws as I had planned and that is a big bummer. When I got there, though, I realized yet again how much I love them, how I missed them, and how grateful I am that we have all chosen to remain family, even through the divorce. It was AWESOME to see my kids again. I had missed them a lot. It was okay, though. I think it was easier than any of the four of us expected.
We came home to do "Christmas" with CK and A. We opened gifts and enjoyed being together. After all the gifts were opened, CK asked us all to sit on the couch to take a family picture. He set his camera on self timer and then came over to us. Instead of joining us for the picture, however, he got down on one knee, explained how much he loved me and my kids, how much A loved me and how we belonged as a family. He then pulled out a gorgeous ring and asked me to marry him. I said "YES!" I love him. I loved that our kids were included in our proposal, that they will always have that memory of "Dad" proposing to "Mom." I feel so taken care of my a loving Heavenly Father that has sent me this man and worked everything out according to HIS timing.
So, we are engaged. We are going to be married and sealed in the Temple, so we don't have a date yet. We were both sealed to our former spouses and have to wait for clearances to have those canceled so we can be sealed to each other. We also have to wait for CK to find a job here. It is so exciting, yet still a waiting game.
The wonderfully ironic thing is...we got engaged on New Year's Eve. This is the day that my divorce was final in 2009. A lot can change in a year!