Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ah yes, about that surprise

Chelsea and I met 7 years ago, on a little site called Myspace. You may have heard of it, as it was kind of popular at one time. I was at a point in my life, where I just wanted to meet some new friends around my age, that weren't already embroiled in the responsibilities of spouses and children. I may have been cruisin' for ladies too. It's a possibility. Anyhow, I read Chelsea's profile, and I took notice of her profession. It seemed like a coincidence, but I actually knew other folks in the same field. I had met a bunch of them at a party a few years before. I sent her a message, dropping names of the folks I knew, and sure enough, they were her friends and coworkers. Small world indeed.

It seems that it really is all in who you know, because that was my "in". Chelsea later told me that if I hadn't mentioned her friends, she probably would have just deleted my message. I guess she had to deal with a lot of creepers over the years. The joke's on her, she's still dealing with one now ;-).  Chelsea asked one of her coworkers if they knew me, and as it turns out, we had gone to the same party all those years ago.  She even gave Chelsea a rather unflattering photo of me. It certainly wouldn't be the last one.

For example

After chatting on the phone for a couple of weeks, I asked her if she'd like to go get a coffee one day. She accepted my invitation, and we met up soon after that. We met one day in December of 2006, and made the drive down the road in my beat up old Ford, her nervous as can be, with me not even thinking about this being anything other than two friends grabbing a cup of coffee. As it turns out, the coffee shop was closed that day. We were at a loss for what to do, until I mentioned that I used to work at a vineyard, and that they had wine tastings there. I'm not sure if things would have turned out differently if that coffee shop had been open that day, but I can't help but think the wine assisted me that day.

We started seeing more and more of each other, until we made our relationship official in February of 07. Since then, we've had our share of adventures:

There's been plenty of laughter, a bit of crying, and our fair share of arguments. We've always worked through things though, and come out stronger on the other side. She's always there to support me, and is always ready to offer some encouraging words. Chelsea truly made me feel like the luckiest man in the world.

It was for this reason, I decided several months ago that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. The past few weeks I have been agonizing over how I was going to propose, when I decided it should happen in the same place we had our first date. I often joked about doing it in a public place, surrounded by all of our friends, but I've seen that backfire too many times. It's always hilarious, until you're the one left kneeling there.

It was a perfect afternoon. Chilly, but sunny, and we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves. As nervous as I've been the past few weeks, I figured I would be freaking out today. Surprisingly, I felt calmer than I had in a long time. Maybe it's because I knew I was making the best decision of my life. I'm sure you can already guess it, but she said yes. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't have gone through the trouble of typing all of this. It still feels a little surreal, and I almost expect to wake up tomorrow and find it's all been a dream.

Here's a photo of my future wife and I, enjoying our wine and cider after the proposal. She looks happy, but I think she may have still been in a state of shock when we took this picture. Honestly, I think I was too.   Scratch that, I still am.

So, it would seem that my Christmas season is off to a great start. I plan on doing a Christmas fallout thread either tomorrow or Thursday, then I'm going to take a couple of weeks off from blogging. I'll still be around though, so feel free to shoot me a comment or an email. Until then, a Merry Christmas to you all, and to all a good night.


  1. Congrats guys and Merry Christmas to the future Mr. and Mrs. Mapp. : )

    1. Thank you John. Merry Christmas to you as well.

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    1. Thank you Eric. I hope you and yours have a great Christmas as well!

  3. Beautiful photos, Chris, and congratulations! :D

  4. Love it! Congratulations Chris & Chelsea!


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