This is K- "Mr. Plant Lady"! She has asked me to share a couple of short, funny things about our engagement in Washington, DC.
Before I do so, I want to say just how much she has enjoyed getting to know each of you. A real highlight of her day is to post her blog entry and read your responses and to visit your blogspots as well. We both appreciate your prayers and I am thankful for the way you encourage her!
Now, two funny things that happened on our engagement trip to Washington, DC:
As she explained, this was a trip with a schoolmate and friend of mine, his wife and three children. Of course, when you pack 7 people in a single vehicle (even though it was a large SUV), there is very little room for luggage. I had one of the larger, hard side suitcases so my friend and I decided we would strap it and a couple of other pieces of luggage to the roof of the Ford Expedition. Seemed like a great idea at the time. But, after about 2 hours on the road, I realized I had packed the engagement ring inside my suitcase. I remember a feeling of panic come over me as I realized that if the suitcase blew off, my whole life savings would be gone - well, not really, but it was a major investment! I could not wait for our next "pit stop" to make sure the suitcase was still there. I was on the edge of my seat the remaining five hours of the trip - until I finally had the suitcase and its valuable contents back in my possession.
The second thing that happened may have been related to the first, but I am not sure. It may have been the stress of the whole situation! Once my friend, his son and I settled down in our hotel room for the evening, I could not get to sleep. I could feel and hear my heart beating in my temples. The longer I lay there the louder it seemed to get. At that point, I believe fear was the culprit. I decided to get dressed and go to the front desk and ask if there was a hospital nearby. Well, when I asked that, the young front desk clerk started to panic. He called 9-1-1 and very soon some of Northern Virginia's finest first-responders showed up. They hooked me to an EKG heart monitor that showed everything to be fine - just my overactive imagination. Needless to say when I told my friend and Plant Lady about the ordeal, they got a big laugh. To this day, she still has the printout of the EKG report in her scrapbook as reminder of my "nervous gitters."
So, enough from me! I am going to leave the storytelling to the "professionals." Thanks for allowing me to share a little.
God bless you all!
Mr. Plant Lady