Ain't Love Grand
Well it seems congratulations are in order. Congratualtions, Dominic and Laura!
They just got engaged to be married.
I have mentioned my neice in the occasional previous blog entry. She is my brother's oldest daughter.
This past year she became a member of the bar in North Carolina and made plans to move to Australia to be with her beau ( was never quite sure how to refer to him. He certainly is her significant other. I prefer the word "paramour". They have solved this difficulty for me for he is now her fiance.)
Dominic, the fiance, is an Australian. I believe they met in Europe a few years ago. This past year he hung around Charlotte, NC, but missed our family reunion so I have yet to meet him.
A couple of months ago, Laura moved to Australia, on the strength of her own qualifications and her Canadian passport. She has been going through a process of getting used to Australia again ( for she had spend time there previously as part of her training to become a lawyer) and, currently, she is preparing to qualify for the bar in that country.
A short while ago, I read in Laura's blog that they were planning a trip to Thailand. My thought at the time was , "Gee, she just got to Australia and now they are going for a visit to Thailand?
Must be nice! Well it turned out there was reason in their madness. (If you would like to see how the other half live and visit the Thai resort http://www.sarojin.com/overview_gallery.html
This evening I got the letter announcing their engagement. Here is a little of it.
"Dominic and I just got back from a trip to Thailand. Last Thursday Dominic proposed to me on the beach. He said he wanted to go for a walk to watch to sun set but as we were leaving it started to rain very lightly. We took our umbrellas with us, and as we were walking along there was a little thunder in the far off distance so he asked me to join him under a tree that was hanging over the beach. There under the tree and with the umbrellas enveloping us and the waves and setting sun behind us he proposed. It was so romantic.
He said he designed the ring himself. It's a 1.75 carat brilliant cut ring with three rows of small diamonds along a white gold band. He was so excited to give it to me."
Laura is fairly low key so I suspect, Dominic wasn't the only one excited!!
I am sure the whole family is pleased for them.
No one is suprised at this development. I knew a couple of years ago when Laura wrote me that Dominic offered to pay off her school debt of $100,000. "Marry him before he changed his mind!" was my reaction.
They probably will come to North Carolina to get married, which I am sure will please my brother and sister-in-law and her sisters, Heather and Andrea.
It seems nice things do happen to nice people.