Seven Years Plus Our Newspaper
|Us in May 2012 at JDRF Indiana Gala.|
The sentiment remains unchanged since I'd last posted on our anniversary, at the five-year mark.
But as I do every year, I sit back on this special day and re-read the newspaper I created to propose nearly a decade ago now (March 2003). This full eight-page broadsheet is the one I spent about three months creating back in late 2002 and early 2003, writing my own stories, editing and designing, selling ads to pay for the whole thing, and recruiting a roll of writers made up of family and friends. All of them keeping the upcoming marriage proposal a secret, of course!
I still remember staying out late at night, telling you they were late nights in my real paycheck-providing newsroom job when in fact they were spent at my old college newspaper stomping grounds putting this paper together.
It was tough, but it all paid off.
This year, I realized (once again) the full newspaper wasn't posted anywhere online. Sure, I have a couple dozen copies left over from the 1,000 created for that night and beyond. And every one of those eight pages has been framed for our home's hallway, to display to those who might want to look at them.
But they haven't been in the blogosphere or shared fully, except maybe a few snapshots shared between friends. Well, now that changes.
Our newspaper hits the 21st century blogosphere, for the entire online universe to see as it may want to (likely clicking on the images themselves, to make them show up in readable sizes...)
The Daily News, Engagement Edition. Created for the proposal event on March 15, 2003.
Link to Front Page Proposal story. And the Page 2 jump.
Link to Question Stuns Crowd story.
Link to Speech story. And Page 2 jump.
How'd we catch each others' eye? Here's a Christmas 2002 account of those initial impressions...
Link to the Page 2 story on Sustaining Surprise.
|Inside Spread, Pages 4-5|
|Written by one of Mike's good friends from high school. (Click for bigger image)|
Link to In the Beginning, a story of Us on Page 6.
Link to Page 6 story 9/11 emails between Mike & Suzi
|Back Page (The Ad Page)|
Happy Anniversary, my love.
Our story continues, and I'm honored to have the chance to live it with you.
A fantastic post Mike for all "dyed in the wool" romantics out there and from personal observation, a more fantastic couple you'd struggle to meet.
Thanks for sharing your story here. The time I spent with Suzi and yourself in Indy will forever be one of my most treasured memories.
Now to make it back there for some advice for a struggling single old Australian man I know...
Congrats on seven years! Happy anniversary!
Congrats on 7 years...here's to many healthy, happy years of memories yet to come! CHEERS!!!!!!
Happy Anniversary to you both!!!