Today I have the delightful chance to write about a deep and wonderful joy.
Yes, Laura and I are engaged!
There are no words adequate for this kind of occasion, but there is a picture that gets close:
I never imagined a person could find a friend so wonderful, a person that enjoys so much in common, someone that understands me and that I understand so well. And yet, here I am, engaged to that friend. “Amazing” only begins to describe the feeling.
One of the first things Laura and I talked about was a hymn I was tinkering with, typesetting with GNU LilyPond. That hymn ends like this:
“Since Love is Lord of heav’n and earth, how can I keep from singing?”
It is a wonderful thought, and very true. Even literally true; I often find myself singing, humming, or playing the penny whistle during my day.
One of my good friends once told me, “I am completely sure that your happiest days lie ahead of you.” And he was right. I have already experienced them. This is a wonderful time, and every day brings plentiful reasons to be thankful. And as Laura and I prepare for a life together, I know that it is true not only that my friend was right, but that he is right — my happiest days are yet to come, and our happiest days are yet to come, too.
I have been blessed in many ways, and feel like the luckiest man alive.
To be loved, and to love, a person so wonderful is truly a remarkable gift.