MY LOVE STORYâ€¦
Where do I begin to tell you how I got to the happiest place in my life??
Letâ€™s seeâ€¦up until seven years ago, I was single, I had never been married and I had no children (except for my handsome furry son, my German Shepherd, Mister Wilson). I always seemed to be a bridesmaid and never a brideâ€¦standing out in the middle of that dance floor with that group of single ladies waiting for that bouquet to be tossed her way.
(Look at ME, I am a BM!!!)
(My son, Mister Wilson)
I was not always single. I had been in a relationship for seven years which ended in 2001. We were young, in love, and had the whole world at our fingertips, yet, we let it get away from us and we grew apart. When that chapter in my life ended, I continued on. I bought my home, climbed the corporate ladder and slowly made my way into the dating scene again. Well, after four years of kissing one too many frogs & having my fair share of heartaches- I bailed on trying to find the one! I was emotionally exhausted and decided to stop dating indefinitely. I was done!
Funny though, donâ€™t they always seem to say that once you stop looking â€“ someone comes along and finds you? Hmmm...
My bossâ€™ wife at the time was a real sweetheart. She so wanted me to find that great guy to sweep me off my feet. One day, she surprised me with a gift. It was a beautiful key chain of an elephant with its trunk up. The card read:
This is the first of a series of â€œGood Luckâ€ gifts for you. There is an old Chinese belief that if you want to bring luck to someone, you bestow the gifts of elephants upon them. The elephants must be received as a gift & a series of seven will complete the cycle. Look for elephants with their trunks up.
What a thoughtful gestureâ€¦I was touched. It actually gave me hopeâ€¦that good things were coming my way. It also awakened me to see elephants in a different lightâ€¦it was uplifting and made me more aware of them in my surroundings.
Over the course of several weeks, I started to receive these precious, random gifts of elephants with their trunks up. My first one was the key ring. Then a pen arrived, soon after a figurine, then an adorable elephant greeting card with a scratch off with elephants on it, a stuffed animal, a sterling silver bracelet and lastly, a beautiful Lenox crystal elephant ring holder.
I met my fianc©, Bill seven years ago this month actuallyâ€¦when I had sworn off menâ€¦I had remained single and unavailable for nearly a year. From the first night we met â€“ I knew he was the one. He had the most charismatic, brilliant smile that lured me in and the butterflies would not stop twirling in my stomach. I hate to sound clich©, but I am pretty sure he had me at HELLO! We clicked instantly. It was amazing. We had so much in common â€“ our love of the water & boating, cooking & fine wine. We shared a passion for many of the same things, we knew so many of the same people, but through different circles of friends and our paths never crossed! CRAZY!
I kept looking for a sign, asking for a signâ€¦trying to figure it all out. Are all these wonderful feelings I am having too good to be true????
After dating for nearly a month, he invited me over to his home for dinner and to meet his son, Jake. I was a bit nervousâ€¦this was a big step for us. Low & behold I had nothing to fear. When we got settled at the house and sat down to dinnerâ€¦I looked over into the family roomâ€¦on the sofa table behind the couch I saw something that took my breath awayâ€¦a statue of an elephant, with his trunk up. O-M-G!!! My sign! From that moment on, I knew I was where I needed to beâ€¦with my soul mate.
(My sign - 7 years ago!)
After nearly seven years of navigating the waters together on the beautiful & majestic Lake George (in upstate New York), we are officially going to sail away together! My Captain proposed to me, his First Mate, on Christmas morning 2011 & made me the happiest girl in the world. Since we both share a love of water, we are planning a destination wedding at The Riu Palace Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen on April 2, 2013. Bill, Jake and I, as well as Mister Wilson (who is now 10.5!) are truly blessed!
(Captain Bill & First Mate Elissa on Lake George, NY)
(My future step-son, Jake) xoxo
My Lenox crystal elephant ring holder now comes in handyâ€¦
Wishing you all the luck of the elephant! xoxo TRUNKS UP!!!