Monday, August 01, 2005

Day 210 - BIG NEWS!

Whew. Well, this post is going to provide me with a tremendous sense of relief. I have not posted anything until now because I have this total "don't count your chicken's until they're hatched" mentality. But, since things are actually in progress now, I can reveal my secrets - lol. Al will be here this week for his R&R - and we will also be getting married. That's a lot of news, huh?

We have been together a long time - and in July, we were engaged for one year. But, both of us were unsure about getting married before he left for the Sand - but it now feels right to us. We are so excited and thrilled. I will be 'official' before the week is out - yay! I love Al so much - and I'm so thankful to have him in my life and that we will get to move onto the next chapter of our lives together. For OPSEC reasons, I cannot release the date/time of his arrival - but suffice it to say, it will be "SOON". LOL.

In preparation for his imminent departure from bachelorhood, the guys at his location threw him a bachelor party on Saturday night. Once again, our wonderful Homefront Hugs family came through for us - they sponsored the party!! Cindy, their gang-leader, emailed me several months ago when I told her that we had set our wedding date for during Al's R&R leave - and she said that they would love to supply everything for the party. She picked out a beach theme, because as she said, 'they already have the sand' - tee hee.

Then, I arranged for everything to be sent to Stacy's son, Michael. He is at the same location as Al, so it worked out perfectly! He did a great job keeping things under wraps and also in recruiting some of Al's friends to help in the festivities. Then he was a huge sweetie and provided me with pictures too! Whoo HOO!

The guys had a really good time. I joked with Al after the fact that it must have been the most tame Bachelor Party of all time - no strippers and no alcohol. But, he loved it - and he said the snacks were great and that the guys had a blast putting it together. I guess they also threw water balloons on him at the end - lol. Poor Al.

Here are some pictures!

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24 comments:

Sgt Cowboy's Girl said...

I am so happy for you! Scott just left to head back yesterday from our 2 weeks, and let me tell you it was hard, but I would not give up that time we had for anything. We also got married on the 22nd so I know how excited you are.

Cherish the time it goes very fast! I will be thinking about you and Al. I hope that your time together is as wonderful as mine was with Scott.

Have fun!

Robin in Ohio said...

Congratulations! May you have a long and happy life together.

Karl said...

Yes, congratulations! I found your blog through TTLB at just the right moment. All good wishes to you and Al.

KempoDude said...

Wonderful news. Its so nice to hear good things in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. You guys are in my prayers.

KempoDude said...

Wonderful news. Its so nice to hear good things in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. You guys are in my prayers.

Crystal in Iowa said...

Congrats!!! I am very happy and excited for both of you! Enjoy your R&R Honeymoon!!! lol

Melinda said...

This is terrific news, Melinda! Congratulations to you & Al. I will be thinking of you with a big smile on my face and when you post some wedding photos, well, I'll smile some more! LOL

The bachelor party looks like alot of fun. :)

Congratulations--and my little wish for you: May your lives be blessed; may your love endure forever; may you always live in peace. :)

Stacy said...

Yay! Great news!

Lori Johnson said...

OMG.. Awesome news. I hope you have a great time with Al. Congrats on your wedding & marriage. I know that you will have a long and happy life together. Praying every minute of everyday that our troops are home for good soon.

airforcewife said...

Wow! Congratulations! How awesome!

Will we get pictures after the fact?

~*~ Deanne ~*~ said...

Wow! What a great thing to read about when I opened up your blog. Congrats.. I am so happy for you. I know you must be sooooo excited. Enjoy your two weeks together (I hope it goes by slow for you). My hubby will not be home for his next R&R until December. I am looking forward to seeing him. Check back in with you later! :-)

Erik Holtan said...

Well, I heard you were getting married. Someone told me on the phone today! Congratulations!
And I see LTC Rogers in that picture! Good to see him again!
Also, did Al have a pet store in Jackson that use dot be called Big Al's?
Just wondering!
Have a good day!

Katy said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!CONGRATULATIONS. THAT IS AWESOME NEWS. YEAH!!!!!

Andi said...

Wow, that's great news. Congratulations to you both. How exciting!

Jenny said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting, I'm so happy for you both!

Homefront Six said...

Congratulations!! Best wishes for a wonderful wedding and an even better marriage!

Army Wife said...

*throwing rice*

~K said...

Well now that Michael is home does that mean the wedding is happening now?
I hope it does.
Stacy has a beautiful post of Michael coming home. I came to see if Al is home as well? I pray he is.
Enjoy your wedding and know I am praying for you.

~*~ Deanne ~*~ said...

I came by to see if there was any updates and photos of the homecoming and wedding! Enjoy your time together and your wedding too.. Will check back in soon!

Melinda said...

Hmmm...I hope the updates of Michael's homecoming means what I think they do...I'll be visiting again soon for any updates!

Congratulations!! :)

Stacy said...

Ok everyone. I will update you all on Melinda and Al. Yes they got married on August 5th. I figured that you all were getting a little worried, so I thought that I would let you all know that they are in Mississippi visiting. I have not seen them, as my soldier is also home on R&R. Al flew in I think on the 4th. I think that they will be back in Alabama sometime over the weekend.

FYI.........

Medic's Wife in Paradise said...

Oh M!!! Congratulations!! I can't believe I stumbled upon your blog today... I started blogging one week ago, and have been making my way thru a lot of military and Army bloggers... and in someone's Blogroll list, I saw "Big Al's Army Life" and KNEW it had to be you!

Congrats on your MARRIAGE! I'm very happy for you. I haven't been very active on AWW or any other message boards lately, so I don't know if you have been either. But I wanted to wish you ALL THE BEST here!!!

I am days away from moving to Hawaii. I'm actually closing on our house today, so tonight I'll be a squatter in this house until we fly out! LOL But I've gotten quite addicted to this whole blogging thing, so I won't be offline long!

Take care, happy marriage and I hope your R&R is FABULOUS!

Tuna Girl said...

Congrats!!! I'm so happy for you!

LoveMyTanker said...

Congrats and enjoy your time together!!