Monday, August 31, 2015


Lots to do!

So, here we are at the end of another month.  Almost two months have passed since my previous post, and life has changed dramatically.  Why, you might ask?  Well, when I awoke from my medically induced coma almost ten years ago and learned that my legs had been amputated, I honestly thought my life was over.  I honestly thought there was no chance that any woman would ever find me attractive enough to give me the chance to develop a loving relationship again.  I honestly thought that my life long dream of having a family had been ripped away along with my lower limbs.  I was wrong...

For the last two years I've had the honor of falling in love with Irena Priddy and her family.  About 10 months ago I was feeling lots of pressure from people around us to propose, but I wasn't ready yet, and neither was she, but I felt like something needed to be done to slow things down, so I told her I felt like I couldn't make any major life changes until the book was finished.  (This was before I stopped writing due to the strange illness that lead to therapy...which, by the way, has not reared its particular brand of physical torture since I started therapy...knock on wood...and progress on my book has continued).  She understood, but wasn't really pleased with my decision, though she did respect it.  What she didn't know was that I had already begun making a plan, and after a great deal of soul searching I finally began to understand that while I couldn't make any major life changes on my own, that didn't mean that we couldn't start working toward them together.

So, on the morning of Saturday, July 25th, 2015 I sat down to write the epilogue to my book.  Now, please understand that the middle chapters of the book have not been written yet, but I've known how I wanted it to end for a long time.  When I finished the first draft of the epilogue I printed it out and tucked it into the bag on my crutch.  Irena and I then went out to Cataract Falls, about an hour west of Indy, to spend the afternoon with an old friend and co-worker of mine and his family.  When we had a quiet moment to ourselves we walked down to an observation deck overlooking the swollen river and her cascading falls.  We sat down at a pick-nick table and I handed Irena the last seven pages of my book.  As she was reading towards the last few lines I began to get down onto the ground in a kneeling position.  When she finished reading, this happened:

Thank God she said YES!!!!  The last month has been spent wedding planning.  Its been fun, overwhelming at times, but a tremendous experience to share with the woman I love, her children, and our families!  If you're curious, here's what we know so far:
  1. Our wedding date is Saturday, May 21st, 2016.
  2. We're getting married at North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, time yet to be determined.
  3. I'll be wearing a purple, red, and black kilt... (Irena will be the center of attention, but she decided that we've gotta show off my legs)!
  4. While our wedding will be open to the public, and we want to share this magical day with everyone we know, the guest list is already out of control and will require a great deal of revisions...´╗┐due to both space and finances we're going to have to make some very difficult decisions, so please do not be offended if you don't get an invitation to the reception... 

Truthfully, the wedding ceremony is the main thing!
(Remember, we got married back when the reception was cake, punch, mints, and nuts, and the entertainment was watching the opening of the gifts!) Don't make yourselves crazy trying to do everything; have the wedding that suits the two of YOU!
And once again, so glad to hear the news of the approaching nuptials! Wishing you the best of marriages.
Irena is a wonderful person...and it appears she found someone just as special! Congratulations to you both. Blessings for a life of happiness!
Much love, Amy
Couldn't be happier for you both, dear Cousin! So glad to hear your stomach issues are clearing up, too.

Much love to you,
Jeremy I just can"t tell you how happy I am for you. A great start to a new chapter of your life. XOXO Linda (Sparky"s)
Incredibly happy for you both!
Hi Kid
Really happy for you!!!
Wishing you both of the very best!!!!
Mrs. B
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