February 13, 3:00pm, Georgetown Urban Outfitters:
Cole Moore asked for my daughter’s hand in marriage! We were in the Urban Outfitters basement section. Cole pointed out how much he liked one of the journals they were selling. I told him, “Cole, I wonder if there is something going on with you lately, where God is trying to show you something about your future… you recently bought a business suit, and now you’re into journals? Maybe God is calling you to sales and marketing, or to something else in the professional arena.”
Cole responded with nervousness written all over his face, “Yeah… there’s something I’ve been wanting to ask you. I want to ask Heaven to marry me.”
I passed out. Not really, but I sweated profusely, and the room started to spin around in circles, and I became light-headed! Of course, I gave him my fullest blessing. I smiled really big as I thought of how happy Heaven would be. But deep inside, there was pain like I’ve never known. What just happened to me? Did I really just give this amazing young man permission to take my daughter away from me, to be his to have and to hold forever? The most bittersweet moment of my life to this point.
February 14, 9:30pm, Keybridge Arlington, VA:
They had dinner on the 17th floor, at The View Restaurant (Overlooking Georgetown).
During the meal, Cole asked Heaven, “What has been your favorite part of this day?” Heaven described the highlights through her eyes. Cole had planned to propose during the meal, but there were distractions from a nearby table.
After the meal, they entered the elevator, pushed the 12 button, and watched the doors close. Cole looked over at my daughter… and said, “This is my favorite part of the night (got down on one knee)… because this is where I ask you to marry me.” How romantic, just like a fairy tale, they will cherish that moment forever.
Although this is one of the proudest moments of my life, I’ve had 5 anxiety attacks in one hour!! lol!
Really, God has answered one of our deepest prayers tonight, giving our baby a fiancé like Cole Moore. His family is one in a million! They raised a gentleman. Out of all this world, God has given our daughter a young man of character, work ethic, and Christlikeness! His love for Heaven is a beautiful thing. Thank you God, for blessing us like this. Now please heal my aching heart, as I consider what this really means… and how my baby girl will become more devoted to her husband to be… and how she will soon be starting her own family. Even though I’m bursting with happiness for Heaven, I am tearful tonight as I reminisce of the past 20 amazing years with her!
February 16, 8:00am, Balsamo Residence Family Room:
In response to a thought-provoking Facebook comment: Yes, they do grow up so fast. You don’t realize it until after they HAVE grown up… then you say, “Wow, I wish I could have slowed that down.” Life is not like watching a film. It can’t be paused so you can have a few seconds to process what you’ve seen before watching some more. Life keeps forcing you forward.
I’ve never really felt old until this week. So many emotions, so many thoughts, I’m trying hard not to over think this moment. I’m very happy for Heaven and Cole… seems like just yesterday Emily and I were the two young kids in love, venturing out into the unknown. I’m now realizing how much can happen in a person’s life in JUST 20 years.
This morning, I so wish I could find a way to pause this film and process what I’ve seen… I wish I could rewind or go back a few scenes! But it will keep playing to the end. Then a new film will play, and another.
Life is short.
Every day can be so much more special, when we pay attention to the things that really matter.
Please pray for me, daddy’s girl is really engaged to be married.
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My family and I would like to thank you for taking this adventure with us. Thank you for your kind remarks in the social network. Thank you for your prayers.
Have a beautiful day!
With much love,