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#Blogust: The “First” Time He Proposed

by Erika Nicole Kendall

As I’d shared before, Eddy and I met on Twitter.

Yes, collective gasp, yes.

He was so charming, so sweet, so thoughtful… and so interested in me. That’s not to say, the narcissistic kind of “of course he would be,” but it is to say, “interested in” instead of “infatuated with” or “attracted to.” He genuinely liked my company and I, his.

We’d spend hours on the phone, into the wee hours of the night, fall asleep on the phone, and then wake up – still on the phone – to the sound of the other’s voice.

We’d actually set a record for the longest phone call we’d ever had – 23 hours, 14 minutes, and 52 seconds – which was only disconnected because I lost my signal.

We were semi-somewhat-sorta-in swoon with one another, and then came the day that he proposed. The air filled with magic, and it felt like he’d brought the sky down to me with his bare hands. I’d look down at my hand and see this tiny pearl, and “SQUEEEEEEEE!!!!!” every single hour, on the hour. He’d walk around with this smug little grin, as if to say, “Yup – I’m the reason she’s squee-ing.”

I’ll never forget that day. June 4th, 2011.

That night, we shared the news on Twitter – of course – and it erupted into a night of congratulations, cheers, praise, love, well wishes, and bacon confetti. We were in love, and sharing it with people who truly wanted to see us happy.

Time would pass and, before we knew it, we’d marry and move to New York. The man knew how to make me take risks, even if it took me some time to bounce back from them. We gleefully celebrated the anniversary of our first phone call, the night we decided to be exclusive, and the day we first shared “I Love You’s,” but would we celebrate the day he proposed to me? And, if so, how?

We decided to go out to a restaurant to celebrate, that night. I jumped in the shower to wash and fro-ify my hair, and came out half-dressed, only to find Eddy. One knee bent on the ground.

“I hope I’ve been someone worth knowing, someone who treats you right, and I hope that, if I ask, you’ll say yes.”

I smiled and sat down on his one knee. “You don’t have to ask me, the answer is yes.”

“You gotta let me ask! Stop messing with my moment!”

I busted out laughing, and stood up. He then proposed… again. And I said yes, again.

And every year, on that date, he has proposed. And every year, again, I say yes.

This tradition, intended to celebrate that “first” time he asked me to make that commitment and the “first” time I said yes, has served as our opportunity to solidify our commitment to our family. It kicks off our opportunity to look at one another, laugh and reminisce about that first day and every day since. It’s our night to look at how far we’ve come, look at how far we have to go, and plan for our family’s future… all while remembering the promise we made to each other: to love, to cherish, and to obey.

No matter what your first may be, it most assuredly means the world to you. All over that very same world, programs like Shot@Life are granting children the opportunity to experience as many firsts as their hearts desire, all because you chose to share with me – right here, and right now – what “first” matters most to you.

During Shot@Life’s Blogust 2014—a month-long blog relay—some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions will come together and share stories about Happy and Healthy Firsts. Every time you comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or share them via social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, Walgreens will donate one vaccine (up to 60,000).  Blogust is one part an overall commitment of Walgreens donating up to $1 million through its “Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” campaign. The campaign will help provide millions of vaccines for children in need around the world.

Share with me in the comments below, family – what “firsts” matter most to you? Remember, for every comment left below, every share sent on social media, and for every tweet on the #blogust hashtag, a child across the globe will get a chance to experience a “first” of their own!

Sign up here for a daily email so you can quickly and easily comment and share every day during Blogust! For more information, visit shotatlife.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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Morra Aarons-Mele August 20, 2014 - 2:42 AM

What a beautiful, beautiful post!!! A truly meaningful first!

Dee Van Horn August 20, 2014 - 8:04 AM

What a romantic story! Sounds like the two of you were meant for each other. And how wonderful you are contributing to the Shot@Life program so that others around the world will have their chance some day to find the person they are meant for as well.

Cathy Chester August 20, 2014 - 8:09 AM

Happy to read your story and thank you for doing so, and for being a part of Blogust!

Emily McKhan August 20, 2014 - 8:27 AM

Erika, How romantic! I love your “first” proposal and that you celebrate it each year with another first!!!

Tiffany Merritt August 20, 2014 - 8:38 AM

What a beautiful tradition…to propose again every year. Through all the trials and tribulations, all the laughter and tears, to exclaim to your loved one that you’d do it all again!

Love this campaign for giving the shot at life and the shot at many great firsts!

Nancy August 20, 2014 - 8:40 AM

Thank you!

Polly Palumbo August 20, 2014 - 8:45 AM

Thanks for sharing for such a great cause!

Melissa August 20, 2014 - 8:58 AM

Thanks for sharing

Jeff August 20, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Great post and awesome tradition! Thanks for sharing!

Emma August 20, 2014 - 9:23 AM

Thanks for sharing – and for being part of Blogust.

Beth Gold August 20, 2014 - 9:33 AM

Thank you…wonderful post. Brings back lots of memories. It’s so important to keep those “firsts” alive.

ASHISH SHRIVASTAVA August 20, 2014 - 9:36 AM

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Moments Matter.Comments Count as “Invest in a healthier world.Immunize a child”,as 1st addressing for Walgreens vaccination donation.
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ASHISH SHRIVASTAVA August 20, 2014 - 9:39 AM

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Moments Matter.Comments Count as “Invest in a healthier world.Immunize a child”,as 1st addressing for Walgreens vaccination donation.
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REF- #Blogust 2013 as Moments Matter.Comments Count
#Blogust 2014 as Happy & healthy firsts

Diane in TN August 20, 2014 - 10:12 AM

Cool tradition!

Lynn J August 20, 2014 - 10:18 AM

I enjoyed reading your article. Great story! Thanks for helping kids get vaccinated!

Nicole Melancon August 20, 2014 - 10:24 AM

Erika, what a lovely post. It is so beautiful and powerful. SO glad you found your soulmate and thanks for supporting Shot@Life.

Martha Rebour August 20, 2014 - 10:33 AM

How special, thank you for sharing!

Chrysula August 20, 2014 - 10:45 AM

This is just gorgeous Erika. Thank you for sharing such a fabulous moment with us all!

Sisters From Another Mister August 20, 2014 - 10:47 AM

This needed a tissue warning!
Beautiful post xxxx

Kim Foster August 20, 2014 - 10:50 AM

So cute!

Rebecca Hemann August 20, 2014 - 11:03 AM

Beautiful story!

Myrdin Thompson August 20, 2014 - 11:12 AM

That’s an awesome tradition! Definitely a lifetime of “firsts’!

Linda B August 20, 2014 - 11:30 AM

Thanks for sharing your story … and for supporting SHOT@LIFE’s vaccination campaign through BLOGUST 2014.

Asha Dornfest {Parent Hacks} August 20, 2014 - 11:40 AM

Thank you for sharing!

Lorraine C. Ladish August 20, 2014 - 11:41 AM

What a beautiful post! So glad you said YES and also yes to helping kiddos get vaccines so they can have their healthy and happy firsts too!

Dawn Brown August 20, 2014 - 2:38 PM

What a wonderful story and first! God Bless ALL of you for sharing your stories and for what you are doing.

Heather August 20, 2014 - 2:44 PM

Lovely, lovely post. Congratulations…again and again.

Erika Nicole Kendall August 21, 2014 - 1:38 PM


Emily N August 20, 2014 - 3:33 PM

Thanks for sharing this lovely story with us! And thanks for your support of #Blogust! 🙂

LaShaun August 20, 2014 - 4:25 PM

This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Felisa Hilbert August 20, 2014 - 7:05 PM

Beautiful and touching story. Thank you for helping saving lives of children in need. As a former nurse that saw the agony of children and parents suffering for the more basic needs and vaccines in Mexico, I know this work is essential.

Gemma August 20, 2014 - 7:09 PM

Wonderful First Time for a Wonderful Couple! Thank you Erika for sharing yours “Yes” for a great cause.All the best!

Lorraine August 20, 2014 - 8:34 PM

LOVE this! Smiles!

cheryl August 20, 2014 - 9:53 PM

if only we could all find such as you what a wonderful world we would have

mom2banana August 21, 2014 - 12:06 AM

I love that you celebrate the day your husband proposed! Love the story.

chocolatetort August 21, 2014 - 11:13 AM

Beautiful story about firsts — and firsts that turn into traditions! I like asking my husband to propose to me again every so often. We love making occasions out of every first too! Thank you so much for contributing to Blogust!

Sharon Couto August 21, 2014 - 2:48 PM

Oh, my goodness… I’m swooning over this wonderful love story. I love your tradition of this very life-changing, empowering “first”, too. You’ve got me thinking about “firsts” in my family. I think a very important “first” for us is when a new baby arrives (my husband and I have 11 grandkids) and we all gather for that very, very first photograph with the newest addition. These photos are all kinds of crazy, kids looking this way and that and someone doing rabbit ears… but this “first” is life-affirming forever. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story and for your love of the children of our world who need life-giving vaccines. Thank you… #Blogust

milaxx August 21, 2014 - 8:39 PM

I’m not crazy about large displays of PDA. As much as I enjoy watching the crazy flash mob proposals I secretly cringe. I don’t know why, but I found this tale very sweet. Thanks for sharing such a special moment.

Vi August 21, 2014 - 8:49 PM

Got me over here sniffling and eyes all sweaty. Seriously, I love this, thanks for sharing.

Stacy August 22, 2014 - 8:11 AM

What a beautiful story!!

Danielle August 22, 2014 - 12:49 PM

LOVE this and going to share the mess out of it 🙂

Cindy L August 25, 2014 - 10:53 AM

Thanks for sharing. I also “messed with” my husband’s moment. It’s kind of hard not to 🙂

Jennifer Burden @WorldMomsBlog August 26, 2014 - 10:52 AM

Love the cycling first proposal! Thank you for sharing it with us and for supporting vaccines for children in the developing world!

Gaibrelle S. August 26, 2014 - 12:50 PM

This was a great heartwarming post 🙂 Thank you for participating in #Blogust!!

Pam Petty August 27, 2014 - 10:50 AM

Sigh…So romantic. Thank you so much for sharing this!

Vas August 27, 2014 - 12:30 PM

The First that matters to me most is the First time I saw my daughter it changed my life and made me a better person. Every time I see her I’m inspired to do more.

Sandra Prüfer August 28, 2014 - 6:49 PM

Lovely story. Thanks for sharing. All the best and many more happy “firsts” to you and the love of your life!

Leticia Barr August 29, 2014 - 9:37 AM

I love that he proposes every year to celebrate the first time he asked you to marry him! I wish you many years of happiness together! Thank you for sharing such an important first for Blogust!

Paula Kiger August 29, 2014 - 2:45 PM

You met on Twitter!!! I love it!!!!!

Sili August 3, 2015 - 11:35 AM

So…about this post. Why did you make me tear up on a Monday! Gurl! This is so beautiful I can’t stand it! Thank you for giving us a peek at awesome. At love and at continual commitment. You guys rock!

Erika Nicole Kendall August 3, 2015 - 11:36 AM

Aw. <3 <3 <3

C.C. Chapman August 3, 2015 - 12:15 PM

Gorgeous story. Thank you for sharing it.

Pammy Pam August 3, 2015 - 12:32 PM

oh heavens that teared me up too! the first time they handed me my first baby i was like OMG what am i going to do with this thing?? doesn’t he know i know NOTHING about babies?! he’s now 23. i still remember the day he was born.

Mr Lady August 3, 2015 - 12:46 PM

This is #betterthankale. Heart you, my friend!

Suebob August 3, 2015 - 1:30 PM

The first time I graduated college I was 44 years old!

Ann August 4, 2015 - 7:26 AM

This restored my faith in real, true love..that its still possible, and to make it new every chance you get..beautiful love story..ok, I need a tissue!

Melisa August 4, 2015 - 12:19 PM

Love this!

Michelle Rodriguez August 4, 2015 - 9:45 PM

Loved this post! Thank you for sharing your story!

Arnebya August 6, 2015 - 10:24 AM

I love the entirety of your meeting, the first proposal, the continued ones.

Erika Nicole Kendall August 6, 2015 - 3:39 PM


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