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Precious Moments:
Ever since Nina was a little girl, she had began collecting figurines called Precious Moments. They depict love, friendship, peace, and nature.
Over the years, her collection has grown quite large, and in fact now are in display in her curio in our living room. During a trip down to Nashville, we happened to pass the official Precious Moments campus, which includes a park, a chapel, and many other sites to visit -all with the theme of the characters. She mentioned that if I ever asked her to marry her, that she'll really like to get married there, in the Precious Moments Chapel. At the time, I laughed it off. Months later, once I proposed to her, and she asked me in the most precious manner, if we could please get married there.. -and I said yes. I didn't want to hold her back from that much pleasure, as I love her so very dearly.. -Jim  :-)

The Big News: (2004)
I proposed to Nina recently, and she said yes !!   :-)   We were married at the end of February, and had a wonderful time.  :-)
Only close family was invited, and so, we had a small, loving ceremony in southern Missouri -which was the halfway point between us, and all the family members.
My parents, brother, nieces & nephew all attended, and since we stayed several days, we were able to play, have fun, and had a basic family reunion of sorts -very nice to see everyone.    :-)

The Event:
The place was incredibly beautiful, and the weather was a gorgeous 75*, with a blue sky. We hated to come back to the ice cold weather of Iowa, and even discussed staying an extra day.
Everything went perfectly, and we were all so excited. The photographer (Mom), took approx. 500 high-quality pictures, and I'm really anxious to get those from her. I'll add the best ones to the Gallery, for you and all the world to see.

Smell The Flowers:
We planned to arrive to Carthage, MO a few days early, on Saturday afternoon -to get settled, relax, and maybe swim. On Sunday, we took a lot of pictures, visited with family, relaxed, toured the official
Precious  Moments Park, and other fun stuff.
Mom had graciously volunteered to be our official Photographer, and so we are extremely grateful about that. In addition, it was the first time in quite a while that all our family has been together, so we took  several family photos while we were there. The pictures of the Chapel in their  website are beautiful, and will make a great background for photos.
The Proposal:
Well, I wanted to make sure the proposal was romantic, and something Nina would remember forever.. -I debated about us going out for a wonderful dinner, or perhaps out to Sailorville Lake -we both love it there, it's close to our hearts, and is very romantic.
Well, I planned a nice/casual dinner for us that night.. -we made ribs and other favorites, and were having a great night. We ate dinner downstairs, and watched her favorite movie -everything was going great, and having a nice time. After dinner & the movie, I shut off the TV, and opened a bottle of champagne (actually sparkling cider), and told her I wanted to make a toast.
I asked her to keep her eyes closed, while I made the toast, which went like this:

Nina, I just wanted to let you know that I love you so very much, and you mean the world to me. You've made me happier than I've ever been in my life, and you make my heart & soul complete. I love you so much, and I'm so happy & excited about our future together. Thank you for being my soulmate, and for us sharing our lives together.

And with her eyes still closed, holding the champagne:

Will you marry me ?

Nina opened her eyes and looked at me, and tears started running down her face, and she said "Yes !!"  She was in shock, and yet she knew something was going on. She was all smiles, and I asked her again, and she said Yes (again), and gave me a very tight, loving hug & kiss..

I then reached under the couch, and slowly opened a small box. Her eyes lit up big time, as I ever so slowly opened the box, to reveal a beautiful engagement ring, which I then placed on her finger, kissed it, and then kissed her on the cheek. Again, telling her how much I love her.

After a few more minutes, I then took the pix you see (above).  :-)



Prec. Moments Chapel
Prec. Moments Park
Carthage City Map
Airport Stats


Things To Do:
marriage license
gown / tux

Just fyi: that is not champagne in Nina's hand.. -it's actually sparkling cider, due to the fact that she was pregnant at the time. That picture was taken shortly after I proposed to her.. -she was surprised and shocked, and had tears. It was a very special time for us both.. -Jim  :-)

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