Happy Valentine’s Day – Our Engagement

I thought I would post a blog about our engagement on 12th February 2005! (Oh my god 8 years ago!!!). I wrote this letter to my family and friends in February 2005. Sorry if you have read it before – thought you may like to reminisce :) Enjoy!

Dear Family and Friends,

Considering the geographic diversity of everyone I thought I would take the time to let everyone know our news and the finer details.

Roll out the red carpet because Noel and I finally got engaged after 7 years and 2 months on 12th February 2005!!

Noel and I have known for a very long time we would become married considering we bought our first house together 5 ½ years ago. It was just a matter of timing and finances. I was busy with study and then Noel was busy with the business and now both of them are out of our lives and we are both as happy with our jobs as one can be, we thought it was about time to arrange something.

Sometime last year when there was nothing else to do in this exciting town [Kalgoorlie] we are living in, I searched on the Internet for diamond rings. I always had an idea of the engagement ring I would like, the special feature being sapphires – most people know I love the colour blue! I found the perfect ring and saved a copy of picture and waited for the best time to show Noel!

The ring was off a website where you can design your own rings, and I had the option of choosing different shaped diamonds, such as oval, princess cut or heart shaped. I liked the heart shaped best, but hadn’t actually seen a heart shaped diamond ring before. I asked a friend which she preferred and she liked the heart shaped one too… so my heart was set (pardon the pun!).

Ever since we moved to Kalgoorlie and Harvey Norman being the most exciting store here, Noel had been going on and on about a plasma TV. I just couldn’t justify getting a TV that cost more than my car is worth! So I said no for two years, two years until Noel said he was going to buy me a ring!

Mid January Noel took me to Smales Jewellers. The only person he had told so far was Matt Birney, the local Liberal candidate, because Noel was only going to be able to hand out balloons and leaflets for a couple of hours on Saturday morning because the lazy local shop owners close at noon on Saturdays. We went into Smales and I handed over a picture of the ring I had my eyes on, and they said they would be able to make it. We asked when they would be able to make it by, as I thought Valentine’s Day would be nice. (I had originally liked the idea of us getting engaged on the 10th December as that was the day we became a couple, but Steve and Nicole [my sister and brother-in-law] stole that engagement date!!! :) ). They said they could make the ring by Valentine’s Day and said they would get a couple of heart diamonds and sapphires sent to Kalgoorlie for us to choose which we liked. Since I knew Noel was pretty serious by now I said I would get him the plasma TV he had his eyes on for an engagement gift – so we headed off to Harvey Norman straight from Smales Jewellers.

By Thursday they had got the diamonds and the sapphires in, so it was time to choose. The girls at the jewellers were so excited, as they hadn’t seen such a lovely heart shaped diamond before. They thought the design of my ring was so unique and beautiful. So we popped a deposit on my ring, and as we were leaving one of the girls came up and said it should be ready by 15th February as the Kalgoorlie jeweller was on holidays so they were going to have to send the jewels to Perth for the ring to be made. I know I pulled a face at the poor girl and said I sort of wanted it for Valentine’s Day – little did I know…

The week before Valentine’s Day I asked Noel to ring the jewellers to see if they might have it made by 14th. He rang me at work saying they had decided to wait until the Kalgoorlie jeweller was back and wouldn’t have it made until the end of the week beginning the 14th. I was so disappointed – how could the jeweller have holidays before Valentine’s Day!? Only in Kalgoorlie I figured.

I told my friend at work about the “stupid” jewellers and we devised a “silly” plan saying Noel could propose to me on Valentine’s Day and put a piece of string around my finger until the ring came… Noel didn’t like that idea – hehe

I had given up after that. I was in the middle of January’s month end at work, which ended up worse than December’s (year end due to Placer Dome being under a Canadian company), because I had to update every spreadsheet for the new year and rolling over softwares. I had also planned the Friday off so I could spend a nice weekend in Perth for my Mum’s 50th birthday, which added more time pressures at work.

So I headed to Perth for Mum’s birthday. Noel was already in Perth for training for work. I spent Friday with Mum, Dad and Rachael. Noel drove to Gidgegannup and we had dinner with Pom-Pom [the name I gave my Grandma, I think because Dad called her Yvonne!] and Grandpa and the folks. Saturday Michelle's Labyrinthwe spent some time with a couple of my friends (still left in Perth) and then went out for dinner with the family for Mum’s 50th. As usual (and I take after my Dad) I was running late and we arrived at La Cassetta last. Quite conveniently there were two seats in the middle of the table (I still had no idea), and after Dad made a toast to Mum with delicious champagne (still no idea) Noel said he would like to say a word. I figured he was just going to tell everyone of our intentions since we wouldn’t see the whole family again for god only knows when. Next thing you know Noel is going down on one knee and he had a rose shaped ring box and he asked me to marry him. I said “yes” and I believe the words “you little bugger” escaped my lips!! And I shoved the dream ring on my finger!!!

Michelle's LabyrinthI was very embarrassed and got very hot – probably red too! And I believe Noel was feeling the same. It was all quite surreal. Still when I look at my ring it seems so dreamlike, seeing the ring from the Internet on my finger!

Thank you for Mum for letting Noel propose at her 50th birthday dinner. And thank you for Mum and Dad for arranging for immediate family to be there – Nicole & Steve, Rachael & boyfriend, Pom-Pom & Grandpa and Granddad.

The Thursday the diamonds arrived at Smales Noel went in at lunch time and arranged to have the ring done by Friday 11th. He asked them to not let me know it could be ready before the 15th. When Noel rang them up the Monday I asked, he told the truth and that they had waited for the Kalgoorlie jeweller to come back from holidays as they thought he would do a better job. They said it would be made by the middle of the week and they would send it to Perth for Noel to pick up. Of course Noel was packing it, thinking his plan may fail…

Noel had also e-mailed my Dad asking him to ring him at work. Of course my wise father figured Noel might finally be asking for his daughter’s hand in marriage. I guess my Dad gave his permission!!

The Friday after Noel’s training he zippedMichelle's Labyrinth to the Subiaco Smales store and picked up the ring. They gave Noel a rose shaped ring box and Noel thought – how the heck am I going to hide this from Michelle. On the Saturday while we were out shopping with my friends Noel carried the ring around in his pocket – as he didn’t want to leave it at the hotel room with the cleaners going in and out. While I was busy chatting to one friend about how I might have a ring soon, he told the other friend it was in his pocket. While we were walking around Perth I told Noel his pocket was jingling, I knew it was the hotel key and his car keys etc I was just teasing his shorts, but poor Noel and my friend were trying not to laugh because of the other “thing” in his pocket!

The rose shapedMichelle's Labyrinth ring box also came on top of a stem. Pom-Pom made the mistake of asking Noel how he hid that on the way to the restaurant – in his sock!!!!!!

I would like to thank everyone for their well-wishes and their excitement. A lot of people have been more excited than us and I have had my hand yanked more than once to have a looksie at my ring. One girl made the mistake however of asking Noel what colour bridesmaid dresses I was going to have – he laughed.

Along with lots of well wishes I am nauseous at all the advice we have been getting about weddings. Please no-one else ask Noel and I about a wedding. Quite frankly we don’t want one and I really don’t like hearing about them unless it is after the wedding and everything was like a fairytale. Maybe we are a wee bit selfish, however we would like to spend our hard earned money on say 5 weeks rather than one stressful day. Each to their own. Each individual likes to celebrate their marriage in their own way i.e. in a church, in Bali, during the heat of the day! and we would like everyone to respect our decision to spend it together in Las Vegas (and hopefully New Orleans, New York and LA depending on finances and a puppy-sitter!).

Noel and I are very excited about our news and are excited about planning our honeymoon! If anyone wants to join us in Las Vegas they are more than welcome to start saving and join us at the “adult playground”, home of the original CSI (TV series). As soon as we work out when we are going (when I have gathered the courage to ask for 5 weeks off!!) we’ll let you know.

Hope you enjoyed reading about our engagement, as we would like to celebrate with all, but didn’t want a big party nor two (i.e. one in Perth and one in Kal) and I thought this was the best way!

Lots of Love to All

Michelle and Noel (and puppy Makita)


Michelle's LabyrinthMichelle's Labyrinth

Hope you enjoyed reading it. I hope everyone’s Valentine’s Day is full of love. Whether you are romantics and it involves chocolates and flowers; or are still in the ‘honeymoon stage’ and go all out; or if you just express your love to your other half, or even those friends that you love too! Here’s the card I made at craft today – chalkboard technique! Hope my hubbie likes it :) Michelle's Labyrinth


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