After the fiasco at work with HR finding out about our office romance, and everything else that had happened recently with my divorce settlement, I was in desperate need of a break. My girls were so excited to go to the beach for the first time, and I was finally ready to look past everything that had happened. I was ready to finally move forward with Mr. Brown.
Mr. Brown called me on the morning of our flight and asked if we were all packed. I told him we were all ready to go. He said the limo would be there to pick us up at 2 o’clock sharp, and that it would drop us off at the mall. “Why the mall?” I asked.
“Because no vacation would be complete without new bathing suits, beach towels, and clothes,” he said. He also asked me to pick out a few casual outfits for him, since he would only be bringing his suits for the business portion of the trip. He then told me that the limo driver would have his credit card, and to get whatever we needed. I couldn’t help but smile—Mr. Brown always knew what to do.
I told him I needed to get off the phone so that I could finish getting the kids ready before the limo arrived. Before he hung up, he told me that he could not wait to spend time with me and the girls. I was so excited to have a man who wanted to be with me and who didn’t look at my kids like they were a burden on our relationship—he treated them like they were his own kids.
A little while later, I heard the honk of the limo. We each grabbed our bags and headed outside. My kids could not believe that he actually sent a limo to come and get us—I don’t think I had ever seen them so excited. My oldest daughter looked at me and said, “This trip is going to be so cool!”
We stopped at the mall, picked up all of the essentials, plus a few extra goodies, and then got back in the limo to head to the airport. When we got there, the driver took all of our stuff out of the trunk and loaded it on to the cart for us. Mr. Brown was waiting for us near the door. We all headed inside together to check in and board the plane.
We arrived in a matter of hours, and we were all so excited to get out and start enjoying the vacation. The kids napped on the way from the airport to our hotel—in another limo, might I add—and now that we were sort of alone, Mr. Brown moved closer to me. He sat right next to me in the limo as he looked me right in the eyes and said, “Amber, I love you.” My heart literally melted. He told me that he never expected to find someone whom he would want to start a family with. He also said that he always felt like he was destined to sleep around because he and his wife never really got along. But then I came along and changed all that. He wanted to settle down and start a family—with me.
We pulled up to the beach house and the kids woke up. Mr. Brown and I offloaded the stuff as they raced inside. We went in and stood on the balcony overlooking the ocean. He reached into his pocket and turned to look at me. He told me that he knew it was still too early to propose marriage, so instead, he handed me a necklace box. I opened it, and inside was a beautiful Neil Lane diamond and emerald necklace—diamond and emerald are my kids’ birthstones. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. I was so happy—my life felt like it was finally coming together. The kids were looking out at the ocean and he looked at me and said that he loved my family, and, maybe one day soon, we could start a family of our own.