She Said Yes:) at 11,000 feet

A New Heart, A New Life, A New Love.  I got engaged Friday in Vail, Colorado at 11,000 feet.  It was a beautiful and picture perfect day.  We took the gondola to the top of the mountain and walked over to the Wedding Deck.  After waiting for the Wedding party that was up there to clear the deck, I could no longer stall.  We walked over hand in hand; I took a deep breath, dropped to one knee, presented her with the ring, and asked her to marry me.   She said – “Yes”.

I had a life where I thought no one could ever love me unconditionally and thinking that, in turn, I could not offer that love to someone else.  That all changed after I was reunited this year with Terri.  She had vacationed on a Windjammer Barefoot Cruise 22 years ago with 2 of my brothers, my sister-in-law, and one of my sisters.  Terri and my sister remained close friends and I first met her at my sisters wedding 12 years ago.  Although we don’t remember the encounter that well, we each remember my sister telling each of us for years after that we needed to meet each other and that we would be perfect with one another.  After talking for more than a year, we made arrangements for her to come to visit me in Las Vegas.

When Terri arrived to see me, I met her at the airport and it was love at first sight.  My world had changed the instant I saw her.  The rest is history and history in the making.

She has an incredible daughter who’s in Medical School to be a Doctor and a wonderful family. Our families have each taken us in as their own and the love and support from our dear friends has made this journey even more wonderful than we could ever have imagined.

The ring I had made for her has a center stone with 6 diamonds on each side.  Each side diamond represents each one of our brothers and sisters and each one of our mothers and fathers.  There is a diamond inside the band that is for her daughter who will always be closest to her heart.  The ring symbolizes our love for each other and our desire never to be far from our families.

I tell people everyday as I speak about health and lifestyle change that “Anything is Possible”.  Those words have never been more meaningful. – Keith

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