Love is choosing joy

By Mir
November 2, 2006
Category Growing | Woohoo!

Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.



Joy, wonder and amazement. And most of all, love.
Happy Love Thursday.


  1. Daily Tragedies


  2. julie

    Congratulations!!!!!!! So thrilled for you. Now, exactly how long have you been hiding this awesome news and waiting for love Thursday to share???

    Doing a stupid-looking happy dance in my kitchen at midnight for a woman I’ve never met. Ah, the internet.

  3. Karin

    Yay! Congratulations! :D

  4. Cele

    Dayum, he’s a smart man. Congrats.

    Love the quote

  5. Lauren

    It’s truly beautiful. Congratulations.

  6. Horrible Warning

    Wow! Many many congratulations. Isn’t it amazing how love can come up and surprise you after all this time?

    Looks like it was well worth the wait.

  7. Genevieve


    Mazel tov to you and Otto!!! Yay!

  8. Alan

    Congratulations – I’m thrilled for you.

  9. karen t

    Congratulations and celebrations!!!!! Pretty hand with pretty ring!!!

  10. birchsprite

    whooooooooooo hooooooooooo Congratulations! Hoorah! Excellent news!!!!

  11. hollygee

    Ditto, ditto, ditto. How wonderful.

  12. Alison

    Many, many congratulations to both of you!!! What wonderful news….now, c’mon, give us some details!

  13. Chookooloonks

    Dear Lord, FINALLY! I’ve been checking all week for this photo! :o)

    Happy, happy, happy, happy, friend. Forget Happy Love Thursday. Happy LIFE.


  14. paige

    Congratulations, felicitations, best wishes and wow, that the zoomdaddywah of posts!

    I’m so happy for you, Mir!

  15. Terri

    Congratulations!!! I too have been watching all week for this, hoping that it was true. Details are forthcoming, I hope…

  16. Niki

    Details, woman, details! Congratulations to you all!

  17. Dawn

    Congratulations, happy happy joy joy!!!

  18. rachel

    congratulations! I’m so so so happy for you!

  19. Sara

    Woot!! God’s blessings to you!

  20. Lilymane

    To join the clamor – congratulations and the bestest best for you, Otto, and your family!

  21. Amy

    Yippee! I have happy goosebumps from that photo! :)

  22. Brigitte

    Eeeee!! Purty ring, too, that’s the kind I like!

  23. Brigitte

    Oooh, but where will you live (why, oh why, do I always think of the “but” too quickly?)

  24. Dawn

    Many, many congratulatons!

  25. D

    Congratulations!!!!!!!! I’m really happy for you and Otto, as well as Chickadee and Monkey. Yay!

  26. LyndaL

    Oh! Oh! Oh! Congratulations! Fantastic! Wonderful! So happy for you!

    And also…..DETAILS!!!!!!!

  27. tori

    Congratulations! How hard was it for you to keep it secret until today???? Will you be posting details? I’m so happy for you!!!! Also, you have very pretty, very perfect nails.

  28. dad

    And now the whole blogoshere knows!
    Wishing you both “love thursday” every day.

  29. foodmomiac

    what a start to the day.

  30. Bob

    well, he finally wore you down, huh?

    Congratulations. You are a truely special person and Otto is a very lucky man. You deserve all of the happiness in the world.

  31. Annabelle

    CONGRATULATIONS! Obviously your promise of [redacted] won him over…

  32. Jen

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for all of you! You deserve every happiness. Can’t wait to hear the story of it all!

  33. LB

    Congrats! I love the ring!

  34. chris

    I am confused…. ;-)


  35. Kellie

    Happy dancing around the dining room :) Congrats to all of you!!

  36. Stacia

    Congratulations!!! Otto obviously has wonderful taste in both woman and rings!

  37. dcfullest


  38. Otto

    Who gave you THAT?

  39. el-e-e

    How beautiful! Happy Love!!

  40. Suebob

    Has he realized yet that he is the luckiest man on earth? I hope so.

  41. Beachgal

    Hooray! Congratulations! I’m very happy for you! Hope we get to hear all the details! Again, YAY!

  42. liz

    sososososososo excited for you and Otto and Chickadee and Monkey!!!! does this mean you might be moving close to bulldogs (and therefore closer to me, someone you’ve never met but who is so happy for you)? and to think i found out on joshilyn’s blog. honestly. :) oh, and the ring is absolutely LOVELY!

  43. Carmen

    WOW. I’m stunned and amazed, and extremely happy for both of you!

  44. Mir

    Otto says:

    Who gave you THAT?

    Wow, you forgot already? No [redacted] for you, Mister!

  45. Jacqueline

    Yaaay!! Congratulations! So happy for you both :)

  46. Ben

    Otto is cracking me up here.

    Congrats, I’ll be the mild-mannered stalker sitting next to his mailbox waiting for formal details… ;)

  47. Karen


  48. Ei

    Crying…very nice.

    Mir, I’ve been back reading your old entries all this year, from when times were, well, different than now since my times have been kinda like that this year. You give me hope. Thank you.

    Happiest of Love Thursdays to you.

  49. Leah


    And what a beautiful ring. Good job, Otto.

  50. Karen

    Oh geeze, urm…wait, sorry—-Best Wishes! I forgot my manners in all the excitement.

  51. David

    Oh man, absolutely EVERYBODY beat me to the comments this morning (except Kira. Ha!). Congrats, you two! Wishing you many happy oil changes and [redacted];-) Btw, lovely hands, Mir.

  52. Jean

    Oh Mir, how absolutely beautiful. Congratulations, many blessings to you :)

  53. Susan

    Yippee! Congratulations!

  54. Jabberwocky


  55. BethR

    Congratuations to both of you!

  56. Susan

    *smooch* (and one for Otto, too!)

  57. Kate

    How exciting! Congrats to both of you!

  58. Sharkey

    Woohoo! Otto dropped a little hint at his site the other day, and I’ve been wondering ever since.


  59. Caren

    Congratulations Mir!!!!! Good job, Otto!

  60. Christina

    That is awesome!!! Congratulations Mir and Otto!!

  61. Sara

    I very seldom comment, but always read. My very best wishes to your entire family. What a beautiful love story you two have created and shared. Thanks for letting us come along on the ride.

  62. Irab

    Mazel tov, Mir!

  63. Emily


  64. Sheryl

    Yay for you! Congratulations!

  65. Brenda

    I just squealed and jumped up like a little girl!! You deserve so much happiness! Congratulations Mir and Otto!

  66. rudolf

    Wow, that’s probably good for quite a few [redacted]!!!

    Seriously, though, good for you, congratulations, and I wish both of you many happy Love Thursdays. You both deserve it.

  67. mar

    Now how will you top this Love Thursday???? Congratulations to all of you!!

  68. Elleana


  69. Lesley

    Congratulations, Mir.

  70. Gem

    Congratulations Mir! May you continue to have all this wonderful love and good energy… you deserve it.

  71. parodie

    For real?? Congratulations!!!!!!!!

  72. Northern Girl

    OMG! Congratulations!

    Now…details, please. Don’t leave anything out! :)

  73. Kim

    Congratulations, you two!!! Sooo very happy for you both!

    :) :) :)

    Can’t wipe the grin off my face ~

  74. chanster

    YAY! Congratulations!!

  75. Valbee

    Congrats to both of you! (And Otto’s comment made me bust out laughing.)

  76. DebR

    Congratulations!!! :-D

  77. lastewie

    Oh MY! SO SO SO happy for you both! And I go to Athens, GA from time to time to visit a friend…if you end up there, I mean. OMG so many things to consider!

  78. Cathy

    How wonderful!!

    Now take it from me: run to Vegas and get married by a midget. My wedding is next month, and I wish I’d done that!

  79. Missy

    Awwww! Congratulations!

  80. Aimee

    ohmygodohmygodohmygod! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    Oh, I am SOSOSO happy for you guys. That is just wonderful. Congratulations!!!

  81. Kady

    Happiness and joy! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!

  82. Andie

    Congratulations Mir and Otto!

  83. shannon

    that’s purtty!

  84. Edgy Mama


    Congrats, girl!!!

  85. Lessa

    WHOO! Congrats!

    And Otto’s comment made me snort diet coke. Thanks. *L*

  86. The Other Leanne


  87. Kira

    So happy for y’all.
    Now you have to tell the story. The WHOLE story, because it’s a fable of hope.

  88. Mysh

    Uh huh. I KNEW something was up when you posted the other day about going over to another state and visiting people with Otto! Visits of that caliber are usually reserved for BIG announcements!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS to you both and infinite blessings to your family! :O)

  89. Pieces

    Otto’s funny. Congratulations to you both! The ring is beautiful!

  90. Jo



  91. Catherine

    Is that what I think it is? Congratulations!

  92. daring one

    Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. How could you wait till THURSDAY??!! Congratulations!

  93. Hope

    Whoo Whoo!


  94. Allanna

    Yay! Yay! Yay!! I’m so totally thrilled for you and Otto! I had to immediately text my husband (and he’s thrilled for you two as well).

    Okay, now to compose myself before the munchkin brigade start to wonder how their mom went bonkers.

    But I’m totally excited and happy for you!

  95. motherbumper

    Congratulations! I wish you a wonderful life together.

    I love your blog Mir and I’m so happy that you shared this loving news with me (us.. oh you know, the blogsphere).

  96. Jenn2

    Mazel Tov, lady! This is the happiest I’ve ever been for someone I’ve never met. May your life together be filled with joy, laughter, and most of all,love.

  97. birchsprite

    More Info please…… I keep on checking back to get the full story!

  98. Susan

    Congratulations to you both!!!!!!!!!


    DETAILS, we need DETAILS!

  99. daysgoby

    So happy for you both!

    (and the kidlets, of course!)

    Happy, Happy Love Thursday, Mir and Otto dear!

  100. Katie


    This is the best Love Thursday I’ve ever seen.

    Now I feel all mushy inside and I don’t think it’s just the ten pounds of Halloween candy I ate.

  101. Nancy

    I’m so happy for you!!! Congratulations!!!

  102. Jessica

    Hooray! Congratulations! But darn you for making me smile this big when my wisdom teeth are KILLING me! Oh well, at least my jaw aches for a good cause now. Again, congratulations.

  103. leandra

    Can’t wait to hear more… congratulations! :)

  104. Sheila

    Good on you both! What happy news…congratulations!

  105. JuJuBee

    Oh that is SO wonderful for you and your family!! Glad I decided to check in here today! Congrats!

  106. SweetPea

    Long time listener, first time caller… Your daily posts help me get through the tough days with my peanuts, so I’m just so glad to see you surf a wave of unadulterated joy! Felicitations, and may this be the first of many wonderful days to come.

  107. Megan

    It has all already been said. But I add my CONGARUTLATIONS! and YIPEEE! to the pile. The ring is beautiful.

  108. Elizabeth

    Now THAT’S a Love Thursday Post! Congratulations to you and Otto!

  109. AmyLou

    Congratulations! Here’s to you both (and the kids, too)! I can’t wait to read the “story”…and your ring is beautiful.

  110. Summer

    What? What? What? How can you choose this moment to give us an uncharacteristically brief entry? I can tell that wedding bells are ringing, but is that an engagement ring, or a wedding ring?

    You’ve got to tell us everything. Ooh, I know what will work… I DARE YOU to tell us everything. You can leave out the [redacted] part, but I need to know about your wedding shoes.

    Congratulations, Mir and Otto! Wishing you love and joy forever.

  111. Fold My Laundry Please

    Congratulations to you! That is such great news! For your gift, I think I’ll mail you all our extra Halloween candy! Don’t worry, I only buy the good stuff!

    From what I’ve read in the comments, it looks like you’d better do a second post today. Otherwise the masses might revolt!

  112. Lucinda

    Congratulations. Also having happy goosebumps for a woman I have never met but have come to admire. I wish the very best for all of you.

  113. Lisa

    My congratulations as well!

  114. Casey

    Ok I forget – do I congradulate him and wish you the best of luck or is it the other way around?

    Anyway! Many happy years to you both!

  115. Melissa

    Let me be the 482nd person to congratulate you! Congratulations, best wishes, woooohooooooo!!!

    And it’s a lovely ring, by the way.

  116. ishouldbeworking

    Adding my WHOOOOOT!!!!!! and CONGRATULATIONS to you both! Very nice….and yes, DETAILS, PLEASE?!?!

  117. Mom Nancy

    Congratulations to both of you!!

  118. Mit_Moi

    I knew it! I tried to get Otto to fess up on his blog … but he’s a STOIC I tell ya!

    How wonderful to see happy things happening to two special people. And just think … Otto can SHARE in the King bed! (You plan ahead so well Mir).

    Best wishes and Congratulations

  119. Crystal

    Congratulations!!! Best wishes to you two & your kids!!!

  120. Em


    You better not move. I’m still hanging onto the hope that one day I will run into you at Target and show you all the money I saved. (Some people fantasize about winning the lottery. I’m a simple girl).

    But Congratulations!

  121. bad penguin

    Wow, congratulations! And what a lovely ring, too!

  122. Brigitte

    I know I’m posting AGAIN, but I’ve been trying to catch up on your old posts, and I’m still in fall of 2004 – the contrast between what you were going through then, and today, makes me SOOOO happy for you!

  123. udge

    Wonderful! I wish you both all the best, lots of happiness, joy and home & vehicle maintenance.

  124. OneTiredMomma

    Ok. Wait. All she showed us was a beautiful pic of a ring on a ring finger. And damn, you got perfect long, skinny, gimme a ring already dammit, fingers!!

    Is this THE ring or is it some kinda “promise” ring – I can’t go jumping to conclusions and be let down later. I just can’t I tell ya…

    I need fill in the blank details.

  125. GetSheila

    Awwwww. Congratulations you crazy kids!

  126. Ei

    OneTiredMama – I was skeptical too, but Otto’s blog confirms that they are engaged. That of course doesn’t make for the STORY or anything…but…

  127. Rachael

    Mir, my warmest congratulations to you and to Otto. Details, honey, details!

  128. Contrary

    Ok, well, I’m a dunderhead and had NO idea that a visit to relatives meant engagement (despite the fact that Pookie proposed the day after I met his mother for the first time). I saw this when there was only about 3 comments and I didn’t want to be jumping to conclusions. Apparently, I could have safely jumped. Awesome.

    Congratulations, you two!

  129. Keryn

    I have to add my congratulations to the rest. I love reading about your life and I love the example you set on how to be a great mother and stay sane. What a wonderful event!

  130. Sophie

    I’ve been reading your blogs for a couple of months now. I am so happy for you! Are you engaged or married? Will you tell us more? Congrats!

    It occurred to me to tother day that the flavor of your postings about Otto had changed… more reserved, more closely held to the vest. That’s the way one acts when the relationship is moving to the next level, I thought to myself. Ah, it’s good to be right.

  131. Roshaundra

    Congratulations and best wishes to the both of you! What a Love Thursday!!!!

  132. Pastormac's Ann

    Wow, how wonderful! Happy happy Love Thursday! Wishes for many many days filled with love for you two!

  133. angelfeet

    That’s so lovely.

  134. Kim

    You are sooooo pretty!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am so happy for you and Otto!
    It is so nice to hear some good news today!
    Can’t wait to hear the whole story!!!!!

  135. Dawn

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you, Otto, and the little ones.

  136. Jackie Joy


    Yay! Pretty Congratulations and Target Gift Cards for you! Now where is the STORY??!

  137. sumo

    Congrats! This is the first time I’ve followed an online journal through something like an engagement. Very cool!

  138. Liise

    YAY! Otto doesn’t have to sleep in the guest room!!!!

  139. Liise

    AND… DAMN woman – perfect nails much?

  140. Aarika

    Awwwwwwww yeah.

  141. Casey

    Sooo, cleaning out under the sink is to make room for Otto’s things??? Was that a hint even back then?

    AND – are you going to make him keep his shorts under the sink? We need details. Oh and, congrats. real, huge, big, CONGRATS. I love love.

  142. Andrea

    WOW and a huge congrats to you both!
    What great news this Thursday….

  143. Judy



    So very happy for you and Otto!!

  144. Janis

    This is big news. I’m so very happy for you and I’m sure when he gave you the ring your hair looked fabulous! Big HUGS to you both!

  145. Dawn

    when when when is the wedding? are WE ALL invited?
    I am SO envious!!

  146. Her Bad Mother

    Joy of the good, indeed.

    BIG. FAT. HUG.

  147. Tiny Coconut

    Mazel, mazel, mazel, mazel, tov, tov, tov, tov!!!!

    Talk about your Love Thursday!

  148. Deb

    Hey! Whoduhthunk he’d finally be able to wear you down to a yes!? May your days with Otto continue to be as wonderful as they have always been and Otto…I know you know you have a few treasures in your life. Congratulations to you both.

  149. mojo


  150. alice

    CONGRATULATIONS! I’m not used to tearing up about people whom I’ve never met, but here I am – teary! You have seemed so happy in these past months, and I’m so glad for you both that you’ve found one another. I wish you every happiness.

  151. diane

    Mir!!!!!!!!!! ((cyber hugs))
    Congrats. You so deserve this!

  152. Muirnait

    There are ever so many comments on here! It’s a *lovely* ring. I really, really, really like it. (I’m very repeaty lately.) I’m super happy for you guys.

  153. Busy Mom

    WHOA!!! WOW!!!! HOORAY!!!

  154. Jenrigg

    Hip hip hooraaaaay! Fantastic news :)

  155. Amy

    Congrats! This is such a happy thing to see!

  156. WendyC

    wooHOOOOOOO so happy for you! :)

  157. LizP

    A million YAY’s and CONGRATULATIONS!

  158. mom on a wire

    Yayayayayayayayayyyyyyyyyy!! Congratulations to everyone! Yay!

  159. Melanie


  160. carson

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

  161. Heather Cook

    Woot! Yes! That’s so exciting!!

  162. Velma

    Yay! Yipee! Hooray!

    I’m not sure how I missed this, since I’m usually reading here everyday, but congratulations! Like others have said, its a little odd that I’m so happy for someone I’ve never met, but you deserve it!

    (Did I say “Yay!” yet? Whatever – YAY!)

  163. Mom101

    Let me be the billionth person to squeal and shriek with unbridled joy.

    So so so happy for you Mir. I love it when good things happen to good people.

  164. Jenna

    Crap! It IS beautiful! :)

  165. Fraulein N

    CONGRATULATIONS, Mir! That’s a lovely ring!

  166. InterstellarLass

    Congrats Mir. I wish you both much happiness and joy.

  167. Latte Man

    I so hate being late to the party… but… better late than never… Right?


  168. becky

    that’s what i get for being busy and not stopping by regularly. and i found out when i saw your comment over on amateur gourmet, even.

    well, congrats! sounds like you’re happy. if it makes you feel better, i still giggle when i say husband. we were together a loooong time before we married. and it’s my second marriage. but i still giggle.

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