Friday, August 04, 2006

My 200th Post!!!



So when better to reveal some of the biggest news of my life?!!
As mentioned in my previous post, Ben and I have had some big news brewing while I was in Vanuatu, and I think now is the perfect time to share not one, but two exciting developments with you guys.

Exciting development #1:
Should the Australian Immigration Deparment decide to bestow their benevolence upon us, Ben may be coming to live with me in Australia next year while I do my new graduate program.
We will be making visa applications and hopefully Ben will be able to come and live with me and work to earn some money to pay for his school fees when we return to Vanuatu in 2008, and improve his English language skills, which will put him in greater demand as a teacher in Vanuatu.

We are both extremely excited and know that while this path is going to be hard work, and it may be be long and convoluted, if it all comes together it will be worth it. It will also mean that we won't have to spend 12 months apart while I complete my new graduate program here in Sydney next year.

Exciting development #2:

We're engaged!!!

While my mum and stepdad were visiting us in Port Vila Ben took the opportunity to ask for their permission for him to marry me... or to use his exact phrase, to ask them if they'd let him have me. They said yes!

A week later, at the airport as I was preparing to board my flight back home, Ben asked me to marry him and be his wife. Of course I said yes!

So I am now officially off the market, and will be a married woman in the foreseeable future!!!

36 Comments:

At 1:47 pm, Blogger srp said...

Here from Michele.
Happy, Happy Engagement.
May you be this happy for the rest of your life.
What great news!

 
At 1:49 pm, Blogger Carmi said...

What wonderful news! May you always have such happiness to share with us.

I am thrilled for you both.

(So is Michele...she'll no doubt be tickled pink, too!)

 
At 1:54 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YAY
I am sooooooo excited for you....that is great news

HAPPY ENGAGEMENT

 
At 1:58 pm, Anonymous tommy said...

Yikes marriage. Well good luck to you then.

while this path is going to be hard work, and it may be be long and convoluted, if it all comes together it will be worth it.

Yeah that sounds like marriage.

Michele sent me.

 
At 1:59 pm, Anonymous Grins said...

Congrats! Michele sent me to say hello by the way. And hope the visa stuff goes well for you. My best friend married a woman from Australia and they both wanted her to come to the states on her own first. Paperwork galore but I'm sure you know ALL about that.

 
At 11:10 pm, Blogger Linda said...

Michele sent me...congrats on your engagement, and may you always be happy!

 
At 11:13 pm, Anonymous Laura said...

Heyy!! I lost your blog url, was great to find you again on Michels site. (I havent played the weekend game in awhile.)
Congrats on the engagement, that's great news!!!

 
At 11:33 pm, Blogger alex said...

Hi Yaeli!! Here via Michele's tonight and pleased to offer my congratulations as you embark on your journey together!

 
At 12:21 am, Blogger Tia said...

OMG! I have goose bumps! Of all the posts to happen here, I get to share in your excitement and happiness! Congratulations!!!!

I can TOTALLY relate to the whole immigration thing.... I just got my US citizenship in March, and we (my husband and I) also JUST received word that our residency visas for New Zealand have finally been approved so we're moving!

All the best to you! Here from Michele's!

 
At 12:26 am, Anonymous colleen said...

Congratulations! I actually remember a past post with a picture of Ben. I'm here via michele.

 
At 12:32 am, Blogger Lisa said...

wow, congrats on the engagement AND the 200th post! What wonderful news!

 
At 12:48 am, Blogger Leah said...

Hello, Michele sent me.
All the best. What a great news to share.

 
At 4:02 pm, Blogger moon said...

Congrats!! I wish you all the best. I can relate to being apart from your sweety. We initially met online, spent a year dating, he drove hours every weekend to spend it with me. Was able to move here finally, then we had to wait 3 more yrs to finally be married. Which happened under 2 months ago lol We leave for our honeymoon in 2 days!!.
I could only wish u the happiness I have myself. Good luck to u both.
Michele sent me
Have a great day.

 
At 4:39 pm, Blogger h&b said...

What a great post !
I love happy-happy .. it's infectious.

Happy 200th ! Happy Future Wedded Bliss ! Love it !

( and thanks for visiting my blog the other day - let me know how Vanuatu real estate compares with the Australian Mortgage drain ;)

Here from Michele's today, but will be back without a chaperone on my own ;)

 
At 11:16 am, Anonymous cyndy said...

Happy Engagement to Ben
This is happy happy news
Here via Michele meet and greet
good morning to you down under from a mile high

 
At 11:56 am, Blogger Catherine said...

Congratulations - sounds like you are at a very exciting time of your life
Michele sent me

 
At 12:08 pm, Blogger Shane said...

congratulations! You should post a photo of the two of you immersed in utter joy so we can all say "AWWWWWWW."

 
At 12:20 pm, Anonymous Im Chele In LA said...

yeah.....
that is great..
Over from the other Michele's

 
At 12:38 pm, Blogger Foster Dogs said...

Congratulations on the engagement! I hope everything works out for him to join you in Australia!

Here via Michele's.

 
At 1:55 pm, Anonymous Im Chele In LA said...

over from Michele's.

 
At 2:44 pm, Blogger kenju said...

Yaeli, I just decided to come here and read what you have been up to - and I see this great news! I am so happy for you - as you are obviously on Cloud nine! Congratulations, and I hope he can get to Aus. to be with you and study.

 
At 4:16 am, Anonymous Pearl said...

Congratulations on the happy developments. Let's hope the government processing goes fast.

 
At 4:31 am, Blogger Midori said...

Congratulations!! I love it when people get engaged!!

 
At 4:56 am, Blogger panthergirl said...

Congratulations, Yaeli!!! You deserve much happiness. Hope all of the immigration stuff goes smoothly.

 
At 11:42 am, Blogger queen of light and joy said...

Congradulations on the engagemnent! I hope the visa goes well and that you get it.

Michele hopes the same too.

 
At 4:54 am, Blogger utenzi said...

Congratulations to the both of you, Yaeli. Ben's a very lucky bloke. I've had my eye on you for months and while my heart is breaking in one sense-it's also brimming with joy for your happiness, Yaeli. How'd that sound?

 
At 1:00 am, Blogger Yaeli said...

Smooth Dave... Smooth!

 
At 12:21 am, Blogger kristal said...

Congratulations! Wishing you all the best...

Michele sent me.

 
At 2:27 pm, Blogger bobealia said...

Wow!!! That's great news!
When I got engaged, everyone kept asking us, "When's the big day?" and we were like, "Can't we just be engaged for a while, do we have to know?" Then, just now, I was going to ask you when you planned to have your big day, but then I thought better of it.
I bet maybe Michle will ask... I just came from there.

 
At 6:54 pm, Blogger Gina said...

Congrads on your engagement! Such happy news! And congrads also on your 200th post! I just did mine recently too!

 
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