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  • Thank you @toyotausa for having me at the Culture of Gratitude Brunch celebrating women. Grateful to be in the room with so many awesome Black Women. So inspiring! #toyota #a3cfestival #a3c
  • Is there someone outside of your parents that you were able to confide or look up to when you were growing up? One of my favorite characters on @davidmakesman on @owntv is Mx. Elijah. People like Mx. Elijah, who are unapologetically themselves, can be instrumental as part of the village in a young persons life. Mx. Elijah is one of those people that you can confide in without being judged. My older sisters and my niece have been there for me like Mx. Elijah. They constantly look out for me and are there for me when I need them. It definitely takes a village.  Learn more about Mx. Elijah character on @davidmakesman on Wednesday 9/8c on #OWNTV #davidmakesman #ad
  • Thanking God for another year! These last 6 months have been rough but I thank God for keeping me covered. Celebrate with my by taking advantage of the @supermomculture hoodie sale! Ends tonight. #libraseason
  • Felt cute, might delete later (jokes). Lol 😂 I’ve been wanting to use that caption. Hello from #Aruba 👋🏾. Having a ball celebrating my friend nuptials. This is one lit wedding celebration (watch stories). Service isn’t great so trying to post when I can. Glad I was able to wear this @suakokobetty ensemble one more time before it gets cold. My bow tube top was on the clearance sale at Zara this past spring.
  • Your girls got a birthday coming up (10/8)! I’ll be celebrating in a tropical location this wknd for my friends wedding. I won’t need a hoodie but you guys will 😆. My birthday gift to you is a sale on @supermomculture hoodies! Link in profile.  I’m wearing a medium in the hoodie (unisex sizes)! ♎️ #supermomculture Wearing @thelipbar Hot Mama
  • My little fire chief wanted to inform you, along with @nfpadotorg, that #nationalfirepreventionweek is coming Oct 6-13. #NFPA has made it easy to teach kids on all levels about fire safety. Click link in profile for free games, videos and printables to help your kids learn more about fire safety.  You may learn something yourself. I know I did.  Have you discuss a fire safety plan with your kids? #ad
  • When you become a mother, you want the best for your kids.  Watching @davidmakesman on @OWNTV reminds me that no matter how challenging motherhood is, we never give up.  The character Gloria, who is a mother of two boys, is faced challenges trying to raise them on her own. No matter how hard it gets, she continues to work hard and fight for her kids to have a better life.  My mom was a "Gloria", never giving up when faced with challenges while she was trying to break a cycle.  I think we all know or maybe are a "Gloria" and can relate to her story very well! Tune in to the powerful series #DavidMakesMan on OWN on Wednesdays at 9/8c #AD
  • I used 3 packs of @latchednhooked pre-stretched hair in Suga Mama and one pack of exotic curl in coffee (said wrong in video). My edges can’t handle single braids so cornrows it is! #latchedandhooked #bohobraids
  • Obsessed with Harper’s Enchanted Fourest theme! Thx @swankyroseevents for the set up! I DIY’d the grass letters.  Details on how I did them on the blog.  Super easy but costly 😩. Link in profile
  • Kimonos are a woman’s best friend.  So flattering! I think I have like 20 and I’m looking for more! Who else can relate 🙋🏾‍♀️
  • That’s a wrap! Had a blast celebrating Harper’s 4th Birthday at @tumblesjohnscreek. The kids had so much fun at this new facility (opened last week). The staff was amazing and kept the kids entertained the whole time. I’ll be sharing more details on Harper’s Enchanted Fourest soon! If you’re in the Atlanta area make sure you check out #tumblesjohnscreek  they have STEAM and gym classes. I’m off for rest of the weekend, mama tide 😩.
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10 Years of Marriage + How He Proposed

October 27, 2017

TEN years in this marriage game!  WOW!  The best thing about celebrating 10 years is that we’re still madly in love.  Like I would do it all over again.  Like most women, I thought that I was supposed to meet my future husband in college.  That ideal died quickly after breaking up with my freshman year college boyfriend.  After that relationship, I decided I was going to enjoy myself and play the field.  My longest relationships before Mister was only one year max.  I told myself that marriage wasn’t for me.  At 26 (still young) I said, I was going to get my grind on and be a super bachelorette.  Within a few weeks, I met Mister. You can read about it HERE.  He’s been sweeping me off my feet ever since.  Keep reading for our proposal story.

Photos by Unlikely Martha

July 14, 2007 my boyfriend (Mister) said he wanted to take me out somewhere nice.  That wasn’t unusual for him to say that because we always went out but it was just a couple of days after his birthday.  When I got off work I headed to get my nails done before our date.  I called my mom on my Motorola Razr phone (LOL) on the way to the nail salon.  I told her that I had a date with my BF (boyfriend).  She asked what were we doing and where were we going.  She never asks that.  I told her I didn’t know.  I got off the phone with her and got my nails done. Later that evening, my BF picked me up and we head downtown Atlanta.

We pulled up to the Westin hotel.  I was like, what are we doing here.  We proceeded to the elevators and headed to the top floor.  We were going to have dinner at the Sundial restaurant, the restaurant that rotates while your seated.  Fancy!  I was surprised because neither one of us like to spend a ton of money just to eat out.  I thought maybe he won the lottery or got a new client.  I was impressed and I told him everything that I heard about the Sundial and that it’s known for being the most romantic restaurant in the city and they people propose here.  Not thinking about the possibilities, I eat my dinner.  Then he says he has to use the restroom.  No problem, but he’s gone for like 15 minutes or more.  Strange.  We finish dinner and head back down to the hotel lobby.

When we get to the lobby, he pulls out a chair at the bar and orders me a drink.  He tells me to stay there because he needed to meet with his cameraman (he was a television producer at the time) to give him a file that was in his car. That wasn’t out of the ordinary because he always had deadlines.  I sat at the bar for at least 30 mins.  He finally returns and asks if I’m ready.  Umm…yeah.  I didn’t go off (maybe because I had a few more drinks while waiting.)

We walk outside of the Westin and there is a horse and carriage waiting.  I was like OMG!  Is this for us?  He said yes.  Still not expecting anything, I get in and enjoy the ride.  The carriage stops at Centennial Olympic Park.  Now I’m asking questions.  Why are we stopping here, what are we doing?  He said he wanted to go for a walk with me.  I got on heels.  I told him we couldn’t walk too far. The park is beautiful at night.  After a few minutes of walking, we sit down on a park bench near the flag canopy (photo below).  There was a homeless man on the bench next to us.  Mister gets up and heads towards him but the man gets up and walks away.

Now it’s just us.  I’m like what is going on.  He grabs me by the hand and walks me under the lights and flags and proceeds to get down on one knee.  I blacked out and don’t remember anything else.

I was totally surprised.  It was like I was watching a movie and could not believe this was happening to me. I don’t remember what he said but I managed to come back to reality to say YES!  And then I hit him in the arm.  I’m like what did you just do!  I’m crying and shaking.  I’m like I need to call my mom!  He said she already knew.  So that’s why she was being weird.  I also found out that Mister actually had his cameraman pick up an engraved ring box he had made.  That’s what he was meeting with him about.

We got married 3 months later and it has been a fairytale ever since. I don’t know what I did to deserve this man.  Like a lot of women, I felt unlucky in love and that I would never meet Mr. Right.  I kissed a lot of frogs and dogs.  When I met my husband, I thought it was too good to be true.  Ten years later it still feels like a dream but it’s my reality.

I’m not saying we haven’t had any bumps in the road but we’ve always managed to get back on track. We never give up on each other.  I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my life with this man.

Like last year, we’re going to answer your relationship questions.  Leave your questions in the comments or email thebabyshopaholic@gmail.com.

*Please excuse any typos and grammatical errors.  Just go with the flow. LOL!

  • Cristine
    October 27, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Happy Anniversary!! Congratulations on 10 years!!

  • Carissa
    October 27, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Great Story!!! Happy Anniversary!!!!

  • Shalyce Tyson
    October 27, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Beautiful!!! Congrats on this milestone! Happy Anniversary!

  • Sukie
    October 27, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Beautiful family and love story . Makes me still believe in the land of the single woman, lol. yes the frogs and dogs. I’m enjoying being single right now until Mr. Right sweeps me off my feet. I keep Faith that he will come someday. Thank u for sharing.
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

  • Roshunda
    October 27, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Congrats! What a great example of love for your girls.

  • Buzybeekm
    October 27, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    So sweet! Thanks for sharing!

  • CaNesha
    October 28, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Love, Love, Love. Happy Anniversary!

  • Kim B.
    October 28, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Awwww, what an awesome love story to share with others and most importantly your girls. Beautiful story and beautiful family!!

  • Anika
    October 28, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Continue spreading the love Trina and Mister…
    Congrats and may God continue to bless your union!

    Anika

  • Debbie
    October 28, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Congratulations on 10 years! My husband and I ate at the Sundial on our 25th Anniversary. We went for lunch because I wanted daytime views of the city.

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