I’m going to let this letter speak for itself, because actually (amazing engagement and all) I think this is my favorite part:
Maryland to Oregon
You have watched her grow from a shy toddler to a driven young woman. You helped inspire her and worked to teach her what you know. Because of you she has the confidence to speak her mind and she has a love for music only second to yours. You have given her the ability to always look at things for what they are and what they are not. You showed her she could dream and you helped her any way you could to reach for them. She has become the striking woman she is in part because of you.
I have fallen in love with the woman that you and Leanna have raised. I respect the person she is and the family she comes from. For that reason, I am sending you this letter to hopefully gain the same respect from you. On July 4, 2011, I will ask Laicie to marry me and hope for your consent? There is little more important to a girl than her father’s approval. It would mean a lot to me as well.
At this point you might be wondering what the bottle of gin is for. Is it a gift? Is it a bribe? It is neither of those things. It is purely that if you don’t condone the marriage and Laicie says yes, I thought you might need a drink. You can supply the limes and tonic.
I start crying all over again just reading it.