Butterflies

Marcy and I met two years ago through mutual friends who live both in Chenango and Broome County. We had met and went on a date in Greene, New York. We first started emailing each other and in the onset of our discussions, a quote came into play. The quote was from writer and poet Throeau. The quote was: "Happiness is like a butterfly, if you chase it will elude you and if you turn your attention to other things the butterfly will come and sit softly on your shoulder." Ironically enough Marcy had a magnet of this which was given to her as a gift and became somewhat a theme for us. I called her Mariposa as her name was Marcy and Mariposa meant butterfly in Spanish.

I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I wanted to make the proposal and engagement very special so I planned a trip to Rochester, New York where my sister works at the Strong Museum of Play. So I worked with my sister to get us admission into the Butterfly Museum inside the Strong Museum of Play. So I made arrangements with them to have the room reserved for a Sunday afternoon. I actually had January 16, 2011 scheduled to have a personal tour. I had worked with my sister and the staff to have them enter the tour midway through. The guide approached us 10 minutes into the 20 minute tour. As they approached us, they had two envelopes. My envelope was empty, but Marcy's had the quote inside inside her envelope (Happiness is like a butterfly, if you chase it will elude you and if you turn your attention to other things the butterfly will come and sit softly on your shoulder." ) As she opened and read the quote and was turned to the side of me, I was preparing and going down on one knee as butterflies flew around us. She accepted the proposal and we are to be married August 27, 2011 in Vestal, New York. We will have a butterfly theme.

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Angela says ... on Saturday, Apr 23 at 6:05 PM

Congratulations! All the best to you and much love and happiness

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Sandy B says ... on Monday, Apr 4 at 3:05 PM

Sincere congratulations to both of you! Always remember to keep Love, Laughter, and the Lord in your Lives...may you be blessed with many, many happy, healthy years of marriage!

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Jenny says ... on Monday, Apr 4 at 10:48 AM

I so happy happy joy joy for the two of you :)

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Mark Calloway says ... on Monday, Apr 4 at 9:47 AM

So terrific. WOW!

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Danny says ... on Monday, Apr 4 at 9:21 AM

Best wishes to you and your future together.

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George Steele says ... on Monday, Apr 4 at 8:56 AM

Great Story. Congrats!

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Pat says ... on Sunday, Apr 3 at 6:34 PM

Nice story...best wishes!

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Carolee says ... on Sunday, Apr 3 at 9:43 AM

A beautiful proposal Jeff. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!!

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Aunt Marilyn & Uncle Dale says ... on Saturday, Apr 2 at 9:20 PM

Congratulations Jeff and Marcy. We wish you many, many years of happiness. We have Aug. 27th on our calendar.

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Aunt Marilyn & Uncle Dale says ... on Saturday, Apr 2 at 9:12 PM

Congratulations Jeff and Marcy. We wish you many, many years of happiness. We have Aug. 27th on our calendar.

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Barbara Fulford says ... on Saturday, Apr 2 at 6:24 PM

This gives me shivers. How lovely. Happiness to you.

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Sharron says ... on Saturday, Apr 2 at 3:30 PM

Such a beautiful story. I wish you all the best.

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Jes says ... on Saturday, Apr 2 at 2:38 PM

Love you guys!! :-)

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Hank says ... on Saturday, Apr 2 at 7:29 AM

Wonderful story. The best of luck to the two of you.

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Jim says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 11:24 PM

I wish you both the best.

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Donna says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 11:23 PM

Beautiful story for a great couple. Good Luck.

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Donna says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 11:21 PM

What a beautiful pic & story. I wish you both the best. You deserve it.

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Bethany Nichols says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 7:19 PM

You have always been a special person in my life. I am so that you can experience the happiness of marriage. Best wishes....

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John P says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 7:15 PM

What a brilliant idea to propose. Best of luck to both of you

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Paul and Paula says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 6:54 PM

congratulacion

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Julie says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 6:50 PM

Great Romantic Story! Awesome Proposal! Wish you all the best!! :)

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Julie says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 6:47 PM

What a Great Romance Story! Awesome Proposal! I wish you all the best!!! :)

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Art W. says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 6:39 PM

What a beautiful way to propose to the one you love! I really wish the best for both of you.

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Mary Lou says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 5:14 PM

Jeff you have always been very special to our family and I'm so proud of you. What a beautiful moment for you and Marcy. I have saved the date and will be there with bells on.

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Shannon says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 4:16 PM

That's so sweet. I'm not very sappy, but love the story and the butterflies were a perfect touch! Congrats

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Ellen says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 3:41 PM

OMG!...*sniff,sniff* that was beautiful! My partner and I also have a special thing with butterflies when we met! Thank you for sharing! Congrats and best of luck!

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Barbie H says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 2:31 PM

Yours is a great story-something the two of you can hold on to forever. Your mom is a special friend and I wish you the best in a wonderful life together.

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Miz says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 1:31 PM

Yay! Congrats you two! You deserve this!!

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Andrea Spitulnik says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 1:18 PM

Jeff, that is such a special story. Your sister is a good friend of mine and I am so happy that she made me aware of this touching proposal. I had gooose bumps when I got to the end. I am so happy for the both of you.

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Britt says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 1:09 PM

Great neighbor Jeff, love to you both.

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Colleen says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 1:03 PM

Jeff & Marcy: I know your family, Jeff, and your story is lovely and romantic. May Marcy always be your best friend, as well as your wife. Congrats.

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U.C. says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 12:58 PM

Great news, best to all.

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Laurie says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 12:48 PM

Great Story! Very touching. May you have a lifetime of happiness!

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Christopher A. says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 12:04 PM

Awesome story, Jeff! Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness.

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Barb G says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 12:00 PM

Congrats !

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Jeff M. says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 11:52 AM

What a great story!

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Mindy says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 11:28 AM

Congratulations!!!! To a lifetime of happiness!!!

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Larry says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 11:21 AM

Wonderful news, happiness.

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DG says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 11:12 AM

Wonderful story. Best Wishes, Marcy and Congratulations, Jeff.

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Diane says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 11:12 AM

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun, and find your shoulder to light on.To bring you luck, happiness and riches; today, tomorrow and beyond.~Irish Blessing

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Tina Wersinger says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 11:07 AM

What a romantic proposal! I also have that quote from Thoreau on a magnet. Best wishes for a wonderful life together - Tina, DCMO BOCES

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Carol says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 10:56 AM

Congratulations and best wishes Jeff and Marcy! May you always be blessed by the butterfly of happiness.

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Jennifer says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 10:56 AM

What a great story! Wishing you both a lifetime filled with butterflies.

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Rich N & Cathy F says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 10:54 AM

You both are very nice people and deserve a lifetime together. Many blessings and we hope you win...

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Lori Biker says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 10:51 AM

How special! I love stories like that! I wish you the best of everything!

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Linda Harris says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 10:35 AM

Congratulations and the best of luck to both of you!

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Lynne Roys says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 10:34 AM

Very nice story!! Best of wishes for a happy adventure to your wedding day and love forever after.

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Tony says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 10:29 AM

Peace, love, and grooviness!

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Jim says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 10:28 AM

Love and peace!

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Teri Conroy says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 10:27 AM

I love it! Goose bumps and happy tears, such a moving and beautiful story.

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LInda loughren says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 10:24 AM

That is a BEAUTIFUL STORY. I've never heard the theme of a wedding before. I think Butterfly is a real nice thing. I'm proud of you both!! CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BOTH OF YOU!!

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Anne Marie says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 10:15 AM

Congratulations!!! what a fabulous story! Nice Job Jefferson!

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Charlie says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 10:08 AM

What a perfect story, happiness!

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Jean says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 10:02 AM

Awesome story....All the best.....:)

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Lori says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 9:56 AM

Awesome story. Congrats to you and good luck with your wedding plans.

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Buckley says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 9:53 AM

Great story, happy for you both!

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Liz Rotundo says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 9:52 AM

What a beautiful story, Jeff! Congratulations to you and Marcy. All the best for a lifetime of happiness, love, and growth together.

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John and Marian says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 9:49 AM

Have many butterfly moments!

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Carol Sacks says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 9:45 AM

Jeff and Marcy, Congratulations and may this be the beginning of a life filled with love and joy.

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Leanne says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 9:44 AM

Awesome story! Best wishes to the both of you and thank you for bringing such love and positive energy into the world.

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Uncle Dick %& Aunt Susan says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 9:30 AM

Nice story.

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Tara says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 9:15 AM

Best wishes to amazing couple!! The day you proposed to Marcy is a day that I will never forget because I was there with you, anxiously waiting for you to come out of the Butterfly Garden as an engaged couple. Jeff & Marcy, you deserve the best!

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Sharon Winans says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 8:47 AM

Wonderful story and you both look so happy. Best wishes, Sharon Winans DCMO BOCES

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Coach and Mrs. G says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 8:42 AM

All the best, a fantastic future together!

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Deb Johnson says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 8:39 AM

You have your mother's loving, gentle spirit. What a wonderful foundation for your life together. Best wishes.

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Will says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 7:41 AM

Congrats and good luck to you both. I know the future has great things in store for you.

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Lorraine says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 7:39 AM

Beautiful.

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Maureen says ... on Friday, Apr 1 at 6:40 AM

Great story Jeff. We wish you both all the best! Maureen & Bill

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