What a Surprise!

I have been teasing my husband about Atta Girls for quite a long time.  Like many wives, I coveted an Atta Girl of my very own, but to be honest it was just too much money for me to imagine spending on a piece of jewelry for myself.

I wanted one very much, but I didn’t need one.  My kids needed shoes. We needed to take Ike to the vet.  Air Force Guy needed IR flags.  It was kind of a family joke anytime something went wrong – I’d tell AFG, "I expect to see the Atta Girl ribbon for this one!"  the way the kids and I would say, "Hey, let’s go tell those people to move out of our house!" when we would drive past some dreamy picturesque manor we’ll never be able to afford.

Apparently, my husband is an awful lot more romantic than I ever would have guessed.

AFG was able to come home from his extended TDY this weekend.  Yesterday morning he took us to breakfast at Mimi’s Cafe (have I mentioned how much I love Mimi’s?  It’s one of my all time favorite restaurants, topped only by the perfection that is Panera) and pulled out a long black velvet jewelry box.

Then he opened the box and presented it to me with all the tradition and wrappings of a marriage proposal, right there in the restaurant in front of God and Everyone.

Doesn’t the boy look perplexed? 

And do I have the biggest cheesy grin you’ve ever seen in your life?  I could honestly hardly breathe.

Then AFG took the Atta Girl out of it’s box, linked it together, and put it on my wrist himself.  An elderly lady at the next table smiled at me and gave me the "You did good, girl!" nod.  I wonder if she knew what an Atta Girl was or if she just recognized the excitement of the moment!

AFG then regaled me with the number of hours it took him to pick out the  "perfect" bracelet for me.  He said he wanted to make sure I knew how much he treasured everything I did for him.

As far as moments go, it ranked right up there with, "Will you marry me?".

My bracelet has:
Military Spouse
Military Sister 
Air Force
National Guard 
Deployment (with star)
Combat/Hazardous Duty (with star)
12 Years of Service (with star)

A funny side effect of this was that my daughters are now green with jealousy!  Especially when they found out that there are Military Daughter ribbons available!  Since AFG is currently working on getting his next deployment, he asked me if I thought it would be a good thing to order while he is gone for him to present to the girls as a pendant when he comes back.

I think it would be something they would treasure forever.


About the Author


airforcewife started her military journey as an Army National Guard wife, but upon experiencing base housing decided to aim high and made the switch to the Air Force. That's worked pretty well for Air Force Family so far, even though airforcewife holds the spouse world record for Come to Jesus talks with various members of the command.

Air Force Family has four children, two pit bulls, and a Mother-in-Law who lost her mind eight years ago. Despite the reputation of pit bulls, airforcewife would like to assure you that her Mother-in-Law is truly the most dangerous of the group, and is banned in more places than the dogs.

airforcewife gets through Air Force Guy's frequent deployments and TDY's by frequently attending her boxing gym, after the chance discovery last deployment that hitting things really does make life better. She also volunteers as the Ambassador for Sew Much Comfort to Bethesda National Naval Medical Center and in a variety of other causes throughout the year.

airforcewife has no idea what the future holds, but decided five years ago that she wants to be Andi when she grows up.

  • Erin

    Why you lucky goose! AFG needs to drop my husband an email and clue him in! At least there’s hope that maybe one day I’ll get one if I keep waiting! Congrats hon!

  • That is so beautiful!! I’m very very happy for you! I told Dh about them right away, but like you mentioned they are a bit expensive but alas, a girl can dream.. maybe one day :)

  • Awww, that is way cute.
    And it’s obvious after spending five minutes with you two that AFG is head-over-heels for you. You’re a lucky gal.

  • Awwww!! Thanks for sharing, that is such a great story. The part where I teared up was when AFG asked about getting pendants for your daughters – so sweet!
    Also, I’m glad I read this post because it reminded me that Army Wives is on tonight! :-p

  • Oh Ruthie, how wonderful!! I have been wanting one, but I haven’t said anything to my dh. Tears came to my eyes!! You are a blessed woman indeed!!

  • well… I HAD to remark, LOUDLY, about how sweet, lucky etc etc… DH muttered something.. not sure what…

  • LAW, Stretch had a similar reaction. I did go on to say that something like that would be a nice touch when he got around to retiring…
    yeah, I’m not holding my breath…

  • What a great gift! It looks very pretty!
    I had never heard of these before but I think I am coveting one for myself now!

  • So cool!
    Also, PANERA. Mmmmm. Seriously, there are few things I covet more than that. I’ve often joked that I want Einstein stationed at Tinker just because there is a Panera right outside of the gate.