Monday, December 14, 2009


Friday after an exam I was going to head straight home but my mom diverted me and convinced me to come meet her for lunch.

While I was at lunch, Daniel and my sister Zadie were planting clues all over my house.

I got home and began my hunt around the house for clues, starting with the first one at the door…


…and then leading me to a final one saying that I needed to be at the lake, but I couldn't leave my house until 4 pm….It was 2 pm. I was freaking out. Annnnd it is an hour drive to the lake. By myself. With just my thoughts. (supposedly they had planned 2 free hours so I would have time to get ready since they figured I would be coming from an exam in sweats and a ponytail, BUT because I knew I was meeting my mom for lunch, I had already gotten ready.)

I was so anxious…Even though I didn't know, I think I knew what was coming….

Finally I arrived at the lake. There were no cars in the driveway, but a final clue on the front door told me to come inside for my surprise. I also had to pee really really bad because I had been in the car for an hour drinking a large glass of water…(just keeping it real).

I walked in and….IMG_0299 (oh I didn't take this, Zadie did while he was practicing…)

There were candles and rose petals and he told me he had a song for me.

…a song HE HAD WRITTEN about our first date (to Bible study) how God has always been with us and had a plan for us, and when he knew he loved me etc. etc….and of course I was hysterical.

Then he made me stand up and he said a lot of nice things I was sniffling and snarling through, and got on one knee and asked me to marry him….

After, Zadie (who had called me earlier to tell me she was hanging out in Athens with all her friends and probably wouldn't be home till Saturday- LIAR)  popped out (she had been videoing) and asked if I was ready to eat.

My grandparents live on the other side of the lake so we were going to head to their house for dinner. They said it was just going to be my parents, grandparents, Zadie, Daniel, and me….

But when we got there- his entire family was there too…Along with my other set of grandparents and aunt/uncle/cousin. Omgosh it was SO special. Everyone was laughing and crying.

My grandmother had planned a beautiful meal for everyone with candles and her Christmas china…

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My mom and me, and then the stereotypical engaged picture. I promise my mom and I did not plan the yellow- it was just a sunshiney kind of day I guess….

IMG_0346 (The table Daniel and I sat at, the grandparents were all at the other table discussing grandparent-y things I’m sure….)

After dinner, I had ANOTHER surprise. My mom with the help of Daniels mom had planned a “Newly Engaged Game”….

IMG_0357 (yes that is a scoreboard… was intense….)

IMG_0376 It was kind of like a “Newlywed” game where we had to answer questions about eachother; “Biggest PetPeeves”, “He/She Never Travels Without…”, “Mother Maiden Name”, “Favorite Food”….but there were also little lessons and scriptures in there about family and marriage and the examples our parents have set…(both of our sets of parents have been married for 25 years.) There were a lot of laughs, but also a lot of tears. I’ll save you from the pictures of me boo-hoo-ing when we each had to explain what we loved most about the other.

After the game we had several gifts and cards to open; a picture frame, a 'proposal’ ornament, and of course WEDDING MAGAZINES!!!!


I am so excited. I feel so blessed and humbled to have met such an amazing man. The proposal itself was special but then followed by an evening with our families was just the icing on the cake!

Now I’m just going to try and keep my cool while planning….

IMG_0187 (he did good, he picked it out on his own- we never looked at rings together---although after 2 years, he definitely knew exactly what I wanted…)



  1. Congratulations! That is such a beautiful proposal story! May God continue to bless you and your fiance in a very special way during the months ahead! What a wonderful Christmas you will have! :) I pray sweet blessings to you and your family!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a fabulous surprise he planned - way to go!

  3. Congratulations on the engagement! So exciting! I know you will enjoy the wedding planning so much. It's such a special time, and when it's all said and done, you'll be married to a wonderful man who will stand by your side for the rest of your life. What a great feeling?!

  4. WOW! Congrats :) What a fun story. I am a newlywed & happened upon your blog. Planning a wedding is so fun & I now blog about Life as a Wife! Just learning as I go...

    Bless you - Merry, Merry CHRISTmas!