|March 23rd, at sunset|
Today's post has nothing to do with style sense or saving money. Thomas and I wanted to share a little about our story. Our engagement is the result of a couple of requests made years ago. A practical, very single 13-year-old girl asked God if she could give her whole heart away to only one man someday, and later a high school boy asked God if he could have the same girl even if he asked for nothing else. This post is meant to honor God first for listening to and answering our odd requests when he certainly didn't have to, and to say thank you to all of the people who have helped us: our parents, friends, and teachers who have loved us, supported us, taught us, and helped us to be ready for many different challenges. After being friends for a long time (Thomas and I met in eighth grade, craaaazy), we officially started dating after we graduated from high school. The rest is history, on to the proposal!
After taking me to Shadowbrook, the same restaurant that my dad took my mom to before he proposed to her, Thomas drove me to Carmel Beach, the place of our first date. Thomas walked me down onto the beach (at sunset), went down on one knee, and said some beautiful things that I didn't really hear the first time because I was in shock. I did remember the lines: "When I first met you I knew you were someone special" (Ooo, maybe I am special!) and "I want to serve God together" (Oh yes, that's important too!), and "Will you marry me?" (I'm so glad you asked!).
I said "Yes!" and got down on my knees to hug him. There might have been a couple of kisses involved. We stood up and a random family cheered for us in the distance, and I saw a couple camera flashes behind the staircase near our table. I waved at Eddie and Tyler taking stealthy pictures and videos of us behind the stone balustrade.
|A trail of rose-petals leading up to our table, ring-box in the bread basket. Thank you Tyler for putting it in!|
|I'm in shock. "Oh, yes, I will have some champagne, thank you!"|
Thank you so much Stacie for taking me to get my nails done the morning of, thank you Tyler and Eddie for being amazing and setting up (and taking down) the engagement table for us while we were out to dinner, thank you friends for celebrating with us, and thank you Diane for putting all of these pictures on a disk for us! Thank you parents and relatives and teachers for advice and support and everything. We love you all and are super excited to move on to the next step in our lives. Oh! And thank you God!