I was over visiting Mimi Bella Boo & she had a great link party about - I certainly did say YES! So fitting for Valentine's Day!
I wanted to link up, so I thought I'd share my engagement story with you.
Jade & I had been dating for 7 years before we got engaged. Read the story of us here. He had graduated from SIUC in August, and was living in Barrington, IL up by Chicago. He was a fancy land surveyor & was even featured in the Chicago Times because he was that cute! To see each other, it was about a 7 hour drive, or a long train ride & drive out of the city to his apartment. We barely saw each other that semester and it defintely wasn't often enough! I missed him terribly! I was graduating in December and I was tired of waiting on him. I just could not understand why we were not engaged. He for some crazy reason thought I was moving in with him when I graduated. Not so much! I landed a job 30 minutes from my hometown in Effingham, IL. It was then he realized I really wasn't moving in with him, and I was serious about that.
November 1st, 2003 we were both able to be home in Shelbyville. I pretty much forced him into agreeing to go diamond shopping that very cold November morning. He kept poking around that morning & I was just sure that he did NOT want to go. I was VERY upset about it, and shocked that he wasn't ready to committ to me yet. I mean come on, it had been 7 years - how much time does one need? I finally got him ready & in the car when he insisted we stop at his parents house. We went in and I thought nothing of it. Then, off we went again. However, this time instead of going North on the highway to Decatur, he started driving East & up the dam hill (we have a huge dam at our lake). This is when I proclaimed "You are just like your Dad, you constantly dilly dally around when we have places to go!" I wasn't happy with him. We had to be back that afternoon for some type of high school football game to watch Maggie cheer - I have no idea why! So he drives up the dam hill & pulls into this parking lot at the top of it. Again, I'm thinking seriously Jade - what the crap!
So he makes me get out of the car & he pops the trunk - again I'm totally clueless here. Until - I see a picnic basket filled with a picnic & I immediately KNEW. I was in shock. I kept my mouth shut & he walked me over to this wooded area that overlooked the lake. He spread out a picnic blanket & we had a picnic. He even moved the grapes & I saw the ring box - I about died! Then, he tried to say all the things he wanted in his heart without crying, but all he got out was - "To me you are home." Then he proposed & we hugged for a very long time! Gosh - now I have tears in my eyes remembering it! I was so very excited - I had waited for this day a very very long time! He bought me a beautiful & perfect round solitaire diamond ring. I was thrilled. After our picnic - it was freezing - we called all our family & they were dying too! Then, we went to the football game & showed off my ring to all my friends & family. It poured and was cold at the football game, but I didn't care because I was finally his!
We immediately set plans to be wed March 20th, 2004. We didn't want to wait long at all :) Read more about our wedding here.
Now we are a family with two kids aged 4 and 2 & a beautiful home. I look at the 14 year old and 16 year old that fell in love so many years ago and then I look at us now! I love him more than I did then, and every day I am more proud to be called his wife!
*I very much regret that we didn't take pictures that day - we obviously were not thinking of my blog back in 2003!*