Monthly Archives: May 2012
It all started on a Wednesday afternoon in June that I had off from work. I was at home doing various chores around the apartment when I thought I heard a knock at the door. I went to the door and, standing on my very tippy toes, tried to look through the peep hole to see if any one was there. Seeing nothing I turned to go back to what I was doing but I stopped and second guessed my ability to really see what is outside through the peep hole as I am very short and peep holes usually do me no good whatsoever. So I turned back and opened the door. I looked out and saw nothing until I looked down and there stood Ben’s nephew, Cyrus age 3, holding a note up to me. Shocked by the realization that a 3-year-old was standing by himself at my door, I asked him in. “No,” he replied and waved the note in my direction. “Go to Gateway Mesa” it read. I looked at Cyrus. “What is Gateway Mesa?” I asked. Cyrus shrugged. Then I hear, “the open space that Ben usually calls ‘Open Mesa.’ He said to hurry.” Peaking around the corner, I see Josh, Ben’s brother and now best man, sitting on the steps outside my door.
I thank Cyrus and Josh, shut the and rush to change and get ready to leave. I throw on a sun dress, brush my hair and rush out the door in record time. The whole drive over I think, “What is going on? Is this really it? Is he finally going to… No, I can’t think that!” and the excitement builds but when I get to Gateway, Ben’s car is not there and there is no sign of anyone around.
I begin searching for any clue as to my next step but I don’t see any signs to follow or notes to guide me. Finally I send Ben a text message to ask him “what next?” “Follow the arrows,” is my only response. “Arrows? What arrows?” I think. Expanding my search area I finally spot a twig arrow on the ground and begin to follow the signs made from rocks and twigs along the trail. At one point I must have strayed from the path because I heard a ‘bird’ sound and look up just in time to see Ben duck back into the bushes.
Finally I found Ben sitting in the shade of a tree next to a cliff with the most beautiful view of the mountains. He has a picnic laid out and a smug smile on his face. “All this for picnic? He would.” I think. We spend the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the beautiful day and amazing view and chatting about everything and nothing at all. We had fallen asleep in the shade of our tree, for how long I don’t know, but when I awoke the day had cooled and the shadows were getting long. I woke Ben and went out to sit on the rock cliff in the sun to warm up. Ben came and sat behind me and put his arms around my shoulders. Once warm we decided we should get going but when I got up and turned, Ben was crouching on his knees. Thinking something was wrong, I tried to help him but he remained on the ground. Then he lifted a small black box out from his pocket. My mind raced and I was sure that it was all a dream. I had completely forgotten about my expectations that I had had in the car on the way over. As Ben opened the box , the sun caught the shiny object which glittered and shone with the brilliance of a thousand tiny stars. I almost didn’t hear when he asked, “Erin, will you marry me?” Silence stretched on for a moment, for him an eternity. When I finally came to, all of my excitement burst out at once as I threw my arms around him and exclaimed, “YES!” I almost knocked the both of us off the cliff. Fortunately he’s a strong guy!
Miguel and I have been together for 10 years. We met in kindergarten, I still remember thinking he was the cutest boy I had ever seen, before him boys we’re yucky. I transferred out after second grade but saw him again in high school. We didn’t talk to each other until senior year where we shared a class together, we had mutual friends but never really spoke before. We ended up going to the same university. We would have lunch a couple times a week with a group of friends from high school freshman year. After lunch we would walk together to our next class since we were in buildings right next to each other. I was able to get to know him and thought he was an amazing guy, unfortunately we were both in relationships. It wasn’t until junior year of college that we ran into each other at a party. We hit it off immediately, I actually broke up with my boyfriend at the time to see where things might go with him.
Now we have a son together and we just bought our second house. So you’d think what the big deal would be about getting married since he can’t get more committed than he already is. He always said we’d get married, but either timing or money was off. I saw friends and relatives get married and I started to think “when’s my turn?”. I tried to hold it in and not complain and let him ask when he was ready. After a while he decided he didn’t want to get married and I became a nagging girlfriend. As bad as that may sound.
In March after a nice dinner and a movie with our son, he received a text from his good friend saying he had just proposed. This would be his second time getting married. I could not help but cry and he couldn’t understand why I was upset or what marriage meant to me. To him, marriage would not change anything in our relationship, so why do it. Why not do it if he wants to a share a life with me.
A couple of weeks later while doing the dishes I noticed a leak under my kitchen sink. I called him over to fix it. As he was on the floor finishing up I walked by after putting away a bucket, he stopped me and said “I guess we can get married”. I rolled my eyes and started to walk away, but he said he was serious. I could not believe that he just proposed. I guess he figured he was already on his knees, he might as well throw in a marriage proposal. I was a little upset about the way he proposed but after thinking about it there was nothing else to do but take it and run with it, it wasn’t going to get better than that. We went that weekend to pick out a ring. Family and friends were shocked at the news, thinking that day would never come and once I told the story of how he proposed, it got laughs but nods of “yeah, that sounds like Miguel”. We’re getting married in September, I figure why wait, he might change his mind.
I had just moved to the big city to start an internship. Being a small town girl, the big city was the last place I wanted to be, but I knew it would only be a one year internship and I would be out of there! I arrived on a Saturday to my new apartment. I didn’t know anyone! The guy at the leasing office told me the apartment complex had monthly “meet and greets” once a month and that I should go. They were having one the following Monday. I was reluctant since I’m not the most out going person, but I decided it might be good to meet some of my neighbors. So I went. It was tortilla soup night! I saw a choice of two serving bowls: paper and styrofoam. Being Eco-conscious, I chose the paper, but it was flimsy and I almost spilled hot tortilla soup on me! After several minutes of chatting with a lady (who happened to be blind), I saw a handsome man walk in the room. Something compelled me to get up and get seconds! So I walked towards him and didn’t know how to introduce myself until I heard these words come out of my mouth: “I wouldn’t choose the paper bowl if I were you!” He turned to me and said, “Oh, and why is that?” So I explained that they were flimsy and I almost burned myself and he smiled and said, “That’s not good!” I asked him to join me at the table. It turns out he knew the blind lady. So all three of us talked until the event was coming to an end. The blind lady asked for my phone number to keep in touch. She said if I said it to her twice she would hold it in her head until she got back to her apartment to put it into her computer. After saying my number one time she said, “I got it!” But the man who was to become my future husband leaned in and said, “What was that number?” So I gave it to him and the rest was history! He called me for a date a few days later and three years after that proposed to me at the top of one of the big city’s skyscrapers. We will become husband and wife in less than two months!
And that’s our story.
Amanda and Chad
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I would love to tell you our story. It’s a long one but I will try to shorten it to 500 words.
Originally, Gerry, my fiance and I met through eHarmony in 2004, although we never actually met. We were matched up, corresponded through multiple choice questions and that was as far as it got. Bad timing.
Then in 2005, we met again on Jdate but this time we actually had a date and met! But that didn’t get off the ground because, again, bad timing. Very bad timing! The day after our date, my fiance’s mother passed away unexpectedly! She wasn’t even sick! My fiance actually called to tell me this because he didn’t want me to think he was blowing me off which I thought was so nice considering what he was going through. With all that he had to do, we just went out one more time but his head wasn’t in it and I had 2 jobs at the time and was going to school at night so it just didn’t work out.
Then in April of 2009, I decided to send Gerry an e-mail because I was wondering how he was. Well, he was in a bad relationship and I was having one bad date after another so we remained friends sharing our horror stories until October of 2009. Gerry found himself single again so we started spending more time together until November 15, 2009 when Gerry kissed me and the next day I was invited to his family Thanksgiving dinner. Must have been some great kiss because exactly 2 years (and 1 day) later, Gerry proposed to me.
We had planned to have a 2 year anniversary dinner, but being a teacher, I had parent teacher conferences so we planned our dinner for the next night, November 16, 2011. That night ended up being very meaningful to me because it was my aunt’s birthday who passed away in 2005. We were very close so it meant a lot to see Gerry that night. Anyway, Gerry came to my apt. with a dozen red roses. I thought they were beautiful and thanked Gerry but had no idea what Gerry was planning later in the evening. As a matter of fact, I was going to have a “talk” with him that coming weekend about where the relationship was going after 2 years.
After dinner, we came back to my apt. where I was going to make Gerry a chocolate smoothie with the chocolate I bought in Colorado over the summer. I couldn’t get the can opened so I asked my strong man to do it as I left the room for a minute. While in the other room, I heard the top of the can hit the floor and thought there must be chocolate all over the room so I came running in.
Gerry was in the kitchen down on one knee and there was no chocolate anywhere so I asked, “What are you doing down there?” See how clueless I was? Gerry had it all planned out what he was going to say but with that question, he got flustered and the only thing he could think of was, “I want you to marry me!” Of course, I said, I mean, screamed, YES!
And that’s how it all happened. We are planning on getting married on June 3rd, 2012, less than a month away! I can’t wait!!
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My fiancé, Matt and I, have been together for almost 10 years, since we were sophomores in high school, so I knew an engagement ring had to be coming soon. I figured I would know when though because is almost impossible to surprise me and Matt has never succeeded in surprising me – until the day he proposed.
On a random Tuesday, Matt, called and suggested that we go out to a nice dinner. Normally, I’m all for that, but I already put on my sweat pants and I had a long day while at graduate school and I had to drive to a neighboring town to drop my younger brother off to pick up a rental car and was exhausted. I told him I’d rather cook something at home and that I was actually really craving breakfast sandwiches. He was really pushing for the dinner and mentioned something big happened to him at work that day, so I agreed to go, but not at the place of his choosing. I flat out refused to change out of my sweats and winter boots. He picked me up and we drove around until we found a place dark enough and casual that my attire wouldn’t stick out. It was a pub, which only had about 10 or so customers in it.
Matt asked the hostess to sit in the back corner, which I thought was odd at first, but figured he knew I would complain if I felt a drag near the door. Once seated, I bugged Matt over and over to tell me about work, thinking that he got a promotion. He said he didn’t, so I was stumped. Then he told me he got me a present and to close my eyes and hold out my hands. I did as I was told and felt something on my wrist. When I was allowed to open, I saw that Matt had put a charm bracelet on my wrist. When I looked closer at it, I saw that it had words and I read them out loud. However, being me, I read them in the wrong order and said “Me marry you will? …OH!” Matt then got down on his knee in the dark pub and asked me to marry him, with the correct wording.
After saying being completely and utterly shocked that I hadn’t seen it coming, I said yes and “Oh my God” a million times, and he later told me that he had this nice dinner planned at a fancy restaurant and knew someone who worked there that was going to make sure we were secluded and had exceptional service. I also asked him about what happened at work, and he said that’s where he had my ring delivered. I, of course, ruined his plans and we got engaged in a dark pub with me in sweat pants and then read his adorable charm bracelet backwards. Our engagement isn’t the nice story Matt planned for us to be able to tell, but it is 100% us and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.