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Jess asked me to write out the story of how I asked her to marry me and that just so happened to work out pretty well with me wanting to start this blog, so here we go.
Yesterday morning I woke up around 5 to do a few last minute things to start the day. I got her favorite iced coffee, an awesome donut, flowers, a gift card to the salon, and cards and set them up in a scavenger hunt for when she woke up. I didn’t have great plans for her during the day but I knew that I would be able to keep her busy for a while. In prayer I wrote the notes for the hunt and the messages in her cards.
The day before I had made an appointment at the salon, where the gift card was to be spent, so that she would have her nails done for the photos. (And get a pedicure so she would be out of the house longer!) So after making my final stops at the stores to get roses, rose petals, a study bible, and another iced coffee (she is addicted to Tim Horton’s!) I stopped by the salon to make sure she was there being pampered.
After dropping off a single rose and the iced coffee I gave her a quick kiss and sped home to start dinner. Our menu for the evening was filet mignon, bacon tossed asparagus, steamed garlic spinach, and, her favorite, watermelon. I had just enough time to start the filet before I had to open the door for her.
At this point we both know what is going on. There are rose petals scattered everywhere. I have a playlist of our favorite songs going. I’m looking sharp and she is going to change into my favorite dress. Everything is going according to plan!
We enjoy a wonderful dinner and have a glass of wine between the kitchen table and our porch. While on the porch I give her the first big present of the night, an NIV study Bible she has been wanting for ages. After she looks it over I’m ready to get the ball rolling on the proposal and I can tell she is nervous for it to happen.
The whole week I had been saying I wanted to paint on Friday. The back story on this being, when I moved here we decided to take up painting. Over the past few months we had been collecting supplies and buying canvases and had actually just hung our other paintings earlier that week. Neither of us are great but it is a relaxing activity that we get to enjoy together. I forgot to mention earlier that earlier that day I had stopped at Hobby Lobby to buy a specific paint color for her and ones for me to paint her and her dress.
As we start on the canvases I say, “You aren’t allowed to see it until I’m done because I’m painting a portrait of you.” Lame? yes. I did end up painting her but I also painted myself asking her to marry me. It is not a great painting. Please don’t laugh…
Anyhow, I go to the bathroom, where I had stashed the ring and text our photographer (THANK YOU JOYCE!!!) to be there soon. As soon as I return to put the finishing touches on the painting Jess says she wants to go outside. I agree only if she won’t look at the painting before it is finished. She walks outside, turns around and says, “Honey, why is there a girl with a camera out here?”
So then and there I think the jig is up. I tell her to go outside for a second and change the song to the one I thought would be best for the occasion. While she waits and makes small talk with Joyce I put the easel with the painting on the coffee table and get down on one knee as I call her back inside.
I spoke from the heart and saw the happiest I have ever seen anyone. Between the sobs and smiles she squeaked out a “Yes” and I slid the ring on Jess’ finger. I was nearly in tears because this was the happiest moment of my life!
After we took a few more photos and headed inside we sat down and prayed. We both think God should be the center of our marriage because marriage came from Him so, apart from Joyce, he was the first person we told. We asked him to bless our engagement and shape our walks to follow in Christ’s footsteps. I experienced the most raw and intimate prayer in that moment. We were both in tears and truly felt blessed to be in His presence.
After we dried our eyes we went to get ice cream and let our families know the good news!
I know it was a long one, but thanks for sticking around! There will be plenty more for me to talk about as we plan the wedding and continue our relationship through medical school! Check the photos page for more pictures of the proposal!