That's how I felt going into the weekend of September 7th. I had such a mix of emotions. Excitement because I was seeing my boyfriend, Dave, who lives 2 hours away. Anticipation because I totally thought we were going to get engaged this weekend. The creeping fear that it wasn't going to happen, and the disappointment that would follow and ruin the wonderful weekend we were lucky to have together.
I arrived in Canton Thursday night. Dave and I spent a wonderful time together alone, with family, and with friends. I went into every activity with an anxious fluttering in my stomach, wondering, if this moment could be the one where he gets on his knee and asks me to marry him. Thursday night passed, Friday came and went, and Saturday afternoon Dave told me he had to work on a project for class with his friends Nik, Mike, and Heechun. I agreed to hang out with my best friend Hannah for the time he had to work and I would see him went he finished. I didn't think a thing of it. I didn't want to keep him from his schoolwork.
Hannah and I spent around 4 hours together doing puzzles, talking, and trying to blindly fix her computer. When Dave came to pick me up he had a container of raw chicken in a shopping bag. I questioned him about it, but he shrugged it off, and I puzzled about it for hours.
Saturday night passed with no changes in our relationship status. If I'm being completely honest- I was crushed. I figured if it wasn't happening that night than it definitely wasn't happening this weekend. Boy, was I wrong.
Sunday morning- Dave got a text from his brother-in-law Brett asking if we'd mind babysitting his (absolutelypreciousandadorable) babygirl, Ellie from 4-6. Dave had told me earlier that he had a meeting for APO at that time and I gladly offered to do it myself! Hanging out with a cute baby for 2 hours? Count me in! Little did I know, those sneaky guys were NOT at meetings, but rather setting up the beautiful surprise that was going to happen later.
|Nik working on some of the yummies to come later!|
6:15- Dave came through the door looking dapper in a button-down and tie. I could barely breathe, I was so nervous. We said goodbye to Brett and got in the car. We had eaten a large lunch (Chipotle, yum!) and Dave said he wasn't quite hungry for dinner yet. He suggested we go to Monument Park and walk in the Garden Center and up to the little trickle of water
We arrived at the park and I looked for decorations everywhere. I tried to take in every inch of the scenery to spot where it was going to happen. We walked past the chimes and the church bells, past the gazebo, and up to the water
"Good evening und welcome to zee Impegno," Mike said in a bad French accent. (sorry, Mike!)
"May I escort you to your table?"
|Dave enjoying his sample of the sparkling cider. (It was on the house!)|
There were so many moments during this meal that made me smile, laugh, and especially love Dave and all of his wonderful friends for taking the time to do this for me,
BUT- this moment trumps them all.
|Look at that sneaky ring box behind his back!|
Nik- Thank you for serenading us with beautiful music and helping make food!
Peter- Thank you for making us laugh with your Indian accent and your "grandfather's" sayings, and for opening up your house so you guys could cook dinner.
Heechun- Thank you for taking Dave grocery shopping and for the AMAZING stir-fry! (even if it looked like we didn't eat any...there was just a TON on my plate haha.)
Brett&Deb- Thank you for the fancy plates and glasses (; and Brett, thank you for helping Dave set up, and letting me watch your precious babygirl!
Autumn- Thank you, thank you for catching all of this on camera. (& for enduring all the mosquito bites in the woods) These photos are amazing, and I will cherish them forever.
and of course, Dave- Thank you for always being there for me. For being my shoulder to cry on, and the one to make me laugh. For being my biggest support, for loving me like Christ loves the church, and for asking me to be your wife. I love you.