3. What are your colors?
4. HOW DID HE DO IT?!
Well, I thought it would be a great way to start out my blogging by telling the story of how Hessy proposed! I already mentioned that we have been dating for a little shy of 3 years, but here's a little more of a background...
Hessy is a bit older than me (and by a bit, I mean 12 years!) But, when it comes down to it - I've always been an older soul, and to this day he still pulls all-nighters on a new video game - so it works out. I joke and tell people that our average age is about 30, and he always goes by his favorite philosophy: "You're only as old as the girl you date." So, the age thing is clearly not an issure for us. Hess was born in Branson, MO and grew up all over the Arkansas/Missouri borderline. Every summer when we get a week of vacation time, we head up there to see his family. This year we planned a little get-away in the middle of our week in the mid-west, but I had no idea just how good of a trip this would be!
|On our way to Springfield, MO with Hessy's Mom.|
|Grand Central Hotel, Eureka Springs.|
|Grand Central Hotel, Lobby.|
|Sunrise at the Christ of the Ozarks Statue - pre-proposal!|
|On our blanket, reading verses on Love & Marriage.|
13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
This was my favorite part and actually was the same verse I put on a bracelet I gave Hessy for his birthday last year. So, at this point I was getting a little emotional! I started seeing a serious look in his eyes and we ended our study by praying together in front of the statue. When I opened my eyes, there he was somehow in front of me with a ring box. At this point we both started balling and couldn't say anything for a minute or two! (Although Hess will claim that there was NO crying involved....he was way worse off than I was!) ;) I asked him what was in the box and he told me to open it...so I did. When I saw it was empty I was really confused?! He then told me to look back in the Bible and when I opened it I saw a pretty but very dainty diamond ring. Now, this ring is very pretty and I was only confused because it was nothing at all like I had imagined. So he then said "Before you look at the ring (of course I sneaked a peek!), let me tell you what it means to me..." this ring he used to propose is the ring from his mother and fathers original marriage. He told me mine is still being set and just wasn't ready before we left so I will get it in a few weeks! So, for now I am wearing his mom's ring as a "placeholder", and because it was too big to wear on my finger, it's on a necklace around my neck.
|The Proposal - August 12, 2010|
We go back to the hotel, pack up, and head out to Branson, MO for what I think is the afternoon. I fell asleep in the car (actually I did almost ever car ride of the trip, lol) and woke up in front of a Hilton by the River. When I asked Hessy why we were here he said it was because of the "free parking"! Now, I am gullible but realize how much I really am after this trip! When I looked out the window we were greeted by Hessy's best friend from college and his wife with wine! I was SO excited to see them and finally realized we would be staying at the hotel that night. YAY for another day and night with friends, I thought....this is going to be fun!
As the day went on, more of Hessy's friends from school showed up and I was so excited to go to dinner....they were talking about making reservations at a really nice 5 star place called Candlestick Inn, but I didn't think we would get in. After an afternoon of celebrating, we got ready for dinner and were greeted with an amazing Engagement Basket in our room - filled with wine, nuts and dried fruit, monogrammed H towels, and 100 cal packs of snacks - these people did their research! :)
|Us with Hessy's Mom, Step-Mom, Dad, and my Mom & Dad!|
|The perfect ending to a perfect day...truly worth the wait!|