Monday, April 27, 2009

An Engagement Story

I think you've all heard the big news by now (I'm getting married... AAHHH!), but I thought you'd appreciate a more detailed story of the event.

I began the weekend at a conference at church, and Jon was planning to take me to dinner anyway, because I needed to break a fast involved in the conference. We went to a local place that I've heard lots of people talk about, but hadn't been to yet. We spent some time processing the conference, and talking about our schedules for the next couple of weeks.

Jon kept getting frustrated that my schedule coming up was so busy. He said he really want to go back to the Smokies for a day, but we couldn't find a day in the next couple weeks that we both had free. I knew he'd liked the mountains, but I was surprised at how badly he wanted to go back.

As we finished dinner, Jon suggested we go for a walk, and asked me what park I'd like to go to. We stopped to walk the dog, and then headed to Cove Park, down by the river. We spread a blanket on the grass right by the river, and we sat down to continue our conversation from dinner.

We talked about his move to Knoxville, how he likes it here, my job, how much I've enjoyed having him here, and other little things here and there. It was nice to just sit together. As we continued talking, he talked about how glad he was to back together, and he started playing with a twist-tie as he talked. He said, "I don't have a ring yet, I'm working on that, but I do want to spend the rest of my life with you."

I kind of laughed and said, "You're gonna go all 'Count of Monte Cristo' on me, aren't you?"

He replied, "Yes, actually, I am." I laughed again. He looked me right in the eye and asked, "Will you marry me?"

And I thought he was kidding - I laughed.

He let me laugh for a second, and then pressed, "No, I'm actually serious."

I laughed again, his stare slowly sinking in, and said, "oh my word, you're really going 'Count of Monte Cristo' on me aren't you?"

"Yes. I'm really serious."

I laughed again, and started kissing him - still kind of giggling. Between kisses, he asked, "So... can I take.... that... as a... 'yes'?"


It took a while to sink in. In fact, it's probably still sinking in. It will probably continue sinking in as I get my real ring soon. I do think it's kind of cute that Jon was so eager to propose that he couldn't even wait for the ring. He originally intended to propose (in the mountains - which is why he was getting so frustrated with our schedules not lining up) in another week or so, but decided when our schedules got complicated that he didn't want to wait after all. He completely ad-libbed the whole thing!

And for those of you familiar with the Count of Monte Cristo, I didn't keep the twist-tie. I got a good, authentic, red thread until my diamond comes back. :-)


Katie, it's Olivia K., from 2RC. I'm so glad I found your blog, and CONGRATULATIONS!!

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