Friday, October 25, 2013

our engagement story: he asked & i said yes

I've had a number of requests for "the" engagement story - and because as much as I like telling the story, I also like to do other things with my time...I thought I'd write it out once and for all to see! :-)

October 20, 2013, was 1.5 years exactly from the day we went on our first date and decided to make our relationship official! We tend to save the 20th of the month for a date to remember how long we've been together, and also so that we actually go on a date instead of bumming around at home together, like we usually do.

Shayne's driving face. He was having a good time, I promise! ;)
Earlier in the week I remembered that the 20th was coming up and mentioned it to Shayne. His reply made me really excited, because he said we could go for a drive! He never wants to go for a drive. It costs too much in gas money, it's a waste of good time, and you're aimless - at least this is what he thinks. So when he offered to go for a drive I jumped at the chance!

Sunday came around (finally) and after lunch with his family we set off for a drive around the area. The southern end of PEI features rolling tree-covered hills, bright red cliffs, and on this particular day, crashing waves. We drove around, talking, laughing, discussing houses, stopping at "for sale" signs, and enjoying each other's company. Enjoying 1.5 years together!

My "I can't believe it's raining now I can't go outside" face. We were going to try to set up the tripod and take pictures together but then the rain happened...
After about an hour it began to rain. And this is not just some soft sprinkle, this was full out pouring rain! Ah well, we were in the car and not close to home, so we kept going. It didn't stop raining. We kept going some more. I was beginning to get tired of driving, but we kept going down more dirt roads, around another bend here and there...the rain let up enough that we could visit his Aunt & Uncle's cottage on the West River. I hadn't seen it before so we walked around the property and enjoyed the view of the River from their deck. (It's beautiful.)

Hopping back in the car, we drove around some more. I certainly was getting my Sunday afternoon drive! It was lovely. We were both in such good moods, Shayne because he was planning to propose, and me because I totally knew (that's a story for another day.) I soaked up the whole day, trying to remember everything and enjoy it because this day would only come once!

We headed back toward the farm, but it was still raining. I thought maybe the rain had cancelled his plan, and he wasn't going to ask me anymore. BUT. He said he wanted to check in on Grandpa & Grandma's house (they are gone and live on a different part of the farm - around the corner from his parents.) We stood on their front porch, shivering from the cold but looking out at the beautiful view of the family farm. It was still raining. In fact, it kept raining for a while - but at least it was more like spitting at this point instead of pouring!

I'm a small person, so I get cold very easily. I wanted a hug from Shayne to absorb some of his body heat, but for some reason he wouldn't oblige. Said I needed a better reason to give him a hug and that I should guess reasons and maybe he would give me one then. I KNEW what was happening for sure at that point, so instead of guessing the reason he was hoping, I guessed silly things - I don't remember all the reasons I gave him but I know I said something about how he fixes my car for free. Eventually I said to him, "I know what you want me to guess but I'm not going to so you better just ask!" Haha!

He said, "Well maybe you need a better hint." Shayne got down on one knee and said, "Does this help? Would it be worth a hug?" He pulled out a ring box and said, "And what about this? If I give you this, would it be worth a hug?" At this point I'm nodding and bawling my eyes out and I grab his face and start kissing him (while still crying. Classy.) and hugging him. He pulls me into his arms, stands up and says, "WAIT! I haven't even asked you yet! Sarah, will you marry me?" And I said NO! Just kidding. I said, "yes, of course!" 

He put the ring on my finger, we hugged a lot more and then decided to go home to tell the family. We spent the next two hours on the phone with family and close friends, sharing the news and our excitement. We skyped dear friends in Iowa and made them cry! ;) My future sister (wahoo!) screamed in excitement while she was in the middle of the woods and some guy came running in case she was hurt! My dad answered the phone, "Hi Sarah" (they don't have caller ID) and on the first ring, so he must have been waiting by the phone. One friend did a happy dance while we had her husband on the phone and it was very entertaining to hear in the background. 

Since it was Sunday afternoon, we got the privilege of telling almost all of our PEI "people" face-to-face. We went to my church for the evening service and to his church after the service since they were having a game night. It was SO nice to be able to share the news in person.

Eventually we went back to my place, sat on the couch, and couldn't believe we were actually getting married. We called each other "fiance" over and over again. Even after Shayne went home that night, neither of us could sleep from excitement!

.....and that was the day we got engaged!! :)

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