This is what was waiting for me…
The entire entry way (the exact same spot where he had asked me to be his girlfriend 6 years ago to that date) was literally blocked off with streamers and filled with balloons and roses and lights. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen! It literally took my breath away and stopped me dead in my tracks.
Ryan walked in right behind me, grabbed the ring box sitting there, and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him in that moment. He said a few sentences before actually asking “the question”, but my heart and brain were so melted at that point, I honestly don’t even remember what was said. I was shocked/shaking/choking/soaking wet/all of the above, it was THE craziest and the best feeling of my life up to this point. It was amazing.
I said “yes”as I leaned down and picked him up off the ground and we stood there for a moment just taking it all in. I couldn’t do anything but shake and wipe my face and hug and kiss him. I kept telling myself to breathe because I felt like I could have passed out! VERY overwhelming.
The girls were barking and going crazy (because we had been gone all day and they were still in the kitchen) and we finally both let out a laugh about how typical it seemed for them to be clueless and how life doesn’t stop—not even for an engagement :)
As Ryan took the girls outside, I sat on the couch crying and called my mom first. It was the middle of the night obviously and she was sleeping and out of it when I got her on the phone. Her first words were “what’s wrong?!” (I’ve put her through a lot in my 24 years) but she was VERY excited to hear the news and was more than glad I woke her up with good news for once . She told Rob, my stepfather, and we talked for a bit before we got off the phone. They were so happy, excited, and supportive. Ryan didn’t tell me that night and neither did my parents, but he had gone out there a few weeks previous and asked them if he could ask me to be his wife. So, I guess they kind of knew it was coming either way but they let me have my moment.
After texting and calling a few more people (family and my closest friends) Ryan and I sat on the couch together in silence and listened to the thunderstorm while I tried to quit crying and get my breath back. After awhile, we finally decided to shower and get ready for bed and call it a night. It had a been a long day but THE BEST day of my life. I could not have asked for a better date, anniversary, or engagement. It WAS all it’s hyped up to be—something magical.
Please forgive my appearance in these next few pictures--it was late at night AND we had just walked through a small hurricane getting into the house!