I can't believe it's been 8 years (and 1 day) since Nathan asked me to marry him! Some of you reading this may not know our proposal story, so I'm going to brag on him a little bit.
On Thursday, July 17th, 2003, I was wrapping things up for the day at Central State Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, where I worked for Dr. Wieben, and in walked my boyfriend. (That would be Nathan.) He was supposed to be at work, so I was a bit surprised to see him. "What are you doing here?", I asked. He replied, "You need to get home and pack your bags. We have a flight to catch to California!" (Now, I suspected he was planning something for my 25th birthday, but I was thinkin' maybe a trip to Six Flags. Our friends, Mike and Karyn Riddle, lived near Santa Barbara, CA, at the time, but we had just (well, 8 or 9 months earlier) been out there to visit them.) So, to my tiny apartment I went and hurriedly packed my suitcase, and off we went to Willard Airport to catch our flight.
Mike and Karyn picked us up that evening at a tiny airport in Oxnard, CA. Karyn, then a graduate student at UCSB, was going to have to be on campus the next morning, and Mike had to work, so they told Nathan and me about a good picnic spot and told us to help ourselves to whatever we could find in their fridge to take with us. I was surprised when Nathan woke up as early as I did the next day but still suspected nothing. Mike handed us a map of the area and showed us how to get to the picnic spot they had told us about. We packed a small cooler and were on our way.
Neither of us owned a digital camera back then, so I don't have a way to share our pictures with you, but trust me: the spot Mike and Karyn recommended was b...e...a...utiful (and within walking distance from their home). We were on a bluff overlooking the ocean, and the sun was shining. We made ourselves comfortable, ate a little bit, and relaxed. After a while, I asked Nathan if he wanted to walk some more. "Nah, let's stay here for a while."
A few minutes later, Nathan said, "I have a confession to make. I planned all of this."
Then, he wrapped his arms around me from behind, I looked down at the ring he was holding, and he asked me to marry him.
"Oh! You mean you planned this! YES!!!" (I think I actually said "Oh my gosh!" a few times first.)
After everything sunk in, we took a few pictures, gathered our things, and headed back to the Riddles' place. As we walked, Nathan told me about talking to my dad, shipping the ring to California, making sure Mike and Karyn stocked their fridge with food for our picnic, and many other details about planning his surprise.
I guess he wanted to make sure I wouldn't say "NO!!!" :-)
After Mike and Karyn returned, we celebrated with lunch at an ocean-side cafe.
I say "YES!!!" to Nathan in one way or another every day. Maybe not with that much enthusiasm, but "Yes" nonetheless. And he does the same for me.