Monday, June 23, 2014

The FULL proposal Story:

Today I get the privilege of sharing with you the single most exciting day of my entire life. I want to start out by saying that I feel incredibly blessed. I am so thankful to have an amazing guy like Jason who is willing to fight for me, as well as exceptional friends who are willing to go above and beyond to help him out. I have truly seen God’s love for me through these people.

The sparknotes version of the story, which is what I usually tell people when they ask, is that Jason proposed on top of the tallest building in Raleigh. The problem is that the short version doesn’t even begin to give Jason justice on the effort that he put in to this proposal. So here is my chance to give Jason that justice. Just a small token of appreciation for everything he did for me. For those of you who do not know me and Jason, we started dating our freshman year of High School. Fast forward 6+ years and we are about to enter into our last year of College (so ladies, be patient with your men and wait for the time that is right for both of you).

Let me walk you through my day. I rolled over in bed around 7am to see beautiful flowers and a note from Jason. The note gave me a password to watch a video on his tablet, which instructed me to get ready and head to breakfast with my parents. At this point, I was freaking out. Thankfully, my nerves calmed throughout the day. After a sweet time of breakfast with my parents, I was given a password for another video (there were 9 videos total). Per the instructions on the video, my mentor now friend Amanda picked me up and we completed the ever important task of picking out an outfit. I had a blast with her shopping for a new dress and she took me to the most delicious sandwich place in downtown Durham called Toast. After shopping, and a few videos later, I am getting my hair and nails done with four of my close friends from College (Natalie, Sarah, Rachel and Kimberly). I had entirely too much fun with them.

Everything up until this point was pretty calm; here is where the story picks up. The videos sent me on a little scavenger hunt to some of the important places in our lives (first date spot, field by his house, where I worked in High School). My favorite stop was where my high school youth group met. Jason had prearranged my old High School pastor and his wife (Donnie and Laura Peters) to record a video for me. They moved to California a year ago and we miss them dearly. It was an honor to hear from them about how excited they are for the two of us (there were definitely tears shed). The last stop on the video scavenger hunt was at Global Hope India in downtown Raleigh where sweet Becca Taylor had recorded a video for me. At this point all of the videos were unlocked and we were in downtown Raleigh, I could not have even dreamed of what came next.

The girls walk me around downtown (possibly in a few circles) and we end up at the entrance to a skyscraper. Conveniently for the girls, I needed to use the restroom. So, they walked right in and asked if there was a restroom we could use. The woman at the front desk (I found out later she was in on it) took us up to the 23rd floor of the building. Yes, I was very confused at this point. We walk out onto the patio deck of the building and there is Jason. It’s around 7pm, so 12 hours after I woke up! He is sitting there with a guitar. I know what you might be thinking; oh he’s a musician so that’s a pretty typical thing for him to do. No, up until this point I had never seen Jason play a guitar. He had been learning over the past 7 months in order to propose to one of my favorite songs: “gone, gone, gone” by Phillip Philips. He did an incredible job of playing the song for me and then the moment finally came. He got down on one knee and proposed. At least that is what I think he did because I said “Yes” and I have a gorgeous ring on my finger now. It was such a sweet moment and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

You would think that is where the story ends, I definitely did. As if Jason hadn’t already put forth enough effort already he prearranged both of our parents, small group leaders, and close married friends to celebrate with dinner. I loved being able to see all of them right after it happened. At dinner I asked Jason “are there any more surprises?” and he confidently replied “No.” Well, needless to say, he lied. The final (possibly my favorite) surprise happened when we got back to his house. Little did I know that all of our closest friends were inside the house for a surprise engagement party. The look on my face was priceless. I am thankful that I was able to celebrate with all of the people I love.

I have never been more excited for something in my life 
than I am to marry Jason.

Ladies and gents, your engagement doesn’t have to be so over the top, it can be simple and sweet. My advice is just to communicate what is important to you and put forth effort. Gentlemen, this is your opportunity to prove to your woman that you love and care about her. Putting forth effort shows her that you are willing to fight for her. Ladies, let your men ask in the way that they want to ask. Give them freedom to be creative and don’t expect them to do something that you haven’t made clear. 

I just want to say thank you to all of the people that helped make this day incredibly special for me and Jason. To Jacob and Chaz for the ever important task of teaching him to play the guitar. To Jess for taking lots of amazing pictures. To my girlfriends for pointing him in the right direction and being there to support him. To my parents and his parents for supporting us through all that we have journeyed through. To the woman who worked at the skyscraper to allow us to use the space. And to everyone else who has been there to support us, we most definitely would not be where we are without you guys.

With love,



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