Now onto part 4.. The engagement ~
Every night throughout September and October was spent with Joey. Eating my mom's wonderful meals (incidentally, her recipes are so awesome that she started a blog - www.pointlessmeals.blogspot.com), watching movies, long night discussions.. Just getting to know each other better. The more time we spent together, the more we knew that there was no way we could wait for 3 or 4 years ;) Joey would tease me and say that we should just go elope. I would remind him that he was the one who said 3 or 4 years.. At that point, we were planning a wedding. I had gone out with my mom to look at engagement rings. When I finally found the one I wanted, we went back to the store with my dad and Joey. I showed him a case of rings and asked him to choose the one that he thought I liked best. He got it right.
He picked up the ring later on. It was the end of October going into November. I knew that he had the ring, I just didn't know when he was planning to propose. It was a cold, rainy day on November 4th. I had walked over to the neighbor's house to borrow something. When I walked back through the door, Joey looked at me with a smile and said "come with me". We went upstairs. He handed me a large gift. I kind of had a hunch and asked if it was a deceiving gift.. I opened the package and inside of it was another wrapped package, a little smaller than the first. I opened that package and again a smaller package inside. This continued for about 3-4 more packages until I reached the last one. It was a wrapped ring box. He took it from me, got down on one knee, told me he loved me and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes! We later learned that my great grandfather had proposed to my great grandmother in the same exact way!
Minutes after the proposal.
I used this photo as a reference to draw our wedding invitation.
We were planning our wedding for either April or August. We initially went with August, but my mom suggested going with April. I asked her if we could plan a wedding in just 5 months? She said of course. She was my official wedding planner and helped me with everything. We found a church and called to see what days they had available for April. Only one- April 9th. We booked it. April 9th is also my grandparents anniversary. We share a special day with them :) We started pre-marital counseling in December with our pastor, Mike Bullmore. Those next 5 months were busy days..
I'll post about the wedding planning/wedding in the next post. Now onto more about courtship ~
Here is an excerpt from an article by Tom Brown.