Chris and I met in Houston for the weekend of Anne’s baby shower in July. I flew from Tacoma with mom and Anne, and then Chris flew from New York.
Anne’s shower was on Saturday morning, and that whole day Chris had been asking to steal me away. I was very nervous to do that, not wanting to hurt Anne’s feelings or upset my family by leaving to be alone with Chris. He and I went back and forth until; I believe the Holy Spirit softened my heart. I knew that if the roles were reversed Chris would move mountains to accommodate me, so I relented and told him we could get away for a little while. When we got home from the shower, everyone scattered! They were all in on it: to disappear so that I would feel comfortable to leave with Chris. It worked!
He decided to take me to Tiki, which is 20 minutes away. We grabbed a bottle of wine and drove down. When we got there, we saw that his grandmother was unexpectedly at her house, so we opted to go to his Uncle Greg’s house instead. Chris REALLY wanted to be alone! We pull up to Greg’s house and decide to sit on the dock. It was so beautiful and romantic.
As we sat on the dock dipping our feet in the water, Chris asked me what I was thinking about.
“Just dreaming”, I replied. Then Chris asked me what my biggest, most unashamed dream was. I rambled a bit about a future with him, and then finally told him that all my dreams involve him and being his wife. “What’s your most unashamed dream?” I asked.
“To bring you home to Texas one weekend in the summer and ask you to marry me.”
This did not register at the time. I was not aware what this was leading to. He continued “I love you with all my heart, and I do want to marry you.” This was still not registering…then he said, “I have something for you”.
Finally, I started to catch on. I was in disbelief, and everything inside of me melted. He got up onto his knee and asked me to make him the happiest man in the whole world and to marry him.
I said yes.