“Get ready! We’re starting our day early.”
I rushed to get ready. I had just finished some exciting interviews for a new job that week and had a lot to wrap up, (I later got the job, which was super exciting). It’s really easy to be so busy all the time. We work multiple jobs, spend time with our friends and family, and always come home to each other, but every once in a while we make sure we have “monkey-days” – full “date-days” that we take to slow down and spend some quality time with one another. We set this time aside to reminisce, talk about our present and future, and make each other laugh. Kayaking, walks, movie days, and dinner dates. (If you don’t know this already, Chris and I have used “monkey” as a nickname for each other since the second week of our relationship). Saturday, June 24th, 2017 was one of these days. I threw together an outfit, grabbed some earrings, and we ran out the door. First stop – Chris surprised me with a visit to our favorite lake. We often go to Lake Horicon to walk or talk in our spare time. We’ve been living in the area for years now, and it’s only a quick trip down the road. It’s really beautiful there, especially when we catch the sunset over the water.
We went for a walk, spent an hour talking in the fresh air and sunlight, and Chris taunted the geese (as usual). We talked about our plans for the week and our exciting dinner-date ahead. There weren’t that many people there that day, which was nice. It gave us room to be loud and goofy without anyone watching. The sun was shining through the trees as we walked along the water, and the breeze was especially pleasant. We slowly made our way to the dock that’s about half way through the park and stood there for a while, talking and reminiscing about all of the times we started our monkey-days at the lake. We looked out over the water and welcomed the cool breeze in the warm afternoon. I noticed Chris was acting a little strange… quiet… (which usually means he’s hungry).
“What is that?” Chris said, as he pointed across the water. I squinted to see what he was talking about. I looked across the lake and saw nothing but trees. He was no longer next to me. “Where’d you go?” I asked. I turned around, only to find him on one knee and trembling.
“You’ve made me the happiest man in the world. The last four years have been the most amazing years of my life. Will you do me the honor in spending the rest of your life with me? Will you marry me?” If you ask him today, he has no recollection of what he said. He was so nervous it melted my heart, and he barely got the words out. I cried, of course, as I happily said “yes!” He put the ring on my finger, and we couldn’t let go of each other. We stood on the end of the dock, hand-in-hand for a long time. Everything felt surreal to both of us, and we just could not stop laughing. Chris whipped out his car keys and engraved our initials and the date on the wood railing. We both can only hope it’ll be there forever.
Both of us agree when we say it all felt like a dream. In those first moments, he explained how no one really knew he was going to ask. He wanted it to be a special time for the two of us, where we shared something so private without the world knowing. This was so romantic and so intimate, that this time for us holds a very special place in our hearts.
As we left the lake, we stopped at Mrs. Walker’s in the heart of Lakehurst… one of our favorite ice cream parlors. We sat at a bench on the sidewalk, eating our favorite ice cream and living in the moment. I made a phone call to my mother, of course, and told her the story.
Our next stop… Rinn Duin – a brewery down the road. We shared a toast, smiled, and celebrated. Then off we went to our favorite restaurant, where we shared a romantic dinner by candlelight. We went to sleep the happiest couple in the world that night.
Ever since we got engaged, it’s been an awesome whirlwind planning our wedding. We can’t wait to be married! ♥