Today marks a month of being engaged and how fitting that today also marks the start of the proposal story!!! Enjoy!
Sometimes Jeffrey and I will reminisce about time past. We both had been praying for friends. I had been praying for some solid guy friends, Jeffrey had been praying for some friends in general. So when we started hanging out both of our prayers were answered! It has been so cool to see God’s hand in our relationship. That doesn’t mean it’s been perfect. We’ve hurt each other in so many ways and have wished we could turn back time and do ‘that moment’ again, but so is life. I hope that every time we’ve moved forward we have learned from our mistakes and do better in the next situation.
I was about to be off to a week of camp that came up short notice. I had asked Jeffrey if there was any reasons he felt I shouldn’t go and it seemed like something was bothering him, but he said he was leaving it in God’s hands. At the time I was slightly confused by that statement but later I found out that he had a day picked out that he wanted to propose but I was now going to be gone that day. I was slightly naive... but it was hard not to notice that Jeffrey had been acting a little weird of late. You might say I was becoming slightly suspicious. We had talked a lot about engagement and marriage and Jeffrey had a timeline for himself; get engaged by fall 2017 or don’t date at all. It seems harsh but I felt the same… if we had been dating for two years and had no plans of moving forward to marriage then what was the point of “dating for marriage” and being intentional?! So with that knowledge I knew it was coming. Every time I saw Jeffrey there was always the thought that maybe today was the day.
Jeffrey and I both love photography and have gotten together often for a photoshoot so on August 18, 2017 when he texted me asking if he could come after work the next day for a photoshoot there was nothing unusual about it. I also cut his hair regularly and he asked for a haircut before the shoot… now that was unusual! I’m typically after him to get it done! Now he asked?! And there was no "apparent" special occasion… I texted my friend about it because it was odd, she brushed it off as “he wants to look top notch for the shoot! Regan there's nothing really weird about it.”, little did I know that she knew exactly what was going on, and had known for over a month. Jeffrey then texted me asking if I thought Rachel would be willing to take some pictures of us. I told him to ask her. The morning of August 19, 2017 Rachel came up and grumbled “Jeffrey asked me to take pictures of you and him.”. Since she seemed so put out I suggested that our youngest sister could take them, to which Rachel promptly replied that she would do it. Jeffrey had told Rachel that he was proposing and wanted it photographed… she knew but was trying to act put out in front of me. The day pasted normally and we finally came to supper time! Jeffrey came for supper that evening after work and then I cut his hair. We got changed into some dressier clothes and went outside to take the pictures, Jeffrey weirdly brought his backpack with him… no comment from me though…little did I know he was hiding a ring box in there.
We made our way to a special spot in the bush that surrounds our house, the trail is quite overgrown though and walking through the dense bush with a floor length dress proved challenging. The spot is a beautiful circle that is all new little trees and soft grass. I found it when I was around 10 years old and have loved the special spot ever since! I have only ever shown it to a few people and Jeffrey was one of them… I showed him after almost a year of dating… it was so special taking pictures in it with him and the photos turned out amazing! One very important thing about this spot though… it is right close to our neighbours property line and our neighbours dog-sit, and guess what... I don’t like those dogs at. all. Jeffrey had asked my dad to request that the neighbours keep the dogs in during this time but unfortunately it didn’t happen. Jeffrey had me right where he wanted me with my back turned to him, he had picked up his backpack and was about to take out the ring box when the dogs were let outside and started barking. I started walking away declaring that I wasn’t staying around to get eaten. Jeffrey and Rachel looked at each other and were like “Plan B? There is no plan b though!” they had no choice but to follow me out of the bush. Jeffrey started considering not doing it that day anymore.. I had just unintentionally ruined his perfect proposal plan.