- 5 years ago
It has been a few days, but this is the first chance that I have gotten to post. I am happy to announce that I am engaged!
I had posted here before that I was tentatively excited for a vacation my now-fiance (EEK!) and I were taking to Mackinac Island. I had thought and hoped that he would do it then, but I wasn’t sure. I was afraid of getting my hopes too high and ruining the trip with my disappointment if it didn’t happen. By the fifth day of our trip, however, I had given up all hope for a proposal and just vowed to myself to enjoy this trip for what it was. We had already experienced sooooo many unbelievably romantic moments – indescribably beautiful sunsets, hikes to secluded beaches all to ourselves, romantic dinners at fancy restaurants. Yet, still no proposal. One night at dinner we were listing all of the romantic things that we have already done in these few days, and my SO joked, “I know exactly what you are thinking. ‘So many perfect places to propose!’ But that would be too expected! I have to catch you off guard…” I began to think that maybe he is telling the truth. Maybe it is too expected. Maybe he is not going to do it here. And I came to accept it, and I tried to dismiss the thought. Little did I know those other moments were decoys…
On Tuesday, June 25, he surprised me with a private carriage ride around the island. This was not too suspicious because each morning he had surprised me with something unexpected on the itinerary. In a private, horse-drawn carriage we toured the island until we finally came to Arch Rock. It is a beautiful spot with an arch-shaped boulder overlooking a magnificent vista. The view of the lake was incredible, and it was all unbelievably romantic!
As I was still busy taking pictures of the view, he began to tell me that for over 1000 years before settlers arrived, the indigenous peoples who had lived on the island before believed that it was here at Arch Rock that creation began. Unsuspecting, I said something like, “That’s interesting!” But then his tone shifted, and I knew what was happening. He said, “I can think of no better place for us to begin to create our life together than here at the birthplace of creation.” There was much more to the speech, but all I could hear was my inner-freak out of, “Oh my God! It is really happening!” and I began to blubber and cry. Thankfully, I asked him afterwards to write it all down, so at least we have record of it! His professing of his undying love ended with, “And now for the first time in my life, I am not nervous. MountainWolf, will you marry me?” He then got down on one knee and offered me his grandmother’s ring. Internally, I completely forgot what I was supposed to say next! But through all of my tears I said, “Of course!” Together we kissed, forgetting all of the world, until a small and growing crowd of onlookers applauded who then helped us take pictures of the moment.
In a word, it was perfect!