- 5 years ago
- Wedding: December 1969
My Boyfriend or Best Friend is now my FI! And my whole family got together so he could surprise me!
Fiance and I have been together for about a year and a half, now (though we’ve been close friends for much longer), and we’ve recently started talking about meeting each other’s families, getting engaged, and so on. My family is always kind enough to fly me home (Boise, Idaho) for the holidays, and this year was no exception. They brouht up the possibility of having him come down, as well, but since his grandfather’s health has been pretty unpredictable lately, he decided he wanted to stay with his family in Seattle this Christmas. I was bummed that he couldn’t meet my family, but I know he really loves and respects his grandfather, and I supported the decision.
Fast forward to my trip down to Idaho. Mom informs me that, since she’s retired and has time for playing hostess, she’s decided to have the extended family over the day after Christmas. It had started as a get together for her cousins, but had grown to include my dad’s side of the family, as well. I mentioned this to my now-FI, and he suggested he could call and sing to me over speaker phone while everyone was gathered together because 1) he’s a theater guy and a total cheeseball, and 2) he wanted to make a good impression. I thought it might be a little hard since my family is huge and would probably be scattered around the house, but mom liked the idea, so I decided to go along with it.
We spent most of the day getting ready. Mom and I cleaned house, while Dad went on an “errand.” (Found out later that he’d been busy picking Fiance up from the airport). FI wasn’t as active with hi texts as he usually is, but I texted to let Fiance know when people would be rolling in, in case he still wanted to call. Sure enough, right after the whole family has huddled into the house, I get a call. He asks to be put on speaker phone, and he starts singing to me- “It Only Takes a Moment,” from “Hello Dolly,” which he sang to me soon after we started dating. About halfway through the song, I hear his voice start to come from behind me, instead of from over the phone. I look, and he’s standing in the door! I rushed him, of course, and accidentally hugged him so tight that he couldn’t finish the song! He leads me to the living room, where the whole family is watching, and tells me he wants to spend the rest of his life showing me how much he loves me. Then he got down on one knee, pulled out the ring, and asked me to marry him!! It’s a little hazy from there, but I do remember being so excited that I started shaking as I took the ring around to show everyone! I’ll admit that I knew he was up to SOMETHING, based on some odd hints he’d dropped, but he did such an amazing job picking the ring and getting my family involved that I still can’t quite believe it!
Here’s my sparkly! Sorry for the size… Not sure how to get it smaller. Aquamarine center stone with pave(?) diamonds swirled along the band and around the stone. Aquamarine is my birthstone, and I’ve often told him that I see the world in brighter colors since we got together. The colored stone is so… us!