- 7 years ago
- Wedding: December 2012
It was a regular ordinary Wednesday night, or so I thought. November 9th, 2011 had no special meaning on my calendar. (Until now!) 😀
My parents, Dan (FI), and myself were getting ready to sit down for dinner as we do most nights. (Dan later tells me that he waited for my mom, dad, and me to all be in the kitchen/dining room area at the same time and we weren’t cooperating with his plan for a while!) My mother told us all that dinner was ready, and as my father came into the dining room, Dan asked me if I would help him flip over the desk that he had been working on for the better part of two weeks.
Now, this is not an ordinary desk that he had been working on. This is a solid hardwood oak desk that is custom fit to my height since I’m only 5’1. 😉 Dan had been turning the table legs, sanding, staining, and oiling layer after layer to make this desk one that would last for years to come. I was so lucky to have someone that would put so much hard work into a desk that was so special to me. Little did I know that it would become even MORE special a few moments later!
As we flipped the desk over, I made a note to look at the brand that he had carved into the bottom, which I saw him doing earlier that week.
His initials “DB” and the year “2011” along with a turtle that he had carved looked fantastic! I must’ve stared at it for at least 20 seconds, commenting on how the stain had soaked in really nicely, and nit-picking how the “2” on the year was a little hard to read, and asking Dan if there was any way to fix it. (As Dan puts it, I was completely oblivious.)
I glanced up at Dan, who had this funny look on his face. I thought it was kind of odd how he was looking at me. That’s when another carving caught my eye.
Two hearts, intertwined. A smile on my face and the words “Awww, how swee-” were interrupted with me saying “WHAT?! IS THIS FOR REAL?!?!” as I glanced above the hearts and read the words “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” carved into that beautiful oak.
With tears in my eyes, I looked up to see Dan getting down on one knee, pulling out a ring and his response to my asking him if it was for real was “Only if you say ‘yes’. Otherwise, I have a lot of sanding ahead of me!” My eyes teared up, I flung my arms around him, and responded with “Of course my answer’s yes!” and he put the most beautiful ring on my finger!!!
Almost a week later, I looked back through the photos I had taken on my cell phone of times when Dan was working on the desk.
Notice the newspaper under Dan’s arm covering his special carving:
He was giving me the “Becca, go get back to work” face. Oblivious (as usual), I just thought he genuinely wanted me to be productive and stop bothering him. I thought nothing of the paper towel that I now realize he had strategically placed:
Such a perfect proposal and now I have a desk that will have those amazing words carved into it for the rest of my life. 🙂