- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2014
My story continues here, in case you didn’t read the first part of the engagement story, a few months ago, my SO took me to choose out a ring and that is the first part:
Recently, my fiance was in a serious car accident and since then, I have been taking care of him. Since he has been feeling better, I told him that we are going to Central States Marching Festival that weekend since I have gone every year and look forward to that. He then told me “oh okay well we have plans at five” It held a slight dilemma so I told him whatever plans he had, he had to reschedule because he knew about Central States. Even my parents when they were talking figured out they would collide. So my mom and my fiance were texting back and forth to figure out how to get me not to want to go to Central States and it came down to the weather. So when Saturday came, we didn’t go to CS like I wanted but stayed in and got ready for my surprise. Before then, he came out and asked if we were going to my parent’s house….I had no plans to do this nor did I think we were going to go over there, but I said sure I guess. So, I drove my dog to my mom and dad’s house and dropped her off, then I got into the car with my fiancé. I had no idea where I was headed so I started reading signs, and figured where we were going when I saw a sign that said, Chapman, Abilene, and Hays. I then realized that we were headed somewhere that I had been bugging him to go for a long time, the Abilene & Smokey Valley Railroad. I had never been on a train and it had been one of the things I have always wanted to do and here I was, looking at one. When we parked, we walked into the station and there was a gift shop and everything looked like it did way back. We boarded after a few minutes and sat down at a table with an older married couple. They were on the train because it was her husband’s birthday and they hadn’t ridden on a train since they were teenagers, and were headed to New Orleans.
The train ride was everything I thought it would be. We were going at a slow pace because it was the dinner train and if it was going faster, our dinner would have been on the floor. We had fried chicken and sides, and it was really delicious. While we were eating, the lady was explaining to us about Abilene, and talking about the events, culture, and sites. There was a mention on the way there about somebody celebrating their anniversary, how people come from as far as Oklahoma and then we went over the bridge. She explained how we were going over the Smoky Valley River and shortly after we went over the bridge, we stopped so we could head back and for a restroom break. I didn’t take it but my fiancé did and I joked about him hurrying or he would be left because they had shortened it because of the storm that was headed our way.
So they quickly got people back onto the train and were telling us that we were on our way over the bridge. When this was happening, the lights on the train started going out. That part was scary but they came out. While we were going over the bridge again, the woman talking to us said that there was another surprise that they will be celebrating on the train. She said this twice and of course the lights went out each time. Finally she said it the third time and my fiancé stood up. I watched him stand up and was like uuuhhh as she said maybe the lights will stay on so he can do this. My fiancé was standing in front of me, and the woman had handed him the mic as he told me that he has known me for a while now and there was something that he has been wanting to ask me. He then kneeled down on his hurt knee, took a box from his pocket, opened it and asked if I would marry him. Of course I was in shock and was looking into his eyes the entire time and when he proposed, I heard everybody around us saying “awwwwww” My mind finally told me after a few seconds to say something so I nodded and said yes. When he placed the ring on my finger, everybody was clapping and he kissed me. Not sure what happened around us at that time as it was one powerful kiss. Then a man yelled “did she say yes?” and I had to hold up my ring for everybody to see.
When he sat down, the woman across from us had to see my ring and we talked the entire time on the way back about weddings, and plans. On the way back to my parent’s house, my fiancé and I talked. That is where I found out that he had shown people my ring already and had asked my dad for my hand in marriage. He talked to him and welcomed him to my family. My mom had already seen the ring and my dad assured that I would love the engagement, which I did. My grandma had seen it but only because my fiancé was in a horrible car accident a couple of weeks ago. We were in the hospital for over a week and in the accident, my ring was in his bag which was in the car because he knew I wouldn’t look there. He told my dad that the only thing he cared about was getting that bag back and getting my ring from the bag. My dad did find the ring in the bag and he showed it to them. Surprisingly, my ring, and my picture frame that I had left in his car were the only things that survived the crash. I then found out my parents knew this plan, and he requested to go to my parent’s house in order to get my ring from that bag that he had in the house. The ring was something we had put together a few months back as a nice surprise weekend.
The accident scared us and luckily, he survived the accident and now we are on our way to marriage.
Sorry this is so long! but here are some photos!