27.2.12

Enjoy Project | How Us People Got Engaged

"life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation."
charlotte bronte
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This is a once in a lifetime post that is understandably hard to know where to begin.  Last week I began the story of "us" on this blog, fully expecting I had plenty of time to build up to this post I'm typing right now.  I had no idea I'd be engaged the very next day.  By "no idea" I mean zero minus nothing subtracted by absence take away nihility and then get rid of oblivion and that is how little of an idea I had that this would be happening.  I'm not sure how much detail I should include in here, but my heart and head and knee-caps are still quivering and I have lot to say ;)  Feel free to skip down and look at all the perfect pictures (taken by Lydia Jane.)  If you'd like to hear this the whole goozy-girly way, snuggle up ;)

Friday: I had spent a full week at the hospital with my sick Mama Bear in Florida.  We had found out the previous week that she has cancer, so I flew down to take care of her in the hospital.  I bought a one-way ticket and wasn't sure when I'd be heading back to Maryland (where I live).  On Wednesday Caleb and I finally firmed up plans for him to come visit for the weekend.  He told me he couldn't miss any work, so he would need to take a late flight to Florida on Friday, and be home at a decent hour on Sunday.  In the hospital mom and I booked his flights.  Our plan for the weekend (actually, correction MY plan for the weekend... MY idea for the weekend... MY suggestion for the weekend... MY dream for the weekend...) was to go to DisneyWorld with my whole family and Caleb, the-never-been-to-Disney-ed.  You have to understand something about Disney Parks and my family: my grandparents, California natives, went to Disneyland opening week.  My mother was born a few years later and she grew up at the park, as did her three siblings.  As they grew older and married and had their own families, Disney was always the dream vacation location.  I will still never forget my first trip to Disneyland (a Christmas present for us kids).  My aunts and uncles and parents saved up to take big Disney trips together, with coordinating outfits for the album pages.  My aunt used to have a Disney room and her e-mail addresses over the years are always Disney related.  As a child watching and hearing your parents and adults in your life so excited about Disney, and literally like giddy little children in the park, well, it's completely contagious and particularly happy.  When I was nine my parents moved from the Washington DC area back to the Southern California area.  We got season passes to Disneyland and though we only lived in San Diego for 15 months, we went to Disneyland nearly 20 times.  We quickly found ourselves back in Maryland, but my parents moved to Florida about 18 months ago.  Without hesitation they bought season passes to Disneyworld.  My cousin met her now-husband at Disneyland and also got engaged at Disneyland.  AND my favorite movie (not Disney movie, movie) is Cinderella.  I love Cinderella's castle and character and mice friends ("GusGus! GusGus! NooOoo. Lucifey not funny.  Lucifey meaaaaan.")  I can quote all the lines, sing all the songs and I still laugh at the witty lines.  I love Cinderella.  I love Disney.  I only have happy, sing-song, smiling-parents, excited hearts, beautiful memories at Disney Parks.

So, for me to want to bring Caleb to Disneyworld with my whole family, especially the little children and especiallyespecially my mom, is a huge deal to me.  Not to mention facing this new season of mom being sick, I really was begging everyone to make this trip work.  Mom said she felt well enough to go, and half the kids were planning on going with friends that weekend anyway.  But somehow, come Friday, everyone had backed out... including my mom.  My dad insisted my little sisters not miss their soccer tournament.  My brother had to work.  Mom was much more tired than she thought she'd be.  My other sister needed to drive soccer carpools.  It just wasn't working anymore.  I didn't want to go without them.  My mom pleaded with me to go.  "It would make me so happy.  You've had a long week.  Go with Caleb and enjoy it.  Take lots of pictures and come back and tell me all about it."  I wasn't convinced.  I told her I'd talk to Caleb and see what he thought.  When we chatted on the phone about it he was equally reluctant to go.  "Man, I would almost rather just stay home with your mom and spend time with her than go without her!"  But somehow my parents swayed me and I said I would ONLY go if it was absolutely what my mom wanted.  

After about three hours of sleep Caleb and I loaded up and left for Orlando.  Let me re-phrase that: after three hours of sleep I loaded up and Caleb slept in. (I note this not to bash Caleb... I love when he gets to sleep in!  But I certainly did not expect him to sleep peacefully and well the night before he proposed.) Let me also add here one important note: I have always only wanted one thing when I got engaged, and that was to be completely surprised.  I didn't care if it was in public or private, with a big or small ring, with friends around or totally alone.  I just wanted to be caught off-guard.  Sweet.  

Caleb and I are now at Disney.  And I'm in full-out Disney mode.  I got my maps.  I got my schedule of events.  I'm large and in charge and woman hear me roar.  Coordinating fast passes, show times, our little cash budget, and pointing out all sweet little children in costumes was keeping me oh-so-busy.  Not to mention smiling from ear to ear.  I told Caleb half-way through the day that my cheeks hurt from smiling so hard.  We were having so much fun.  My mental countdown knew he was leaving in X hours and I couldn't bear the thought.  I was so happy being in such a cheery place and not in a hospital.  I was so happy that mom was home and resting well.  I was so happy that Caleb loved all the detailed buildings, charming employees, manicured landscaping, constant music, colorful atmosphere, and surreal mood as much as I did.  We ooo-ed and awww-ed about crown molding and scalloped foot-paths and coffee ice cream floats in the French Quarter.

As they day went on Caleb and I often stopped to scout out our ideal place to watch the fireworks.  He wanted to be on the side of the castle.  I insisted that we be in the center of the castle.  "Trust me!  It's the best view! You have to see this from the center!" then we'd skip over to Tom Sawyer's Island or The Haunted Mansion.  By dinnertime we found ourselves at Liberty Tree Tavern, my favorite restaurant in the park.  Mostly because of their green beans and gravy.  I LOVE THEIR GREEN BEANS SO MUCH.  Caleb also happens to love good green beans.  All day long I talked about the crisp, garlic-y green beans.  I googled the menu to make sure green beans were still on it.  I announced that I was going to order five plates of green beans.  I literally brought up green beans five or six times throughout the day.  Once we got to dinner I asked the waiter if the seasonal vegetable was green beans.  He said "Yes, they are."  I bopped in my seat and clasped my hands together.  Five minutes later Caleb looked up and noticed the food on the table next to us.  "WHat! They have green beans here?!" he exclaimed.  I must have given him "the" look we girls give.  "Caleb.  Are you seriously asking that?"  I wasn't actually annoyed, more shocked.  Has he really missed that much today?  How could he not remember me talking about that so often?  We continued on with our meal, Caleb made multiple trips to the bathroom, I even caught him on the phone in the hallway not in the bathroom, he didn't eat, he was acting weird and aloof.  All the signs everyone tells you about ;)  But I wasn't suspicious of anything.

We left dinner and I changed plans: instead of riding a ride and then going to find a spot for the parade, lets just go to main street and get a really, really good spot:
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I marched across the street and informed Caleb that this center view of the castle, off the curb, next to a garden (away from people) would be the best view of the fireworks.  Aren't I a helpful little fiance'-to-be?! He loved it.  And though he had planned to do something a little different (in grass, not in a gated PERECT flower garden) he didn't want to give anything away so he let us stay there.
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We had over an hour to kill before the parade (at 9:00, followed by the lights show at 10:00, followed by the fireworks display at 10:30).  I talked and asked him why he wasn't listening to me ;) and talked some more and tried to stay warm and wondered why he was looking all around and talked and asked him if the mints he was pulling out of his pocket was really a ring. I'm a lot to handle.
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The parade finally started.  I asked Caleb all kinds of questions.  He gave me one-word answers.  I told funny jokes and he really didn't laugh.  I assumed he was tired.
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And we arrive at the fireworks portion of the evening.  I can hear Caleb's heart beating violently.  I think nothing of it.  Instead I went into a huge rant about firework preferences.  "Caleb!  What is your favorite kind of firework? My favorite fireworks are the gold shimmery ones that look like willow trees!  Not the ones with lots of little lines that shoot out but the soft drippy ones.  Like THAT one! It's sooOOOooo pretty!  What's your favorite kind?" He doesn't answer, instead he's looking over his shoulder again.  "Caleb.  It's an important thing to know about your boyfriend.  What is your favorite kind of fireworks?" He managed an answer: "The big ones."  I scrunch my face and start to question is answer "The big o--..." but as I started talking he scooped my up and set me over the fence, right inside the flower garden.  "MY PURSE!" He told me not to worry about my purse.  And that is the last thing I clearly remember for the following five minutes.
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Once I realized I was leaving my purse behind I knew what was happening.  I lost it.  Full on ugly bawling.  Quivering second-chin and smooshed-nose and sputtering, goat-like sounds.  He got down on one knee.  He said a few things.  I don't remember any of it.
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I started to fall over and crumple.  He held me up.
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He asked me three times to be his wife.  I had no words.  I didn't forget to say yes.  I couldn't say yes.  I felt like I was about to fainting and fly and turn into a vapor.  I've never experience so much physical reaction to a single thing.  Every part of me was firing off and going ballistic.  I didn't know how to even begin to reign in the emotion.  It would be like try to hold off a tornado with a spoon.
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A "yes" tumbled out eventually.
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Apparently the fireworks continued on, dozens and dozens of people cheered and whistled and clapped and photographed us, Lydia (who secretly flew in to photograph this!) snapped away.  I didn't hear or see any of it.  
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I did cry a lot, however.
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And I finally "came to" as the finale started to fire away.  The first thing I said was "This means I'm going to be Kristen Morris!" - two words I had never said side-by-side, out loud.  I literally felt my knees knocking together.  The fireworks were nothing compared to my insides.  He did it.  He surprised me at at Disney, in front of Cinderella's castle.  I'm still undone.
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I didn't look at the ring until well after the fireworks stopped.  It's just utterly gorgeous.  The most beautiful, glamorous, lovely, special, perfect ring.  He spent months making that ring happen.  Five months.  He worked so hard on it.  He spent so many hours and nights.  As much as I love that ring, I love how ardently he attended to that ring.  The jeweler who finally made his dream come to life told Caleb that in 52 years of business he'd never seen a man put so much care into the ring being perfect.  I stand by it: no one on earth loves as excessively and fully as Caleb does.  I don't know how he gets to be mine.  
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I'm so glad I stopped crying at some point ;)  Because I was so happy.  I literally had no idea it was possible to be this full of joy.  
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The ring just got better and better the more I checked it out ;)
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Some sweet whistlers-and-clappers just had to see my peach sapphire goodness ;)  And they are officially the first people I got to show-off my ring to!
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I adore that man.  "Can one die of happiness?"  
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I'm ever-impressed with Caleb and his detailed, quiet, patient, specific, happy, fearless, dreaming love.  I love him.  I love him so much.  I love that he's so different from what I imagined for myself.  I love that he is an excessively talented musician and you'd never ever hear that or believe that by talking to him.  I love that he packed up his pick-up truck and moved across the country to date me, that he wasn't afraid.  I love that he sings "Tale Old as Time" constantly.  I love that he brings scripture to bear, for the Word of the Lord is living and true.  I love that he plays with me. Oh, we have so much fun playing together!  We love to play.  I love that he doesn't make excuses for himself, he doesn't put any burden on me, but always comes along side me to help carry the weight or he removes it all-together, I love that he brings my glasses of ice water at night.  I love that he loves children and that they love him.  I love that he can't wait to be a father.  I love that he talks about building his daughter's a dollhouse.  I love that he always is up for anything; he's so flexible and easy-going and selfless.  I love that he's a perfectionist and has to have things done a certain way.  I love that he falls asleep anywhere (just like me... It's a big family thing, I think.)  I love love love love his accent and jawline.  I love that he's humble, happy and loves a good challenge.  I love that his hands are calloused, his biceps are hard, his eyes tear easily and that his smile is constant.  I love his country upbringing, his family and his vigor.  I love him.  I love that he schemed and planned and played it cool and worked so hard on this proposal.  I love how well he had to know me in order to pull it off.  Cowboy, you far exceeded my expectations.  
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"I hold myself supremely blest - blest beyond what language can express.  I know no weariness of my Edward's society: he knows none of mine, any more than we each do the pulsation of the heart that beats in our separate bosoms; consequently, we are ever together. To be together is for us to be at once free as in solitude, as gay as in company. We talk, I believe, all day long: to talk to each other is but more animated and an audible thinking. All my confidence is bestowed on him, all his confidence is devoted to me; we are precisely suited in character - perfect concord is the result.” (Charlotte Bronte)

"You have done wonderful things, plans of old, faithful and sure."  God did this, and this is for Him.  Our joy is a morsel of our joy in Him, and mostly His joy in us.  Our Happy King delights in us and with us, and it is good to be His.  So so good.  Because He gives His children good gifts.  Gifts like falling in love and Caleb and DisneyWorld and grandparents and fireworks and Walt Disney and best friends and shiny stones and wonderful mama bears and marriage and green beans.


(Um. And I'm going to get married? And be a wife? Because I'm engaged... to be married... what other kind of engaged is there? HE'S GOING TO BE MY HUSBAND!)

74 comments:

  1. gahhh this is beautiful. *sniff sniff* this is the best story. <3 :)

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  2. I can't even handle how beautiful this is. This blessed me so much tonight.
    Thank you for reminding me of this amazing, passionate, specific, make-your-knees-knock-and-render-you-speechless love!
    (and OH my goodness, Lydia, these pictures are gorgeous!)

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  3. Madison28.2.12

    I'm soooo happy for you Kristen!!

    God bless!

    ~Madi

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  4. Over the moon excited for you!!!

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  5. Ring pictures please? And yes, this nearly made me cry with happiness for you! I've never met you, but I too feel I know you so well from your blog. It's delightfully well written and designed, so sunshiny and cheery :) Blessing to your and your wonderful man. You have been blessed with a precious gift!

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  6. you made me quiver... "can one die of happiness?" perfect.
    And I'm absolutely in love with your ring. it's so perfect and unique. and "peach sapphire" -- LOOOOVE. so you. ;)

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  7. Gorgeous. O sigh. So much happiness.

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  8. um, wow. I'm just going to say there is no way to be near as happy as you are right now. It is so exciting and heartwarming to see your joy overflowing. I've noticed through following a while now, that Joy really is an undertone of *who.you.are.* I'm very excited to hear about all the new plans you two have!

    What a sweet sweet proposal. Surprised eh? Stunning pictures. I'm elated. Praise God! I'll be praying for you both, I can't wait for all the bountiful blessings that God will pour out on you both.

    Your overflowing-amazing-pure-im-so-happy-i-could-die happiness is so contagious & unstoppable!! Have you been to the hospital, and showed your ring and told your story to all the doctors and nurses? ; )

    All this to say, I'm happy also. I was telling my whole family, "You know that blog I follow, of the wedding photographer?!? SHE GOT ENGAGED! THAT MEANS SHE'S GETTING MARRIED." My brother, of all people was actually excited too, He's popped over my shoulder a few times and likes your photos too :)

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  9. Oh my goodness this is one of the best stories ever!!!! Fireworks and everything, you got it girl! Did your family and his know he was going to propose that night? So glad you got pictures of it! Now you know how beautiful it was, and we do too. : )

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  10. Oh Kristen, You had me tearing up at every word! I'm so happy for you - so incredibly happy that I'm smiling! You're going to be the most beautiful bride! Congratulations! XOXO!

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  11. this is so beautiful and so sweet, Kristen! I was torn between tearing up and laughing out of joy because I was SO happy for you! tale is old as time, is right -- love this, love you too, and so happy for both of you. praying for God's most beaaaautiful, abundant, crazy amazing blessings for you guys! :) x

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  12. also, the fact that you both sing Disney songs makes my day. :)

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  13. I saw this post earlier and was going to comment, but realized that I didn't really have words to describe what I was feeling.

    Because words really do not suffice for this post.

    Absolutely beautiful. Amazing. I love the fireworks combined with the castle, and the fact that Cinderella is your favorite (mine, too!). :)

    You and Caleb are in my prayers!!!

    Sarah :)

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  14. Beautiful. I am so HAPPY!!!!!

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  15. goodnesssss!!!! this is so amazing. seriously, fireworks, cinderellas castle, and that kiss... so cute!! congrats <3 so happy for you. :)

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  16. yahooo. What an adventure. Can I just say we were all so relieved when it went off without a hitch? Just perfect. Just as it should have been. We love you and we can't wait to celebrate your special day with you!

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  17. Anonymous28.2.12

    Oh my goodness, this was insanely adorable. I'm so happy for you! Will definitely keep y'all in my prayers! Enjoy this happy time!
    EEeeek the firework pictures are so AWESOME.

    I think your fiance has destroyed all of our's chances for a supa supa romantic fabulous proposal...because that was pretty much the greatest I've ever heard of :D

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  18. How can one not smile after reading that post? So exciting. Congratulations!

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  19. I will be permanently smiling like an idiot for the next 5 years...this was awesome sauce :) :) :) God gives us EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY ABOVE EVERYTHING that we ask OR THINK!!!

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  20. oh.my.goodness. I am sitting here reading this with the BIGGEST smile and I don't even know you! haha. This is absolutely beautiful and I am SO happy for you both. Congratulations!!!!

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  21. Oh my goodness, I am so thrilled for you two, Kristen. Congratulations times a million. And also, I can't wait to see how fantastic your wedding is, I can only imagine how many ideas you have after shooting so many fabulous weddings.

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  22. Anonymous28.2.12

    I wish you many years of happiness!!!
    May God bless you both..

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  23. Congratulations! That is one of the best blog posts I've ever read!

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  24. First of all, this is so amazing! I read it at work and blubbered!I am a Disney fan too, and even at 31, it is my wish to meet a man who will love me like this, know me like this, and want to make me as happy as you are.
    Second of all, I have been following your work for a few years now and in the land of the internet, feel I have gotten to know you a bit. Thanks for sharing this and for who you are.

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  25. This is probably the sweetest thing I've ever read! =) Huge congratulations to you and Caleb!!

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  26. Absolutely beautiful and lovely. Perfect. I can identify with you when you wrote: "I had no idea it was possible to be this full of joy." It's really hard to imagine what love can do when it's shared by two people, perfectly matched by God. It's beyond words.

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  27. congrats!! this is such a sweet story. You can tell you guys are so in love! :)

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  28. KRISTEN!!!I can hardly contain the happiness!!! this is so gorgeous and amazing and beautiful and happy and well...like a tornado on a spoon :) I love you even though I don't know you, and you hardly know I exist, and I'm so incredibly happy for you both.
    xxx
    Simi

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  29. GOOSEBUMPS. ahlksjflkasjdflkajsd;flkjasdlkf. congrats!

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  30. this was even cuter than zac efron and taylor swift singing together on ellen. and we all know how adorable THAT was. this is one of the sweetest, most precious, tear-jerking engagements ever. so, so happy for you two!

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  31. Speechlessly happy for you two- so excited!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to tell all of your readers (even those who have never met you, and might not ever have that happy chance) about such a beautiful day. :D

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  32. SO so so sweet! I think every guy needs to gt a secret photographer for their proposal- my guy did and I know I'll treasure those pictures forever and my daughters will too!

    Congratulations! Being engaged is so much fun! :D

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  33. I teared up reading this. It brought back the sweet memories when my hubby proposed to me. The feeling is amazing! Congratulations! I am so happy for you two!

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  34. Lord have mercy, I am SO EXCITED for you!!!!! And a peach sapphire? *swoon* How amazing is that?!? So unique and gorgeous and perfect. You got yourself a good one. Can't wait to meet him. :)

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  35. What a SWEET proposal!! Made me tear up! :) Congratulations to you both.. it is such an exciting time in your lives!

    Sidenote: If you're not already on there, you need to join Pinterest! Immediately! It is the best when planning wedding ideas! :)

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  36. oh swooon!! Congratulations!!!

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  37. This has got to be the most sweet, adorable, amazing, precious, and thoughtful proposal I've read about! Congrats to you two!

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  38. I'm so glad that after hearing so many engagement stories you have an amazing one of your own! :-) Well done Caleb!

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  39. Congratulations! That's an amazing story and the pictures are breathtaking!

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  40. Definitely crying right now, and I haven't even read your blog before! So, so happy for you. xo

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  41. Sniffle! SNIFFLE SNIFFLE!!!

    and I'm also grinning, by the way. :)

    awesome engagement proposal....and awesome story. :)

    SO.FREAKIN.EXCITED.FOR.YOU.KRISTEN!!!

    From a very happy FL girl. :)
    ~ Jean Marie

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  42. CONGRATS!!!!! What a beautiful fairy-tale-come-true. :) When do WE get to see that amazing ring?!?!?! I don't even know you personally, but I can't tell you how much I can't wait to see your wedding pics when they happen!!!!!

    Oh yeah, and I love that I am not the only 20+ year old that quotes Disney movies!!!! And I grew up going to Disneyland, too!!!!! My fav rides are Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean. XD

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  43. very happy, coach! :)

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  44. Every girl's dream; every prospective groom's dismay: how on earth can any other guy top that proposal? I love that we have a photo documentary of the event and that we didn't all have to stalk you all day to wait for Caleb to finally to pop the question!

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  45. Rachel28.2.12

    That is just Beautiful, what a lovely story, ive never felt so strongly that i want what the 2 of you have, congratulations! i know you know it, but you have a wonderful husband-to-be. i wish you many many fantastic years together :)

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  46. AMAZING, AMAZING!!!!!! congratulations! :D

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  47. aww...this is the sweetest most romantic way to have a proposal! Congrats and best wishes and prayers to y'alls life together! :) May god bless it greatly!

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  48. Well done Caleb!! We are extremely happy for both of you. Kristen, what a beautiful story! Fantastic pictures frame the true life fairy tale well.

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  49. I'm going to be the lame commenter that comes back and basically says the same thing juuuust because. but seriously...I am so happy for you, lady! this was the sweetest, most touching/romantic, so dang happiest proposal ever. and I love that it's so YOU. crazy happy for you...literally can't stop smiling like an idiot for you two! :)

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  50. It makes me so happy that you are being loved the way you should be, Kristen. It only gets better from here, love you! Oh and I think it's about time I meet this fella. ;)

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  51. Donna28.2.12

    Oh my precious girl! This couldnt be more perfect. Wonderful
    job Caleb, you obviously know that you are marrying a true
    princess. Congrats to both of you!

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  52. What a perfect proposal! So beautiful! Brought tears to my eyes! Congrats!

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  53. Congratulations, Kristen!! Just wanted to say those shots of the fireworks and castle behind you guys are just amazing. I'm in propsal envy, as Disney World is my favorite place ever! :D

    Marriage is fun!! Wish you all the best!

    Kim (Matt from Clubhill Media's wife)

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  54. Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you!!! Such amazing pictures to capture your perfect moment.
    Lots of Love!!
    Amy

    PS. can you email me your mom's contact info? I didn't know she was sick. :( so, so sorry to hear. amyfedeli@gmail.com

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  55. I think I just died a little bit. THIS WAS THE CUTEST THING. EVER. i'm so extremely happy for you!

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  56. There is precious little that I can say, since most of the other dear ladies here have already covered it! So.. ~BLESSINGS TO YOU~
    I've also never met you, but we have a common interest.. or a common someone anyway! Miss Soon-To-Be Bossom! Yes, dear Abbie and I were best friend when I was 9 and 10 years old before we both moved away. You blog is such pure joy.
    I was reading some Nicholas Spark's quotes today, and I came across this one. It seemed like something you'd enjoy!

    “And I learned what is obvious to a child. That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time. That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals. That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered. But most of all, I learned that life is about sitting on benches next to ancient creeks with my hand on her knee and sometimes, on good days, for falling in love.”
    ― Nicholas Sparks

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  57. i love this story, Kristen! your narration was splendid.

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  58. francine2.3.12

    so lovely! and how awesome that you have pictures to remember it!

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  59. so my little sister sees me looking at this post, and I happened to be on a picture of you and Caleb kissing. she's nine and asked "are they boyfriend and girlfriend?" "they're going to get married," i said. "you can only kiss people if you're married to them or getting married." hurrah for christian romance :D

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  60. okay I cried. bawled, actually. this is so beautiful and cute and wonderful.

    congratulations a million times over, kristen! so sososo happy for you, bride-to-be!

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  61. Aunt Pam5.3.12

    2 One-day Disney World Tickets: $180.00
    Dinner for two at Liberty Tree Tavern: $75.00
    Disney World Fireworks: $1.5 million
    Sputtering, goat-like sounds: Priceless

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  62. I swoonnnn. Such a GORGEOUS ring!! And a sweet story :) Congratulations to ya'll!

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  63. Anonymous6.3.12

    I was laughing and almost crying as i read this post. Congratulations!! God is truly the giver of all good and perfect gifts!
    I've been following your blog for awhile and you have blessed me.
    God bless!

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  64. This is so adorable! I love it. Congratulations, many times over. :)

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  65. Congrats Kristen! Wonderful news! The photos by Lydia are ah-mazing, as usual :-)

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  66. I cried. Not going to try to hide it. The Prince of Peace sure takes care of his princesses:)

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  67. This is amazing Kristen, congratulations, so magical. I am so excited for you!!!!

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  68. just spent the last number of lost hours reading your blog. what beautiful stories and thoughts and words that i'm so glad you've chosen to share with the world! love how much of your life you pour out in such a real, genuine, vulnerable way. love this blog! creeper status. haha.

    oh, and congratulations on your engagement!

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  69. Kristen...that is just the sweetest, best proposal this Disney loving girl has ever heard!! I've only met you once and I'm in tears reading this. To quote Mary Poppins..."practically perfect in every way!"

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  70. you are happyness. he is happyness. you are in love. he is in love. God is love. The end. :)

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  71. I think I need a paper bag.. I'm about hyperventilating at this story. It's perfect! You two are perfect for eachother I couldnt be more happy for someone like I am right now. And man, I don't even know you!
    The way you told this story was perfect. It made me laugh and aw and you can sense your excitement just by reading it. It's perfect.

    I love how he arranged it at a place that was special to you and how he got a photographer to capture the moment. I used to not like that idea, of having a photographer. But he did it the right way, where you had no idea she was there. That's awesome. It's natural and just asdfghjkl; I love this I really should shut up. I'm rambling and have a HUGE goofy baboon grin on my face because Im so happy and excited about the engagement of someone I've never met.. Haha<3

    Much love.
    -Talia

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  72. you have such a beautiful story!! your love for each other demonstrated through your words and the images on your blog brought tears to my eyes. thank you for reminding me of God's love for and delight in us. <3

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