The Engagement

It was quite an exciting Thanksgiving break. Joe and I are getting MARRIED! Oh man I have been waiting for this for like…years?

The Story:

Thanksgiving morning my family decided to do a breakfast since my dad and I worked that evening. It was a really sweet morning spent with Dad, Pennie, Mami, Grandma, Mimi, Falynn, Evan, and of course Jessica (because Jess comes to all our family events) Joe told me his flight arrived into Austin at 11:40 and he asked me if I would pick him up from the airport.

Around 11:00 I start saying goodbyes to everyone so I can make it to the airport on time. Things get kind of hectic when you have to say bye to two grandmothers and a great grandma. There are pictures that have to be taken and long squeezy hugs…I was just so ready to get to Joe. Somewhere in the business of things Jessica picked up my phone and walked me out to my car.
 

She said “So, You aren’t going to the airport. Here is your phone and here is a map. Think First and Third Anniversary”

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My first reaction was “What? This is happening right now?”

Followed by “How long has he been here?!”

Jessica said “I don’t know he wont tell me anything because he is a JERK!” haha…poor Jess.

I knew exactly where to go. There is a beautiful overlook of Lake Austin, the skyline and the 360 bridge that Joe and I have been to on the anniversaries that he has been able to be home for. It is a beautiful place to stargaze.

Driving there I am freaking out. I knew this was coming but I did NOT think it would be then. I had assumed it was going to be sometime Friday. In all the excitement I missed my exit and had to turn around…I probably looked like a crazy person driving.

I get to the cliffs and start hiking to the top. I am so glad I wore my riding boots because I almost wore heels…and that would have been a disaster. Joe has made me do that once before and I think we both fell. I get about half way up and Joe’s brother Jim pops out from behind a tree.

I said “Hey Jim!”

He said “Hey! This way is closed.”

Me: “Its closed? Which way do I go then?”

Jim pointed to a smaller trail on the outside of the cliff. I follow the little path over to where Joe is waiting for me. I walk up to him telling him he is really sneaky because he should have been at the airport. I give him a hug and then we just look at each for a minute.

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He finally gets down on one knee and says a bunch of stuff that for now…I’m keeping to myself. It is too sweet for me to share for a while I think. I like the secrecy of it. No…surprisingly I didn’t cry. He teared up a bit though 🙂 PS…that smile…come on. *swoon*

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It all felt so magical. The weather was absolutely perfect. It was sunny but cool and a little breezy. Joe was proposing and my hair was being blown behind me like the wind knew was was up. (yep…that sounds totally cheesy but it happened) The cliff was a little bit lower than the main area. Joe said that area was to crowded for him. Our spot was just enough room for the two of us.

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In the excitement of it all I didn’t get the greatest picture of my ring up at the top of the cliff…soo…its a little blurry. I’m hoping maybe we can take some of our engagement photos up there.

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Here is a better photo though:

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He did good. Yeah? I had no idea what to expect but it’s perfect!

We made some phone calls and then went to see my dad at work to show him. He was surprised and excited. Then we went back to my grandmother’s house where all the ladies were still talking.

The second we pulled up to the duplex Alison (Joe’s sister) came running out to see us. They live in the unit next to my grandmother. I am SO impressed with her because she knew about the engagement for a whole week and I saw her every. single. day. since Joe told her and had no clue she knew anything. She had to listen to me freak out about the possibility of not getting engaged and the fact that there were 10 engagements on my Facebook and Twitter feed in that week.

Mom was really excited for us. I had talked to her the night before telling her I was hoping for a ring and that I went and got a manicure and everything JUST so I was prepared.  Chandler Cole and Kennedy were pretty excited too. They all want to know when we are getting married!

We went in to see the grandmas and there was lots of hugging and they all cried I think. I think Pennie took some video. I bet it is some great stuff. The twins were thrilled. Evan wanted to know what time the wedding would be. Joe decided 3:45…Evan thought that would be fine. My Falynn was excited about us getting married but I think the idea of her sister moving to Germany was a little much. That girl has a heart of gold and loves Joe so much I can’t wait to see what their relationship looks like as the kids grow up. We did a toast with some bubbly and then we were off to see Joe’s family.

Joe didn’t tell anyone but Alison and Jim but his mom had one of those mom feelings that it was happening. She was prepared with champagne (thanks to Obama winning the election she had no reason to toast to the President)

The rest of the day was a sweet time of calling and texting friends. We had Thanksgiving dinner with his family, watched some football and then I was off to work where I pretty much just stared at my hand the whole time.

Friday we had a small engagement party with some friends. Nothing too crazy. A fire, smores and champagne. A good good time with really good friends. I can’t wait to celebrate being married with them!

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Lots of people are wondering about the plan..so here it goes

We will be getting married in early March. We are hoping to set a date by the end of the week. Woohoo for playing on the Army’s schedule. The wedding will be between him graduating BOLC and going to Airborne. Once he is done with Airborne we head to Germany April 1. WE yes…we are both going to Germany. Crazyyyyyy. I am really excited. I will be taking next semester off school to work and plan the wedding and then finish school over in Germany while Joe is deployed. Just call me Army Wife. (AHHHHHH)

It is all real now. I could not be more excited. I am sorry if the next time you see me I am just vomiting wedding talk. Tell me to talk about Jesus or something. I’m sure my brain would appreciate that and so would your ears. Three months to plan a wedding is not a long time but we’ve got a great support system and I have no doubt that it will be one of the sweetest days of my life.

I can’t wait to be Joe’s wife and start our adventure in Germany!

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