16 Aug 2009

dum dum de dum....

Big news! A few weeks ago (yes, I know, I haven't posted in a while but life has been such a whirlwind...) Mark proposed!
Apparently he had some plans up his sleeve for a little while, and managed to keep it secret.
I'm even more impressed that he told my sister, and that SHE was able to keep it a secret. (sorry Lindi, I know how you get when you're excited about something!)
Of course, being the wonderful guy he is, he had everything planned out, and even managed to remain calm and collected even though I kept throwing a wrench into the "schedule"! (little did I know that he had my family in on it. )
To make a long story short (because if I told the entire thing, it really WOULD be a long story), he got my sister to call me and ask if she could take the boys to her house for a movie, which left me thinking, "yay, an evening alone with Mark!"
He took me out for dinner to a little Vietnamese place that we really like. Afterwards, he took me to the park where we went for a walk on our first date. It's a gorgeous park, and overlooks all of Hamilton. (the view isn't ideal, we were looking out at the "beautiful" steel mills on the water.haha)
We were looking out over a kids' soccer game, and Mark was standing behind me rubbing my neck. (it's always sore from the way I have to carve my stamps).
It started to rain a little, so I thought we should probably head back. The rain lately hasn't been "little". When it rains, it pours, and pours, and hails, and then pours some more!
So it was safe to say that we needed to back to the car. Mark said "before we do though, I have a
surprise for you..."
I turned around, and he was down on one knee, with a little box that was sparkling, and said "will you marry me?"
Of course I said yes (or screamed it?)
I had about a minute to admire the ring before we had to run to the car! Then we sat in the car for a bit, all excited, me asking him how he had planned this all etc, and how long he'd had the ring...and then he said "we have to go to your sisters house now, because your family is all there waiting for us".
He had gone there before hand to show them the ring, before he picked me up for dinner:)


  1. Oh my goodness, this has got to be one of the sweetest stories ever! I love the fact that he had a little party set up, and the he had gone to see your family beforehand. So cute! Congratulations!

  2. Oh honey that's so ROMANTIC and wonderful! Congratulations! And what a beautiful ring, too!

  3. Congratulations :)

    What a sweet story, too!

  4. Alicia "Brien"19 August 2009 at 16:23

    Congratulations to the two of you! I love that he had your whole family in on it!!

  5. Wow! Congrats! That's so lovely :) I wish you all the best!

  6. That is so so sweet. Thank you for sharing. I am happy for you, what a good story!

  7. I've just joined up to following your blog because I discovered today I love stamps! I want to make some now...but crocheting will have to satisfy me for the moment.
    Congrats on the engagement! Just want to let you know, Hamilton has awesome views, you just need to look in the right direction. I was surprized when I went for a conference (I live in Ottawa, and before in NB)..All the hills with wonderful folliage :)

  8. Awe, congrats, what a sweet story!!

    park engagements are THE BEST! (that's where mine proposed to me as well)