On the evening of Friday, February 8, 2013, Robert asked me to marry him and I said YES! There’s absolutely no more eloquent of a way that I can say it. He asked me to spend the rest of his life with him! I still cannot believe it until I look down at this glistening diamond on my left hand. Seriously, when the sun shines on this ring, it looks like it’s on fire. It’s perfect, perfect, perfect. We are over-the-moon ecstatic and I am still floating. My cheeks hurt from smiling so much. Here’s how it went down:
Robert picked out my ring a while back, but it finally arrived on the Wednesday before he popped the Big Q. Like a gentleman, he wanted to ask my dad to marry me in person, but hadn’t ever saved my dad’s number in his phone. He called Sam (my sister’s boyfriend) three separate times to get my dad’s number. Because Sam tells my sister everything (like a good boyfriend should :-)), Robert told Sam a liiittle white lie and said he needed my dad’s number because he had someone that needed boxes. (My dad’s in the packaging industry.)
Sam inevitably told Merrick about their conversation, and being the good and investigative sister that Merrick is, she called me on Friday to pass along the information. “Did you know Robert’s trying to give Dad business?” I didn’t. So I called Robert. And then my Dad. And asked them to explain why Robert was trying to send business my dad’s way. I don’t like mixing business with family. After they both assured me that it was nothing and that it wasn’t a big deal, I let it slip my mind and went about my Friday.
— Insert what really happened- After Sam gave Robert my dad’s phone number, Robert called and asked my dad to meet him for lunch or dinner to chat. They ended up meeting in person on Thursday, had a very nice talk and Robert asked my dad’s permission to marry me. My dad gave Robert permission right then and there. It still makes me emotional thinking about the two men that I love most in my life sitting in a Panera in Spartanburg talking about me while I sat in a cubicle 3 hours away working away and not suspecting a thing. —
— Insert one more thing- Detective Merrick called my dad immediately after finding out that Robert had asked for my dad’s number. She specifically asked him if Robert had called my dad to ask for my hand in marriage. My dad lied and said, “No.” He felt terrible for lying, but in hindsight, I’m thankful that my dad didn’t tell Merr. Our engagement was just as big of a surprise for her as it was for me, and her reaction was amazingly priceless.—
Flash forward to Friday night. I drove to Hendersonville to spend the weekend with Robert. He had the whole weekend planned. He was going to make dinner for me on Friday night, and we were going to visit a local brewery on Saturday afternoon. It seemed perfect to me. Little did I know, Robert had other tricks up his sleeve.
When I arrived at Robert’s house, he was on his deck checking the chicken that he was grilling. He met me at my car as I was grabbing my bags and told me to come inside before I unpacked everything.
Before I go any further, I have to say that Robert is a romantic. As much as he tries to put on a tough guy front, he says and does the nicest things to and for me that make me feel incredibly special. However, he isn’t a cheesy romantic. He doesn’t use corny lines or take me on cliche dates. He’s awesome. That’s exactly why what happened next wasn’t too out of the ordinary.
We headed inside his house where I found beautifully lit candles, the biggest roses that I’d ever seen on his table, and a warm fire illuminating the room. “Well look at you, Mister Romantic,” I exclaimed. He just smiled and we chatted about our days as if everything was normal.
After about 5 minutes of chatting, Robert said to me, “I have to tell you something- I lied to you.” Immediately, my heart sank and I began to get upset. “About WHAT?” I asked. He said, “I’ve never lied to you before and I will never, ever lie to you again. I met with your dad the other day. But I have to tell you, we didn’t meet to talk about business. We met so that I could ask him for your hand in marriage.” We chatted for a minute, he got down on one knee, told me that he loved me and asked me to marry him. 🙂
I immediately called my parents (who obviously already knew) and called my sister. Then I called/texted my VIPs. By the end of the night, we were both exhausted. The rest of the weekend was filled with celebrations with our families, reception site visits in Greenville and supporting messages from our loved ones.
I’m so thankful that our engagement was personal and special. Robert is the most amazing man that I’ve ever met, (besides my dad) and I am very excited that we’ll have the rest of our lives to love, learn and laugh with each other.
More posts on wedding planning to come soon, but this is honestly the first time I’ve had a chance to mark down this monumental event in my life. WE’RE GETTING MARRIED!!! And, really, I can’t stop staring at my ring.
In Falls Park in Greenville, SC the day after our engagement!