Saturday, May 19, 2007

I only have eyes for you

Well, folks... Some of you may have known this was coming... but... (fanfare, please) Stephen and I are engaged! Crazy, I know... but good crazy. : )

So here's the story of how it went down:

I got to Jacksonville around 7:45 and Stephen had mentioned going to the beach. I was hungry but he said there were cute restaurants at the beach so we could go and get food there. I agreed and we headed out. We took this picture first because Stephen said I looked cute. : )

When we got to the beach, Stephen wanted to go to the beach first "before the daylight was gone" and I said okay... although I was thinking "but, what about dinner? I'm hungry?!" He took along a guitar and the djembe drum I gave him from Uganda because he said he wanted to have a singalong and I was okay... but I was thinking "but, what about dinner? I'M HUNGRY?!?" hehe.

So, when we got to the beach, it was pretty cold, but Stephen in his preparedness had sweaters. It was fun! Then as we were walking along, I was thinking "where are we going? why can't we just stop here???" but I kept going and then we happened along this lovely scene. I wasn't sure it was for us (cause Stephen didn't say anything and just stood there looking goofy!) until I saw the heart in the sand with the L and the S in it. Inside the picnic basket were a ton of foods that Stephen knew I liked, like a Green Goodness smoothie, pita and hummus, bruschetta, Gruyere cheese, etc... It was so fun and so tasty!

Towards the end of dinner, I decided to try and tie a Cherry stem in a knot in my mouth (I used to be able do it easily) and Stephen was cracking on me that it was taking me so long... I was so certain I could do it eventually, that I made him promise he would give me a present when I accomplished my silly feat. So after dinner, he got out his guitar and sang me a song and tried to pass that off as his present... and then he was like "no, no... I have another present for you" and he made this big production and took out a box. I was pretty keyed up, until he shook the box and it rattled. And in my head I was thinking, "WHAT?!?!?!?!" Then he made this big production of opening it to reveal: a pair of my earrings that I had left at my parent's house a few weeks ago. Needless to say I was a bit letdown. We make a lot of jokes about re-gifting (especially things like when Stephen leaves his toothpaste at my house and tells me it was a present) but this was too much! You can totally tell in the picture that I was less than impressed, but trying to be nice about it. Hahaha.

Then after a few minutes, he got kinda quiet and then told me he had one more present for me. At this point, I started to catch on. : ) He stood me up, and knelt down and told me he loved me and asked if I would be his wife. And I said yes. Actually, I think my words were "you know I will!" Hehehe. Hooray! I was relieved that my earrings were just a fake and that we were getting engaged. After I said yes, he put the ring on my finger and it fit just perfectly!

So, here are some pictures of the ring. It was hard to get ones that came out clear... I don't really know why, but these ones are the best of what we have right now. It's a beautiful ring, Stephen did a great job!

In addition to the center stone there are little diamonds in the top of the band as well as on the sides. I tell you what, for a low-key kinda girl, I am blinged OUT! : D
But more importantly, I am going to marry an awesome man. God is pretty good. I'll keep yall updated as we get more planning stuff decided. But I wanted to share the news with my dot.comrades. (as awesome as I think that term is, I can't take credit... I got it from TLC and she got it from one of her friends...) Anyways, thanks for celebrating with us!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! We are so happy for you! The ring is beautiful and Stephen is a treasure! Of course, we think you are pretty terrific since you are our kid! We love you both! MOM and DAD

TLC said...

Again with the crying! Your blogs always make me cry! Aaaagh. It's lovely... you're lovely... this is all so very stellar. :) And what's even cooler is that your last blog was called "The Best Day" but I'm guessing you think this one was actually better... evidence that the days get sweeter as you and Stephen move through them. I can't wait to meet him and see you and give you both a big hug.


SouthAsiaRolls said...

WOW Lindsay! Congratulations! Way to go Stephen! Nice Job with the ring too!

SouthAsiaRocks said...

yeah! Yea! Yippee!! Whoo hoo!! THat's AWESOME!!!! Congrats!!!!!

We're super excited for you guys!!! That ROCKS!!! I can't wait to meet him sometime!! THat's awesome!!!!! yea!!!!!!!!!

jamie said...

OHHHH MY GOODNESS!!!!! Congratulations!! I'm sooo excited for you!
As soon as I got your email, it was the very first thing I thought and I was so hoping that's what it would be! You guys are so darn cute, those pics are wonderful! (And yes, talk about BLING BLING!!)
Love ya!

Christian said...

YAY! I am so excited for you!!!!! You better not plan the wedding right when I am going to have the baby, because I am so going to be there (and this is about me, after all:) ). I can't hardly wait to see you and you ring this weekend (and Stephen too). YAY again!

mo*reezy said...

fanTAStic!! God is good. blessings all 'round.

and seriously, that bling is amazing.

your oh so fabulous sista said...

That's a for real picnic basket. I am impressed. The blue plaid and everything. Stevie is a catch I tell ya, a real catch. Not many people can wear designer glasses without knowing it, remove a cork with their teeth, own (and sport) fancy dancin shoes, and fish in a retention pond along the interstate. Not many I tell ya, not many. Hooray for one more person in the family to make fun of you! waaaahoo!!! :) I'm just playin... I think you'll make a fine birde :)


Meagan said...

I finished my first year of teaching (finally) and I'm actually able to play catch-up. I checked your blog, so WOW, Congrats! He is a cutie! I love his hair. Your ring is beautiful! I wish you the absolute best, it's what you deserve!
Relish every moment:)