The Proposal

Friday, May 9, 2008

I'd ordered the ring and picked it up when I went back home in Virginia for Spring Break. I was sure she'd love the ring, but I was not so sure of how to pop the question.

One of my friends suggested taking her to a park outdoors. I thought this was a great idea! We both like nature, so I hunted around for a good place. When I saw pictures of the Chicago Botanical Gardens, my eyes grew big. The photos looked so neat. I'd never heard of the place! Audrey had worked in a flower shop for several years, and I know she loves flowers and waterfalls.

Of course, an outdoor engagement means the whole event would be weather-dependent, so after I checked out the gardens myself, I had to wait an agonizingly-long time (read: two weeks) before I could take Audrey out there.

Finally, after checking the weather report every day, I saw that the forecast for Friday was sunny. I called Audrey's boss and asked him to give her the day off on Friday afternoon. He graciously agreed when he heard about my intentions :)

The next day Audrey opened her campus mailbox and found a note in an envelope:

Dear Audrey,

For some time I have been planning a special date, and I would be honored if you would accompany me Friday morning after your Historical Theology class. Please bring your spring jacket and shoes comfortable for walking. You'll find your train tickets enclosed.

Love, Ken

I'm sure at this point she knew something was up, but she still had no idea where we were going :)

After a hectic Friday morning, we turned in our Greek Exegesis exams with relief and headed for the train station. I told her to close her eyes when we got close to the Gardens' entrance, and when we arrived, she had a big smile on her face.

We spent the afternoon walking around the different islands and gardens and generally took it easy. When evening came, we walked across the long bridge to Evening Island. We continued along the path, up to the top of the hill, and sat down on the stone bench at the top. The sky had been overcast all day, but when we sat down on the bench the clouds broke and we watched the golden sunset over the lake.

I told Audrey I had one more surprise... but she had to close her eyes. I got out the ring, got down on one knee, and when she opened her eyes I asked her to marry me :)

She said yes!