Monday, June 11, 2012

The proposal, in his words.

after I proposed, under the tree.

Last weekend Jess and I got engaged. Seeing that we have been together for almost 8 years, it didn’t come as a shock to many, but I still tried to surprise Jess with it. Later in the week we had a small family engagement party where the food and decorations were wonderful (thanks Jess, Jan, Jack and Michelle). However, I received a few complaints that I did not share the “How did he do it” part well enough with our party attendees. So here it goes.

Last Saturday, I took Jess for breakfast at Cora’s restaurant in downtown Halifax. While not your typical romantic (or particularly great) eatery, it is where Jess and I went on our first date after she lamely challenged me to an eat-off. For the record, I won.

While Jess went to wash her hands I took the ring box out of my bag and put in in my jacket pocket. After breakfast, we were planning on going sea kayaking and needed to pick up a few snacks so we went to a convenience store and took a stroll through the Halifax Public Gardens before returning to our car to drive to our kayaking destination. All the while I was growing more nervous about the ring in the pocket of my jacket that I keep changing which hand I was carrying it with. It wasn't going to be a very good surprise if the ring box fell out in the middle of the street.

On our way back to our car, I insisted that we walked up Citadel Hill (where we also went on our first date, and filmed for our episode of House Hunters International in January), as I hadn’t spent any time there since we’ve been in Halifax this Spring. About half way up the hill by the tree that Jess and I first held hands, and where we always took out dogs for a run when we lived close by, I awkwardly tried to make Jess stop walking by blurting out: “I love this tree!” Now I am not known for being a massive tree lover; I like climbing trees, I have killed a lot of trees building tree forts as a child, but I have never expressed a deep appreciation for an individual tree before. Typical awkward me. But it got her attention. So I said,
I became sure that I liked you underneath this tree on this hill on our first date, I learned how to properly love you when we lived together at the bottom of this hill, and now I want to love you forever by asking you to marry me in this same place. Will you marry me?
Jess immediately began crying and didn’t answer me; it was kind of a mix of crying and laughter so I wasn’t totally sure if it was a good thing. So I asked again if she would marry me, which she quickly replied “Yes please!” as if I had asked her if she wanted fries with that. Which made us both laugh.

Although it wasn’t as perfect as I had imagined, it was perfectly us, and I’m thrilled that I get to spend the rest of my life with her. My fiancée.

- Mike

24 comments :

  1. Such a cute proposal - good job Mike!

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  2. awww this made me smile so big!!! you guys are so cute!! what a sweet story.

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    1. Thanks Liz, its made us smile quite a bit lately too.

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  3. So sweet! I'm so so happy for you guys :) Now comes the wedding planning!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  4. awwww this made me cry lol. Congrats again fellow Canadian-Malta couple. Great story!

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  5. A "life moment" for sure! Congratulations and well said!

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    1. Thanks Scott, I'm still in Halifax for another week. Do you want to meet up with me for lunch sometime next week?

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  6. Congratulations again guys!

    Mike, great proposal! Seriously! I still shudder when I think how I proposed (mine was completely spontaneous with no ring)!

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    1. Thanks. I think mine could have used a little bit of spontaneity.

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  7. What a romantic proposal, Mike. I cried just a bit when I read what you said to Jess. And laughed just a little at her laughter/crying episode and extremely polite response to the big question. :)

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    1. Thanks Michele, I laughed quite a bit at her crying/laughter episode, somewhat predictable for us.

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  8. Aww! Always enjoy hearing his side of the story. So sweet!

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  9. Ohmygodddd I have damp eyes! This is just too adorable! It's nervous, a bit awkward and just totally sweet! Congratulations :D xxx

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  10. Ahhh this is so sweet! It may have made me tear up a little :) I can totally relate to the crying part - my fiancé proposed at the end of May (his name is Mike too!) and even though I kind of suspected it was coming, I still ended up crying and had to nod my head as the answer because I could barely choke out the "Yes"! Congrats guys!!

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    1. Congratulations to you and Mike as well Edna! :)

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