Sunday, September 5, 2010

"The" Story

Ahh I still cannot believe we are engaged!!!! We could not be happier.  What an exciting time of our lives!!!

So here is the engagement story. . . 

Lash and I have been dating for five years this October.  We met at Wofford when I was a freshman and he was a sophomore, and truly I believe it was love at first sight.  Moreover, I think we've "known" for quite some time that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, but have been diligently waiting for God to reveal His time for us to take the next step.  Despite my best attempts at patience, lately, I'd come down a little bit of the wedding fever, and secretly hoping Lash would propose soon.  

Lash has always said that when we got engaged, it would be his date idea, not mine.  So when last Sunday, he asked me to go out to dinner the following Friday night, my antenna was raised!  I got so excited!!  

But Lash immediately realized his mistake, and was absolutely non- committal with plans for the rest of the week.  Reality hit, and I began to think it wasn't going to happen, though I was disappointed.  I called my sister on Friday at lunch, and just said,  "Luci, just tell me I'm crazy and I need to get over this because I know it is not going to happen tonight, and I am going to be really disappointed, and I don't want to get upset."  

So my brilliant sister, who was, of course, in on the whole thing, confirmed my suspicions. "Yes, ML," she said, "you are totally overanalyzing this- he is not going to propose tonight, you need to get over yourself so you aren't too disappointed and get upset and don't enjoy your night tonight."  I sighed, and thanked her for the pep talk and tried to move on.

Well, fast forward to 3:00pm when our office closed early in honor of Labor Day.  Hello long weekend! I walked down to my car and found a note taped to my driver side window from Lash.  This note contained the my first set of instructions, telling me I had a big surprise in store for me, but I had to drive straight home.  

My heart leapt for joy!!!  I just knew today was the day!!  Y'all, I wish we had a video camera of me in the parking lot.  I was literally dancing around and screaming "yay!!!"

I drove straight home- longest ride ever- where I received my next set of instructions taped to my front door.  He then sent me on a scavenger hunt around my house that unlocked a word jumble. Each 'clue' told me different things- where we were going to dinner (cypRess), his goals for our life together (bIble), his love for me (romaNce) and finally, what we were celebrating (engaGement). . . so each word spelled the letter RING.  :)  The last clue lead me to my front door where I opened the door, and there he was where he got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him, and, of course, I said "YES!!!!"

Lash is SO creative, and he seriously thought of everything.  His mom gave me a bottle of champagne when I graduated from college.  A bit on the sentimental side, I'd been saving the bottle for the night when we got engaged.  Lash had the champagne chilled, with roses, with the song "With This Ring" playing on repeat.  It was awesome!!  And of course, now "With This Ring" will be our first dance at our wedding!

After tears of joy and dancing around the house as we shouted- YAY! WE ARE ENGAGED!!!-, we called our families and friends with our fabulous news.  The best part was that Lash had orchestrated a surprise supper at Cypress with my parents, my sister, my grandparents, his parents, his sisters, and his grandparents.  I could not have asked for a better way to celebrate.  

It was the perfect day.

Here is my ring!!!!!! It is an exact replica of my mother's ring, that I've drooled over for the past 23 years :)  P.S. I'm so proud of this artsy photo!!  Maybe my photography skills are getting better!?!

I am in Litchfield tonight celebrate with my family and PLANNING, but when I get home tomorrow I will post pictures of our special night.

Y'all I am SO happy!!!!!! :)


  1. i just read the story aloud to durning, i am crying tears of joy for you and lash. i am sure durning is terrified. LOVE YOU!

  2. Mary Loyal, I am soooo happy for you! You will be one beautiful bride that is for sure. Congratulations to you and Lash on your engagement and many happy wishes!! xxx

  3. What a beautiful story - and a gorgeous ring!! You have a thoughtful fiance and I'm so excited for y'all. Best wishes - enjoy every minute!

  4. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! Christie told me you were engaged and I'm just now getting a chance to read your engagement story---I sat here with a huge smile on my face while I read it. Your ring is gorgeous, and you both look and sound so happy---it makes me remember how I spent weeks just floating on air after Ben and I got engaged. :) Enjoy this special time!