Bryant’s right. It’s been difficult to know how to write this post to tell all of you that we got engaged. Goodness, it happened two Thursdays ago. I am in such a time warp right now.
Anyway, I’ve been trying to write this post for a while now. I was working on a giant story with all the gory details about how I almost popped a blood vessel as I tried to be “patient” while waiting for the proposal. It had grown into three excruciatingly long pages. You probably would’ve popped a blood vessle just trying to get to the bottom of it. But Bryant’s post made me realize that that’s really not the message I wanted to share with you right now. (That’ll be a story for another time, if you really want, when we all would like to get a good laugh out of how neurotic I am.)
It’s hard to know how to make you understand how amazing it is to be with Bryant and how exciting it is to be making these plans that will let us continue living a life together. It’s hard because I feel like I’ve got no words for this feeling. A year and a half ago, I never even knew anyone could feel this way. Plus, it’s incredibly difficult to tell you this story without being intensely mushy and grossing all of you out. As I probably just demonstrated.
So let me just add my two cents to what Bryant has said, and then later we can have stories with lots of details if you really want (and let me tell you, there are stories).
We got engaged two Thursdays ago up in little Cottonwood Canyon, on a hike that we’ve been wanting to go on since we moved to Salt Lake (up to Lake Blanche, for those of you who know the area). You know, when Bryant suggested that we do the Lake Blanche hike, I thought it’d be the perfect place for him to propose. But he had already bluffed a few times (like by taking me out to a super nice restaurant on our anniversary and making it seem like he was going to pop the question) that I decided to put the idea out of my mind and just be excited to go on a great hike with my boyfriend.
It was so wonderful. It was the perfect day. Around every turn of the trail, we had another amazing view. Bryant and I really were having a good time. And then, as we came out from under the treetops into a big, beautiful view, he took me by surprise… It’s amazing how Bryant kneeling there in front of me suddenly pulled all of our plans and intentions into reality. We had already started making wedding plans, and we obviously were already committed to one another, so I wasn’t expecting the “official engagement” to have a very big effect. But I was wrong. Something about him kneeling there and asking me to marry him caused the whole feeling to change. Our wedding wishes were suddenly no longer a fantasy. Everything became completely real. And I love it. What an amazing feeling. Bryant is absolutely, without a doubt, the person I want to be with forever. I’m pretty sure he feels the same about me, too. ;)
And here’s a funny side-note. You know how when you go on a long hike in the mountains, your fingers swell up and feel like they’re going to pop? Well, Bryant and I couldn’t help laughing as we tried to slide this gorgeous ring he designed for me onto my big, fatty, about-to-explode finger. It took a couple attempts and some knuckle-wetting, but we got that sucker on! But let me tell you, I was floating all the way back down the mountain with that ring on my finger. I wouldn’t have wanted to take it off even if I could have!
All in all, things couldn’t be more perfect right now. Life is so good, and I am so grateful to be sharing it with such an amazing man. I really hope you all get to come out and celebrate with us. We’ll have more information about all our arrangements up in just a bit. Until then, keep checking back; hopefully we’ll get some more stories and pictures up soon.