The Proposal

 photo PostLine2_zps3082dedb.png Over the summer, Dave was working out in Nashville, Tennessee for Alterra Pest Control. It was so hard being apart from each other but we made it happen! I was able to fly out to Nashville a couple of times. At the end of June I flew out to visit my sweetheart. We had been talking about marriage for a couple months now and I knew I wanted to marry Dave. I knew I wanted to marry him back in April. When Dave and I first met and then when we started dating there was just something different about him. Unlike any other relationship I had ever had. It was the way he made me feel, I felt so good around him. He made me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world, like I could accomplish any goal I wanted. He made me so happy and I hadn't been 'happy' in a long time. A good thing about keeping journals is, I reread entry's from past relationships and I can't even tell you how many times I had written "I'm so unhappy, I just want to be happy." And then when I read the entry's from when Dave and I started dating I had wrote "I'm so happy! I can't even tell you how good it feels to feel h.a.p.p.y" Dave made me want to be a better person, made me want to be my best self but at the same time I knew he loved me for ME, who I am on the inside. I couldn't imagine life without him and I wanted to experience life with my best friend. So by the end of June when I was in Nashville, I was crawling with excitement wondering when he was going to propose. I remember when I stepped off the plane on the Tennessee soil I felt like I was going to pop because I was just imagining Dave, kneeling and proposing to me right there in the airport! Talk about butterflies in my stomach that were stampeding out of my mouth. Then there was Dave, ready to pick me up with his gorgeous smile but... no ring. That made the anticipation heighten even more! I was thinking "is it going to be now? Or now" haha I was antsy! Then Saturday came along. Dave's sales team won a contest where the company bought them dinner. We all went to The Red Lobster and feasted on a delicious meal. We were with the whole team so I was thinking, "maybe he will propose on Sunday when it's more quiet and secluded." After dinner everyone wanted to do something fun in Nashville for the weekend, so we decided to go to The Grand Ole Opry Center. It was so beautiful! Inside was an indoor rainforest with huge palm trees, waterfalls, streams and flowers. GORGEOUS! Then in the midst of some towering palm trees was a magnificently lit up gazebo entwined with vines hovering over a fountain. I gawked at the sight because I'm a sucker for gazebos. I think they are so romantic! We all had sodas, when Dave read the inside of his bottle cap and suddenly exclaimed "Hey! I won a free soda! Did you win anything?" I opened the cap and read the inside. "Marry Me?" It read. My mouth dropped as the biggest smile I've ever smiled began to curve at the corners of my mouth. Dave then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said YES!!!!! He revealed my ring and it was so gorgeous! He designed it himself so I had no idea what it was going to look like. It was a total surprise. I love it and melted at the engravings he had put on it. It was the happiest day of my life this far. It felt so good and so right. I would say yes over and over again!



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