Blog post by Erika
So I have some pretty exciting news. Drumroll please……….…I’m engaged!!! I’m sure the drumroll wasn’t necessary considering the title of this blog more than likely gave it away, but I am completely ecstatic for this next chapter in my life and it is definitely drumroll worthy! I’m sure the first question that everyone has been wondering is…“How did he do propose?!” Well it’s actually a pretty funny story, which went a little something like this:
Saturday, April 5, 2014 – My past tense–boyfriend’s, present tense–fiancé’s, future tense–HUSBAND’S (that’s going to take some getting used to!) 25th Birthday. For a few months now I had been planning out a surprise party for Tyler, I wanted to really surprise him with a birthday he wouldn’t easily forget (25 is half way to 50 after all). Little did I know, he had an even bigger surprise waiting for me that same morning.
The gorgeous ring Tyler picked out, he did FANTASTIC! It’s everything I wanted all rolled into one.
I ran to the grocery store early the morning of Tyler’s Birthday to get biscuits in order to make his favorite breakfast…biscuits and gravy. We went grocery shopping the night before and of course I had forgotten the biscuits–must have been fate. I decided when I got home that I would surprise him with his present. It was too big to wrap so I planned on calling him into the garage, saying I needed help with groceries but having the present sitting in the garage where he would first see it. When I called him down he took FOREVER to come and ‘help me,’ leaving me waiting for at least 20 minutes. When he finally came down I could tell he was pleasantly surprised when he saw his present (and somewhat relieved that he didn’t have to haul in groceries).
When we headed back inside I was feeling pretty proud that I had succeeded in my first surprise for the day. Once we got inside Tyler said he wanted to play Scrabble and asked if I could grab the Scrabble board from the basement closet. My initial thought was “Why would you want to play Scrabble at 9 am in the morning but whatever! It’s your birthday.”
As I headed to the closet, Tyler darted upstairs. I searched all over in the closet but couldn’t find the game so I yelled up to Tyler and told him it wasn’t there. He then had me searching all over the basement for the darn thing and naturally, I aimlessly followed without a single clue that he was stalling and trying to buy more time before I came upstairs.
I gave up on my search and headed upstairs empty handed. When I got upstairs Tyler had the song “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw playing on the stereo. I didn’t think anything of it. But as I started heading towards the kitchen I saw the Scrabble board set out already played. My first thought was “You played without me!!!” Because we all know that Scrabble is totally a game you can play by yourself…
As I inched closer I saw romantic words played out on the board, such as “Forever,” “Love,” “Union,” “Respect,” etc. Then I saw the word “Marry.”
Tyler asked me if I saw a hidden message and I said, “Noooo, but I see the word ‘Marry’…”
He pointed my eyes towards the top left corner of the board where I read aloud “Will.” Then he guided me towards the middle where I read “You” and from there I basically filled in the rest of the blanks, which sounded something like this… “MARRY ME??????”
When I turned around, he was on one knee with a grey box in-hand. By this point I knew what was going on. He told me that I am his best friend and that this would be the best birthday present ever. I started crying (of course) and hugged him. At this point he said, “Well, will you?!” Because apparently my tears weren’t considered an “official” answer. I think we all know what I said… “Ummm YES!” Needless to say, Tyler FINALLY (and I emphasize the ‘finally’) beat me at Scrabble.
The whole day I kept giggling because he had no idea what was waiting for him later that night and that his surprise party would essentially become an engagement party as well. The day played out perfectly, Tyler was extremely surprised when we rolled up to my parent’s house to find all these familiar, wonderful faces greeting us. It was so special to have all our friends and family in one place so they could share in our truly unforgettable moment together.
Tyler’s reaction when we pulled up.
It’s beyond amazing when you think about how the day played out…it started with a Birthday present surprise for Tyler, turned into a hugely life changing surprise for myself, resorted back to a birthday surprise for Tyler and then essentially ended in big surprising news for all our family and friends.
As you can imagine, I am feeling extremely blessed to know I will be marrying such a wonderful man. I couldn’t have handpicked him better, even if I tried. Needless to say, I am ready for this roller-coaster called marriage and I wouldn’t want anyone else in the seat next to me but my man. Let the planning begin!
Our adorable nephews.