Life just got real. (though not that it wasn’t before)
So last week was pretty insane! On Wednesday I went over to my girlfriend’s (now fiance’s, though I’ll get to that shortly) Uncle’s lumber-mill where he also does work on used cars, buying them at auctions and re-selling them after doing some work on them. My car hunt has been anything but successful up to this point. From calling random Craigslist users to scouring local used dealership listings in the paper, this search has been a little stressful! But as you will know by the title, I finally got one! It’s a 1999 Subaru Outback with 150,000 miles. Picked it up for $1900, which my local mechanic said was a great price! And now I have a decent set of wheels. So my next plan could now commence…
It’s late Thursday evening. The day after my recent purchase. I’m sitting in the concert area where my girlfriend and her father and brother practice with the concert band. (seen in the background of the picture) We had gone to Johnson many times in the past two years, the routine always staying the same:
-Sit at the library all afternoon.
-Get picked up by her Dad at 4:30.
-Eat dinner with her family.
-Head to Johnson.
-(Repeat every Thursday)
At Johnson (State College) after every band practice we all head over to the game room located across the campus to play some ping-pong (our favorite game) and possibly some pool, all while listening to Johnny Cash through the jukebox.
These dozens upon dozens of times have grown very special to me. The time to get away and just enjoy myself with people I love is such a special experience.
And it was about to get much more special.
As Rachel practiced I set out on my little escapade setting up little hints and clues for us to find with a little package at the end of it. After it was all set up I went back into the concert area and placed the first clue behind me. After the practice ended and after praying the whole time she came up to where I was sitting and as usual got her coat on and we started to leave.
Which is when I “accidentally” dropped my hat behind the seat. (remember what I put there?)
We “noticed” something stuck there, huh? A note! apparently it was a treasure hunt! Wow! who would have thought? It had a very nice font, and was leading us to another clue. At this point her dad offered to take her stuff, being in on the whole thing. Then she had a suspicion, so I tried to play it cool, but I know she knew, but I didn’t care. It was so fun.
We found the next series of clues eventually leading to the trees in the middle of the campus where all the Christmas lights were hung. It was really quite pretty, the lighting just right, which was what I was hoping for! At the last clue, She started crying, I had her read it out loud while I opened the little package wrapped in brown paper and string hanging from the tree. As she read I opened the little package, revealing the little Altoids container we always gave messages to each other in. And as she read the last line: “and I have a question for you…” I bent down on one knee and asked her to marry me.
She said yes! Thank you Jesus.
Then I stood up and……….. Hugged her! I nice heartfelt hug. We told each other “I love you” and started walking over to the ping-pong room. The rest of the night was great, hugs from her father and brother, then a nice time playing ping-pong. A night well spent.
Thanks for reading!