Two years ago today, my husband and I got engaged on a little lake in Pennsylvania and I thought I would share with you all just how the Proposal happened.
Every summer we go up to the mountains of Pennsylvania and spend the week hiking, breathing in the mountain air, sitting by the lake and just enjoying our time being disconnected from the world (service is pretty much non-existent up there). It’s one of the most peaceful places that I’ve visited and I always look forward to a week of recharging my soul.
So, two years ago in the early hours of Wednesday morning, my husband woke me up and said that he wanted to go out onto the lake in the canoe. I didn’t really think that this was that odd because he had been talking about finding just the right morning to go out on the water. Lake Mokoma is a beautiful lake right near where we stay and the mornings on the water are breathtaking. The lake looks like it’s made of glass and there is always a thin layer of fog laying right on top of the water.
I begrudgingly got out of bed and put on whatever clothes I could find; I grabbed my rain jacket (it was misting), a coffee and headed out the door. We climbed into the canoe and paddled out into the lake. We were quite literally the only people on the lake and it was perfect. The only sounds came from the paddles as they hit the water and propelled us further into the center of the lake. I was sitting in the front of the canoe and my husband was sitting behind me.
We are completely comfortable in silence so we were just sipping our coffee and enjoying being out on the lake when my husband asks, “what would you like to do today?” And, because I am highly predictable, my response was “I don’t know.. what would you like to do today?”
He says, “What about getting engaged?” I, of course, turned around and looked at him. There he was holding out this beautiful ring and he says, “Will you marry me?”
I’m not kidding when I say this but I laughed and then started crying and I’m pretty sure I didn’t actually say yes, I just shook my head yes. Now, keep in mind that we are in a canoe and I am not completely facing him so being able to hug him and kiss him was not going to happen unless we wanted to end up in the water…
We went back to shore, got out of the canoe and I was finally able to hug my fiancé. I couldn’t believe that after 4 years, we were finally engaged. Before he proposed, it seemed like we had been together for forever but after that moment, it seemed as if it was just yesterday. Time is a funny thing.
There’s a sweet little couple who own a gift store in the town of Lake Mokoma and when we told them the story about how we got engaged, the woman (affectionately known as Mrs. Moose) said “hold on just one second” and went into the back of the store. Ten minutes later, she came back with this little red canoe (pictured) and had painted on the sides Lake Mokoma, 7/12/17 so that we could always have a little trinket to remember this day. I cherish this little canoe and have it sitting on my bookshelf; it takes me back to that day every time I pick it up.
I am so grateful that I met my husband. He came into my life in such an unexpected way and never left. He is so much more than just my husband, he is my best friend. I can’t imagine doing life without him by my side.
Thanks for stopping by and reading about our Proposal story. It’s hard to believe that two years ago we were celebrating our engagement with a pancake breakfast and completely unaware that in four short months (almost to the day), we would be married. But, that is definitely a story for a different day…