how we met
Peter and I met as students at Princeton Theological Seminary, which we both describe as “grad-school for pastors”. He actually helped me move into my dorm my first year there. We were friends first, frequenting the same lunch table and social gatherings. Our first project together was designing a unique Advent worship service for our dorm. Later, we were the stand-in bride and groom for a mock wedding our friend was doing for class. We joke it was during that mock wedding that we fell in love because no one told us not to look into each other’s eyes during the (fake) vows!
how they asked
The proposal was not a surprise, though Peter thought it was! We had picked the ring out together a few weeks prior, and I knew it was only a matter of time. It was May 10, 2020. We had decided to take our then 5-month-old puppy, Marcy, to a local state park for a walk around the lake. When we got to one of the docks, Peter encouraged me to follow him out over the water. As we looked at the blooming trees around us, at some point I said to Marcy, “you like this life, don’t you? You like having us as your mama and papa.”That was when Peter pulled the ring out, got down on one knee and said, “well, how about we make this thing official, then?” And he asked me to marry him. Thankfully, we did not drop the ring through the dock into the lake! As we walked back to our car, he asked me if it was a surprise. I looked at him and said, “Oh Peter, I painted my nails this morning in preparation.” Somehow I just knew it was the day!