Jacqueline and Isaac
how we met
We actually met around a decade ago as undergraduates at UC Davis! I was his TA for a discussion section in the honors program that we both belonged to. But we didn’t get together then. He was mending a broken heart and I was just not looking for a relationship at the time. Plus, we were both really shy around members of the opposite sex.
We didn’t get together until last year (2017) when we were re-introduced to each other through a mutual and long-time family friend. Embarrassingly enough, he remembered me while I didn’t — despite me grading his assignments as his TA. (He says that he remembers that I was friendly and wore flip flops, go figure.) Our first date was at a local Korean restaurant here in Sac and we spent close to three hours just chatting. At our next date, we kept talking until the restaurant closed. Needless to say, the rest is history.
how they asked
Isaac surprised me by proposing to me on my birthday, which I was not expecting. He and I had gone ring shopping close to Christmas, so I didn’t think he was going to propose since I didn’t think he was going to be able to get the ring so quickly. His proposal was pretty simple. He sang for me at my house (something that he hasn’t ever done for anyone else besides me) and popped the question afterward. After calling our parents to let them know, we then proceeded to make a delicious Indian dinner.
I know his proposal isn’t terribly exciting in the grand world of Proposals, but it does hold special significance for me. I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma late last year (am actually still undergoing chemotherapy, but just found out (in Feb. 2018) that I am in remission!). I was so afraid that he would leave, but Isaac has been truly amazing. He has been my rock and my support through this entire process; he’s driven me to multiple appointments, cooked for me when I couldn’t, and held me when I was sick from chemo, among many other things. I am so grateful, thankful, and feel so, so lucky that I get to be his wife.