How We Met
Like almost every other modern-day couple, my fiance and I met online. First, we matched on Tinder but I was not about to message him first so the match kind of went dry. Then, as fate would have it, we matched on Bumble and I had to either let the opportunity pass or to message him first, and boy am I glad I decided to press send on that first message.
We got an apartment, bought a house, and rescued a sweet pup all in the first 2.5 years. Then a year later, we found out that our home and love were going to be growing by 10 fingers and 10 toes. We knew shortly after that first Bumble message that we wanted to grow old together but our impending arrival gave us all the more reason to officially start our forever together as a family of four (puppy and all). Everything happens for a reason and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for our little family.
How They Asked
With a baby on the way, we had many discussions about making our family official but the timeline was up in the air (especially with COVID). It was mid-February and a couple of weeks before my birthday when I spoke to my mom on the phone. She had asked if my boyfriend and I had any plans for my 28th birthday and was wondering if they could come down to celebrate. My boyfriend was more than happy to have them visit (they live about 2 hours from us) so he made reservations and we had a plan.
It was Saturday and I was super excited to have chicken and waffles (a pregnancy and everyday craving). I was late leaving work and got stuck behind a train so to say I was anxious to get home would be an understatement. As soon as I walked into the house, all of my anxieties melted away. There were a dozen red roses sitting in the foyer with a card with my nickname on it (my boyfriend and all of our friends call me “Karl”). I knew something was up when I scanned the living room and saw my parents standing there with their phones out (and no boyfriend). I read the card trying to keep my composure and then proceeded to the backyard as the card had instructed. There he stood, looking nervous as ever with his hands in his pockets. I hurried down to him, making sure not to slip in the snow and as soon as I got to him, he dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
Of course, I said “YES” and started crying and laughing in disbelief. We celebrated with champagne for him and sparkling juice for me. After I calmed down and we had a moment, he explained to me the meaning behind each piece of the ring. The center diamond was his maternal grandmother’s family diamond from the 1880s. One of the side diamonds and all the little diamonds on the band was from my mom’s engagement ring that was gifted to me on my 21st birthday.
And the other side diamond was from him. It is truly the most meaningful and special ring and the most perfect proposal. I cannot wait to start our forever. I am still waiting on my chicken and waffles but I got the boy and I got the ring!