Memory Monday - Getting Engaged

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that our family had some exciting news over the weekend. Our daughter Riley got engaged! We are thrilled for her and for our entire family. Her fiancé is such a wonderful guy and they really are made for each other. 

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Of course, this got me thinking about when Jeff and I got engaged back in 1990. I won't share all the details here since some of them are personal, but I am glad that I took the time to write out how it all happened within a few years of the proposal. I also had Jeff write about it from his point of view. It's fun to compare them!

One thing that my story has in common with Riley's experience is that neither one of us were expecting it when it happened. In both cases, it had been talked about and even planned that a wedding was in the future but neither one of us knew exactly when our proposals would happen. The funny thing is that I was writing a paper for school

and not planning on seeing Jeff the night that he stopped by to take me on a ride because he wanted to enjoy the first snowfall. I thought he was a bit crazy for wanting to drive in the snow and I was wearing an old sweatshirt and barely any makeup. Riley was in the middle of a casual afternoon and was also wearing an old sweatshirt and barely any makeup.  How silly for both of us! I guess we can both rest easy that our guys love us even when we aren't all fancied up!

Here's a picture in my parent's kitchen the night of our engagement. I did insist on putting on some lipgloss and mascara before this photo. lol!

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This was taken on November 5, 1990 and every year on the first snowfall Jeff reminds me that it is our engagement anniversary (even if it's in October). He is also pretty good about remembering the date of November 5th, which is funny because sometimes it is difficult for him to remember the actual date of our wedding (March 22, 1991). I think it's sweet that he thinks about our engagement. And even though we had already agreed that we would be getting married, he was actually quite nervous when he officially popped the question. It will always be a special memory for us.

If you've ever been engaged, I hope you will let this prompt inspire you to document the details. It doesn't matter if it happened decades ago, or just recently. It's also ok to record the memories of more than one engagement if you have been through that a few times. Even if you don't think you want to remember a broken engagement or the beginning of a bad marriage, I bet your kids or someone in your family will want to know. It's also a great subject for a journal entry.

Now we have a wedding to plan (sometime in August) and lots of exciting memories to make. Hooray!