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The BEST few minutes of my life (up to this point)

I’ve been MIA the past few days because I’ve been celebrating.  Matt and I got engaged last week!  Yaaaaaaay!!!! 

THE PROPOSAL

Wednesday night: 

The gist of our conversation was:

Anna, “Should we go out for dinner tomorrow night to celebrate your new job?”  (it’s our tradition to go out for a celebration dinner when one of us gets a new job or promotion)

Matt, “Sure, should we plan to leave work by 4:30 so we have enough time to work out before we go to dinner?”  (we are training for Tough Mudder and a sprint triathlon)

Anna, “Sounds good to me!”

Thursday night:

I strolled into the house to find a candle lit in the kitchen, Farewell Milwaukee playing from the iPod dock, and Matt looking at me from the couch.  It was the kind of moment where I knew what was about to happen, but still wasn’t sure if that was really what was about to happen.   (One thing I knew for sure is that it was not the atmosphere for a 20 minute weight circuit!)

When I walked into the living room, I saw this on the coffee table:

Wine, candles, flower petals (from our Valentine's Day flowers), and the ring!

So, what did I do?  I went about my business and put my coat and shoes away.  This is the gist of what happened next:

Matt, “Come sit next to me on the couch.”

Anna, “What is going on here?”  (in the smiley tone, not the accusatory tone!)

Matt, “You’re the best thing that has ever happened to me and I’d love nothing more than to spend the rest of my life with you.  Will you marry me?”  (I was crying at this point)

Anna, “Yes, of course.  YES!!!”  (he is the best thing that has happened to me too!)

Then I slipped the bling on my finger:

 

After that, we drank wine, called our family, and went out for a great sushi dinner.   My camera was completely dead so I didn’t get any great pictures that night (of course, the one time I can’t find my battery charger!!!).

It turns out Matt didn’t plan to propose that night when we made our plans.  Stephen Vincent, the jeweler who made my ring, called him on Thursday to tell him it was ready and I guess he couldn’t wait! 

DID I EXPECT IT?

I expected it to happen at some point because we designed the ring together in December, but I didn’t expect it to happen that night.  I honestly thought we were going to celebrate his new job (which we still need to do!).

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE DETAILS

Farewell Milwaukee.  Matt used to play their first album for me all the time when we started dating.  In fact, we went to their show at the Cedar in January:

…and here we are – all smiles at the show!

The bottle of wine.  I showed Matt how to etch glass in December and he went on a glass-etching frenzy.  He etched a ring on this bottle in December and I found out about it a few weeks later when I tried to bring it with us to a friend’s house.  He was insistent we couldn’t bring that bottle and I was stubborn about wanting to know what he had against a bottle of wine he hadn’t even tried yet!  He showed me the etching and we agreed to drink it after we got engaged.

The red candle holders.  They fit the occasion well and they belonged to my Aunt Kim.  She passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 49 in December. 

I am not sure if I though we would move in slow motion, but it all happened much quicker than I expected.  One minute I was putting my coat away, and the next I was engaged (literally).  I am looking forward to marrying my awesome fiance!

Up until this point in your life, what are the best few minutes in your life?