It was a chilled and moist September morning.  While Paul was hunting in the gorgeous, steep, mountains of Colorado we were left without communication. It had been ten long days and nights without any communication, which was difficult after seven years of being together.  Usually, phone communication is all we have throughout the week, as Paul works in Champaign and I currently student teach in Springfield.

While he was away, I attended the first annual Concert in the Corn which took place in Jacksonville. The artist Jason Michael Carol is famous for the song, “Livin’ Our Love Song.” It has always been a favorite of mine. It is about a country boy and a fairy tale princess overcoming all the bumps and curves life throws at them and proving to everyone they are meant to be.  Opposites do attract. During the concert I moved my way up to the front row to record the song, via video, for Paul.

On the day Paul returned, I was eager to see him and I woke up around 5 am to meet him in Barry, Illinois. When I arrived he was wired! I did not understand how he could be so energetic after two days of no sleep. We drove an hour and a half back home and his energy continued. As he unpacked, he mentioned he had a gift for me from Colorado. When I eagerly said I wanted it, he said, “Maybe later.” All day, he told me the gift was nothing big and maybe I would receive it later.

As the day progressed, I asked him to listen to the song I had recorded while he was away. Little did I know, as I started the song Paul was thinking, “This is a great start to the proposal!” Well, that was until my high pitch, little girl voice came blaring through the speakers yelling the lyrics. We both started laughing hysterically. After the song ended, he asked me to close my eyes and when I opened them he was standing below on his knee with an open box. Inside the box was the exact ring we picked out at Denney’s earlier this summer! He said, “After spending ten, long days and nights in the mountains alone I did a lot of thinking. I know exactly what I want in life and that is you. Ashley, will you marry me?”

I said, “Yes!” However, I couldn’t believe it was really happening after seven years. All I could continue to say is, “Are you serious? Is this real? Is this really happening?” Paul was again left laughing at me and my disbelief. Needless to say, that was one restless night. I woke up every couple of hours to make sure the ring was really on my finger and it was not a dream. Although, it was a dream come true! And while it may not have been your “typical” romantic engagement, it was perfect for our personalities!  I will always cherish the gift he gave me from Colorado. The gift from Colorado was him because the ring was already in his drawer at home!

Thank you, Denney Jewelers for making our moment special.

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Last updated February 5, 2017