The night of our two-year anniversary, dressed in his best suit, Jeff slipped the album we’d listened to on our first date into the car’s CD player. As we listened to the music, I thought back to when we’d first met. As a member of a Washington, DC Scrabble group, I had been about to start a game when my eye was caught by a handsome young man walking toward me. Without hesitation, he hurried over and asked if he could join us. I said, “No.” Luckily, he knew I was being playful, and after pretending to walk away, he returned to join the game.

Two games later, after having been beaten twice by the third player at the table, we called it a night. Jeff walked me back to the metro station where I needed to catch my train, even though a different station would have been easier for him.

That night, I waited anxiously by my computer, certain Jeff would contact me via the Scrabble-group’s Web site. If he didn’t, I would wait till the next day and send him an email. Just as I was about to give up, the long-awaited message arrived. Jeff cleverly suggested we play a rematch Scrabble game: loser buys dinner.

On the afternoon of the Scrabble rematch, I headed to his apartment. He put on a CD as we began our game. When it came to the third track, “Lucky,” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat, I wondered if one day that song would be about us. I lost the game by a few points and treated Jeff to a nice dinner.

Now, as we approached the restaurant for dinner two years later, “Lucky” played, and I knew the words were true. Jeff, always a gentleman, dropped me off at the door and went to park the car.

After dinner, Jeff requested the dessert menu and then excused himself briefly. When he returned a few minutes later, we put in our dessert order. Then, he turned to a bag he had brought and pulled out a travel Scrabble board.

“All right,” he said. “Now we play to see who pays for dinner.”

“Okay,” I replied. “But you always win!”

Once the board was set up, Jeff reached into the bag of letters to determine who would go first and pulled out an ‘A’. Then he passed the bag to me, even though I knew that he would most likely end up going first. However, when I reached inside the little black bag, I found a box! Jeff took the box, went down on one knee beside the table, and opened the lid to display a beautiful ring. He said, “Amanda, will you marry me?” Of course, I said “Yes!” He slipped the custom ring made by Denney Jewelers onto my finger.

When dessert was brought out a few minutes later, the plate was decorated with hearts and had the words “Congratulations” written across the top. We couldn’t stop smiling, and of course, I couldn’t stop staring at my beautiful new engagement ring!

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22 comments
Lisa Pierce
Lisa Pierce

Tough one, but my vote goes to Jeff and Amanda. Great way to promote your love to one another and thank the Jeweler. Five Stars!!!!!

Paisley
Paisley

So cute :) ... I hope you didn't continue playing after that to see who pays for dinner, haha

chris obrien
chris obrien

It never occured to me that scrabble could be romantic. Jeff has a habbit of surprising me, and this story definetly made me say "aww".

David
David

Sometimes, you can't help but smile at a story. It's how you know, subconsciously, you really appreciate it. Needless to say, I couldn't help but smile. And, looking back, I know it's because of the thought and effort put into making something just right. Congratulations on finding true love.

Michael Hunt
Michael Hunt

Wow! Love the story, I'm sure you will very happy together!

Laura
Laura

Very romantic! You're such a cute couple.

Tami
Tami

Very sweet and romantic. Beautiful ring!

Jaime
Jaime

What a truly romantic story. Hopefully we will see many more scrabble matches in the years to come, although I never want to play with either of them. Amanda and Jeff are a great match!!

Jamie
Jamie

Adorable, playful, and smart. (The couple AND the engagement story!) What could be better?

Trouty
Trouty

Such a great proposal! I love it.

Dan
Dan

Nice way to make it a memorable night. Scrabble, a bit of competition, and I imagine more than a little eye-rolling on Amanda's part when the Scrabble board came out. Love without comedy would be sad. I'm sure that you will always keep laughter in your lives with this kind of start.

Jodi
Jodi

Oh my goodness! That is so creative! The ring is gorgeous and it is very romantic that he took the time to custom make it and plan out the evening like that.

Cathy
Cathy

I love this! I'm so glad you two are happy - congratulations!

Cecilia
Cecilia

awww, very creative Jeff!

Amy
Amy

A truly original and romantic story!

Yin
Yin

I love the ring and how it inter-waving like Jeff's puzzle ring. Amazing sparkles! Wish I was the one that took that picture. :-) Jeff, you mink! Didn't know you got such romance oozing in you. Congratulation guys! Can't wait for the wedding!

Jeremiah
Jeremiah

Ring in the Scrabble bag? Genius! This one gets my vote.

Gail White
Gail White

A literate romance - my favorite kind!

Nico
Nico

This is really romantic (plus there's scrabble, can't go wrong), it gets my vote!

Last updated February 5, 2017