Nick asked me earlier in the week if we had anything planned for Sunday.  When I told him no, he suggested we have a picnic.  He would not tell me where or what time this picnic would take place.  He just kept saying, “you’ll see.”

Sunday morning he dropped me off after church and said he would see me later.  I stood in the drive watching him drive away and wondered, “what time is later?”

My daughter walked out of the house carrying a card and a rose.  The card said, “Picnic Time, I am a rose being given to you as a token of love.  Other roses are awaiting you.  Proceed to Route 29 Fitness at 12:00”.  When I got to Route 29 Fitness the owners Joe and Anna were standing by the door holding a card and a rose.  The card said, “This is the very spot where I asked you out and you said yes!”   Then the card said to proceed to our pew at Cantrall Church.  There were 2 roses, a card, and an open Bible.  The Bible was open to Genesis and told how God decided it was not good for man to be alone. The card said, “I truly believe with my soul that when I got on my knees and prayed for God to let me have true love and romance that our paths were set by God to intersect.”  I was then instructed to proceed to our football seats.

There were 2 roses and a card sitting in our usual seats at the school football field.  The card said, “Community life was a big thing missing in my life and being with you has brought it all back.”   I was then to proceed to the fire pit at Nick’s hunting property.

At the fire pit I was met by Nick’s friend Vince who was standing holding a card and a rose.  Nick and I had a very romantic night early in our courtship of dancing on a gorgeous fall evening next to a fire under a full moon.  The card said, “I always think of our night when I see a full moon.  I want to do that again and again and again.” Then I was instructed to proceed to our little one room school house.  He even provided directions!

When I got there, he was standing next to a picnic blanket.  There were roses, champagne, and food.  After I hugged him, he got down on one knee and proposed.  He promised to love and cherish me for the rest of our lives. I burst into tears and said “Yes!”

He then placed the most perfect diamond engagement ring on my finger! The one room school house is significant because I am a school teacher and this school house was purchased by an elderly gentleman in memory of his wife.  She had started her teaching career there.  He had gone daily and placed flowers on her desk until he died.

Nick had asked all of our children’s permission before he set his plan into motion. I know in my heart that our romance has only just begun!

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Last updated February 5, 2017