I figured if I led with that you guys wouldn’t notice how long it’s been since I’ve written a post. Did it work?
I’m so happy to announce that I am engaged to the most wonderful man on the planet! Jarell (le fiancé) and I wanted to do a video recapping and showing you guys the proposal but we ran into some copyright issues. Sorry for the delay. That said, here are the deets!
We were engaged Sunday March 5 at the Oak Point Recreation Center. Jarell tricked me into thinking we were going to his cousin Nicholas’ butterfly exhibit for school. He told me the news would be there and that the school was treating us to Ruth’s Chris afterward, and that it was a big deal so I needed to dress nicely. I was so pumped! When we got there Nicholas told us that we were super late and everyone else was in the exhibit already and that he would show us a brief intro video.
So we sit in this little room and a National Geographic segment on butterflies starts playing on the screen, then the video cuts to JARELL on a white screen talking to ME! I screamed! Because of the acoustics in the room, I couldn’t hear what he was saying that well (don’t worry, I’ve watched it several times since lol) so I was confused. Jarell, who’s sitting next to me, keeps going “I don’t know what’s going on. Nick must have put on the wrong video.” He gets up and checks his laptop as the video keeps playing movie logos, which has my brain spinning. I was beyond confused. Then the song “Into You” by Tamia and Fabolous starts playing and my brain starts computing normally.
I was in complete shock. I was sooooo surprised. I kept thinking this is it!!! This is it!!! The video is a bunch of our friends and family talking about their favorite thing about our relationship, the song that reminds them of us, and what they would say to me if Jarell were proposing in 30 seconds. Some made me laugh, some made me cry, some made me dance, and some made me scream! Then it cuts back to Jarell and he answers the same questions and at the end says “Actually, I’ll tell you in person,” and the video ends.
You know what happens after that. He gets down on one knee and proposes! I screamed!!! I literally stopped experiencing time and space. I could barely hear anything. I didn’t see anything in the background. I just remember those bright brown teary eyes staring at me and his lip quivering as he asked me to marry him. And I said, “YES!”
We spent a few moments embracing each other while I gasped for air trying to soak up the moment. Then he says, “I want to show you something.” He walks me out of the room to the other side of the partition to a room full of our family and friends yelling, “SURPRISE!” I had walked right into our engagement party.
A surprise it was. I cried and screamed and floated for the rest of the day. Jarell and I will be getting married on June 17, 2017. I am so beyond thankful for this man. He never ceases to amaze me. He is full of surprises and love. His heart is pure gold, and anyone who knows him will tell you that. He is the most thoughtful person I’ve ever met. He always gives his best effort, and he ALWAYS takes care of me. He always serves me. I am truly honored that I have the opportunity to serve him and to serve God beside him for the rest of my life. There are no words.