It started on Saturday with Erika's boyfriend coming to visit us. Tim wanted "to talk". Of course I knew what he wanted to talk about. Tim and Erika have been dating for the past two years. They met at Biola and the subject of marriage had come up before but they both knew they wanted to finish school first and start jobs, etc.
Tim told us that 'the ring' had finally come in and he wanted our blessing as he thought he might propose that very night. He planned to take Erika out to one of her favorite restaurants. He had previously given Erika a dressy dress and he thought he'd play it off that they were just going out for a fancy dinner. No big deal right?
Of course we gave him our blessings. Tim is the perfect match for Erika. While she is a big goofy he is more serious. He is strong and thoughtful and will be a good provider. They are both athletic, both love the outdoors and obviously they are crazy about each other. You could tell that from the day they started dating.
So while Erika was getting ready for dinner we helped Tim get some champagne chilled, we dug out the good crystal glasses and packed those for him to take along. He got ready and we helped him hide the ring box in his sock (you could see it in his pants pocket but not in his sock). We even took some photos of the dressed up couple before they headed out the door. I thought for sure that Erika knew what was going on but she later told me that she had no idea. She thought that Tim just wanted to treat her to a nice dinner out. He has been traveling for work and only home on the weekends so they haven't been able to spend as much time together the past few weeks.
While at dinner he told her many of the things that he loves about her.
Got down on one knee and proposed.
And of course she said yes!
She said she told him that he better not be joking when he got down on that one knee...
It wasn't a joke! He wants to marry my daughter.
The following day was spent notifying family and friends. She did not want any of her good friends to find out via facebook or a blog post so we were all banned from saying anything. Sunday evening we went out to dinner with Tim's family to celebrate the newly engaged couple. (I adore his family by the way...we are going to have many fun times ahead!)
I stopped by Barnes and Noble and got Erika some bridal magazines and a journal then picked her up some flowers. Tim and Erika were absolutely glowing despite not having much sleep the night before.
Congratulations to the happy couple!! May you have years of blessings as you seek to live the lives that God has planned for you. Tim, thank you for loving my daughter enough to make her your wife. You are going to be a good husband and son-in-law. That sure sounds weird but I am glad it is you that is getting that title. You are loved and welcomed in to our family. Have fun planning your special day and the rest of your lives together!!
Love you both!!