Big news folks...
Jim popped the question on Good Friday while we were camping at Inks Lake. When we met back in 2006 Jim convinced me to go camping with him. I did not grow up in a camping family, had never been camping, was not really interested in camping. Then he began to tell me about hiking the trails, roasting marshmallows, snuggling under a blanket by the fire. Now THAT sounded fun. So I borrowed some equipment from my boss, Jim purchased a new tent and I packed a blow up mattress.
Our first go around at Inks Lake was anything but ideal. Jim was living in Houston at the time and drove to Austin with the FLU. He wasn't going to let anything keep him from camping. It was Easter 2007, the year Austin froze over! Not only was Jim sick as a dog, but we were SO cold at night and the air mattress would not fit in the tent so sleeping on egg crates was very uncomfortable. I can't explain how that awful camping trip got me hooked, but it did. We've camped five or six times since then and always plan a trip over Easter weekend.
So there we are on Good Friday, setting up camp - we each have our jobs and areas to unpack and set. When we finished I opened a bottle of wine and crawled to the top of our site where we can look over Inks Lake from the high rocks. It's a beautiful view of the Hill Country and the sun sets right in front of us.
It was a perfect moment and Jim took the opportunity to kneel on the rocks, hold out the most beautiful ring and ask me to marry him. I cried and said "are you serious?" about three times before I was able to get out a "yes!"
Jim and I spent the next two days talking about the engagement, the parties that will take place, the registry we must complete, the date we will find and the location of the ceremony. This last week has been a whirlwind of excitement and I am really looking forward to moving into this next fun stage together.
Jim is my all time love. The one who I believe God put on this earth to partner with me. I can't wait to share every day of my life with you Jim!