A Snowy Engagement




The day started with the two of us attending the Habitat for Humanity Holiday Party at the Covered Bridge. It was a beautiful venue. It was snowing gently and the entire Christmas tree farm was covered in fresh snow. 

After the party we drove from Montrose, Colorado up to the Grand Mesa, where his family owns a small, rustic cabin. Justin had planned for an incredible weekend that started with snowshoeing. 

When we got out of the vehicle the wind was blowing at about 20 miles an hour! I just put a smile on my face and tugged on the zipper of my jacket as high as it would go. I had no idea what was really planned for me. 

As we strapped on our snowshoes and headed out into the trees the wind died down. As we were trekking through the snow, I was in awe of how gorgeous it was there. However, I wasn't focused on the ground before me. I fell into some deep snow and was unable to get myself out. Justin came over and lifted me out. 

Just at sunset, we finally came to an overlook where you could see some of the frozen lakes. Due to the weather we were unable to see the colors in the sky but it was still so wonderful. Justin started to tell me how this year had been the happiest of his life and that he was so thankful that we had found one another. He told me that he had my Christmas present in his backpack. He handed me a small wrapped up book. I opened it with some assistance (my hands were freezing). Justin explained that it was a journal so I could continue to write about our adventures together. 

Now if you know me, you know that from the moment this man started talking I was crying. So when he told me about the journal, I really cried hard. You might also be thinking.....DID YOU KNOW HE WAS ABOUT TO PROPOSE?! The answer I can most certainly tell you is no. I really had no idea. 

Justin told me that he had written the first inscription and that he would like me to read it. I untied the string that held the book closed. It opened automatically to where the ring was. I immediately said yes while slamming the book shut. He said hold on a minute let me ask you. He got down on one knee and placed the ring on my finger and asked me to marry him. I screamed yes again! He then said we should celebrate then! He pulled out a bottle of champagne and two plastic flutes from his backpack. He popped the top and we toasted to us. 

He knew I would want to call my parents and sisters when we finished snowshoeing back out the the truck. In order to get cell reception he had to drive us half down the Mesa. I found out from my family that not only had Justin asked my father for permission but he had also called my mom and one of my sisters. He had also had the ring for 3 months and had been waiting for the right moment. 

We are so excited about our next big adventure! Getting married!