Mr. Sparkler and I have been together for about four and a half years, so I would not exactly say the engagement was a surprise. I knew it was coming — or at least I hoped it was coming! We had both talked a lot about it, looked at rings several times and at this point I was just waiting for him to “pull the trigger.” Of course my impatient demeanor eventually became comical to Mr. Sparkler, as little did I know he had the engagement planned for about three months prior to asking me.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Mr. Sparkler is a planner in everything he does. He thinks things through and through and makes sure to properly execute them. So it is not to my surprise that he had this event planned out with my parents, grandparents and his parents. I am just surprised everyone could keep it a secret from me!
The plan was we were going up to my family’s house in Okoboji for the weekend. Typically we have one “family week” where all my cousins, aunts and uncles are up there at once. Needless to say, this was the weekend we had a full house and were at capacity with 35 people. I always look forward to this week because it is like a giant family reunion where we all get together and catch up. Prior to leaving I joked with my friends that I hoped Mr. Sparkler would be able to survive my uncles, as they always tease him about putting a ring on it. Clearly I did not know what was in store for me.
We drove up on a Thursday night so we would be able to have the whole day by the lake on Friday. Friday morning we woke up and everything was just like a normal lake day, the sun was shining and everyone was able to be on the lake. My mom requested me to be cleaned up by 4:00 p.m. to help her with dinner, her needing an extra hand in the kitchen with that many people was not abnormal. I got cleaned up and walked out on the patio, which overlooks the lake, I thought it was strange that most everyone was already cleaned up because at the lake, no one is ready for dinner until about 7:00 p.m. or later. But I did not read into it much. Mr. Sparkler was on the patio with my grandparents and my brother’s girlfriend. When I came outside no one looked at me except Mr. Sparkler, which was odd but I went with it. He wanted to down to the patio that was positioned just over the lake, so we did. My mom was on that patio and immediately as we sat down she had to “go check on dinner.”
At this point, it was just Mr. Sparkler and I on the patio. I looked at him and asked what was going on, in my head I was in denial that this could be the moment I had wanted to come so bad. He stood me up and took my hands and mentioned that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me… I kept saying, “I know, but what is going on?” He got down on one knee, opened the ring box, I squealed and was in shock as to how beautiful it was and that he was asking me to marry him!
I don’t remember all his words in between “will you marry me?” but I do know he had to ask three times before I said, “Yes!” because I was in total shock. I looked up from the patio to see my entire family looking over clapping, including my soon-to-be in-laws. He had arranged for his parents to come to Okoboji and be there for that special moment.
Mr. Sparkler wanted to propose with our family surrounding us because he knows how much family means to me. I think it’s so neat that both my mom and his mom got to see him get down on one knee. I always imagined he would ask me with my family near, but I couldn’t quite figure out how he was going to do it. I am so glad that he did it the way he did, it was definitely worth the wait, just as he always told me it would be. Okoboji will forever be a special place for me!