Monday, July 27, 2009

She Said Yes!


Do you remember me showing this photo before? I'm pretty sure this was Father's Day. Soccer Son called us right after he got home that night to tell us he was planning to ask his girlfriend to marry him. In about a month. And we couldn't tell anyone. "Especially, mom, don't put it on your blog because she reads it sometimes."

Oh, I hate secrets! And right about the same time? I was told a couple others--and I STILL can't tell those. But now I can tell this one!

Soccer Son took his girlfriend (I really MUST come up with a Blogland name for her!) to a favorite family camping spot on the northern coast of California where he proposed--on my birthday in fact. Cool, huh? But I'm getting ahead of myself.

A few days before he told us he was going to propose, he went to visit her parents to get their blessing. Good kid, huh? Yes, as a matter of fact I DO take credit, although I suspect my parenting skills have nothing to do with it. It's just the person he is. He also told his grandparents ahead of time. And his sister. And I don't know who else--probably no one with a blog though.

And for a few weeks ahead of the proposal, he debated whether to buy a ring or wait until after the proposal so she could pick one out. That's always a big question, isn't it? Unless there's a family heirloom or the prospective bride has already nonchalantly wandered into a jewelry store with boyfriend in tow and expressed her specific tastes, it's hard to know what to do.

So, here's what he did. They arrived at the camp site and headed to Agate Beach where they hunted for agates. At the end of the day, Soccer Son asked her loveliness (that'll work for now) which agate she liked best. Unknown to her at the time, he had brought some copper wire with him, and he managed to somehow fashion the agate and wire into a temporary engagement ring. Cute, huh?


An agate in the rough--not "THE" agate though.

The other funny thing? He'd suggested to her loveliness a week or two before the trip that she look online and see if there was anything in particular she wanted to do in the park on their camping trip. She noticed there was a spot called Wedding Rock, and in her mind, she envisioned her own little fantasy scenario involving the setting, but when she mentioned that hike to Soccer Son, he said, "Oh, we don't need to go there." So much for the little fantasy scenarios we females have, huh?!


Wedding Rock--Where they DIDN'T get engaged.

So where DID he propose? Well, they climbed up Lookout Rock and they were the only ones there. Soccer Son started talking to her loveliness about their future and then he hopped down onto a ledge--I suppose he was trying to get into an appropriate proposal position. His graceful stance was somewhat marred, however, when he nearly missed the ledge and fell off the cliff instead. He then asked her to marry him, and she said yes--probably fearing he'd jump off the ledge if she said no.

And now we wait. I don't know how long. She's going to school to get her masters degree and wants to finish school before the wedding. Of course, I told Soccer Son I was going to have to know when the wedding's going to be because I'll have to do stuff like diet and make a quilt, so presumably they'll let us know in plenty of time.

But they're happy and we're happy--in fact, we like Soccer Son's choice quite a lot! And now I don't have to keep THAT particular secret! Woo-hooo!

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Woooohooooo! Kim I'm so honored to be in on the big news! You must be so excited. I'm glad you like Her loveliness and your son is a dashing young man. They make a cute couple.
Congratulations!

Molly in sumner, WA
mollylivebearer@yahoo.com

Gran said...

Oh, my diet and make a quilt before the wedding....
Please tell your son he did a fine job of asking her loveliness. He is a sweetheart - his thoughtfulness in sharing with you and your DH, her parents and grandparents is very nice. What joy he has brought to all of your lives, and that he wanted to include you all in this special time is precious.

So, when are the other secrets going to be rolled out? You are such a tease. Woo-hooo! for you and your family!

Michelle said...

Congratulations!!!!
be blessed,
Michelle

Eileen said...

So glad that secret is out. Glad I didn't have to wait so long. She is a lovely and what a nice couple they make. Better start on that quilt right away. The dieting, well you have been trying to do a little, haven't you?

Congradulations to the Happy Couple.

ratherbquilting said...

Oh YAY!!!!! Congrats!! I'm so glad you like his choice - that can be such a problem when you have a son! Now back to making the wedding quilt for our younger son and his fiancee - their date is Aug 29 and I'd better get on with it!

PunkiePie said...

Congratulations to Soccer Son and Her Loveliness. Awesome!

Nancy said...

Congrats to the couple!! Hopefully her blog name won't become bridezilla!! HA just kidding!!!

Now tell us the rest of the secrets. We all promise we won't tell anyone!! OK!!

MichelleB said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful story and a wonderful son! I'll be looking forward to hearing about the other secrets, too.

Laura said...

Woohoo! How exciting. Congrats to both you and your son! And your future Daughter in law!

debijeanm said...

Wonderful. Marriage is such a hopeful step for all of us. Best wishes to the whole family.

Ruby said...

Congratulations to all!!!! They are such a cute couple!

Orcsmom said...

Congrats on the pending wedding. So, I guess that means it will be grande and not venti in the future? LOL! Can't wait for Friday, something to end this busy week on, and yesm end of month is the most busiest time for me, but I am so grateful, mainly for the job! See ya Wed.

Hugs!
Pam

Anonymous said...

She is so lucky to have you for a
mother-in-law! Does she quilt?

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Awww Mom, that is so sweet!! And you ARE partly responsible for the honorable way he went about it! Sweet!

Vicki W said...

Congratulations!!

Quilt Nut said...

congrats!

Sinta Renee said...

Congrats to your son and to his parents! That is so sweet,exciting, and then the panic of... quilt diet etc. (I'm in the same boat)!

quiltmom said...

Congratulations on soccer son and her loveliness's engagement- What a wonderful thing for all of you - Weddings are such celebrations of love and life. Your son made sure it was going to be a special event for all of you to have memories.
With best wishes,
Warmest regards,
Anna

Teresa said...

Congratulations to all - sounds like a great match!

Kim said...

What a great story. I'm so glad she said yea and that he didn't fall off the cliff. That's scary.

Karen said...

Of course she said yes, you have a wonderful son and she knows it. Congrats on your future mother-in-law-ness (is that a word?)

Chris in Sacramento said...

Congratulations to the happy couple!
Kim, you and your hubby should be proud of your son. And I'm sure he is the person he is, because of your parenting skills!

Quilting Kim said...

Congratulations to Soccer Son and Her Lovliness. I'm wishing tons of happiness for them.

I also can't wait to see the wedding quilt that you whip up for them -- or do you already have it finished since it's been what??? 24 hours since the proposal.

Kim said...

Congrats! It's always nice when you like the pick also. Can't wait to see the quilt.. I know it will be fabulous!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! They are such a nice couple!
Jana in Helsinki

Kim said...

Great news and a fun story to boot. Congratulations to the happy couple on their engagement. Whew! Good to have that cat out of the bag! Tee hee!

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! The first grand kid, nephew, next generation to make the leap!!!! Can't wait for the wedding.
We will have to meet for a celebration dinner for sure.
Does that mean I will be an uncle in law?

Your most favorite bro in law.

Chocolate Cat said...

How romantic!!

A Beaded Affair said...

Found your blog as a result of a search for copper wire but I'm glad I did. Great story.
Lois

Quilt Hollow said...

Romantic and funny...a story to remember!