I was a little stressed that it was happening so fast and in such an unromantic setting...I mean I hadn't even had a chance to tell him about my trip or make sure that I still liked him. But there he was, telling me we were going on a Bigger and Better Scavenger Hunt and handing me a ring box as the first gift. The card that went with it said "An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life." If that doesn't look and sound like the set-up to a proposal, I don't know what is. But, luckily for Jeremy, he was playing a little trick on me and the box was filled with lifesavers. The second clue said to go have lunch where the sailboats come in and the card read, "...She is like merchant ships, she brings her food from afar...". He gave me a glass sailboat (as a bigger and better gift), and we ate here:
I was beginning to catch on that we were on a Proverbs 31 based scavenger hunt and that the proposal would come at the end. There were a lot of verses, so I was relieved that we would have the whole day to spend together before what I assumed would be the Big Question (though I was really very sure what the answer to the Big Question would be). Jeremy was so smooth with giving me directions and never acting stressed about where we were going or if we were going to make the next location on time--I really couldn't believe how well he had it planned out. The next card said, "...With her earnings, she plants a vineyard and her lamp does not go out at night...". We went to the San Antonio Winery, which seems like a cool place, but we're not really wine-drinkers and there was supposed to be live jazz, but it ended up just being a big guy on a keyboard singing awkwardly to us. My gift was candles.
The next card said (in part) "...she extends her hand to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow...". My gift was snowboarding lessons in a snow globe. We went to the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row and served the homeless together.
Jeremy said many lovely things and there were verses and a card and a flashlight and he was on his knee...and there was a ring and I said yes!
We jumped into wedding planning, and I sure had fun telling and retelling our engagement story when I got back to NAU for my senior year and our last semester there together before Jeremy graduated.
When I fell in love with Jeremy, I had never seen his romantic side...in fact, it took me by surprise! He blew me away with his proposal, and also with my birthday a month later...it involved dinner cooked on his truck in the woods at the ruins of an old stone house with candles and wildflowers and lightning and dancing (and even a young man in a suit who parked the car as our valet, then came around and greeted us as the host, then seated us, then came back in and introduced himself as the waiter and then helped prepare the food...and I think, looking back at the pictures, helped tow Jeremy's truck when we realized it had been parked in a hole. I don't even know if we tipped him, come to think of it!).