Sunday, July 11, 2010

the proposal

So.. the fact that i am getting married to Luke has been something that we have been planning for the past couple of months. The temple is booked, engagements taken, dress bought, but i lacked a ring on my finger.  I would like to say i have waited patiently for a ring - but i guess Luke would be the one who really knows just how patient i really was. 

Luke has been going to school since he got home from his mission - and our time together has been limited to a few days every couple weeks.   Two weeks ago he came to visit and he assured me that he wouldn't be proposing that weekend, because the ring wasn't ready yet.  So when he came to visit this past weekend - it was known that he would be proposing.   I did make a point in saying that he still had to make it nice and thoughtful and he couldn't just hand me a ring, which would be difficult because i was expecting it. 
It should be known that Lukes family has a thing for golf.. to say the least. 

Well on Friday after work we were going to go to the stampede, but he called to tell me that he wanted to go golfing with his brother and sister and nephew porter, so he came and picked me up and we headed back over to his house.  we had had plans to go to the stampede, and so this change of plans convinced me that he wasn't going to propose to me that night.  His brothers family started golfing without us, and i just thought it was further proof that our plans to golf with them that night was unplanned.

We were at luke's house when we saw the golfing crew and decided to join them.  Porter rode with Luke and I in the cart, and the first thing Luke pointed out to me on the GPS was a pond that 'everyone always hits their balls into'.  They all golfed ( i am not a golfer and much better at observing) and i was just enjoying myself as a spectator.  then they convinced me that i should hit just one ball, and conviently had a yellow range ball for me to hit, which i did (not very well).  at the next hole, we were waiting for some other people to finish and Luke's brother Seth decided that he would hit his ball to the red tee box, but.. he hit his ball into the water.. yepp. .the same pond that takes everyones golf balls. and unbeknownst to me, he did it on purpose.  Him and his wife, heidi went to go find it in the water, and Luke and i stayed behind talking to porter... (ohh i was so oblivious).
they came back, and everyone tee'd off, and we headed to finish up the hole.  As we came to a bridge, Luke told Porter to look for golf balls in the pond.  Porter began to point them out, and then saw a yellow one floating. He was convinced it was my ball that i had hit, and Luke brought up the fact that it was floating - golf balls don't float. 

So Luke goes to find out why the ball is floating - it was weird... i wasn't really taken back by his interest in the floating golf ball.  He took of his shoes and socks to pull it out of the water, and it turned out that it was a kids golf ball ( you know the foam kind of ones).  he threw it to me and i caught it (yes the ring was inside) and i started walking to heidi and i was just tossing it up and down in my hand telling her it was a kids golf ball, i couldn't tell that the ball was cut in half and there was a ring inside.  Luke came up behind me and asked to see it again, and i handed to him and then kept talking to heidi... then i heard my name..

i turned around and there he was on one knee with the ring out.
you all know the rest.. he asked, i said yes. 

So - turns out Seth hit his ball into the water on purpose and that he and Heidi went ahead to plant the floating ball in the water.. which had floated away a bit and luke had to take of his socks and shoes to go get it, we're lucky he didn't end up having to go for a swim.  the best part was that i was completely taken by surprise. 

it was perfect.. but really i wouldn't have expected anything less from Luke.  i pretty much just think he's the best. 

AHh.. i just love this guy!  

Also - my sister future in law is the one behind the awesome engagements! (isn't she awesome?)


Melissa said...

Seriously great photo Alana!

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the Goodbrands said...

YAY ALANA!! I LOVE IT!!! soooo exciting!!

KandyJill said...

Okay seriously PERFECT!!!! I absolutely LOVE it! I wanna see ALLLL the engagements! And... I'm super happy you posted pictures of your ring, because your picture message to me today didn't come through :( So I'm happy I still get to see it! So cute! SO CUTE!
and SO happy that you guys are FINALLY OFFICIALLY engaged! :)

I bet you stare at that ring ALL DAY long!
Haha I totally did.
Let's be real. I still do.
Whenever you look at that ring, just think about what it means. what it represents. and what it means you get for the rest of eternity.
i know this sounds SO stupid and cheesy... but good days and especially bad/hard days, i sometimes just stare at my ring and just think about everything it means to me. i think about the person who gave it to me. i think about the feelings and promptings and answers we both received that led to me having a ring on my finger. i think about the decisions we've made to be clean and to be married in the temple. i think about the covenants we made to each other in the temple. and i think about the infinite number of days i will have with my best friend and the love of my life.
i hope you think of some of those same things when you look at that pretty ring on your finger.

SO excited for you Alana! I couldn't be happier for you! :)
About time Luke ;) She's only been waiting for this since we were FOURTEEN!!!!!

I love you.
I love your story.
I'm not even upset that you have a new ultimate best friend.
if you think you're best friends now... wait till you're married. so awesome.
i can't wait till we can be best MARRIED friends here at school!
Not much longer :)
Can't wait for our double date nights!
I love you.
Congratulations again best friend!

KandyJill said...

Oh - and... your engagement picture is SO cute!
You're so lucky you had NICE weather and not an absolute FREEZING blizzard to take pics in! ;)

Wilma said...

Congratulations! I'm glad that it's officially official now!

I love your picture...good looking couple.

kristi Dupont said...

I love your ring, it's beautiful, as are both of you. I am so happy for you!