On October 14, 2011 at 3:15ish, my best friend, Ryan, asked me, Nicole, if I would be his wife. I told him yes. This is the story.

We have had a family trip planned for awhile. Ryan’s family¬†are close and they like to get together. His cousin Laura and her husband Jason work at Hume Lake and were able to get a cabin for a discounted rate, so they decided to get together at the cabin. Not all of the family could make it, but there are ten of us here.

We all arrived around 11:30am. We enjoyed lunch together and after lunch walked around the lake. It is about a 3 mile walk and with the early morning wake up to get to Hume I was pretty tired. We got back to the cabin and everyone decided to go to the lake to canoe and paddle board on the lake. Ryan and I were both tired and decided to stay back. I was thinking I was going to get a nap in. I was wrong. =)

We cuddled for a bit and then Ryan told me to close my eyes. I said no. He said, “Please close your eyes.” I did it and said, “I don’t want to close my eyes.” In that moment I knew what was coming. He opened his bag and scrounged around in there for a little bit. Time stopped. He told me to open my eyes.

In front of me was the man that is my best friend. A man who loves God so much and desires to serve Him with his whole life. A man whom I love. A man who treats me better than I have ever been treated. A man who loves me.

He was on one knee. He had the ring box open (I didn’t look at it at all). He said, “Nicole, will you be my wife?” I said “Yes.” I then said, “Here?” and “Are you kidding?” He asked if I liked the ring. I told him that I didn’t look at it yet. He told me to look at it. Honestly, the ring is perfect. It is beautiful and I love it. He slipped it on and we became engaged.

I proceeded to do something that I now call the creepy laugh. I sat on the couch and laughed in a way that I never have, I also had to do deep breaths. At one point, Ryan looked at me and said “Do you need your inhaler?” The laugh was so weird but it is a hilarious part of the story. I didn’t cry instead I just did a creepy laugh.

For those of you that have known me for a long time, you know that I didn’t expect anything to happen like this. I did think that I wasn’t going to get married or ever be loved by a man in this way. I waited and prayed and hoped for this moment, but honestly I didn’t think it would happen. I love him, he loves me. We are going to get married. If you had told me last October that I would be engaged a year from now, I would have said, there is no way. That is impossible. But God, in His infinite wisdom and timing has done this. To God be the Glory. There is no one else that could have weaved such a beautiful and perfect relationship between two people that love Him and desire to serve Him in every possible way for the rest of their lives. God is faithful. God is good. God is loving. God is personal. God is perfect. God is gracious. God is patient. To God be the Glory.

Here are a couple of pictures of me right after Ryan and I were engaged.

Engaged Couple Photo at Hume Lake