Monday, August 7, 2017

Our Engagement Story

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We got home from dinner and I sent a text to a bunch of my friends with a photo of my brand new engagement ring and the words, "I said yes!" And of course, everyone texted back their excitement -- except for the people who were extra excited and tried to call. "I can't talk right now," I said when I answered. "I'm still texting some other people. I'll call you back after the texts."

That night, the night we got engaged, was actually the night that kicked off this blog. And yet somehow, I haven't told our engagement story. I told it to my friends who called and I told it countless times when we saw people face to face, but somehow, I never told our engagement story here. That's changing right now.

Wondering how Lisa & Pete from got engaged? Check out their engagement story.

When Pete and I still lived in New York, we lived in separate towns. I would drive down to him on Fridays after work and stay until I went to work on Monday morning. Then, every other Wednesday was date night. We would trade between him driving up or me driving down, and we would spend time together.

We moved to North Carolina together, but still kept our Wednesday date night tradition. That's actually something we still have now. I use the date night guest book I made for a post as our date night bag.

Rewind back to September 2012.

We had been living in North Carolina for six months and our two year anniversary was coming up on a Tuesday. "Let's celebrate on date night," Pete had said.

Date night comes and I put on a cute dress and he puts on a nice outfit. Before we walk out the door, he hands me a yellow Post-It note with some sort of rhyme that ends with "come to the cloud." The cloud is what we call our new mattress. So as soon as we were up and getting ready to head out of the door, we turned back around lay down in bed. If you know me, you know I love lying in bed -- especially on the cloud -- so it was perfect.

He handed me a second yellow Post-it note which lead us to a local grocery store so I could get a snack. In the check out line, he handed me another note, which took us to a locally-owned frozen yogurt shop. We ate that, then he handed me another note, taking us to the local boardwalk. We had walked on a boardwalk on our first date, so this was really special. We stopped for a drink, then I got the final note. That one took us to a restaurant that I had been wanting to try since we moved to North Carolina.

We went in and had a great dinner. Then Pete asked if I wanted dessert. I was so full, and we had frozen yogurt not too long before, so I said no. And then he asked again and I realized that even if I didn't want dessert, I wanted dessert.

We order it and out it comes with a Momiji doll. Have you seen these? They're super cute wooden messenger dolls. They come with a piece of paper that inserts inside the base and allows you to write a secret message. On that paper, Pete asked me to marry him. As I was reading it, he had gotten up from his side of the table and went down on one knee.

It was really sweet and a day I will remember for as long as I live.

Wondering how Lisa & Pete from got engaged? Check out their engagement story.

Not too long after that, I was reading a story about a couple that got engaged at a restaurant two towns over from here. The man got down on one knee, and, in the couple's excitement, somehow the ring got knocked through the boardwalk's floorboards and into the ocean. All the diners jumped into the water to help find the ring.

"I hope that ring was insured," I thought.

If you're recently engaged, you really want to look into getting your ring insured. Get a free jewelry insurance quote and see how much it will cost for your piece of mind. Some insurance quotes are based on the value of your ring, and some take into account the state where you live.

If you're not even sure if you need insurance, this Jewelry Insurance 101 is a good place to start. There's a great infographic to let you know what is covered with specialized jewelry insurance (loss, theft, etc.) versus homeowner's insurance and the jewelry store warranty. It will also tell you what you need before you're actually even able to get your ring insured.

That graphic also states that 1 in 4 married women lost jewelry when vacationing and gives you recommendations as to when you need to be careful with your ring (which are similar to the times I say when you should take off your engagement ring).

And, if you're just reading this and being cautious, you might not even have a ring yet. Or you might actually just be buying one for your girlfriend and you're looking for creative ideas on how to pop the question. Learn what brides-to-be want in an engagement ring, then apply those thoughts to your own girlfriend taking into account her taste, her lifestyle, and any images she may have sent your way.

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  1. I love that ring - it is gorgeous! I got engaged in 2010, and I'm ready for an upgrade! ;)

  2. That was a really sweet and clever way for him to propose! I'd be incredibly sad if I ever lost my ring!

  3. What a cute story! I love hearing about engagement stories. You better believe my ring is insured. I'm terrible about being careful with things.

  4. I love your engagement story!! My husband is super good about getting all my jewelry insured, especially my wedding set.

  5. You have a very romantic man. Mine never really did propose but we've been married for 35 years now so something is working

  6. I love engagement stories... so fun to hear all the ideas. We have a video from our big moment as my husband brought a coworker along to video it. Thankfully... because he was in costume.

  7. Such a sweet story! Congratulations!

  8. What a lovely story - and what a thoughtful proposal! I'm really glad you decided you did want dessert after all! Thank you so much for sharing with us at The Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope to 'see' you again this week!

  9. I love a good engagement story and even more, I love an inventive and imaginative guy!
    :) gwingal

  10. What a great engagement story! I love the Wednesday date nights.