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Tracie H.

I just knew Doug was going to propose to me in Seattle (he wasn't too subtle when he invited me to go with him). Doug kept telling me that it would be an important weekend and to make sure I brought my camera so we wouldn't forget anything. He knew I suspected it, so he tried to cover it up by telling me the proposal could occur anywhere, at anytime. But, I just knew it would happen in Seattle.

On a Thursday evening, I called Doug on my way home from work to see if he would like to visit my friend Kathy with me. She had just given birth earlier in the week and I was taking dinner to her family. Doug planned to go with me, but traffic was heavy and he was still in it by the time I went to deliver the food. He called me and told me he wouldn't make it, but would meet me back at my house when I was finished. He also asked me if he could take me somewhere after dinner.

While I was at the restaurant to pick up the food, I ran into some friends of mine. We chatted about our plans to go to Seattle in December. I also shared that I suspected that my proposal would most likely occur then.

I got home, Doug and I had dinner, and he told me he wanted to take me somewhere. Off we went, and I asked him where we were going. He told me, "It has to do with coffee." I love coffee! I figured we were getting coffee somewhere, but he said we weren't drinking coffee. We headed out, and I thought perhaps I knew the location, but didn't say that. I was sure we were going to Crown Point, where we went on our first date. Crown Point is a lookout point at the Columbia River Gorge, between the border of Oregon and Washington. On our first date, we drove there and spent hours just talking and getting to know each other.

All the way there, I thought perhaps this was going to end in a proposal, but I didn't want to get my hopes up, plus the coffee part threw me off! We got to Crown Point, and Doug and I got out of his truck, but there wasn't much of a view (it was really dark!) and there were puddles everywhere. We talked about our relationship, and Doug told me that sometimes in a relationship, love takes awhile to develop, but with us, it was just like it was meant to be, it was almost instant. He walked to his car and told me he had a present for me. He pulled out a coffee mug and told me he got me this mug because he knows I like coffee, but there was something more important inside. He then pulled out the tissue paper in it, and pulled out a box. I gasped. Doug then got down on one knee, and said, "Tracie, will you marry me?" I said "Yes!" and jumped into his arms, hugging him tightly.

After that, he showed me the ring and put it on my finger. It is gorgeous! Doug's original plan was to propose in Seattle, but he picked up the ring that Thursday and when he took one look at it, he decided he couldn't wait to give it to me and had to do it that night!

His plan to propose included giving me the Seattle coffee mug, and while doing so, dropping it on the ground and having the pieces shatter with the ring inside. As he bent down to pick it up, he would be on one knee and ask me to be his wife. He was going to keep with the plan at Crown Point, except that it was dark and wet. So he opted to just give me the mug without breaking it, so now I have a memento of our night. Our proposal was perfect: meaningful, heartfelt and real. I couldn't have asked for a better proposal, ring or future husband!

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