The marriage proposal was a big surprise and required a bit of planning on Travis' part. Travis' parents and his brother came to visit him for the first time in California. A couple of weeks before, Travis had asked my dad for my hand in marriage, and he happily approved. Travis and my dad didn't dare tell my mom or my sister because they are very close to me and very good at guessing secrets. Travis' parents came to visit from Michigan and our full families met for the first time. Everyone got along very well and had a fun time touring around Southern California. On the Fourth of July, our families went to dinner at the Menage Hotel in Anaheim, located right next to Disneyland. After dinner, we all went outside to a private cabana that Travis had reserved to watch Disney's spectacular fireworks show.
During the grand finale, Travis got down on one knee, proposed and presented me with a beautiful diamond engagement ring. I of course threw my arms around him and said yes. Both moms cried happy tears and everyone exchanged hugs while Travis whipped out a bottle of chilled champagne to celebrate. It was truly an unforgettable night. As I admired the new bauble, Travis told me that the diamond had once belonged to the ring of his beloved grandmother. Travis and his grandmother had adored each other; she was always so proud of him and couldn't wait to see the day when her first grandchild would marry the girl of his dreams. Sadly, she passed away a few years ago after losing her battle with cancer, and she had never gotten to see her grandson fall in love with his first, only and last girlfriend. Travis had always admired the beautiful love that his grandparents had for each other, and he knew that he would be always be reminded of his grandmother's shining love whenever he saw me look at my ring or whenever our future children would ask about our engagement story.