My fiancé, Adam, and I have been best friends for as long as I can remember. We even played on the same soccer team when we were five years old. We became a little more than friends when we were about twelve years old and continued to grow closer and closer as the years went by. We dated through high school and college, and were there for each other through the ups and downs of growing up. We were both raised in big families and have always been close to them, finding family as one of the true joys of living. Over the years we have grown to love each other's families as much as our own.
This past December, we were having a big family Christmas at my grandmother's house. My parents, brothers, sister, aunts, uncles, and cousins were all there, and we had a wonderful day together opening gifts, making gingerbread houses, playing Christmas games, and of course sharing a huge Christmas dinner. While opening presents, my grandmother gave me a beautiful white and gold ornament that says, "This is an angel's kiss." The ornament opens, and the bottom of it says, "Here when you need it." I hung the ornament back on the tree and we all went on with the rest of the gifts.
That evening everyone was gathered around the tree playing with new toys, looking at family pictures, and just visiting with one another. Adam was standing next to the tree and called me over to him quietly. He had the ornament my grandmother had given me in his hand. He asked, "What is this?" I said, "It's an ornament my grandma gave me." He responded, "Does it open?" When I said, "Yes," he opened the ornament, and the most beautiful ring I have ever seen was inside of it.
He got down on one knee and simply said, "Will you marry me?" I could feel a few family members who had caught on to what was happening looking on behind me and whispering, but it was one of those times in life when it feels like the world is whirling around you at lightning speed. When I could manage a word, of course I said, "Yes." My family was excited as we were, and they were even more excited to see such a special moment in our lives unfold.
I couldn't imagine a more perfect proposal or more perfect people with whom to share it. Adam's love and appreciation for me and my family goes far beyond anything I could dream of, and his way of proposing is a perfect illustration.