My fiancé, Gabe, is a country boy, and I'm a city girl. He has opened up my eyes to a more relaxed lifestyle, a view of men who know how to work hard and love their families more than anything, and how to enjoy country nights filled with stars.
We met in 2006 at the University of Florida while serving on a Praise and Worship team. Gabe was playing guitar and I was singing. It was love at first chorus! The reason I share the beginning is so that you will better understand why my proposal story was a real "dream come true."
In celebration of my 22nd birthday, Gabe took me out to a nice Italian restaurant for dinner in Alachua, a city just outside of Gainesville. After dinner, Gabe said we needed to kill some time before "the next thing." So, we headed out to Providence, a little country town near Alachua, to a field his grandpa owns to look at the stars. We've done that a couple times before, so it wasn't too out of the ordinary. However, once we arrived at the back of the field, I immediately discovered we were not going there just to look at the stars. Gabe had set up a winding path of luminaries leading to a campfire. Trying to throw me off, we spent a few minutes getting warm by the fire, and he gave me a birthday present of perfume. It turned out that he already had his guitar out near the fire, so he picked it up and began playing.
First, he played a song he had written for me for our first dating anniversary; then a second song he had written for one of his parent's anniversaries. Some of the lyrics were as follows: "I wish I could tell you just how I feel, But there aren't enough words I wish I could show you all of my love. But I do not have the years. Though there may be tough times along the way. At the end of my life, I wanna stand and say, You are the reason I'm alive, You are the one I want for the rest of my life, You are the reason I was made. And I'm gonna love you baby by God's amazing grace, Day after day."
I knew the words to both of these songs, so I noticed immediately when he changed the words in the second verse of the second song to say, "On this day I give you my life, I want you to be my wife." After the song was over, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said, "Yes!" The night ended with one final surprise as both of our entire families came out to the field to greet us and take pictures! I can't imagine a better proposal to sum up our relationship, sharing our love of music, bringing our families together from two totally different backgrounds, and committing to a true lifetime of love. It was romantic and I will cherish it always!