Our Love Story – Part 7


If you’re just joining this series, be sure to go read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3Part 4Part 5 and Part 6 before you read this post!


Last week I told you about how my sweet (then) boyfriend amazed me with his care and commitment.

That summer our relationship continued to grow. We spent a lot of time together. One of our favorite times was spending Sunday afternoons sitting in my Memaw’s backyard swing.

We read together, memorized verses, talked about our dreams and the future.

Ah, yes. The future.

In the fall of 2004, I headed back to school for my senior year. Little did I know that Ernie was planning my engagement ring. Apparently, he had discussed with my Dad that we needed to “get the show on the road.” Ernie special ordered a ring, but my Dad told him that he needed to wait to ask me until he had a ring in hand.

That was all the encouragement that Ernie needed to go switch rings to one he could immediately pay off. Brilliant, I tell ya!

On New Year’s Eve we were at a party and he had the ring in his pocket and was showing it to people…still I had no clue.

After the party, Ernie stopped by my house to talk to Dad. I wondered what they were talking about, but engagement didn’t cross my mind.

Ernie reminded Dad of what he said about having a ring as he pulled the ring out of his pocket. Dad stood by his word and gave the okay to propose to me. Ernie chose the next day – New Years Day {why wait?}. 🙂

And thus ensued much secretive planning…

{To be continued…}

Did you know you were getting engaged or was it a complete surprise?


  1. Aw, how fun! My sister got engaged on New Year’s Eve. (I realize yours was the day later, but it made me think of her. :)) I did not realize my now-husband’s proposal was coming… well, I kind of knew we’d get married some day, but I had no clue that it was coming that particular day. Fun to remember those times!
    .-= JessieLeigh´s last blog ..Menu Plan: 6/20- Happy Birthday…er, Father’s Day! =-.

  2. It was a surprise (although I must admit I started thinking it was coming a few days before – people just started acting funny!). But like Ernie, he picked the ring out all by himself & paid for it w/out me knowing – the best way in my opinion:).
    .-= mandi @ itscome2this´s last blog ..Saturday stumbles =-.

  3. We got engaged a couple of days before Christmas and it was a complete surprise! Not that we hadn’t talked about marriage, but just that I’d thought it was an impossibility for him to get the ring, etc. at the time. I loved that he went and got one without me knowing and tried to make it special. But it was actually so unexpected that he had a little trouble getting me to go along with where he wanted to ask me! lol (it was cold and he did it outside)
    Anyway, I love reading your story…..can’t wait ’til next weeks post! 🙂
    .-= Tyra´s last blog ..Enjoying Our Fruits and Veggies =-.

  4. Love reading your story… love the memories it brings back to me of my own!! We had talked of marriage, I really had no clue it was coming, but the evening that he did propose, I somehow felt that it was the night. Even though there wasn’t really any indications to it.:)
    .-= Lois´s last blog ..Reflections of Me =-.

  5. This is such a wonderful story but one thing I can’t relate to is your husband giving your dad the right to choose what day he proposed. I don’t feel that should be your dad’s decision and I don’t think he should have taken it. Your husband should have had the joy of managing that as he wished. Perhaps he was very young and inexperienced and didn’t know how to handle that better. I think it’s good that your husband wanted to set his relationship with your dad/parents on a good course but sometimes if we give up rights, it sets up wrong patterns for the future. Hopefully that hasn’t been the case.

  6. Well I knew we were planning to marry, and that he would ask eventually. But when he finally did, I was not at all expecting it. (Believe me….or I would have gotten myself together a little for it!)
    Laura @ Our House Of Joyful Noise´s last blog post ..HOME

  7. My sweetheart asking me to marry him was a complete surprise! He was in law school and we had talked about waiting until he graduated. I thought he was in class, little did I know while I was having a visit with my grandmother he was talking with my daddy.He picked me up from my grandmother’s and we drove to his apartment to “pick up” something on the way to taking me home. It was private not like it is today with everyone feeling the need to make an event of everything. It was special with words said just for my ears. It was sweet and he was precious.
    We have been married now for 40 years. I realize that’s older than you and most of your followers. 🙂 Keeping the particulars private is so special. I have enjoyed reading your account of your courtship…you are careful about what you share. 🙂

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