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The Proposal Story

The Proposal Story

We went to bed one Friday night with plans to wake up before sunrise the next morning. We wanted to get up early and check the forecast - If it was nice, we would drive out to Watkins Glen State Park to do some hiking. If it wasn't nice, we would stay home.

At 5 a.m. on Saturday, June 27th, 2015, we woke to a blaring alarm clock. Josh rolled over and checked the forecast. Sadly, it was supposed to rain all day in Watkins Glen. 

I was disappointed. I had really wanted to go on a little day trip! But, I was also excited about the prospect of sleeping in. Josh was unfazed. "That's okay," he said. "We're up, so we may as well go see the sunrise." As much as I wanted to stay curled up in cozy blankets, I rolled out of bed and threw on a sweatshirt. "This better be worth it," I said.

Little did I know, I had just begun the best day of my life. 

The Proposal | Lifestyles of the Poor and Vegan

We drove to Lake George, and stopped at Shepard Park. We walked downhill toward the beach, where a quiet morning mist rose from the lake. We got there just in time to see a family of ducks resting at the edge of the water. As the sky was turning from soft grey and blue to a subtle pink and orange, we remarked about how beautiful it was. We talked about how it was worth it to wake up before sunrise every now and then, just to experience the quiet solitude of a peaceful morning.

After that, time seemed to slow down and speed up, all at the same time. While we hugged, and professed our love for each other, Josh turned me around and placed me on a mound of sand, so that we were eye to eye. It was then that I knew something was happening. Something big. 

After a heartfelt speech, and a few tears, Josh pulled the little black velvet box out of his pocket. As a great blue heron swooped out of the sky and skimmed the water in front of us, Josh asked, "Will you marry me?"

We had walked this little stretch of beach many times throughout the years. It was always a place for us to have a quiet conversation and take in the beauty of the surrounding lake and mountains - A place for us to reflect and revel in the company of one another. The moment he asked me this big, life-changing question, I knew why Josh chose this spot. 

The first thing that popped out of my silly, sleepy mouth was, "Only if you marry me!" 

"That's not a yes..." 

"Yes! Of course it's a yes! Yes, yes, all of the yeses!" 

In that moment, it seemed like the whole world was glowing. The sun was working it's magic, warming us with it's early morning rays and casting a golden light on everything it touched. 

We hugged and kissed, and then we stood quietly, watching the sun slowly rise above the peaceful blue waters of Lake George. With our arms wrapped around each other, and our toes in the cool sand, we embarked on our next big journey together - The adventure of a lifetime! 

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