Here’s Kristi’s engagement story:
It was a much anticipated and long awaited day in January of 2012! We had been dating for six years, currently living & working in two different states – Kristi, a TV sports reporter in Virginia and Dan, a football coach, in Pennsylvania.
We hadn’t seen each other in about a month and I made the 5 & 1/2 hour drive to PA. We were planning to celebrate Christmas at my Grandma’s that weekend but I wasn’t sure I’d be able to take time off work until the last minute. Dan didn’t know I was coming until the day before. (Unbeknownst to me, Dan had the ring and a plan ready!)
For those that don’t know, football coaches (especially at the college level) work ridiculously long hours so many of my visits only meant a few hours together. It was just perfect luck (or a secret plan) that he was able to take a day off from recruiting and all of his meetings that night ‘were cancelled’. (I was clueless but happy!)
We went shopping during the day and later had a nice dinner at The Melting Pot, a two-hour affair with awesome food and dessert! After dinner, I suggested a walk around the beautiful Christmas City (Bethlehem, PA)! Let’s just say it was a rare occasion that he agreed to a post-dinner stroll, but I thought little of it at the time. Nearing the end of the walk, I was freezing and ran to the car (what can I say, I was used to warm Virginia weather!), perhaps ruining a romantic sidewalk proposal. Dan caught up and we got in the car in a hurry but he took it from there! First some very sweet words and then came a proposal and the most beautiful ring!!! My first reaction was: “WHAT?!” Several minutes later I said YES! It was a perfect night!
Just over three years later, we are living our happily ever after – married and in our new home with a puppy named Eli! This week we will celebrate our tenth Valentines Day together, second as husband and wife!