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How I proposed to Regina

Saturday 8-25-07

I was supposed to be up in the Twin Cities for a friend's bachelor party this weekend. I collaborated with her roomates and got them to make sure Regina was free that night. They told her they were going out for a girl's night. I was a little late in talking to them because Regina still ended up being scheduled to work until 8:00. So I spent most of Saturday setting it up. Luckily, my good friend and old roomate, Chris Hawley, was able to help me out some.

I decided to do itout at a park called Mt. Simon up on top of this rock that has a beautiful view. The main reason I decided to do it here was because we had our first date there. I talked to the house across the street and got electricity from them. Regina didn't end up getting out of work until close to 9, so that worked great because we were running late setting things up. Luckily I had about ten other friends helping me out with the set up. Rachel, Regina's roomate, sent me a text message when they were on their way. I found out later that Rachel told Regina she left her sweater up at Mt. Simon and she wanted to go pick it up and then the girls were to go out for a drink or two. I was hiding in the bushes as the car pulled up. I put a sign up right where they pulled up that said, "Regina alone this way" with an arrow pointing to the trail going up to the rock. Regina was quite scared to go alone, but after some heckling from her roomates she started going. I popped out of the bushes when she got to me and asked her to go for a walk with me. We started walking up the trail. When we got part-way, Chris Wensink sent a text message to Chris Hawley who was standing at the house next to the electricity plug-in. Chris plugged in the electrical cord which gave electricity to the Christmas lights that were lining the trail in front of us for the next 100 or so feet. Regina gave a startled shriek. Then I showed Regina pictures throughout our 2.5 year relationship that were on stakes going up the trail. There were about 10 stakes with pictures. Then we walked the rest of the way up to the rock. At the rock, I had the final stake and picture which was our first date at that very spot. Then we went up on the rock and I read some profound thoughts on love written by young children. Then I read her a bible passage I printed out and framed:

1 Corinthians 13:4

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Then I showed her a picture slideshow set to 3-4 songs that I had made, on a laptop. After that I had her listen to "Michael Peterson - From Here to Eternity." She's not real big on lyrics, but I told her she had to listen to the words. Here is how the song starts: " I did everything I could to get you here tonight Without telling you why Now girl if you only would, please hold out your hand Just close your eyes I've been dying to ask you one burning question Will you be mine?" So as you can see, it described my situation quite well, and its a very pretty song. Then I asked her to get up and we danced to "Bryan Adam - Everything I do, I do it for you." And then I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. She replies, "Uh huh." So I ask, "Yes?" She says, "Yes." And then I yelled out "She said YES" at the top of my lungs. And the ten friends who helped set up who were hiding down the trail a few feet away started cheering loudly for us. And then Ryan Griggs who was hiding out below the rock lit off a dozen bottle rockets. And then we all went out for a delicious late-night supper at Applebees. We were the last ones there and all of our friends cheered for us as we walked in. We even had two special chairs at the table with balloons on them. And everyone signed a nice big picture card and gave it to us as well.

The end.