Wednesday, December 8, 2010

our story

I never thought I would be writing this out.  It has truly been a lifelong journey and I am so excited to share this with you today.

I woke up November 24, 2010 to a cloudy rainy day, but I knew the day before me was going to be magical; I just didn’t know how magical it would become.

Dane and I made the trip from Kansas City to Springfield, MO in order to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family.  Springfield is also the home of Miss Elsie & Miss Emma.  I have been reading Elsie’s blog faithfully for two years now.  She has been a huge inspiration to me creatively.  She also just opened a thrift store with her sister Emma and her fianc√© Jeremy in Springfield called Red Velvet.  Ever since I had heard about the store opening, I quickly added shopping there to my list of things to do before I die. Dane would always say, someday baby, we’ll go and enjoy Red Velvet together. 

When we arrived, I was blown away by the store.  I was giddy to meet Elsie & Emma and my eyes couldn’t stop looking at all of the cuteness!  Dane and I began shopping our little vintage passionate hearts out.  I found two vintage dresses and a sweet baby fawn.  Dane found a cardigan and a tie. 

After shopping I asked Dane if we could enjoy some cupcakes together.  Of course the answer was yes, and we walked to the sweets counter together, I was eager to pick out my favorite.  But then Dane said, “Christy turn around.”  Seated at the amazing 1960’s table were two cupcakes with “DW” and “CW” on them.  Those of you squealing and knowing what is coming next, let me simply share, I did not put it all together. 

Dane had me set down, and he pulled out an art journal that he had made me called “Our Life…you and me.”  Just seeing that made me cry and I couldn’t even speak.  The book consisted of our journey together, and we laughed and enjoyed reliving some of our favorite memories together for about 20 minutes, of course I was crying.  Just check out the amazing artwork of my baby below!  For the last page in the journal, Dane explained that we would take a picture at the store and fill the rest of the book with our memories together as we serve God and love each other. 

Then he gave me an owl puppet that he had also made!  (Look at my baby being all crafty!)

“Let’s eat cupcakes,” he said, “but first” and this is where He got down on one knee and I finally it hit me what was happening!

He said the sweetest things.  I wish I could remember it all word for word, but here’s what I do recall:  “I love you, I love who you are and I can’t wait to spend life with you and for us to serve God together, Christy, will you marry me?” I would like to note, I didn’t even look at the ring, I just hugged his neck and said yes with so much excitement and love bursting inside of me!  Then, after Dane dried my tears, he put the beautiful solitaire oval diamond ring on my finger. 

Elsie came and took pictures of us throughout the store and then, put them on her blog.  It was such an honor to be a part of one of her amazing blog posts.

And finally, I got to enjoy the cupcake, and I put it all together, DW and CW…my soon to be initials!  My cupcake was vanilla cake with vanilla frosting rolled in sugar crystals.  Dane’s was chocolate cake with vanilla frosting, also rolled in sugar crystals.  It was the most delicious cupcake I have ever eaten in my life.

What is most exciting about it all is I feel totally at peace and excited about this decision, when I look back at how Dane and I have been brought together, I know that God’s hand has been in it, orchestrating every step, beautifully writing every detail of our stories together.

Ooooo!  I’m engaged my friends!  I’m engaged, and I’m excited for future posts where I can share with you some of the wedding planning details!  I’m engaged!!!!!!!


  1. Awwww I just love that my AP Partner is soooo happy! love to you my friend

  2. Awesome engagement story Christy! I have no doubt that your lives together will be just as magical. Hugs!